Malacca Weekend Getaway, Malaysia

On one weekend we decided to visit Malacca or ‘Melaka’ in Malay and travelled 3 ½ hours by bus from Singapore to beat the hustle and bustle of city life. Being a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2008, this historical state will take you back in time and give you a mixed taste of Portuguese and Peranakan culture.

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We arrived Malacca at noon and immediately checked in at our hotel, Hatten Hotel. As our accommodation is strategically located in the heart of the city, most of the historical places are just a stone’s throw away.

Here are the places where our feet took us.

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Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org

1. Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Beaming with very elegant architecture, this museum houses photos and memorabilias of Malaysia’s quest to independence.

Address
Kompleks Pelancongan, Jalan Parameswara, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Operating Hours
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM / 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed on Monday except during school and public holiday

Admission is FREE

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2. Malacca Sultanate Palace

This structure was modelled from the palace of Sultan Mansur Shah from the 15th century. Inside you will find numerous exhibits of traditional arts, costumes and vintage weaponry.
It also boasts of a beautiful and serene garden right in front of the ‘istana’ (palace).

Address
Kota, Complex Warisan, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Operating Hours
Wednesday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed on Tuesday except during school and public holiday

Admission
Adults – MYR 2.00
Child – MYR 1.00

3. A’Famosa

The last standing part of the once mighty Portuguese settlement which was destroyed by the Dutch during their invasion. Although it may look like an ordinary fort gate, it Is actually Asia’s oldest standing European architecture.

This spot will not be missed as you need to pass by this pillar before going up St. Paul’s hill.

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4. Ruins of St. Paul’s Church

This century old sanctuary is situated on top of a hill, built by a Portuguese captain to honor the Virgin Mary who saved him from storm while at sea. Today, only the stone walls remain, the day breeze keeps you feeling comfortable while exploring the area.

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5. Christ Church

An easily-recognizable church due to it’s brick colored structure with a huge white cross on its facade. Located in the busy Church street and near Malacca’s Chinatown center,It was built in 1753 to celebrate the Dutch occupation. Well maintained dark interiors make up for an intimate and solemn visit to this church.

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6. Jonker Street

A whole stretch of shops that sells clothes, cheap souvenirs and sample all you want street food. This street comes to life from late afternoon to the wee hours in the morning. On weekends the area is blocked for traffic so people get to walk leisurely.

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To rest our tired and aching feet, we cap our day with a river cruise!

7. Melaka River Cruise

This 45-minute boat ride brings you up and down Malacca river to the Straits of Malacca. It winds past old warehouses, uniquely designed bridges and historic buildings. Colorful shophouses along the river banks makes this leisurely ride a definite feast for the eyes.

Address
Jalan Laksamana, 75000 Malacca

Operating Hours
Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Admission Fee
Adult – MYR 15.00 (foreigner) / MYR 10.00 (local)
Child – MYR 7.00 (foreigner) / MYR 5.00 (local)

How to reach Malacca

From Singapore, there are a lot of direct buses to and from Malacca. You may opt to book from one that stops to major hotels. Although the fare is a bit higher, you then avoid the extra time and hassle of getting off at the bus terminal and taking taxi to your hotel.

Options are also available for those coming from another city within Malaysia

Check fares, schedules and do your booking through this link here.

 

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