Discover Melaka Institution


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


Main City

Bandaraya Melaka




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.


Malacca International Airport

Airport Transportation


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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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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Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.