Watch History Come Alive at Malacca


Malacca or Melaka is the capital city of the State of Malacca with its significant cultural contribution to the country with Baba-Nyona aka Peranakan Culture. If there one thing you can be sure of about the city, it is its ginormous historical ocean of culture and heritage. It was the state of Malacca where the colonial forces first made an access in Malaysia. The history still lives prominently in the present state.


Malacca is located on either side of the Malacca River close to its mouth and around 148 kilometers southeast of Kuala Lumpur.

Best time to visit:

The best time of the year to visit Malacca is during the months of November to January due to its favorable weather conditions and festivity season around Malaysia. If you’re planning to visit during this period, make your hotel and flight reservations early since you might see a rise in price. If you want to visit during quieter months, prefer coming in February. The rest of the year witnesses heavy downpour.

How to reach:

You can get to Malacca from KL via road, which is around 2 hours of drive. The train between the two also takes around the same time. There are also buses available for as low as RM 10, mostly leaving from KL International Airport, which takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach.

Places to explore:

Malacca is best explored on foot or a trishaw while enjoying its beautiful awe-inspiring heritage and attractions located close to each other. With the vast number of attractions available in the city, here are a few must-visits:

  • A’Famosa
  • Stadthuys
  • Paul’s Church
  • Christ Church
  • Cheng HoonTeng
  • Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum
  • Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
  • Windmill Dutch Square Melaka
  • Bukit Cina
  • Big Island, Malaysia
  • Kampung Kling Mosque
  • Malacca Zoo
  • Klebang Beach
  • Maritime Museum
  • Taming Sari Tower
  • Jonker Street Night Market
  • Queen Victoria’s Fountain
  • Melaka Straits Mosque
  • Jonker Walk Melaka (Night Market )
  • Melaka Alive
  • Malacca Botanical Garden
  • Melaka Island
  • Kampung Hulu Mosque
  • Melaka Wonderland
  • Villa Sentosa
  • Chicken Rice Ball
  • The Shore Sky Tower
  • Sri PoyathaMoorthi Temple
  • The Shore Oceanarium
  • Church of St. Francis Xavier
  • Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
  • Upside Down House Gallery Melaka
  • Peter’s Church
  • Proclamation of Independence Memorial
  • Sky Tower Melaka
  • Mini Malaysia and ASEAN Cultural Park
  • History and Ethnography Museum
  • Melaka River Park and Cruise
  • Malacca Crocodile Park & Recreation
  • Melaka Duck Tours
  • Hang Li Poh’s Well
  • Illusion 3D Art Museum Melaka
  • Skytrex Adventure Melaka
  • Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum
  • Melaka Islamic Museum
  • Hang Jebat Mausoleum
  • The Orangutan House
  • Malaysia Architecture Museum


Malacca witnesses a huge number of tourists every year and is very well prepared with its accommodation services. The accommodation ranges from classy luxurious hotels to basic lodging facilities and even guesthouses with minimal services like dining options.

Where and what to eat:

There are a number of places to eat in the city with the variety of cuisines available from all around the world. You can enjoy halal food, vegetarian food, and even plan romantic dinner out with the huge number of options in hand.

Interesting fact:

Malacca and George Town, the two historical cities of the Straits of Malacca, are renowned as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their multicultural heritage.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Being a famous tourist spot, the city is always prepared with a number of ATMs and money changers, situated at several places like guesthouses, ancient buildings, bus stands, and many more.
  • A local SIM works the best here, so make sure to get yourself one before you start exploring the city.