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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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Imperial Heritage Melaka £19
Imperial Heritage Melaka

Imperial Heritage Melaka

1, Jalan Merdeka, Malacca
     
    3.5
    of 5, from 352 reviews
    3.5 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 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

    Hatten Hotel Melaka £32
    Hatten Hotel Melaka

    Hatten Hotel Melaka

    Hatten Square, Jln Merdeka, Malacca
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 2,572 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 Pines Melaka £40
      The Pines Melaka

      The Pines Melaka

      33, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, Malacca
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 506 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Malacca, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bukit China, A Famosa and St Paul's Church. Kampung Hulu Mosque and Poh San Teng Temple are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Bayou Lagoon Park Resort £34
        Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

        Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

        Amari Villa, Jalan Wakaf Utama, Malacca
           
          3.2
          of 5, from 285 reviews
          3.5 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. Melaka International Trade Center and Multimedia University are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          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 275 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Malacca, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Red Square, A Famosa and St Paul's Church. Pantai Hospital is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) away.

            Moty Hotel £27
            Moty Hotel

            Moty Hotel

            No 42, Jalan PM6, Malacca
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 90 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

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

              Doubletree by Hilton Melaka £44
              Doubletree by Hilton Melaka

              Doubletree by Hilton Melaka

              Hattan City, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Malacca
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 24 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Malacca, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Portuguese Settlement and A Famosa. St Paul's Church is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

                Hatten Place Melaka £33
                Hatten Place Melaka

                Hatten Place Melaka

                Hatten City, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Malacca
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 55 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.

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