Speaking of Malaysia, everyone will think of going to Kuala Lumpur to check-in with the famous Petronas Twin Towers, shopping in luxury commercial central or enjoying typical Malaysian cuisine. But if you want to discover a more exciting, ancient, peaceful and rich Malaysian culture, then you definitely has to go to Malacca.
Malacca or Melaka is a popular tourist city in Malaysia, about 150km south of the capital. It is dubbed ‘Venice of Asia’ with its calm rivers, ancient houses, unique architecture and peaceful space.You will feel the combination of different cultures, between the indigenous cultures of the Malays, Western cultures (British colonies) and Chinese and Indian culture. Because of its interference and combination that this city was recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritage in 2008.
The best time to visit
The best time to travel to Malacca is from December to April every year when the weather is comfortable to take part in outdoor activities. But you should consider because the time from the beginning of December to the end of January is Malaysia’s peak tourist season, coinciding with the big holidays like New Year, Christmas, and Lunar New Year. As a result, the travel cost, especially hotel price, transportation… is also rising and it is difficult to find good accommodation at a reasonable cost.
Moving to Malacca
Because of this beautiful city about 150km from Kuala Lumpur, you have many ways to get there.
Once you get to Kuala Lumpur, you can take a bus to Malacca. Some bus company you can refer as Transnasional (pick point: KLIA 2 Airport), or you go to the station Bersepadu Selatan to buy ticket from companies like LA Holidays, Delima (this firm has the most trips to Malacca per day) or KPB Ekspress. The bus will stop at Melaka Sentral, from here you take the bus number 17 to the old town. Every 15 minutes, there will be a stopover in Dutch square with very cheap fare of 1.5 MYR (1 USD ~ 3.95 MYR)
From Johor Bahru you can also buy a bus ticket to Lakin for 8 MYR and from here take another bus to reach Malacca within 3 hours.
Alternatively, you can also choose other means such as plane, train or taxi; however, it is not convenient as bus:
– By plane: The Melaka Airport is located in Batu Berendam, 20 km to the North of city, connecting flights from Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
– By train: The train will stop at Tampin Station, 38 km north of Melaka. From here, take a taxi to the center for about MYR 60
– By taxi: This is probably the most expensive option, priced from MYR 254 for 1 – 2 hours of driving.
Moving in Malacca:
The heritage of Malacca is not so large, we recommend you take advantage of walking or bicycling (rent 3 MYR per hour) to both save money and improve health, just feel the pace of life, unique history and culture in this place. In addition, the must-try vehicle there is trishaw tricycle with vibrant music and eye-catching decorations of lovely dolls. The price is around MYR 50 / hour or MYR 20 for a one-way trip in the city but remember to bargain for a cheaper price.
The city also has taxis but we do not recommend it because of the price is reasonable (15 MYR / trip). Those who miss out on late arrivals from 1 to 6 am will have to pay 50% more for drivers.
Where should stay in Malacca?
Malacca is a well-known tourist city along with developed hotel system. The commonality of hotels there are good quality, diversified services and convenient location besides the cost of rent are considered quite favorable compared to the general price of other destinations. For your convenience in finding good accommodation there, GoAsiaDayTrip will advise you a few good hotels:
- Hatten Hotel Melaka:
Address: Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca City Center
This is a 4 star hotel with the lowest price only 47 USD / room. This luxury hotel is rated 8.5 / 10 on Agoda.com. This is also a well-known hotel in Malacca with a beautiful location convenient to move to the city’s major attractions such as Aquarium, Central Mahatma…
- Ramada Plaza Melaka:
Address: Jalan Bendahara, Malacca City Center, Malacca,
The hotel has 5-star standard with 294 rooms and the price is only 48.09 USD / room. With a high-end hotel at reasonable, it is not difficult to explain why this Malacca hotel is always out of room even in low season. You should not overlook this opportunity
- Estadia Hotel:
Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Melaka Raya
With 3-star standard, price 42.69 USD / night, rating 8.4 / 10. This is one of the hottest mid-range hotels in Malacca.
- Hotel Hong @ Jonker Street Melaka:
Address: 7B Jalan Masjid, Kampung Hulu, Jonker Quarter,
This 2-star hotel has received countless good responses from visitors as evidence that it achieved a very high score of 8.5 / 10. The price is very attractive from only $ 16.34 per day, where you can visit many major tourist attractions of the city such as Masjid Kampung Hulu, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Jonker’s Walk …
Where to go in Malacca?
Famous for being a heritage city with unique architecture of various cultures, Malacca will bring you a lot of fun while exploring every corner of the city. You will not be surprised by the peaceful development of four different religions on the same street, or aversion to peace on both sides of the river.
See the detail information about attractive tourist spots Malacca here