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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.
It's in a good location and delivers everything you would expect from a good hotel. The staff were excellent. Breakfast good. But if you want 'new' and everything that comes with new then you might be disappointed. I wasn't.
Property was clean and staff were pleasant. First time staying in this location (previously always at Equatorial) and very likely will stay at this hotel again in future. Breakfast buffet was basic with lots of cheap items and doesn't work for me. But the staff at the Malay Kitchen were great esp ...
It is conveniently located. Love the hotel. It’s clean and the receptionist are all so friendly and helpful. There is even pillow menu! Overall really love the room. I will stay here again!
Decent price, new, clean. Good cinema, good pool.would stay here again.
staffs are friendly and helpful! good location and easy to get to tourist attractions. good price for money.
The family suite was really spacious. But some of the ceiling lights were not working. Some dust spotted at the air con vent outlet of one air conditioner.