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Getting around Melaka

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As any other historical city, Malacca is very interesting, original and special. It offers delicious local cuisine, amazing attraction places and many astonishing photo shoot points. No matter how curious or eager you can be, this state will fulfill your whims. If you choose Malacca as your tourist destination you won’t be disappointed. As soon as you reached this city, don’t waste your time, just find a conveyance and explore, learn, eat, drink, have fun and feel Melaka.

Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or in a group, the best way to get around the prime of Malacca is on foot. First of all visit Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum and Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum. These 2 places will tell you everything about Malaccan history. It is very important to know its past. The good part about Melaka is almost 70% of the major attractions are within 1km radius. There is no better way to have a good feel about Melaka by walking. It’s also a good free way to burn calorie without too exhausted.

If you are running out of time, rent a bicycle or join a cycling tour group. Some hotels offer bicycle rental for their guests. Each corner in Malacca denotes history, but at the same time, it is a modern city. The drawback of cycling within the city area is there is limited tracks for bicycle so sharing roads with cars and buses may become a bit dangerous. Also, do take note that some attractions in the hill side like St. Paul’s Hill are not reachable in bike.

When you reached Malacca River, try to look for Muara Jetty, which is next to Quayside Heritage Centre. This is the where the river cruise journey starts. In the 45-min sightseeing tour, you’ll cruise past historic buildings, old warehouses(godowns) and graffiti art on the buildings. Melaka River Cruise is one of the best ways to see the city’s beauty. If you haven’t got enough of the river view, pick a restaurant by the river and see how the environment changes color when the sky turns dark.

An unusual transport within Melaka is a trishaw. It is a small vehicle with a pedal and three wheels. You can find them at the Dutch Square. This non-pollute vehicle driver and at the same time guide, will acquaint you with every touristic point in the city.

No doubt a car is the faster way to explore a city. For most visitors who wants to explore Melaka outside the prime city area, hail for a taxi and the driver will take you anywhere you want. If you prefer chartered taxi services, they are available at the end of Jalan Kee Ann. A taxi can carry up to 4 passengers. As most taxi drivers don’t use meter, it is best to negotiate the price before hopping in the taxi. You are being ripped off if a ride less than 5 mins is charged RM15. A personal car is the most convenient vehicle. You have everything you may need at hand, especially when you travel with kids.

Any transport vehicle you choose will help you to explore the beautiful and unique Malacca.


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  1. Anne Liltved says:

    I have tried to find a bus from Malacca to Mersing on July 8, but it seems as if they are all fully booked. Could it still be a chance to find bus transport or do we need to take a taxi (family of five)?

    • Go Admin says:

      You may want to search for the bus availability at Easybook and see if you can secure the seats. If bus transport is not possible, taking a taxi is an option.


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The Dutch possession of Malaysia is quite eminent from the Red Square (Dutch Square) area. You can witness two of the most prominent landmarks of the area which includes the Christ Church and the old town hall or Stadthuys. You can also enjoy a tri-shaw ride in the area and indulge yourself in some souvenir shopping.

Located at the top of St. Paul’s Hill, the St. Paul’s Church ruins make for some photography shots. You can have some amazing views of the city from the top of the hill after the brief walk up. The place has been well maintained and preserved by the local authorities. The tomb stone and relic inscriptions will allow you to get a detailed insight into the history of the church.

Built in 1645, Cheng Hoong Teng temple certainly offers its visitors with a calm, serene and tranquil environment to offer their prayers. You will be fascinated by the architectural style along with the carvings of this Buddhist temple. The place mostly remains free from tourists and serves as a nice retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The wealth of the Baba Nyonya family can be witnessed at this museum which has been kept in a similar way as it was during the earlier times. The place desires to share the way of life and history of Baba Nyonya and you can take advantage of a guided tour which is included in the package.

It is easy to miss the place from the outside but the interiors are more refined. The place opens around eleven in the morning and has been declared as a UNESCO heritage site. You can get a brief idea about the history, architecture and culture of early shop houses that were based in Melaka. Admission is free of charge.

A visit to this museum will take you back to the times of the famous admiral of China, Cheng He also known as Zheng Ho. A short video accompanied by a thirty minute guided tour is all included within the entry fee. The displays and exhibits of the museum are extremely informative and certain to appeal to history lovers.

While in Chinatown expect something unusual and unique at all times. This vibrant place boasts of eye-catchy architecture and brilliant lighting. The center of the Chinatown is at Jonker Street, where you wouldn’t want to miss out on the bustling weekend night markets. Places to eat are available in plenty and certainly the best place to hang out in Melaka.

A visit to this place will take you back to the culture and history of Malaysia. This century old home acts as a living museum village which is presently inhabited by the granddaughter of the actual owner of the house. She is extremely courteous and will guide you through her house to get a better understanding of how people used to live in the past.

This is actually the replica of the original palace also known by the name Istana. There are more than one thousand three hundred exhibits along with drawings, photographs, prints and artefacts. You will be left amazed by this three storey replica which has been divided into three galleries and eight chambers.

Located in the Red(Dutch) Square, Christ Church is a favourite among the locals as well as tourists from all over the world. The church dates back to eighteenth century and offers you with a peaceful and cool ambience inside. This area around the Christ Church remains extremely crowded and it is a better idea to come early and take some nice photographs.

The Famosa Fort in Melaka is a popular tourist destination and an important historic landmark. You can visit the fort preferably during the morning so as to avoid the crowd. You can also click some nice pictures standing in front of the canons which were actually used during the early times.

Built in 1781, Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar Moorthi Temple has been quite well maintained over the years. The temple is dedicated towards Lord Ganesha (Vonyagar) and consists of elaborate and intricate decorations. If you are in Jonker Street area then, it is definitely worth a visit to this temple. You can also visit during the evening time when the (puja) worship takes place.

The Menara Taming Sari happens to be the lone gyro tower of Malaysia. The ride will take you to heights from where you can good views of sea and the city. If you are holidaying with your family then, it can turn out to be a great experience for the entire family. The best time is the evening as from the top you can spectacular views of the sun setting down.

Built in the year 1856, the St. Francis Xavier Church is situated at Jalan Laksamana. The neo-gothic structure is located quite close to some of the popular scenic spots of the city which will make it convenient and easy for you. If you observe closely then you’ll find that the structure tilts slightly towards the left.

This museum is actually a replica of Flora de la Mar, the ship from Portugal which sank off the coast of the country after carrying loot from Melaka. You can find some interesting documents, artefacts and exhibitions inside the replica about the golden era of Melaka. Children are definite to like the place a lot.

 

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