The quaint city-state of Malacca may be a modern city but the architectural legacy of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists is plain to see, with forts, museums, churches and towers scattered around the historic quarter, many painstakingly restored.
The tourist area is easily walkable, although colourful trishaws provide a traditional alternative. In the colonial quarter, south of the Melaka River, the major historic sights include Dutch Square, Christ Church, The Stadthuys and the relic of the Portuguese fort A’Famosa. North of the river is Chinatown, with most of the city’s hotels along with temples, restaurants, souvenir shops and Jalan Hang Jebat (formerly called Jonker Walk).
Known worldwide among serious antique collectors, Jalan Hang Jebat is also popular with visitors for the vibrant night market held every Friday and Saturday. Along with entertainment and abundant stalls selling everything from tasty treats to souvenirs, many of the shophouses have been converted into restaurants specialising in Peranakan cuisine, a blend of Chinese and Malay cooking that originated here.
GMT +8 hours
There are no direct flights from the UK to Malacca. From Kuala Lumpur, Malacca is a two hour drive away.
Malacca’s tropical climate means hot and humid weather year round. Whilst the heaviest rain occurs between October and March, rain can fall at almost any time of the year, but is usually confined to an hour or so.
A tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels throughout Malaysia. Details will be advised at the time of booking.