Remote Melaka Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015

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Melaka, one of the fourteen states within Malaysia & also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated on the South-Western Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

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Why Melaka is special ?

One of Malaysia’s most eagerly sought-after destinations, the small city-state of Melaka (Malacca) lures droves of visitors to its namesake historic port city, where they are quickly steeped in an intoxicating multicultural world of heritage architecture and the alluring aromas of distinctive local cooking.
Under the Melaka sultanates, the city was a wealthy centre for trade with China, India, Siam (Thailand) and Indonesia, owing to its strategic position on the Selat Melaka (Strait of Melaka). The Melaka sultanates were the basis for Malaysia as it appears today, and it is sometimes said that this city is where you’ll glimpse the soul of the nation.
Modern Melaka was swept up in the sudden economic boom that blew across Malaysia in the 1990s. Massive land-reclamation projects, which tapered off during the ensuing economic downturn, pushed the historic waterfront so far inland, however, that it endangered the traditional livelihood of the Portuguese fishing community. Malacca has a rich seam of heritage, but many argue that this is under threat from those twin fruits of development: commercialisation and modernisation. Nevertheless, Melaka remains one of Malaysia’s most rewarding tourist experiences. Proud of its multicultural heritage, plentiful museums and assorted cultural attractions, Melaka is a tourist habitat par excellence.
Beyond the city, there are worthwhile beach excursions to Pulau Besar and Tanjung Bidara, plus the wildlife and theme-park attractions of Ayer Keroh.

What to explore at Melaka?

Malacca (also called Melaka in Bahasa Malaysia) is a wonderful city for nice daytime activities or for a stay of more than one day. There are quite a few hotels and hostels available, but there are also many homeowners who are willing to put their house in Malacca up for rent.

 The city has many beautiful attractions, all clearly representing the great history of the city. From Kuala Lumpur you can easily access Malacca by bus, taxi or rental car . Residents of the capital often travel to Malacca during weekends to have a good rest and to enjoy the delicious food which the city is famous for.

Opposite St. Francis Xavier's Church you will also find a large car park where you can park your car (secured) at the price of RM10. This is especially useful if you travel to Malacca by car. There are many trishaw drivers in the city, who will drive you trough the town for only a few ringgit.  A ride from Porta de Santiago to Jonker Street for example will cost you RM10.


How to get to Melaka?

From Kuala Lumpur

Southbound buses now leave from new bus terminal Bersepadu Selatan, which is located just next to LRT station and KTM Komuter station Bandar Tasik Selatan. Easiest way to get there from Chinatown is walk to Kuala Lumpur old railway station (just opposite side of canal from LRT Pasar Seni station, use overpass) and take KTM Komuter train for RM1.10 or take LRT from Masjid Jamek station. Buses are leaving every half hour, cartel price of ticket to Melaka Sentral is RM12.50 with all bus companies, ride takes 2 hours.

(Jun 2014) Metrobus has tickets for 10rm and it makes the trip in less than two hours; also half hourly. Coming back, it stops at another station for 2 min but still makes it back to KL in 2 hours or less.

From Kuala Lumpur International airport

Transnasional [9] runs multiple direct buses daily at 01:15, 07:45, 09:15, 11:45, 14:15, 16:15, 18:45, 20:15,& 21:15 (RM24,50/16 adult/child). Check their website for the latest schedule. Travel time is 2 hours 30 min. There is no Transnasional ticket counter at KLIA airport, buy tickets online ahead of time at their website (requires a Malaysian issued credit card) or at (charges small booking fee). For tickets, a printout of the ticket confirmation can be used as a boarding pass for the bus, show this to the bus driver on boarding. The ticket confirmation will indicate the need to turn in the confirmation for a boarding pass at the ticket counter. However as there is no Transnasional ticket counter at KLIA the confirmation acts as a boarding pass.

Alternatively, transfer and purchase the tickets directly at the KLIA2, Transnasional ticket counter, on the ground floor. KLIA2 airport is reachable by shuttle bus (RM2.5/30-40 min), or taxi. Shuttle buses depart every half hour from the KLIA bus terminal on platform #10.

While it may be possible to wait at the bus stop and purchase tickets directly on the bus at KLIA, it is highly recommended to pre-book your tickets online or transfer to KLIA2 to purchase tickets and board. The bus departs from KLIA2 and KLIA is its second stop. If the bus is full or near full it may not stop at KLIA at all unless there are pre-booked passengers at KLIA. Board the bus in KLIA at bus platform #8, however it may sometimes arrive at another nearby platform.

Note depending on the time of the bus, some will arrive in Melaka at Melaka Sentral or alternatively at Mahkota Medical Centre as the final destination. Buses arriving at Mahkota Medical Centre will stop at Melaka Sentral as the second to last stop. If your destination in Melaka is Jonker St Chinatown, Mahkota Medical Centre is within walking distance (20-30 min if you don't have luggage or a short taxi ride away (~RM10). Melaka Sentral is further distance wise from Jonker St. however more accessible by local bus to Chinatown.

If you miss these buses, you'll have to detour via KL or take a taxi with travelling time about 1.5 hours (fixed "budget" fare RM159, 1 way, counter inside Domestic Arrivals, the guard will happily let you and your trolley of luggage back into this area from outside).

Or you can take the airport shuttle to TBS for RM 8,00 and then get on a regular bus to Melaka Sentral, for about RM 10-12, running dayly between 7.00 - 22.58.


Selling points

  • "A great destination"
  • " A nice cultural exploring day"
  • "Many heritage architectures"
  • "Distinctive local cooking"
  • "Very beautiful land"
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  • The Portuguese Square is facing the sea where you can catch a hearty Portuguese food while enjoying the sea breeze.
  • A delicious breakfast or lunch you can get at Limau Limau 5 near Jonker Street. Especially the upper floor is very pleasant and cozy.
  • At the seaside near the Portuguese Settlements you can enjoy dinner at one of the many local seafood restaurants.
  • If you are in West Malaysia, the best way to get to Malacca is using the North-South highway linking Alor Star in the north to Johor Bahru in the south.
  • Take the boat trip down the river when it is already dark; the city will be illuminated.
  • It's pleasant for a slow stroll where you can get delicious local delicacies, Nyonya fashions and shoes as well as cafes and pubs.
    Things to do
  • From Porta de Santiago it is an easy walk to Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall (in a 1 minute walk you're at the northern entrance).
    Things to do
  • If you are an antic lover, Jonker Street will be a perfect place for you.
  • Malacca is a place where many culture meet and fused so it's great for cultural lovers
  • Each Sunday morning there is a flea market with antiques along Jalan Hang Lekir. Mostly you will find ancient coins and medals here.
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A place with lot of nice foods. Satey celup, chicken rice ball, cendol, coconut shake, asam laksa and many more

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