Malacca is the historical state of Malaysia, it’s a place that is beaming with culture and heritage and is an incredible city to just go and explore, even if it’s for just one day. There’s lots of great things to do in Malacca as the city is filled with gorgeous heritage buildings, streets that emanate culture and colonial structures that tell a hundred stories. You will be able to see all the effects of the colonial forces who all made contact with Malaysia and shaped it into what it is nowadays. You’ll be able to see the effect of those forces – from the British, Dutch and Portuguese to much more in every single museum, street, church and of course, towers. This city offers the cultural experience of a lifetime.
From Singapore to Malacca is easy because the drive is about 3.5 hours, and it’s a lot of fun to just change scenery and go somewhere new. The buses are also very cheap, so it’s common as a weekend trip! Sometimes even a day trip to Malacca from Singapore.
How To Get To Malacca
There are so many ways you can get to Malacca from Kuala Lampur. You can choose a bus, taxi or rental car, and you’ll be comfortable enough in all three options. In fact, a lot of people who live in Kuala Lampur to Malacca do it in the weekends for a bit of food and a bit of history and culture!
Malacca By Air
This is the most expensive of all options and is not that needed for travel from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca. The airport has actually just been renovated recently but it’s still not in the best shape. The flight is about 1.5 hours and then you can take a bus from KLIA to Malacca if you please.
Malacca By Bus
Of course, if you’re more on a budget, then the bus is the cheapest option to get to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur. There are daily buses that go to Malacca from so many different locations around Malaysia, so it will be easy to visit from there from wherever you are. The most popular of them all is the bus-stop in Kuala Lampur called Puduraya and has more than one bus going to Malacca every single day. Again, the trip will take about 2.5 hours so it won’t be that long to actually visit there. You’ll take the same time as if you were on a car.
The ticket isn’t that expensive and costs about 12.50 RM one-way and you’ll be arriving to Melaka Sentral Bus Station. From there, you can either take the local bus to the center of the town, or you can just take a taxi if it’s a short ride to your hotel.
Malacca City By Car
If you want to go Malacca by car (whether yours or rental), the whole trip will be a breeze. You can easily rent a car from the dozens of car rental companies with their dozens of pickup locations throughout all of the country. If you want a car company that has a drop off and pick up points at both the airport and the city center, then you can try Hawk Malaysia for that option. The whole ordeal will be super easy and you’ll be able to get there in approximately 2.5 hours.
The best thing about all of this is right in front of St. Francis Xavier’s Church, you can find a large car park where you can park your car for RM10. If you want, you can also check some of the trishaw drives as they would be willing to drive you through the town for a little amount of money.
Malacca By Train
Please note that there are no train stations in Malacca.
Accommodation In Malacca
You won’t have any problems looking for accommodation as there are a lot of hotels and hostels with great quality, and even a lot of apartments for rent as well.
Things To Do In Malacca
There are dozens of things you can do in Malacca including:
- Paul’s Church – this was actually a church that was owned by the Portuguese and was then turned into a cemetery. It’s quite an interesting attraction that you can see that reflects the period of the Dutch occupation.
- Porta de Santiago – This was also another attraction built by the Portuguese. It was first used as a fortress, and was used against the Dutch in the water.
- The Stadthuys – This is a Dutch buildings with very quintessential Dutch traits that was built by the Dutch governor.
- The Christ Church – This is another church built by the Dutch and showcases the architecture beautifully. Everything about it is very Dutch, and you’ll enjoy exploring around.
- If you want famous temples and churches, make sure to check out Jonker Street, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and more Portuguese settlements. You’ll soon get to realize that all the place is a blend of quintessential cultures all melting together.
- You can also try taking a boat trip throughout the river running through the city. This way you’ll get to actually see the beauty of the city from the waters. The trip will cost you about RM10 for adults and RM5 for children. The whole tour will take about 30-40 minutes and will be more than enough time to actually enjoy the pleasant city, the lights and the attractions from the river.
- Jonker Street Night Market – This is a must visit if you want to visit Malacca. It’s considered the artistic hub of Malacca, and you’ll get to enjoy the countless art galleries, quirky stores, and shops that have the most diverse and unique products.
- Temple Street boasts a lot of nice shops that have everything from traditional plaques to ancient buildings.
- The night market is where you can buy literally anything and everything – from food, drinks, snacks, vintage antiques, and souvenirs. All for a very small price! Get ready for a delicious Chicken Rice Ball restaurant meal that is very well popular among all the local people living in Malacca.
How Can You Explore Around Malacca City?
If you want to explore, you can either walk around, or if you want to get as many historical sites in as possible, then you can also try the double decker buses, or the normal buses that go around.
Try the Malacca City Tour because it actually allows you to hop on and off the bus to visit the historical site, therefore filling your entire day with sigh-seeing. You can also opt for a more interesting option called the Panorama Melaka which shows more interesting places around that place.
Despite those buses usually being expensive in other cities, in Malcca it’s actually RM5 per person per day for the double decker bus, or simply RM2 for the Panorama Melaka.