Melaka City is the capital city of the historical Melaka, Malaysia. In 2010, it was estimated that this state had a population of 485,885. Being the oldest city in the Straits of Malacca, Melaka City is obviously a must-go place that is appropriate for your short getaway. This unique city was founded by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince who ran to the Malay Peninsula when Srivijaya fell to the Majapahit. After the establishment of Melaka Sultanate, the city became a melting pot for traders from the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia as well as the Portuguese who planned to dominate the trade route in Asia. In 2008, this city was announced as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its long history. The economy of Malacca City is mainly based on tourism. Situated along the Maritime Silk Road, this city’s famous attractions include Little India, A Famosa, Stadhuys, Maritime Museum, Taming Sari Tower and Portuguese Settlement. So, what are you waiting for?
Melaka City is easily accessible by land transportations. To get to the destination from Kuala Lumpur, drive along North-South Highway and be there in about 90 minutes. If you prefer to travel by bus from Kuala Lumpur, take a bus from Southern Bus Terminal to Melaka Sentral with price as low as RM10. Enjoy the picturesque view along the journey by KTM Commuter Train and take stop at Pulau Sebang. From there, take a cab to get to Melaka City. By air, domestic flights to Melaka International Airport, Batu Berendam are available. Within the city itself, public transportations like buses and taxis are available.
Jonker Walk which is also known as China Town is one of the must-go places when you are in Melaka. Its road starts from across Melaka River near Stadhuys. Lined with old and antique shop lots dating back to the 17th century, this would be the best place for you to buy souvenirs, handicrafts, antiques, textiles or Melaka-themed things to bring home. Do not forget to bargain for best prices! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, there will be a long night market that you can visit. Street food like deep fried squids, satays and fried ice creams must be in your list! Visitors can also enjoy drinking the sweet and juicy watermelon juice straight from the hand-sized watermelon! When you get too tired to walk, hop on a themed trishaw and tour the area. There are also cafés available should you crave for something heavy to eat.
Located near to Melaka’s famous beach, Klebang Coconut Shake will help you quench your thirst. Famous for its coconut shake, visitors can be seen queueing up patiently to get a hold of the drink. If you prefer to have it there, you go to its bigger stall located near to the take-away stall. At the bigger stall, visitors are offered with plenty of food choices like nasi lemak, fried noodles, keropok lekor and traditional cakes. Those who have visited Klebang Coconut Shake prefer to have special coconut shake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as the topping. It would cost a bit cheaper if you go for the ordinary coconut shake. It opens every day from 10 a.m. onwards and closes at 7 p.m. As for Friday, it operates after the Friday Prayer and closes at 10 p.m.
Located at Kampung Dua, Jonker Street, this hotel is suitable for tight budget travellers. Priced from RM53.72 per night, this hotel provides a 24-hour receptionist service. Its public facilities include room service, parking, WiFi in public area and coffee/tea in lobby. For the comfort of residing guests, the hotel has in-room facilities like bathrobe, TV, air conditioning, shower and DVD player.