After three months with no possibility of traveling or going anywhere it was time for us to take a break, we decided to go on a road trip to one of our favorite little city "Melaka", a two hours drive away from Kuala-Lumpur to reach our destination to finally enjoy our freedom.
Melaka City (also spelled Malacca) is the capital of the coastal state of Malacca, in southwestern Malaysia. At its center, Jonker Street, well known for antique shops and its night market, unfortunately closed at the moment as well as all Temples, Churches or Mosques, but don't worry everything will go back to normal soon.
How to get to Melaka from Kuala-Lumpur?
1- Bus (Tbs station)
The easiest way of getting to Malacca is by bus, as Kuala Lumpur is served by Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), where you can find numerous bus operators offering trips to southern regions such as Malacca, Johor, and even Singapore.
Located in Bandar Tasik Selatan, this modern terminal is a 30-minute drive from the city centre but you can also take the LRT, KTM, and KLIA transit trains. Buses to Malacca run daily every 30 minutes between 07:00 and 23:00, with fares priced at RM15 upwards for a one-way trip. The journey typically takes about 3 hours, depending on traffic – the earlier the departure time, the less likely you’ll get stuck in traffic.
2- Rent a car -Drive to Melaka
One of the quickest way to to get to Malacca is obviously to drive there, if you do not own a car, you can rent one and follow the "South Plus highway" you will reach your destination within two hours. It is recommended tho to park your car somewhere save, "Casa del rio" parking lot is a good option for you as it is very affordable (RM6-10 per night) and secured by CCTV.
Where to stay in Melaka?
First time visiting Malacca? Finding the ideal accommodation in the right location is crucial for an enjoyable holiday. Packed with heritage buildings, ancient landmarks, & colonial structures dating back to the early 18th century, make sure you take the time to find the right backpacker / hotel and the right area for your trip to this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Malacca has a vast range of accommodation options to suit any backpacker or family on budget. To help you decide on the best place to stay, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of Malacca’s most popular places.
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Places to visit in Malacca
Firmly rooted as Malaysia's historical city, visiting Malacca is like a journey back in time to witness the adventures and discoveries during Malacca's golden age.
Unfortunately because of the movement of control (MCO), every Buddhist Temples, Churches, Mosque were closed and we were unable to visit them. This is balanced with other modern attractions such as water theme parks and cultural parks.
On the 31st of August 2020, the MCO will be lifted and you will finally be able to travel freely in Malacca and ready to enjoy all of what it has to offer:
1- Saint Paul's Church
History of St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul’s Church was enlarged to two stories in 1556 (after the Archbishop of Goa in India handed over the church to the Jesuits in 1548); between 1567 and 1596 the Portuguese added gun turrets to the chapel and it became a fortress. In 1590 a belfry tower was added to the front of the church and it was renamed the Igreja de Madre de Deus (Church of the Mother of God). When the Dutch invaded Malacca in 1641 it was badly damaged (the belfry tower was destroyed) but the complex was later repaired and renamed St. Paul’s Church, it was primarily used as a Protestant church for about 112 years until Christ Church was completed in 1753. After that, St. Paul’s Church fell into disuse. Under the British administration, a lighthouse was built and it eventually ended up as a storehouse for gunpowder.
2- Malacca Strait Mosque
The Malacca strait mosque has a simple plan of a centralised square with a symmetrical composition of four smaller turrets at its corners. Surrounding the internal spaces is a long connecting perimeter deck that provides access for patrons to go around the mosque to enjoy the surrounding sea views. The Malacca strait mosque unique architectural image was achieved by the design incorporation of the large double equilateral archways that formed at the mosque’s main entrance and provide openings to the praying hall. The gigantic double equilateral archways have architecture sustainability features such as the protruding pointed extrados that double as sun-shading devices.
3- Hian Tian Keong 马六甲玄天宫
This temple , of 60 years history is very dear at heart to me ! Its main Deva -Xuan Tian Shang Di and Buddiswasta Guan Yinthrough a medium had rescued my second son Ng Wee Young who was terribly ill with lung infections in Sept 1991; when he was merely one month old. After some immense blessing ceremonies , he was miraculously cured, survived and today he is as healthy as ever.
Also traveling to Kuala-lumpur?
Where to eat and which place you should avoid?
Place to go:
1- Wild Coriander (It will reopen on the 31st of July 2020)
Local Melakan, Malaysian and Asian inspired food served in a fully restored prewar building. Indoor and outdoor seating (by the Melaka River is available)
PRICE RANGE RM 16 - RM 50
SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
MEALS Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES Asian, Malaysian
FEATURES Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking
2- Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant
CUISINES Indian, Asian, Pakistani
SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
MEALS Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
3- Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Ball
RM 21 - RM 43
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Takeout, Seating, Table Service
Places to avoid:
1- Kay Zac Malay cuisine:
Is it the worst Malaysian restaurant in Malaysia? I think it is ! This small restaurant just opposite H&M is stomach-churning. I have never had such a bad meal in Malaysia that I was literally unable to eat at all. The rice was blend and the chicken seamed to have been cooked ten times or over, i had to split the food on my first bite and when we complained about it the woman did not seam to care at all. Avoid this place !!!
2- Calenthe Art Cafe
At first you probably will be attracted by the decoration of this restaurant and that it also why we decided to walk in. My wife ordered "Mee cury Laksa" one of her favorite meal and I had "Butter Chicken", my meal was "ok" nothing special, but Fizah has found a Cockroach!!! Inside a bowl so she went to complain to get a new one. Even tho they said sorry, they did not offered any compensation for that... We felt very disgusted by the situation and will never return to this places.
Lets go for a drink...
1- Reggae on the River
The best place to relax and unwind to non-stop reggae music along the Melaka river.
2- Me & Mrs Jones Cafe
PUB Meals, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Live Music
3- Rock Bottom Malacca
Food and Ambiance !
Indian, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Delicious, exquisite Indian Food Great for drinks beyond beer Best biryani in townAnd they also have a live band playing inside the restaurant
Malacca is well known for its harmonious blend of cultures as well as numerous historical & religious monuments such as St Paul Church, the Strait Mosque & Buddhist temples. Jonker Street (the main street of Chinatown) is the perfect place to see everything merge together. This central hub of activity also serves as a haven for antique collectors, bargain hunters, and vintage fashion enthusiasts.
Whilst the main attraction of Jonker Street is its night market held every Friday and Saturday, we have found several well-preserved landmarks, some dating back to the 18th century, nestled among the street’s more modern establishments. The diversity of Jonker Street’s traditional and urban attractions is a testament of Malaysia’s colorful history and rich multicultural society.
Week in Melaka during the MCO
Can you believe it ! My wife found a " Cockroach" in her Mee curry Laksa !
WHITE SAND DUNES- MELAKA :
Located approximately 15-20 minutes outside of Bandar Hilir,(8km from Melaka city center) Pantai Klebang is popular stretch of Melaka beach, known for its delicious coconut shakes and food truck businesses a stunning attraction for amateur and professional photographers.
From the car park it will take you only 10mn to reach the Dunes, do not forget to bring along a bottle of water but don't be the one that will trash the place. Unfortunately many people leave behind their empty plastic bottle, ending but destroying the environment KEEP IT CLEAN !