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Malacca, Malaysia - A Gees Travel Guide and Adventure

We heard a lot of good things coming from our friends who visited the place of Malacca, so after thorough check, we went to Malacca.  The fact that it is just a 4-hour drive from Singapore, we are excited to explore the place.

Malacca City is located in the southwestern part of  Malaysia.   It is known to its famous street called-Jonker street a Chinatown main thoroughfare of shops selling antique, souvenir and ts night market. It was founded around 1400 by a former prince from Sumatra (who ended up in Malacca during an escape attempt in that area). Malacca turned out to have a very good strategic position, and not long after the foundation, the influx of merchant ships from India and China started.  Before it was a fishing village inhabited by local inhabitants known as Orang Laut and now it is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Malaysia. 

how to enter malacca

All foreign nationals visiting Malaysia must possess a valid national passport or internationally recognized Travel document. Countries under ASEAN countries, such as the Philippines are exempted to have visa-on-arrival, the only requirement is that the passport must have the validity for at least 6 months. An equivalent of 30 days social visit will be given by Malaysian Immigration.

how to get there

Coach(bus) that depart hourly from Singapore to Malacca is the best way to visit Malacca. On the other hand, private cars are also the efficient way to reach Malacca. We went to Golden Mile Complex on Saturday evening to ride the bus.  The bus departs at 10 pm, and we pass Tuas checkpoint for Singapore immigration clearance.

best time to travel malacca

Malacca’s tropical climate consists of both hot and humid weather condition on almost all year-round.  But during the months of May-June, the weather will at its hottest. Apart from this, it is also recommended to visit Malacca during Friday and Saturday nights which the street of Jonker will come alive and will turn into a night market. During this nights, a number of locals and visitor gather to enjoy the taste of local food and shopping.

transportation

It was approximately five (4) hours journey when we arrived at Malaka Sentral Bus Terminal at 2:00 am in the morning,  So we decided to rest the night at the hotel since still early morning to explore Malacca. From the bus terminal. we rode a taxi and went to nearby hotels at Jonker street. So we woke up at 7:30 am and went to explore Malacca.  Exploring Malacca can be best done by foot, yep walking! And it the cheapest way to discover  famous landmarks. If you are tired of walking, local trishaw or bicycle can be used to explore the city, also you can grab a taxi or hire a private car.

Places that we have eaten

Malacca, Malaysia
early chicken rice breakfast at the famous chop chung wah restaurant
Malacca, Malaysia
the signature rice balls at chop chung hua

Places that we have been

Most of the famous landmarks of Malacca are just walking distance which is located within the city center where we explored the below places only by foot. We brought an umbrella to cover and shade us from the heat of the sun.

Windmill Dutch Square 

It is Malacca’s iconic square where the color of most of the structures is maroon. It was built during the Dutch colonial period.
Entrance Fee: FREE | Opening Hours: 24 hrs

St. Paul’Hill (A ‘Famosa)

It is the former Portuguese fortress, which is located on top of the hill and overlooking the city of Malacca.
Entrance Fee: FREE | Opening Hours: 24 hrs

Jonker Street

The famous street in Malacca where a night market is held every weekend.  A number of crowds visit the place to shop, eat, and walk along the street of Jonker.
During daytime, local food shops, and shops are also open to serve visitors.
Entrance Fee: FREE | Opening Hours: 24 hrs

Christ Church

It is the Angelican church,  that was built in the 18th century.  The church is located in the city center of Malacca, where on the sides are some shops, souvenirs items are available.

Stadhuys

It was a town hall in the early 17th century and now converted to a museum of  Malacca history, customs, and traditions.
Entrance Fee: 10 RM | Opening Hours:  (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) Monday – Thursday and (9:00 am – 8:30 pm) Friday – Sunday

 
Malacca, Malaysia
Malacca, Malaysia
Malacca, Malaysia

It was past 4 pm when we headed to Malacca bus terminal, we hired a local taxi and drove us to the terminal. Our return bus ticket was purchased in advance online, so we just showed the ticket on the bus ticket counter. We departed Malacca at 5 pm in the evening and around 9 pm we reach Singapore.

Malacca was just a short getaway and it was fun and memorable.  Malacca is a small city where number of historical sites, local food delicacies and probably this trip was more of a sightseeing and strolling around the city.   Malacca is a rewarding town to explore for its multicultural heritage.

Malacca, Malaysia

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Please check below our 1-Day Malacca-Malaysia Itinerary  for reference.

1 Day Tour - MALACCA ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 09:00pm Depart Singapore
                      Bus Coach – EasyBook
                      Golden Mile
                      Ticket Fare: S$44/each
                      Head to Malacca
                      Sleep on Bus
  • 10:30am ETA Tuas Checkpoint
                     Singapore Immigration
                     Malaysia Immigration
  • 02:00am ETA Malacca
                      Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal
  • 02:15am Ride Taxi
                     Head to Hotel
  • 03:00am Check In Hotel
                     Sleep & Rest
  • 07:00am Wake Up
                     Ready
                     Walk to Town
  • 07:30am Breakfast
                     Chicken Rice Ball
  • 08:30am Explore Malacca
                     Windmill Dutch Square
                     Christ Church
                     Stadthuys
  • 10:30am Head to River Bank
  • 11:30am  Lunch
  • 12:30pm Head to A Famosa
  • 01:30pm Explore Jonker Street
  • 04:00pm Head to  Bus Terminal
                      Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal
  • 05:30pm Ride Bus
                     Depart Malacca
                     Head back to Singapore
  • 08:30pm ETA Johor Bahru Checkpoint
                     Malaysia Immigration
                     Singapore Immigration
  • 09:30pm Home

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