Jonker is the name given to a Chinatown in the state of Melaka. It is named based on the stretch of street it is located, the Jonker Street. The street is named slightly different in Bahasa Malaysia, Jalan Hang Jebat. Back in the years when the Dutch still colonized in Melaka, the street was where they lived. After the Dutch left, the street became the nobleman's streets where rich Peranakans settled down and opened their businesses. Now, the street is filled with shops, and also the deep historical and cultural feels to it. The Jonker Walk is located in the centre of Melaka, across the Melaka River, near Stadthuys. It has become one of the must go place whenever people come to Melaka.
Driving to Melaka via the North-South Highway if starting the journey from Kuala Lumpur and the trip will take approximately one hour forty-five minutes
Several bus companies provide services from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, in Kuala Lumpur, to Melaka and there are busses leaving almost every half an hour. The regular ticket price will cost around RM 10 one way and the time taken is slightly more, which is at two hours.
The best choice of transportation if time is not something to be worried about. The trip will take more than three hours.
Night market is a staple throughout Malaysia and you can find it almost in every districts of every states. Produces, ready-made foods and delicacies, clothing and ornaments are among the items that you can frequently find in a night market, and Joker Walk Night Market is no different. However, it has been acknowledged that it is the best night market in the country. This is due to the stalls being so well organized. There is wide array of stalls to choose from, friendly hawkers, and even live music play throughout the night market. Here, you can test your skills in bargaining with the vendors that sell souvenirs and ornaments. The night market comes to live every Friday and Saturday night, filling the street like colours and party-like atmospheres. Apart from the stalls from the night market, there are tables and chairs from the nearby restaurants and bars, spoiling the visitors with tremendous amount of food choices. The night market starts from six in the evening and last until midnight.
Just five hundred metres away from Jonker street, there is a museum that shows a beautiful collection of Baba Nyonya history. The museum is located in three restored houses that are arranged to resemble a 19th century Baba Nyonya residence. The houses were built in the year 1896, connected to one another with a common covered footway. There are hand-painted tiles, carved teakwood swing doors – the characteristics and essences of a Baba Nyonya culture. The museum also provides a tour with a guide that has extensive knowledge about everything baba nyonya including their folklores. The tour will last around forty-five minutes. The museum opens from ten in the morning until 12.30 pm and re-open again at two until 4.30pm.
A luxury hotel in the heart of Jonker Walk. It has received great reviews from previous patrons, with a rate of 9 out of 10 stars. Strategic location, great environment, best services are among the top three why their patrons keep on coming back. With a hefty price tag starting at RM 743 per room per night, people will expect to get the best out of what they are paying, and that is just what this hotel delivers. The location is just a couple of hundred metres from Melaka River cruise, hundred metres from Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum and other attractions, all in walking distance.