Visiting Malaysia is not complete without going to the historical state of Malacca. Malacca 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 Malacca, Malacca became a trading centre with goods from China, India, Middle East, Thailand and neighbouring countries passing through the port of Malacca.
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.
Try taking the decorated trishaw at The Stadthuys.
Melaka together with Georgetown in Penang have been inscripted as historical cities under Unesco's World Heritage Sites (WHS) in July 2008. The first area is the St. Paul's Hill Civic Zone which consists of the government buildings, the original fortress town built during the time of Portuguese and Dutch occupation, Bukit Cina, museums and churches.
The second area is the Historic Residential and Commercial Zone which consists of more than 600 shophouses, religious buildings, commercial and residential buildings as well as tombs on the four main streets. Explore them..
Malacca vacation is not complete without visiting the following attractions. See the historical heritage of Malacca where many of the old buildings dated back to the 16th century still stand strong today. See A Famosa, St. Paul's Church, St. Peter's Church, The Stadthuys and Christ Church all of which are within walking distance of one another. Try taking the trishaw and make sure you take a good picture as you ride as a memento for you to bring home. Not to be missed is the 45 minutes cruise along Malacca River and the Maritime Museum.
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.
The distinctive salmon red colour Christ Church, a Dutch architecture heritage.
The Christ Church building is located just beside The Stadthuys. Built by the Dutch as a place of worship for the people at that time, you will be able to see interesting design such as the ceiling beams that were constructed without any joints, the tombstone with Armenian inscriptions, the handmade pews and brass Bible. Notice also the "Last Supper" of Jesus and His Twelve Disciples shown in glazed tiles.
When the British took over Malacca, the building was converted to become an Anglican church where a bell tower and weathercock were added and remains until today. You can visit this place by getting the permission from the church officials. This building is a must when you plan your Malacca vacation itinerary.
Further information can be obtained by calling +6 06 284 8804.
St. Francis Xavier's Church
Built by a Catholic French priest, Rev. Farve in 1849, this Gothic styled church was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier who was a missionary to South East Asia in the 16th century. St. Francis Xavier had been to Penang Island as well and was known as "The Apostle of the East" for his missionary endeavours in this region.
You can visit the place by getting the permission from the church officials.
Further information can be obtained by calling +6 06 282 4770.
Malacca vacation - Melaka River Cruise
Your Malacca vacation is not complete without taking a cruise down Malacca River. Costing only RM10 for adult and RM5 for children, this 45 minutes tour will take you pass many Dutch style buildings. Remember to take along your camera and take interesting pictures of the old shop houses, bridges and Kampung Morten Malay village.
The cruise can be taken at the quay behind the tourist information centre.
Further information can be obtained by calling +6 06 286 5468.
The Malacca River and the surrounding area. The cruise will be on this river.
The cruise boat
Malacca vacation - Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum near the city centre is located along Jalan Quayside. It housed a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Malacca. The exhibit at this museum showed the history of Malacca from the time of the Malacca Sultanate to the pre-independence time of Malaysia. You will be able to see models of iron chests, old charts, ships and maps.
The beautiful replica of Flor de la Mar Maritime Museum located along Jalan Quayside.
See more pictures and information about this museum here.
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..