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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 £41
Hatten Hotel Melaka

Hatten Hotel Melaka

Hatten Square, Jln Merdeka, Malacca
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 2,657 reviews
    4.0 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.

    The Sterling £28
    The Sterling

    The Sterling

    No. 43, Jalan Temenggong, Malacca
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 393 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Malacca, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Church of St. Francis Xavier, St Paul's Church and A Famosa. Poh San Teng Temple and Jonker Street Night Market are also within 10 minutes.

      Hatten Place Melaka £35
      Hatten Place Melaka

      Hatten Place Melaka

      Hatten City, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Malacca
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 91 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the city centre, this hotel is close to Portuguese Settlement, A Famosa and St Paul's Church. Also nearby are St. John's Fort and Hatten Square.

        Estadia Hotel £35
        Estadia Hotel

        Estadia Hotel

        Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 771 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Malacca, this hotel is within walking distance of Mahkota Medical Center, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall. Also nearby are A Famosa and St Paul's Church.

          Holiday Inn Melaka £37
          Holiday Inn Melaka

          Holiday Inn Melaka

          Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, Malacca
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 818 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the city centre, this spa hotel is close to Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall, A Famosa and St Paul's Church. Also nearby are Maritime Museum Muzium Samudera and Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall.

            The Straits Hotel & Suites £29
            The Straits Hotel & Suites

            The Straits Hotel & Suites

            No 1-B , Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Malacca
               
              3.8
              of 5, from 468 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Malacca, this hotel is close to Mahkota Medical Center, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and A Famosa. Also nearby are St Paul's Church and Red Square.

              The Shore Hotel & Residences £31
              The Shore Hotel & Residences

              The Shore Hotel & Residences

              GF-27, No. 193, Pinggiran Sungai Melaka, Malacca
                 
                3.3
                of 5, from 280 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the city centre, this hotel is close to Jonker Street Night Market, Red Square and St Paul's Church. Also nearby are A Famosa and Mahkota Medical Center.

                ibis Melaka £27
                ibis Melaka

                ibis Melaka

                249 Jalan Bendahara, Malacca
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 67 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Malacca, this hotel is close to Putra Specialist Hospital, The Shore Oceanarium and Jonker Street Night Market. Also nearby are Red Square and Christ Church.

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