Melaka, Malaysia · 918 hotels available
Melaka was founded by Parameswara which was called Iskandar Shah or Sri Majara, the last Raja of Singapore following a Majapahit attack in 1377. Parameswara found his way to Melaka in the year 1400 where he found an accessible port and it was on the strategically located point of the Melaka strait. Before the arrival of the first Sultan, Melaka was a simple fishing village inhabited by local Malay people. This later became Melaka after his arrival and contribution in making Melaka which had become one of the famous ports in the world.
Now, Melaka has become one of the most popular tourist destinations within Malaysia and also worldwide. In 2008, UNESCO listed Melaka as World Heritage Site because many of historical sites are located here. This town is also a home to the newly-relocated Eye on Melaka as well as the two biggest shopping malls in Melaka which are Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. Besides that, Melaka city is also known for local dishes such as asam pedas, cendol and many more. The famous Jonker Street is always filled with local and international tourists and people usually travel to Melaka during weekends to have a good rest and to enjoy the delicious food which the city is famous for.
Local residents here often communicate in Malay language as it is the main language here in Malaysia and English to local and international tourists.
Melaka can be accessed from the North South Expressway and you can drive along E2 route and exit the expressway at the Ayer Keroh. Alternatively, one can leave the highway at the Simpang Empat exit and proceed through normal road to Melaka. The trip from Simpang Empat to Melaka will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes by car.
Besides that, Melaka city also can be accessed by bus rides which often take between 3.5 to 5 hours depending on how long it takes to cross the Singapore-Malaysia borders, which during peak periods can cause massive delay. You will have to get your passport stamped at each end of the border and you must bring luggage with you when you are making an entrance into each country. Many bus companies operate from City Plaza directly to Melaka Sentral. You can also reach Melaka city by bus from Kuala Lumpur which usually takes 2 hours depending on traffic.
Malindo Air and Firefly flies domestically from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Melaka Airport and only limited international flights are provided here to nearby Indonesian destinations. The operation is around 5 times a week to and from Pekanbaru, Sumatra by Sky Aviation and Wings Air. There are also flights to Medan, Indonesia and Subang Airport approximately twice a week.
Jalan Hang Jebat, or Jonker Street is a street in the historical Chinatown of Melaka across the river from the Dutch Square. Jonker Walk is flanked on both sides of the road with heritage houses which was built from the 17th century. Baba and Nyonyas which is also known as Peranakans, descendants of 15th to 16th century Chinese immigrants here were known marrying local Malay women lived and operate their business back then and there are still traces of history on them in Melaka. Now, the street houses turn into many shops selling antiques, textiles, handicrafts and souvenirs. The street is closed off for traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening and shops open until 12 midnight. This street is very popular among local and international tourists selling things such as food, hats, electronics, ice creams, beverages, children stuff and many more.
The Islamic Museum of Melaka is strategically located at centre of Melaka and very near to the Melaka Sultanate Palace which is a replica of palace during the Malay Sultanate. The best way to get to the Islamic Museum of Melaka is via taxi or by driving here yourself. The Islamic Museum of Melaka was built to exhibit documents and artifacts on Islam religion as well as a center to research on how Islam came to Melaka and the spreading of Islam to the entire country. In addition, this museum acts to encourage a greater understanding on Islamic knowledge and be a resource centre for researchers and scholars studying the history of Melaka and Islam as well as to show the role Melaka's ancient links with other centres of Islamic civilization in places such as India, China, Arabia and other parts of South East Asia.The fee to enter the museum is RM1 per adult and RM0.50 per child and opens daily from 9am to 5.30pm.
Hatten Hotel Melaka is a four-star hotel which is 15-minute walk from the Jonker Street located at the heart of Melaka city. This hotel is linked to Dataran Pahlawan through an indoor air-conditioned link bridge and it is also 10-minute walk from A Famosa, Menara Taming Sari and the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum. The rooms here are designed with stylish and modern interiors and well equipped with 2 flat-screen TVs, personal safe and an attached bathroom. There are also pool, sauna and steam rooms as well as restaurants serving variety of local and international dishes. 24-hour room service is also available upon request and other services includes 24-hours Security Surveillance with CCTV Lost & Found Service Complimentary Parking Spaces, Complimentary Internet Access, Wheelchair Service, Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service, Baggage Assistance, Safe Deposit Boxes, Town Shuttle Service and Bicycle Car Rental.
Hotel Sentral Melaka is located at Melaka city and just a 15-minute walk to the famous Jonker Street and a 10-minute drive to Mahkota Parade Shopping Centre. This three star hotel offers around 145 modern rooms with free Wi-Fi access and equipped with a satellite flat-screen TV and tea and coffee maker.Hotel Sentral’s 24-hour front desk can assists guests with luggage storage as well as meeting banquet facilities. Guests can relax and unwind at the in-house restaurant which serves local and international cuisines as well as snacks and pastries. Guests can also enjoy themselves swimming at outdoor pool and visit nearby attractions.