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Malacca is locally known as "The Historic State," befitting for Malaysia's only UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. Historically a trading port and the seat of the old Sultanate since the 1400s, Malacca is well known locally for the Peranakan/Nyonya-Baba culture and cuisine, which is a distinct term used to identify straits-born children of Chinese and Malay descendants from the 1500s.
Apart from the nondescript commercial areas, Malacca's city centre is also peppered with architectural influences from Portuguese, Dutch, and English colonialism. Jonker Steet is usually the centre of cultural activity, and regular "street karaoke" nights are held almost every Sunday by the older Chinese community. It is also a great place to visit for knickknack shopping and food. Local Malaysians travel from all over the country to savour the famous Chicken Rice Ball (chicken, served with balls of oiled rice) and pineapple tart (in many shapes and forms, but generally constructed from a crumbly pastry with pineapple jam) vendors located in this area.
No mention of Malacca food is complete without a recommendation to Nyonya food; adventurous gastronomers, make sure you try the local delicacies -- Otak-Otak (fish cake grilled in banana leaf), Ayam Pongteh (a sweet and savoury chicken dish), and Lor Bak (fried sausage wrapped beancurd).
Many small, local Malacca hostels and guesthouses are also based on Jonker Street, usually housed in old-styled Peranakan houses, which are long and narrow, with a central courtyard, and many rooms to accommodate the usually large families of the Peranakans. Home stays are also becoming popular, with more and more of them being converted from traditional stilt houses (built in the past to avoid floods that strike during the monsoon period).
Malacca also has a variety of beaches -- the two most famous ones are Tanjung Bidara and Pantai Klebang. Although not the best of Malaysia's beaches, there are a variety of resorts from traditional small chalets to big luxurious spa hotels offering a chance to build sandcastles and take part in water sports.
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Eastern Heritage Guesthouse
"This area of Malacca is not littered with guesthouses and so there's a relative inabundance of traveller's around. For me this is always a bonus. What attracted me here was reading about the dipping pool and the description of the old Chinese house. When I arrived a Chinese festival was begining outside the door and amid the clamour of gonging bells, incense and chanting I stepped into the Eastern Heritage. The reception area is actually an...
Ringo's Foyer Guest House
"… enoyable stay in Melaka. ther facilities And Service: - Guitars - Bicycle For Rent - Traveling Information - Bath towel Quiet, Clean and Nice Room Nice Huge Roof Top For Suntan, BBQ and Relaxtion corner Located Near **Same Row with Dim Sum Shop / Chinese Restaurant / Famous Satay Shop** 1 min to Station 4 for Panorama Shuttle Service 1 min 30sec Walk To China town 2 min walk to Cheng Hoon Teng temple 2 min To Tong Hup Whole...
Discovery Cafe & Guest House
"The best I have ever stayed in! Wonderful staff! - We were actually planning on staying in another Backpackers in Malacca, but it was booked out on arrival. We asked a taxi driver to take us to a cheap place, and we are so so glad we did. The staff where absolutely wonderful. It is the best place in a three month holiday we have ever stayed! I have happily distributed the backpackers card all through south- east asia. We had the privilege of...
Voyage Guest House
"… programs on our cable TV in the common room. And if you're a music lovers, this is the place where we meet. We would like to share our indie music to those who are interested, there's a surprise in store for you! We also do all day hot breakfast at our cafe. Our fruit juices has no additives, sugar free, no water added and no ice. Its a good start for the day. We also organize some activities for our in house guest, like:...
Cheng Ho Sayang Guesthouse
"Located right at the centre of Malacca historic Chinatown, Cheng Ho Sayang Guesthouse overlooks the Malacca River. It is only a few minutes’ walk to the historical heritage buildings such as A Famosa (St. Paul Hill), Jonker Street and many others historical heritage. Cheng Ho Sayang Guesthouse is a comfortable and clean guesthouse provided for travelers to have a good rest and recharge for their long journey ahead exploring the beautiful...
River View Guesthouse & Hostel
"Homestay feeling, idyllic location right next to Melaka river - wonderful hotel owners welcoming guests with fruits and cake for free, clean facilities in a cozy old building. centrally located in Chinatown where everything is at walking distance. Terrace is nice for relaxing evenings at the river! Thank you for an unforgettable stay!" … "Great location, very pleasant stay - This was a really good choice, the building has a lovely...
Little Dragon Hostel
"… fan/queen size bed/shared toilet). It is suitable for beg packers, budget travelers and young hearted guests! Our budget hostel is located near to major and main historical places(afamosa,stadhuys-red house, muzeums, china town, old churches), attractions(taming sari tower, eyes of malaysia (ferris wheel), jonker walk-every weekend),shopping malls (mahkota parade and dataran pahlawan) and places to eat with wide variety of local...
"Funny place with lots of character - I stayed 3 nights at Jalan-Jalan Besi and found it to be a good experience overall. It's a but rough around the edges and the lack of breakfast was annoying but the atmosphere was great, I slept well and it's location next to Chinatown was fantastic. Also the owner is a pretty cool guy. Would recommend." … "… NOTE: 1) Not suitable for people without experience of guesthouse and children...
Sayang-Sayang Guest House
"… to day business. You can get a feel of the Malaccan local culture that is rich in nature. Before the sunset, you can see flocks of migratory birds flying around the area through the gentle breeze in elegance. Sometimes you can even catch a glimpse of monitor lizards by the Malacca River as it is known to be their habitat. At nighttime, at the back entrance of Guest House, which is near the Malacca River guests can enjoy...
Roof Top Guest House & Hostel Melaka
"… 'clean'. Please do not make a reservation if there is a need to wear footwear in the house (Shower room slippers are provided) - Not recommended for guests not used to hostels. - No ground floor rooms - Do not accommodate children below 6 years - Do not provide extra bed, extra mattress or allow extra person in own sleeping bag in room. - Check-in time : 2.00pm; check-out time :12.00pm. Guest house opens at 9am onwards for...
Backpacker's Freak Hostel
"Nice hostel - Stayed at the budget fan single room, it's ok and comfortable enough. Wished there is a water dispenser as a facility though." … "… and free usage of TV & Movie room. -No curfew and no lockout. (24 Hours Reception) -Free linen, blanket and towel -Budget Private = (Fan Room) Packed up with low density of only 15 Rooms and a 3/10 beds FAN Mixed Dormitory or male only/female only dorm, we are proud to accommodate...
Le Village Guesthouse Melaka
"Le Village Guesthouse Melaka is one of the most relaxed hostels we've ever stayed in. It feels more like you are staying at your friend's house than a hostel. This hostel is a great place if you want to stay somewhere for a longer time, but of course it is a great place to stay in for only one night. The very late check-out time (2 p.m.) also makes it convenient if you are catching a late bus and need a place to hang out until your bus...
Sayang Sayang 2 Hostel
"… drinks while chit-chatting or exchanging experiences with guests from other countries. Our hostels provide the following facilities:- * Internet access / Wifi * TV * Hot & cold shower * Free Maps * Laundry services * Bike hire * Luggage storage * Key card access * Cafe * Travel Info * Free welcome drink Our hostel also provides double bed/ quad bed room with: * Little living...
Troka Prewar Guesthouse & Cafe
"Troka Prewar Residence is indeed a hostel, despite its unusual name (it is a converted, large, old house). It was renovated recently, so it's in excellent condition. The location is good for the main areas of interest; the staff are excellent; breakfast of toast and jam is provided free; tea and coffee (the real stuff) are served free all day; and cafe prices, including those for beer, are cheap. There's free, good-quality Wi-Fi, though it...
Galvanize Studio Stay
"… in 18th century. Its also used to be an official residence of the nobleman family after the Japanese occupation and after the independence day. It is giving an historical background environment with a cool ambiance, inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of culture, heritage, urban-street life of the city where the age-old traditions meet cutting-edge technology . The studio stay are equipped with private room with queen bed,...
Sayang Selalu Guest House
"… clean, cozy & affordable accomodation with a short walking distance to most Melaka’s historical places, such as Menara Taming sari, Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan shopping malls, Jonker Street and China Town. There are several types of rooms available in the guesthouse, single room with fans, double room(fan/air conditoner), triple room(fan/air conditoner), double deluxe(fan/air conditoner) and dormitory(air conditoner)....
Home Sweet Home G.H
"… by restaurants, bars, clubs and shops, you won’t have to go far from the Hostel to find what you´re looking for. We are formerly known as the Sunny’s Inn. If you are coming in the following days, then you’ll still see the old “Sunny’s Inn” sign outside. In the heart of historical city, center point, entertainment area, museums and much more. Walking distance to Bank, money changer, internet cafe, post office, public swimming pool,...
Travellers Planet Hostel
"Worthy of what you pay for. - Very friendly staff who will cook and serve the breakfast every morning. Just simple continental breakfasts but prepared with efforts. Room was clean. We had the rooms with attached bathrooms. Not a very big room, just nice for two person with not much storage space or even to move about. The room is comfortable enough for us but because it is on the ground floor, we can hear everyone that passes by outside. All...
The Cardamom Hostel
"… (Porta De Santiago) fort. You can find various kind convenient shop and local food stall near our places. The Cardamom Hostel provides comfortable, clean and safe accommodation with helpful and friendly staff. We provide Free Wi-Fi, standard and dormitory rooms with air conditioning, also has fan rooms with not air-conditioned, Shared bathrooms come with hot /cold shower facilities. Our motto:'House. Home', make our guest feeling...
Fernloft Malacca, The Heritage Hostel
"… the building is opened to an air well for natural lighting and ventilation, a typical architectural feature of those historical times. There is even a traditional well that allows you tap natural ground water in the hostel! Amidst the conservation, you will find modern amenities in our hostel that offers you a comfortable stay. Fernloft is equipped with free WIFI and internet terminals for your convenience. The rooms are...
AJIT Guest House & Hotel
"… is facing outside. Our living room completely with satellite channel and also with more than 200 DVD movie's,Board Games, Book exchange and library at reading area,smoking area with exhaust fan,Internet service and free Wifi in all area including rooms. Simple continental breakfast with fruits, fresh eggs, bread butter, jam and coffee tea.All facilities included with rooms and also fully equipment kitchen available for...
Discovery Malacca Hostel
"… city hall ), The Christ Church, The Porta de Santiago ( Portuguese fort ), The St. Paul Church, The Straits Chinese ( Baba & Nyonya ) in ChinaTown and Little India, Discovery-Malacca Hostel will give you a nice place to relax with easy accessibilities to all the famous sightseeing of Malacca. In the 70’s, Jalan ( Street ) Bunga Raya was the main trading and retail area in town for locals and tourists as well. Come and...
The Travelers Hostel & Guest House
"… guest may also lay back at our bar counter and enjoy the cheapest beer in town while socializing with other travelers. Otherwise, the in-house LCD plasma TV will be their second choice to watch online movies. The Travelers Hostel only offers private rooms ranging from: Shared Bathroom - Budget Single Fan Room (Double For Single Use) = 1 Comfortable High Quality Hotel Standard King Size Bed - Budget Twin Fan Room = 2 Comfortable...
"At the time of this review (January 2004), this place is only 6 months old and is not in any guidebooks. It's run by a Swiss-Malaccan couple Sona and Gabe, so already there's a different touch. They've combined their styles into a very East meets West establishment. The house is over 300 years old and was once an opium den. It's also right in the heart of the Jonker's antique area and really close to the historical sights. Most of the...
Rinas Bed n Breakfast
"This bed and breakfast has nice decor and it's a cool place. It's cheap, clean, and convenient, and has a friendly innkeeper. I loved the exhibition on World War II done by the innkeeper." … "This place is relatively cheap, plus it's clean as well. I guess it's the cheapest in town. The location is ideal, with a 7-11 (convenience store) nearby, a cyber cafe, a 24-hour eatery, banks, and a bus-stop straight to the central bus station."...
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Al-Banjari Heritage Guest House
"Albanjari Heritage Guest House locate at the hearts of Melaka World Heritage City. We offer budget and comfortable accomondation for visitors to stay at our hostel. Great location and a good stuff await customer. Environment of chinatown and heritage place, guest just walk to the heritage place like Jonker Walk, Harmony Street, Big Clock, Stadhuys, and many more. Albanjari Heritage Guest House was manage by the young man that have chinese...
"This place has just what you need. I stayed in my own room with a double bed, a nice firm mattress, a fan, and a desk. It's fairly lacking in the atmosphere department, but if you just want somewhere to crash while you check out the town then this place does the trick." … "IT WAS FINE UNTIL ... - My girlfriend had to clean the room because there was so much dirt under the beds, yes maybe cheap for Melaka. Then after a long day in the...
"… Chinese. *For more than 150 years the back of Jalan-jalan Guest house was a blacksmith shop and Chinese medicines were sold in the front. Effort has been made to preserve the spirit of the original building while making it a comfortable home for travelers on a tight budget. We have two sunny, plant-filled inner courtyards where you can meet new friends or just sit and listen to drifting sounds of bells and chants filling the...
Apa Kaba Home&Stay
"… Twin Ensuite (2 Single Beds) Attached Bathroom with Hot Shower, Air Conditioning and 1 Window. * 1 unit of Standard Private Twin Garden View (2 Single Beds) Shared Bathroom with Hot Shower, Air Conditioning and 1 Window. * 1 unit of Basic Private Twin (2 Single Beds) Shared Bathroom with Hot Shower, 1 Fan and 1 Window. * 1 unit of Basic Private Double (2 Single Beds joined) Shared Bathroom with Hot Shower, 1 Fan and 1...
"Cyclamen Cottage is a unique haven in Malacca city, just 5 minutes drive from famous historical sites like the Stadhuys. With a sprawling lawn, it houses 11 rooms beautifully furnished with antique Colonial and Peranakan teakwood furniture. The building is untouched and original. The rooms are spacious with high ceilings, original hard wood windows and two-panel doors. The second floor still retains its original wooden flooring. All rooms...
"Centrally Located in the heart of the Chinese Quarter, Bala's Place offers good clean budget accommodation with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. Newly renovated and decorated, we offer double rooms with fan. Join us for movie night in or enjoy the charm and tranquility that Melaka town has to offer, we will happily make recommendations on where to go and what to eat. 6 double rooms with fan shared bathroom/hot showers We can...
Oriental Riverside Residence
"… the river, with tourist attractions, art galleries, antique shops, craftsmen and traders at its doorstep. The Oriental Residence is the perfect setting for those looking to explore Old China Town and Historical Site while enjoying peace and tranquility of Melaka River. Note: -Check-in: 2PM -Check-out: 12PM -Reservation will be reserved till 6.00 PM only! (unless you have stated late arrival during your registration) -...
"… to the city center. Our facilities & Services : - Tea and Drinking Water - Free usage of TV and magazine at living room - Free Wifi internet access - Hot/cold shower - Toilet tissue - Provide linen and blanket but towel on rental basis - Laundry - City tour can be arrange - Transportation from/to KLIA or KLCCT can be arrange Note : We do not accommodate children below 12 years old Check-in - 2pm to 8pm unless exception can...
Tidur Tidur Guesthouse & Hostel
"… not be least. If you are tire of walking in the hot and humid weather , and need some rest, you will not want to miss to nap by the river at our backyard, have some drinks, to feel the breeze of the river, and to put yourself back to the past, where merchant ships from all over the world used to trade their goods along the narrow river, where opium were traded at the back doors.While the design studio at the front, sells t-shirt...
Furnished 2Sty Vacation Home
"… is a newly renovated, furnished Semi-D with two levels, consists of a 5 standard sized bedrooms complete with 2 shared attached bathrooms on the 1st level and a bedroom with a bathroom on the ground level. The space also offers a generous living and dining area. Kitchen comes with a huge pantry. The gated spacious car porch can accommodate up to 3 cars. You can also enjoy a reunion with your love ones BBQ in our private garden. 4...
Loft Malacca Boutique Guesthouse
"… Wifi 24 Hours. - Samsung Tablet 10.1 in every rooms.* - LED TV in every rooms. - CCTV . - Digital Safe Deposit Box in every rooms. - Contemporary room furnishing. - Hot & Cold Shower modern design bathrooms. - Hair Dryer & Shaver point. - Free welcome drink. - Free mineral water in the rooms. - Express Laundry service : wash & dry only. - All roooms with air conditioning. - Free parking. - Complimentary...
"… from 1511 Lodge. There are four (4) rooms. Two (2) double bedrooms (queen size bed) and two (2) single bedrooms. One (1) of the double bedroom is en suite and the rest is common bathroom. All bathrooms come with hot and cold shower. The rooms are all air condition and we have a fan, writing table & a safe deposit box. The guesthouse provides 4 bicycles free for guests to use. It also provides free Wi-Fi and a personal...
"… your vacation: - 2 Queen sized bedroom - 2 single bedroom (extra mattress provided upon request - RM20) - 2 bathroom with water heater (one bathroom is equipped with modern bath tub) - Air conditioner in all area (3 bedrooms, living and dining area) - Dining table with 6 chairs - 6 seater sofa - Private balcony and bar for your enjoyment - Water boiler and glass - TV set and in-house DVD player - Electronic door locking...
Layang Layang Guest House
"… Clock Tower, therefore get off the bus at the Malacca Clock Tower. From Malacca Clock Tower you need to cross the road and go across the river via the bridge, by then you will be at the junction of Jonker street (Jalan Hang Jebat) and you can see 'San Shu Gong' (The red building after Hard Rock Cafe) from that stand point in front of you to your right. Turn to your right towards Lorong Hang Jebat and continue walking for about 2...
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Malacca Travel Tips & Suggestions
I learned so much about the countryside and the agriculture and thoroughly enjoyed the cycling. I highly recommend to anyone.
— Geoff Lee
Seeing is believing. Doing it is unbelievable. Get out and ride. Melaka on bike rocks!
Driving in the city very dangerous. Roads are small.
— Ab Rahim bin Said
The bike tour is awesome, everybody should do it.
— johnny angel
Everybody should do the bike tour in Malaka. There's always a different trail and it's well recommended.
Don't bother with the sound and light show - they just play a tape and shine some very weak lights on the fort.
Melaka is such a captivating town, with a mix of architecture, religions and culture; wonderful food; interesting art galleries and antique shops and a very educated and ecletic local population.
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