Discover Melaka Institution

Melaka

Another one of Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Melaka is a must-see even for locals. With a colourful history and bustling streets, soak in the atmosphere as you stroll down quaint streets and old chinese shophouses. A gastronomical haven, foodies will not be forgotten too. Some streets also come alive after dark so regardless of day or night, there will never be a dull moment.

Quick Facts

Number of Higher Education Institutions

4

Main City

Bandaraya Melaka

Population

920,000

Airport

Malacca International Airport (MKZ)

Living in Melaka

Arriving in Melaka

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the state capital of Bandaraya Melaka is popular with visitors from all over the world. Also spelt as Malacca in English, Melaka was one the world’s major trade centres where Europe could find silk from China and spices for the far corners of Malay archipelago.

Airports

Malacca International Airport

Airport Transportation

Bus

Various landmarks within Bandaraya Melaka provide complimentary shuttle service to the Airport. Do check with the counter once you land.

Car

Malaysian road signs are easy to read. Driving is on the left side of the road and do note that there are toll fees for major highways as well.

Taxi

All vehicles are able to enter and drop-off passengers. Do note that fares will include highway toll fees. Flag downs and ride-hailing apps are popular as well.

Getting Around Melaka

Bus

Long distance buses connect Melaka with the rest of Malaysia through the Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal. These intercity buses also have arrangements to drop passengers off at landmarks around Bandaraya Melaka. Public buses are available in the city as well.

Car

Renting a vehicle is a good option for travelling around Malaysia for extended periods. As a developed country, there are well-maintained roads, signs in English, and a comprehensive highway system (some of which have toll fees). Using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze to get around is quite common too.

Taxi

Melaka has metered taxis plying its routes, do ask them to use the meter. Otherwise, ride-hailing apps provide alternative options at a fixed price.

Walking

Exploring by foot is encouraged as Melaka is fairly compact and the plenty of sights are within walking distance of each other. Roads are well-lit after dark, making evening strolling pleasant. Signs are instructive and well-placed and pavements are wide to accommodate human traffic. Here are some places that you can explore on foot!

6 Things You Need To Do in Melaka

Visit Masjid Selat Melaka

Sited on a man-made island overlooking the Straits of Malacca, this mosque resembles a floating mosque during high water levels. Visit during sunset or sunrise for spectacular views.

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Stadthuys

Smack dab in the heart of Melaka City, the former governor’s residence believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East. Check out the traditional costumes and many relics on display.

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Saint Paul’s Church

Built in 1521, Saint Paul’s Church is the oldest church in Malaysia and is still standing today. Sit and enjoy a contemplative few hours at the summit of Bukit St Paul looking out over Melaka.

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Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

Experience what the Peranakans of old went through with this interactive museum. Peer into history with plenty of artifacts and how they lived their lives in social settings.

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Shop till You Drop at Jonker Street Night Market

Bask in the bright lights and shouts of various streetside vendors hawking their wares and food in this busy street. From handicrafts and trinkets to kuih (traditional Malay dessert) and barbequed squid, Jonker Street has it all.

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Stroll Through Dutch Square

As the bastion of the UNESCO World Heritage Zone, colourful trishaws dot the area with loud techno music adding to the charm. Bright red colonial Dutch buildings encompass the square provide a great backdrop for photos.

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