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No. 57, Jalan D'Alburquerque, Portuguese Settlement, , Melaka, Malaysia, 75050
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Malacca, a city, and state located in Malaysia. The history of Malacca is an impressive one, unfortunately the city’s impressive nature has been largely left in the past. It is, however, something of a modern day phoenix, as the city has begun to pull itself out of the ashes of its past and into something as impressive as its once glorious past.
In the time when Kuala Lumpur was exactly what its name suggests; muddy confluence, better known as swamp, and Penang was simply a grain of sand in an oyster on its way to become “The Pearl of the Orient”, Malacca was an impressive trading port; one of the best in Southeast Asia.
It was once a city of hard fought conquests, maritime greatness and supreme grandeur, unfortunately, thanks largely to the emergence of Singapore, the city fell from grace. This loss of global importance came at just the right time for Malacca, as it provided the foundation for its future purpose. The loss of trade ensured the impressive and antique architecture of the region was left pristine. So many cities remove theirs in favour of new splendour, Malacca’s remained intact and led to its naming as the historical state.
The swagger has returned to this once glorious city, its historic centre has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the tourists are pouring in, coming to visit the museums night markets and view the amazing architecture.
The area of Malacca is split into three main areas. There is Central Malacca, which is presided over by Malacca City. There are then two more areas, which are larger in size, but smaller in terms of population. Alor Gajah, and Jasin. Both are governed by towns bearing the same respective name.
Initially the city was a small and simple fishing village inhabited by local Malay people. The city proper begun on its way to its current day set up around 1400. It coincided with the arrival of Sri Majara, the last Sultan of an area which became Singapore. Upon his arrival he found a good port, and a strategic location. Malacca was born.
Thanks to its location, and good port, it quickly became an important stopping point for Zheng He’s fleet. Local lore suggests this importance was rewarded with a daughter of the Emperor of the Ming dynasty marrying the then Sultan, and bringing with her 500 attendants.
The city fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Alfonso de Albuquerque came with 1,200 men and 17 ships. The Hindus, Chinese and Burmese were spared, the same can’t be said for the native Muslims. They were all either killed or sold to slavery. This really puts the British issue with immigration into perspective. They invaded with the idea of controlling all Asian trade, but it resulted in severe disruption in the area.
Such was the importance of the port to the area’s trade, it wasn’t long before others came prowling for control. Dutch invasions began with a Jesuit missionary in the 1540s, by the start of the 1600s they were full blown attacks on the port. Finally, by 1641, the Dutch defeated the Portuguese and took control. They ruled until 1798, but weren’t interested in it as a port, they were more interested in removing it as one, allowing Batavia to prosper.
Later on it was ceded to the British in 1824, in exchange for Bencoolen, Sumatra. It remained so until 1946 when it formed the Straits Settlements with Singapore and Penang. It was briefly occupied by Japan during World War 2.
There is Malacca International Airport; IATA: MKZ, ICAO; WMKM. Once known as Batu Berendam Airport, and it is located around about 10km outside of the main city. The majority of flights come from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and there are a few international stops.
There are a number of frequent bus links between Malacca and various nearby cities, such as Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru and Singapore. The majority of the long distance busses now terminate at the Malacca Central Bus Terminal, which is an unfortunate 4.5km out of town. To get into the city, take the Number 17 bus from behind the terminal. It will take you to the Chinatown and Taming Sari.
To get in from Kuala Lumpur, take a bus from the new Bersepadu Selatan Terminal. It is located close to the LRT and MRT commuter stations in Siyth Bandar Tasik. Busses leave every half hour and cost around 12 Ringgit.
The bus from Singapore originates in City Plaza, schedules may vary, and do be warned, it is popular for Singaporeans to leave Saturday and return Sunday. So it is recommended to avoid this. To save money, you could go first to Johor Bahru and then onto Malacca. Time is similar, but the cost is smaller. Time takes between 3 and 5 hours depending on the border crossing.
Malacca is easily accessed by the North South Expressway. When going northward go along the E2, and exit at the Ayer Keroh exit. You could also leave the highway at Simpang Empat exit, and then take the usual road to Malacca. It will take you through Alor Gajah.
The city is certainly not small, but travelling on foot is more than feesible. Another option is using a bicycle. It’s cheap and green too. For 24 hours it is just MYR10.00, plus MYR 250.00 as a returnable deposit.
It is mostly advised to choose a well located hotel. Transportation is not the best.
There is a monorail. It’s 1.6km long, and runs in the Northern area. Opened in October 2010, and then closed by December 2010 due to issues. It was reopened in 2012, but it didn’t last long. As of the start of 2016, it’s still closed, and seemingly in a permenant way.
It is a historical city, and historically, cities such as this are not renownedd for their traffic handling ability. As such there are frequent traffic jams. Finding a car park is even harder. Better not on the whole.
Metered taxis are pretty much everywhere. Taxis which aren’t metered are easily ound on Jalan Kee Ann. Short trips are best on these, and be sure to haggle hard. English isn’t common, but they are relaitvely friendly.
The bus system in Malacca is pretty much terrible. There isn’t apparent schedule, and waits are not uncommon. They are fairly wide reaching though if you’re patient enough. The Southern bus terminal does hold a lot of various destinations within it.
Excellent for a short hop here and there. They are loud, lary, entertaining and must be tried at least once. RM40 an hour is the typical rate, but ensure that any haggling is done beforehand. It stops any unwanted surprises at the end.
The city and state is, like most of Malaysia, multi-linguistic. Officially the main language is Malaysian, a simple language which is similar to Indonesian; the two share a c
Malacca is a hot and humid city all year long. It is a typically tropical city, and like most tropical areas it has two distinct seasons. These seasons are rainy and dry. The rainy season occurs during October through to March, the rest of the year is relatively dry, but large downpours are always a possibility.
Daily you can expect temperatures between the low to mid 30s, and with high levels of humidity. Humidity levels do drop slightly in the dry season. At night the temperature typically drops to a few degrees below 30.
ommon origin. However, there is some differentiation within the local language, Malaccan Malay is the more commonly used version of the official language. Pronunciation and vocabulary is somewhat different to the norm.
English is commonly spoken, it is very common in the tourist and business sectors. There are a number of minority languages too. These include Chinese, Tamil, Kristang and in addition, a few local ethnic languages.
The typical attraction of Malacca is the historical centre. It is a perfect preservation of old Malacca. People come from all over the world to see its ancient architecture and all the excellent museums.
A beautiful, relaxing, and romantic cruise down the Malacca River. From the jetty close to the Martime museum to just the other side of Kampung Morten. It goes through the main trade area of Malacca’s golden era.
It is most advised to take the night cruise, it is much more atmospheric. Unfortunately dual pricing is in effect here. Foreigners typically pay more than the natives, judge that as you will.
Held in the large field just behind the Sultan Palace, close to the Independance Memorial Museum. This impressive, informative, and entertaining show is a retelling of Malacca’s rich history. It takes approximately an hour, and shows are held daily at 8:30pm and costs around 10RM. If you are interested in history, especially the history of this excellent city, then it is a much see exhibit.
If you’re looking for impressive views, then this is the absolute “go-to” of the city. The Taming Sari Revolving Tower on Jalan Merdeka. It is a 110m tower which seats just under 70 people at a time. It then takes you on a 7 minute revolving ride to show you the entirety of the city.
Take a stroll around the city, then head on up for a whole new perspective. It is open all day and fees range from RM5 to RM20. It depends on whether you have a MyKad card and your age.
A superb location for a family vacation. It adds an extra dimension to the holiday which is perfect for kids. The deluxe water park is all about fun for the kids; it is the perfect foil after a hard, and hot day walking around the city.
It is well located, which is essential when considering the city’s terrible transport system. Just a 15 minute walk to the city centre, and all the amazing historical attractions.
The hotel is well facilitated. There is a splendid gym, and even a mini art museum,
Malacca is still somewhat a business area, and this is the perfect hotel for a business traveller. Of course, it is also perfect if you like the more luxurious life of travel.
It is an impressive building, it has 22 floors to it, so it is also very large. There are some incredible views of the city, especially the colonial buildings. There are also a few rooms with a view of the straits, it is possible to request either way depending on availability.
The restaurants on site are excellent and more than worth trying. They are famed in Malacca for their excellent renditions of the Peranakan cuisine. Peranakan is the unique blend of Chinese and Malay food, it is a must try for anyone in the area.
With the terrible transportation, well located is essential to a good hotel here. This hotel provides the best access to the colonial amazements of the city.
The access is twofold, not only on the ground but also with its amazing views of the area. It also has some views of the straits.
It is a well catered hotel, and the grilled meats are well recommended by all who go there. They have their own BBQ pit, and this makes the whole event of eating there very special.
The culture of Malacca is as diverse as pretty much every other area of Malaysia. It’s complexity is such that it even has one culture which is primarily the offspring of two of the others; Peranakan.
The majority of people are Malay, but there is a large portion of Chinese and Peranakans, the latter being a mixture of Chinese and Malay. Additional to this would be Indians and Chitty, which make up a small percentage of the population.
Ultimately, the biggest way to understand this cultural complexity is through its food. With such a complex array of cultures, the food is incredible. One must simply do a tour of the local eateries and try all of these. Peranakan, a mixture of Malay and Chinese, is known as being one of the most incredible cuisines on the planet.
Malacca’s nightlife is somewhat limited, the country is mostly Islamic so it isn’t overly popular with the locals. There is a small scene however, and most of it can be found on Malacca.
Located just behind Holiday inn at the pier. It is typically a R&B club, but there are some other music options. It is one of the few places which go on past midnight, so if you don’t like the music, then basically tough.
Once known as Krabau Rock Cafe, it is located on Jalan Hang Lekir. It is actually opened until 2am, and is known for being a cooler, and more chill place to hang out. It has an old world feel to it, and this shown in its music. This ranges from reggae and ska, to soul. It is a great place for beer and cocktails with very reasonable prices.
Like so much of Asia, Malacca’s culture is best served in its restaurants, street vendors.
Located on Jalan Bendahara, A17 Flat.
All about local food, and in a unique setting. It’s a small shop located under a flat. It serves excellent curries, and rice or noodle dishes. The laksa is excellent and the pricing is even better. It is a nice hangout area, and very far from the typical tourist areas, which are often crowded and expensive. If you want to try the local food on the way to the Dutch square, it’s perfect.
Located on Jalan Kampong Pantai, number 80 & 82.
This a retro cafe, with a laid back vibe and an incredible view of the river. There is a wide array of incredible food, it ranges from western, local and even well done fusion. There is the option to sit indoors with AC, or outdoors where you can see the river boats cruise by. It is a beautiful scene. Be sure to try the Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang, the former is a national dish, and he latter is one adopted from Indonesia.
Be sure to get a centrally located hotel. Do not get one too far from the main attractions. The transportation is chaotic at best; at worst it’s downright impossible. You’ll spend a lot of time walking, so don’t choose a place too far from it all.
The only other way to get around easily, which isn’t on foot, would be a rickshaw. It might be best to book one by the day, it gets the operator more money, overall, and you’ll likely save some too. Set the price beforehand, and also pay at the end. There are too many tourists who pay up front only to return to a long done rickshaw.
When selecting a street vendor, also known as a hawker, let the locals be your guide. If it’s not busy, then ask yourself why. The locals will know the places which are the best, and most importantly, the cleanest. No one wants a trip ended early with a bad gut.