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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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Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

Amari Villa, Jalan Wakaf Utama, Malacca
3.2
of 5, from 246 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Malacca, this resort is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Pantai Hospital and within 6 miles (10 km) of Malacca Zoo and Melaka International Bowling Centre. Air Keroh Lake and AEON Melaka Shopping Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£32
Hatten Hotel Melaka

Hatten Hotel Melaka

Hatten Square, Jln Merdeka, Malacca
4.2
of 5, from 2,331 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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

£39
The Shore Hotel & Residences

The Shore Hotel & Residences

GF-27, No. 193, Pinggiran Sungai Melaka, Malacca
3.3
of 5, from 227 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Malacca, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Shore Oceanarium, A Famosa and St Paul's Church. The Shore Shopping Gallery and St. Peter's Church Melaka are also within 10 minutes.

£19
Imperial Heritage Melaka

Imperial Heritage Melaka

1, Jalan Merdeka, Malacca
3.5
of 5, from 303 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Malacca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hatten Square and A Famosa. St Paul's Church is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

£25
1825 Gallery Hotel

1825 Gallery Hotel

27, 29, 31, Jalan Bunga Raya, Malacca
4.2
of 5, from 195 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Malacca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Red Square, Christ Church and The Stadthuys. A Famosa and St Paul's Church are also within 15 minutes.

£19
Hotel Arissa

Hotel Arissa

No. 2, Jalan Pelanduk Putih, Malacca
4.3
of 5, from 127 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Malacca, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, St Paul's Church, and A Famosa. Kampung Hulu Mosque and Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca are also within 15 minutes.

£17
Mimosa Hotel Melaka

Mimosa Hotel Melaka

No: 108, Jalan Bunga Raya, Malacca
3.5
of 5, from 111 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Malacca, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Shore Shopping Gallery, A Famosa and St Paul's Church. Putra Specialist Hospital and St. Peter's Church Melaka are also within 10 minutes.

£32
Novotel Melaka

Novotel Melaka

Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Malacca
4.0
of 5, from 475 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Malacca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hatten Square and A Famosa. St Paul's Church is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

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