Melaka… by far my favourite city in Malaysia. Went to this small city twice for 2 consecutive years and I still can’t get enough of its simplicity and charm.
WHAT TO DO
Melaka Port & River: This is the view I fell in love with by the river of Melaka. I’ll never get tired sitting in the afternoon while waiting for the sun set enjoyed by the company of friends or just by being alone.
The Stadthuy’s Complex: You won’t miss this red complex which is the centre of Dutch colonialism 400 years ago, well-preserved and still standing for the present generation to appreciate.
Jonker Street: This is the place for the serious antique collectors, the bargain hunters or the foodie. By day, antique, craft and souvenir shops are open for the discerning shoppers. By night, it turns into a walk-in street with food stalls and market carts. Adding to the character of this street are the old buildings with its rich cultural past mixed with today’s modern knick-knacks.
St. Paul’s Hill (A’Famosa): Remnants of the Dutch’s rise and fall in the Far East is evident in the their vast fortress leaving only the entrance of the A’Famosa fort and St. Paul’s Church at the top of the hill.
Menara Taming Sari: Get a 360 view of Melaka a top the revolving Menara Taming Sari.
Entrance Fee: USD5.50 | RM20 (Adult), USD2.25 | RM10 (Child) | Visting Hours: 10:00AM-10:00PM
Trishaw Ride: Ride in style and in tune while enjoying the streets of Melaka on a trishaw clad with colourful designs and songs from your favourite Disney and Sanrio cartoon characters.
Museums: Step into the past with a number of naval and air museums walking back into Melaka’s historic past under the Dutch.
WHERE TO EAT
Lao San Cafe | Lorong Hang Jebat
Savor authentic Malaysian curry chicken and spicy wings along this cafe by the river.
Port Cafe Lounge
A choice of local or imported beer coupled with appetizers like sausages and wedges and complemented by the river ambient to cap your night.
Chicken Rice Ball
Any viand like the Prawns in Tamarind Sauce or curry is best partnered with their well-known Chicken Rice Balls.
Fast Food I KFC or Food Court
Make it a point to try an internationally known fast food and see what’s uniquely served only in their city. KFC Malaysia have their own chicken rice best enjoyed with their finger-lickin good fried chicken.
Also try individual food stalls that offer a variety of authentic Malaysian cuisine.
WHERE TO STAY
Hatten Hotel Melaka: A hidden gem inside one of Melaka’s malls will make this hotel a home away from home with their big and spacious rooms, a restaurant with the view of the city and amenities that will surely be enjoyed by either your families and friends.
Hatten Hotel Melaka, Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia | +60 6-286 9696 | Rate Starts at USD65 or RM248
HOW TO GET THERE
From the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2, you can either take a bus or a taxi to Melaka for a 1Hour and 30Mins land trip. Buses are available from 12:15AM to 9:15PM at USD 6 | RM21.90 and 24/7 for taxi at USD42 | RM160 with 50% night differential rate from 11:30PM to 6:00AM.
I can still imagine this view in my head 🙂
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