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Malacca

Enjoy the fusion of Malay, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British cultures and architectural styles in this picturesque historical city on Malaysia’s west coast.

Once a bustling trading port, Melaka (Malacca) has a layered history of architecture and culture and is now an internationally recognized heritage site. The diverse mix of temples, mosques, churches and Dutch government buildings, China Town and a Portuguese fortress give this city a truly unique feel.

From Kuala Lumpur, you can reach Melaka in a couple of hours by car or bus. Once there, the Melaka Town Bus can get you around the historical city. Flag down a trishaw, easily spotted thanks to their flowery decorations, or rent a bicycle to explore the sights at your own pace. A lot of Melaka’s attractions and shops close on Tuesdays, so plan accordingly.

Enjoy fresh Portuguese and Malay seafood dishes in the small fishing village known as the Portuguese Settlement, southeast of the city center. Admire the A Famosa ruins and its 16th-century St. Paul’s Church.

More European influence came from the Dutch, who evicted the Portuguese and ruled the port city for more than 150 years. Remaining examples of Dutch architecture are the Red Square’s striking 17th-century Stadthuys (City Hall) and 18th-century Christ Church. The Stadthuys is now the Museum of History and Ethnography.

Get a glimpse of how the Malays lived before European settlement in the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum. On the waterfront, immerse yourself in Melaka’s trading history and explore the Quayside Heritage Centre and the Maritime Museum in a replica Portuguese ship.

At night, take a river cruise to see the historic waterfront warehouses and churches in a different light and sample typical Chinese-Malay cuisine afterwards. In Chinatown (Bukit Cina), the hawkers at the Jonker Street Night Market serve delicious food, skillfully prepared in front of you. Order chicken rice balls and hunt for souvenirs and antiques after your meal.

To end your day, stroll along the Melaka waterfront for a view of the brilliantly lit mosque, Masjid Selat Melaka, on nearby Melaka Island.


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Hatten Hotel Melaka RM217
Hatten Hotel Melaka

Hatten Hotel Melaka

Hatten Square, Jln Merdeka, Malacca
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 2,977 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Malacca, this spa hotel is steps from Hatten Square, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, and Mahkota Medical Center. Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall and A Famosa are also within 10 minutes.

    Doubletree by Hilton Melaka RM227
    Doubletree by Hilton Melaka

    Doubletree by Hilton Melaka

    Hattan City, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Malacca
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 192 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Malacca, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portuguese Settlement and A Famosa. St Paul's Church is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

      The Pines Melaka RM166
      The Pines Melaka

      The Pines Melaka

      33, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, Malacca
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 619 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Malacca hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Peter's Church Melaka, St Paul's Church, and A Famosa. The Shore Shopping Gallery and Malay Living Museum are also within 10 minutes.

        Novotel Melaka RM177
        Novotel Melaka

        Novotel Melaka

        Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Malacca
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 758 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the center of Malacca, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mahkota Medical Center and A Famosa. Christ Church and Red Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          ibis Melaka RM138
          ibis Melaka

          ibis Melaka

          249 Jalan Bendahara, Malacca
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 145 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Malacca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Putra Specialist Hospital and The Shore Oceanarium. Red Square and Christ Church are also within 15 minutes.

            Holiday Inn Melaka RM168
            Holiday Inn Melaka

            Holiday Inn Melaka

            Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, Malacca
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 943 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Melaka's city center on the Strait of Melaka, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from A Famosa fort and historic district. The city’s popular Jonker Walk is 20 minutes away by foot.

              MITC Hotel RM164
              MITC Hotel

              MITC Hotel

              Melaka International Trade Centre, Malacca
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 91 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Bukit Baru, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Melaka International Trade Center (MITC) and Melaka International Bowling Centre. Malacca Zoo and Multimedia University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Hotel Puri Melaka RM162
                Hotel Puri Melaka

                Hotel Puri Melaka

                118 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 474 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Malacca, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jonker Street Night Market, St Paul's Church, and A Famosa. Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum and Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca are also within 5 minutes.