Malacca City is the capital city of Malacca, a state in Malaysia. It is located just under 150 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Malacca City is a popular tourist destination in Malaysia, mainly because it is filled with history among others. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed in 2008 as part of the Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca. Malacca City has an area of 277 kilometre-square with a population of approximately 500 thousand people.
1. Malacca International Airport
This is the sole airport that serves the city, state and some parts of northern Johor. It is located in Batu Berendam, about nine kilometres from the city centre. Previously, the airport was known as the Batu Berendam Airport due to its location. The airport has the facility to handle 1.5 million passengers but in 2017, only some 62 thousands people went through Malacca International Airport. Currently, there is only one airline company that serves the airport, the Malindo Air. The airline provides flights to Kota Bharu, Langkawi and Penang together with Pekanbaru, Indonesia for its international destination. Malacca International Airport is connected to the city via either rental cars or taxi.
Travelling can be expensive, especially if by plane. However, there are plenty of inexpensive flight tickets available on the internet if one knows where to find them. The best way to scour these tickets is by using Traveloka, a search engine for hotels, accommodations and flight tickets. Traveloka is accessible via any web browser or its mobile application. It is also easy to use thanks to its user-friendly interface. Simply key-in the related keywords, set the dates and price range before clicking the search button. In seconds, Traveloka will show the best deals available on the internet. Still not satisfied with the prices of those deals? Use the price alert feature that is available on both platforms. The price alert feature will notify the user when the deals’ prices drop into the desired range.
The best time to go to Malacca is in July, right after the school semester break, and during the weekdays. Crowds tend to be smallest in July as June always be the busiest month in Malacca. During the year-end, Malacca will also see a rather large crowd. The accommodations in Malacca are usually a little more expensive during the school and year-end holidays. Outside these specified weeks, Malacca still has a crowd during the weekends.
Weather in Malacca is hot and humid throughout the year with little rainfall. It is one of the driest cities in Malaysia. The weather is stable all year round with temperature usually will be from 30 °C to 35 °C during the day, and slightly cooler night at around 28 °C. Malacca still sees a little bit of rain, usually just drizzling though a shower is also a possibility.
Festivals and events are plenty in Malacca. These are celebrated throughout the year. One of the biggest festivals celebrated in Malacca is the Hungry Ghost Festival. It is usually celebrated on the 15th night of the seventh month in the Chinese calendar. Dragon Boat Festival is a Chinese cultural festival, celebrated in June. There will be Dragon Boat racing, involving local and international participants. It is one of the biggest festivals in Malacca. Feast of Saint Pedro is celebrated in the Portuguese Settlement Melaka on 29th June with plenty of dancing, music and banquets.
1. Melaka River Cruise – This is the perfect way to get a quick tour of Malacca city. It is a 45-minute cruise, starting from the Muara Jetty to Taman Rempah Jetty. The journey is nine kilometres long. There are plenty of historical buildings along the trip. A ticket for an adult is just RM 15, while for a child under 12 is RM 5.
2. Jonker Street – A trip to Malacca is considered not complete without going to Jonker Street, in the heart of the city. Rows of souvenirs and antique shops, art galleries and museums flanked the street. Friday and Saturday nights, Jonker Street comes alive with the night
3. Banda Hilir attraction – Banda Hilir is another top tourist destination in Malacca city that is filled with historical monuments such as the Stadthuys and the St. Paul's Church. The famous Maritime Museum and the Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum are also located in Banda Hilir.