Visiting Malaysia is not complete without going to the historical state of Melaka. Melaka was founded by Parameswara, a Hindu Prince from the Kingdom of Srivijaya in Sumatra in the year 1403. After he embraced Islam and became the Sultan of Melaka, Melaka became a trading centre with goods from China, India, Middle East, Thailand and neighbouring countries passing through the port of Melaka.
As a result of Melaka's strategic location, the Portuguese conquered it in 1511 followed by the Dutch in 1641 and finally by the British in 1824. The Japanese was ruling it for a while during World War Two from 1942 to 1945. Malacca gained independence as one of the states of Malaysia on August 31, 1957
The english spelling for this state used to be Malacca but has since been changed to Melaka. We will use these two terms here and they mean the same thing.
Malacca vacation - A'Famosa
This landmark as shown in the picture above is a must for all visitors to Malacca. Known also as Porta de Santiago, this fortress was built by Portuguese Admiral Alfonso d'Albuquerque in the year 1511. A big part of it was destroyed during the Dutch invasion and what remains today is just a small section of the fortress left behind by the Portuguese. Malacca vacation is not complete without visiting this ruin.
The admission to this attraction is FREE.
Click here for a more detailed description of this fort.
The Stadthuys at the background was built in 1650 as residence of Dutch governors and their officers.
The Stadthuys is another major landmark left behind by the Dutch. Used to be white in colour, this building was refurbished and painted Salmon red colour to match the colour of the surrounding buildings. When completed in 1650, it was used as official residence for Dutch governors and their officers.
Today, this building is used to house the Museum of History and Ethnography.
9am - 5pm (Monday to Friday)
9am - 9pm (Saturday and Sunday)
RM5 for adult and RM2 for children.
Further information can be obtained by calling +6 06 284 1934.
There are many international standards hotels in Malacca. Some of the popular Malacca Hotels include The Bayview Hotel Melaka, Equatorial Hotel, Everly Resort, Grand Continental Hotel, Legacy Hotel, Mahkota Hotel Melaka, Renaissance Melaka Hotel and Seri Costa Hotel. The latest one is the Hatten Hotel which is located on the shopping mall itself.
Visitors usually fly to Kuala Lumpur or Penang before going to Melaka.
If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, Melaka is approximately 145 km away and it will take you 2 hours drive to reach here. Regular bus and taxi service are available at Melaka Sentral, a new bus and taxi terminal 6 km away from the city centre.
Further information can be obtained by calling Melaka Sentral terminal at +6 06 288 1321.
See the restaurants that you can go to while in Melaka to savour Portuguese, Nyonya or Chinese Chicken Ball Rice cuisine.
St. Paul's Church
See the ruin of St Paul Church that was built by the Portuguese.
Nightlife In Melaka
Experience the nightlife of Melaka by joining the locals at the night market, visiting Melaka Zoo, A Famosa Cowboy Town..
A Famosa Resort
A Famosa Resort in Melaka is one of the theme park attractions that you should consider going with your entire family. This 520 hectare integrated resort has attractions that will enable you to spend your day from morning till the evening.
This is the main transportation hub in Melaka. You can find taxis and buses to various destination here.
Find out more about Baba Nyonya of Melaka in Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum.
Visit this popular street, buy some souvenir and taste some of the local delicacies here.
This distinctive landmark was built by the Dutch and is still in use today.
There are plenty of activities that you can do while visiting Melaka Town. Shopping, food..