Road trips are fun with the right people. My friends and I went on a road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca (马六甲). Road trips help us bond and get to know each other on a different level. The drive from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca was about 2.5 hours.
Malacca is the English spelling while the locals use the word Meleka instead. Known for it’s rich history, Malacca is a historical city with many historical places to visit and plenty of good food to eat.
We started early at 10am from KL Sentral towards Malacca and arrived at 12.30pm. The journey was full of non-stop chatter and singing to the radio. 🙂
River View Home
Our accommodation for the night was located at the UNESCO World Heritage commercial zone of Malacca, in the old part of Chinatown. Melaka River View Guest House, as it’s name suggests, is along the Malacca river and walking distance to Jonker Street. We rented a whole apartment and the rooms were roomy and cozy. The living room area is spacious and they even provided towels and shower amenities.
Picture from airbnb
There are no parking facilities, however, public parking spaces are available a street away. The owner also operates a cafe with the same name “River View Cafe” which serves excellent local food.
Visitors can also cruise down Malacca river which take about 45 minutes to journey to the historical part of town. Tickets at about 20RM are available 24/7 but cost more on Friday to Sunday. Guides are also available during the boat ride to explain the history of Malacca.
River View Guest House
Address: 82-1, Jalan Kampung Pantai, Malacca, Malacca 75200, Malaysia
Malacca’s Iconic Attraction: Christchurch
No trip to Malacca is complete unless you visit the city’s most iconic attraction, Christchurch.
This red bricked building is one of the must-see places in Malacca. Located in Dutch Square, this building dates back to as early as 1752. Known as the oldest protestant church in Malaysia, is now an Anglican Church.
Walk around to the next red building, the Stadthuys, a museum. A T-Rex can be found. Take pictures with T-rex for free. An entrance fee to the Stadthuys museum is required.
All around Dutch square, you will find many brightly decorated trishaws, some even comes with a Disney theme catered for tourists. At a small fee, these trishaws will chauffeur you around landmarks and popular places in Malacca.
Christ Church, Malacca
Address: Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9am – 5.30pm
St Paul’s Hill
Near by The Stadthuys and Christchurch is St Paul’s Hill. St Paul’s Hill is accessible by by climbing up flights of steps. On the hill, you can see St Paul’s Church, which was one of the greatest historical places of the Malacca.
The Church was first constructed in 1521. The Church is today part of Malacca Museum Complex. This building used to be a chapel in 1521, which was a popular place of worship at that time.
The armless statue of Saint Francis Xavier. Some say he was the best known missionary in Malaysia.
Inside the ruins of St. Paul’s Church are decaying stones walls. St. Paul’s Church offers great views of Malacca and there are buskers all around at the top of the hill.
Leading down from the hill is Porta de Santiago, the remains of the great fort, A’Famosa Fort.
St Paul’s Hill
Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
San Shu Gong
San Shu Gong (三叔公) is a local produce shop, selling local products, which cannot be missed located at Jonker Street. The bright red building sells a multitude of food items which includes flavored biscuits to healthy drinks. Be sure to grab some unique local snacks such as the crunchy choconut (fusion of coconut shreds with white chocolate) and rice crackers. Free sample of the food can be tasted before purchasing.
San Shu Gong
Address: 33, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca
Opens daily from 10am – 10pm
Jonker Walk Night Market
The pasar malam (night market) on Jonker Street comes to live every weekend, from Fridays till Sundays until midnight, attracting both locals and tourist alike to shop, dine on street foods and drinks.
Random items ranging from flipflops to souvenirs to latest iphone cases can be found during this weekly event. Street food are also available here.
Crowds and crowds of people are expected, hold on tight to your wallets/purses as you don’t want to loose any belonging on your trip. Stay Safe.
With that, I conclude my post on 2D1N Malacca # 1.
This is a 2 part post, read Part 2 here: 2D1N Malacca Road Trip #2