Malacca is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, 92 miles (148 km.) south east from KL. Malacca has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage site since 2008, and if you get the time to go for a weekend (you don’t need more than that), you will see why…
I went to Malacca with my parents and friends, leaving KL around 10am, and taking us around 2 hours drive to get there. To go there you could take a bus 🚌 (everybody has told me they are quite comfy), or you could rent a car 🚗 as we did (just remember that car’s wheel here are on the right side, so it could be a challenge to drive here). As soon as you arrive in Malacca you could tell why it was name a Heritage Site, it is a really colorful town with many different attractions that could be appealing to visit.
Our first stop was to get lunch, and we decided to go to Hard Rock Café, where you can sit in their patio along the river walk– it’s has a great view and it’s a good spot to see and feel the vibe of the town. Food was really good, specially the hamburgers if you are missing some Western flavor. Moreover, at the Hard Rock Café shop you could get one of their distinctive t-shirts, cause you might get a Kuala Lumpur or Singapore Hard Rock Cefe T-shirt, but one that says “Malacca”? That’s quite difficult to find 😉
From there we went up to St. Paul’s Hill, which has a very central location, about 10 minutes walk from Hard Rock Café. When the Portuguese colonized Malacca in the 1500’s, the first they did was to build a fort overlooking the river. When you go up the hill, try to go at the end of the day, that way you will enjoy a beautiful sunset. You can wander around the historical remnants of the historical site.
Walk along the river walk and maybe even relax in one of the little cafes. While walking notice the street art and wall decorations, they are quite nice to look at.
You cannot skip Jonker Street Night Market, that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes. It is really entertainment, and you will be amazed of all the people around this area. Take a picture with Mr. Universe statue, who is the Father of Bodybuilders in Malaysia jajaja…
And if you want a cheap ride around some sites in Malacca, don’t miss out the opportunity to get one of these cars with their distinctive lights and music.
There are many other historical places to go, manyyyy…but if you want to keep the trip short and relax, these places most be of your enjoyment.
Hope you enjoy Malacca as much as I did!