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“An Old beautiful city”

Malacca Heritage Centre
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Historical Malacca Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur including Lunch
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Private Tour: Historical Malacca Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur including Lunch
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Private Tour: Malacca Malaysia Day Trip from Singapore including Lunch
Ranked #22 of 145 things to do in Melaka
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Owner description: The Malacca Heritage Centre is a place untouched by time, where a unique heritage has been meticulously maintained. A museum that is still a family and ancestral home, it is filled with the objects and spirit of the Peranakan culture of Malacca, as it has been for more than a hundred years.
Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

A small city with a lot of heritage, they save the city well. Im so in love with all the details. Hope I can go to this city again someday. The reason why Im not give a five rating just because the facilities totally different with KL even though I realized that KL is the capital city, but I think Malacca should have an equal standartd just like KL.

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Impressed with this historical building which still strong standing. Windy place up the hill. There's some people also selling nice painting with a reasonable price. Must visit place when you're in Malacca

Thank Are-Narz
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

I wasn't prepared for the beauty and majesty of Malacca (Melaka)....but before that, I'd like to recount the experience we had getting to Melaka by bus...

Coming from KL, Chinatown area, we took the LRT from Plaza Rakyat station going to TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan). We bought tokens from the machine and the fare costs RM 1.70 per person. Make sure to take the SRI PETALING train. Read the signboard or else you'd end up in Ampang Station. TBS has a direct bridge way connection from the Sri Petaling LRT Station. Once you get to the terminal, buy your ticket from any of the counters. We took the Mayang Sari bus, which sits 27 people and costs RM 11 per person. It has a big leg space and fewer commuters. Other buses that go to Melaka are Transnasional, Metro Bus, Nice, and Delima. Buses leave every 30 minutes. The trip was 2 hours and be prepared for the HEAT!!! Bring a hat, an umbrella, or arm yourself with tons of sunblock. =)

Once you get off from Melaka Sentral, get a copy of their travel guide booklet from the Tourist Information Center for RM 4.50. Then go to domestic buses area and take the Panorama Melaka Bus No. 17 that will take you to the Red Square near Jonker Street. The fare costs RM 1.50 per person.

Have lunch at Nasi Ayam Hoe Kee at Jonker Street for delectable chicken ball rice. You will be amused with this restaurant because their servers and kitchen staff are teenagers, ages 11-15! Take a becak (rickshaw) ride tour that costs RM 40 (standard government price). Buy coffee from Aik Cheong along Jonker Street. Have dessert at Bikini Toppings. Go to the King's Palace (entrance RM 1.50). Try the Melaka juice that tastes like apple juice. According to our jolly becak driver/guide, Jonker Street is more festive at night; however, we only stayed in Melaka for 3 hours. Take in all the beautiful sites and try the local food...you won't be disappointed.

One thing that disturbed me though, there is a Hard Rock Café along Jonker Street, built right after the bridge of the Melaka River. In my opinion, this is way out of place in this UNESCO world heritage site.

Going back to KL...Go to the bus stop waiting shed at the opposite side of Jonker Street and wait for bus number 17 or 30 that will take you back to Melaka Sentral. It will take you an hour to go back to Melaka Sentral if you take bus no. 17 from the Red Square because it will go around the whole town before going back to Melaka Sentral. Once you get to Melaka Sentral purchase your ticket from any counters. Then when you get to TBS take the LRT again going back to Chinatown.

6  Thank pssstpssstpssst
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

THe Malacca Day Tour offered by City Tours of Singapore, at SG$ 80.00 per person that includes air-conditioned coach, guided tour and buffet lunch at Equinox hotel where in an array of Peranekan dishes were offered was truly the bets of our Holiday last year.

Malacca city is a UNESCO WOrld heritage site because of its rich cultural history, well preserved architectural sites and its importance in the world geo politics and economy during the spice trade era way back in the 16th century.

Not only that we get a lot of info about Malaysia from our tour guide, we get to have the best of historical in for about this historic city from her. W went to see the different temples, historical
sites, traditional houses and a long street full of souvenir shops that sell from antique to clothes to pewter and jewelries.

Malacca from singapore is about a 4 hour coach ride. The trip going to Malacca offers a good scenery as well and the chance to see some parts of Malaysia.

Shopping for those trinkets and souvenirs and if you want to experience Nyonyang cooking, Malacca is one of the best destination to go to whether just for a day tour or for a couple of days.

5  Thank Inier C
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Went here last Feb 7, 2014.

Malacca or Melaka is around 2 hours from KL, this historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008.
Conquered by the Portuguese, you can still see their influences up to now. The old palace, large buildings left by the Europeans, many private houses and shops from nearly a century ago, put up by Chinese traders. Many of these have elaborate details and beautiful European designs.

How to get there:
From Kuala Lumpur, you need to find the nearest LRT station. Get off at the station Bandar Tasik Selatan (Ampang Line).
This will bring you directly to the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS). TBS serves south bound trips to Malaca/Melaka, Singapore, Johor Bahru, Mersing, Segamat,
Pasir Gudang, Muar, Kluang, Bahau, Pontian, Batu Pahat, Kubang, Kota Tinggi.
The whole place is amazing. Brand new, fully air-conditioned, convenient, comfortable, very nice bus station.
They have lockers for luggage storage, ATM machines, convenience shops, restaurants, money changer.
Line up at any of the ticket booths there. We bought our tickets to Melaka Sentral from Transnational and it costs 10 ringgit per person.
Our platform is downstairs and the bus is relatively new. What I like about it most is the wide legroom they have. Perfect for the long trip ahead.

Melaka Sentral (bus terminal in Melaka)
Once you arrive at Melaka Sentral, if you're staying for a day make sure you buy your tickets back to KL. Last bus to KL departs at 10pm.
Price is somewhat higher going back. For transnational bus, it's 13.60 ringgit.
Then go to Bus No 17, we paid 1.30 ringgit and told the driver to drop us off at the Christ Church. You won't miss this red church just in front of the Hardrock Cafe.
From there, try to visit the Tourist Information Center just across the clock tower and ask for their Old Melaka Heritage Tour Guide.
This is a a good start for those who have no itinerary yet. The guide will help you discover 12 historical sites within 2.5 hours of walk.
This guide will bring you to the Dutch Square, St. Paul's Hills, Porta de Santiago, Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, Proclamation of Independence Memorial,
Stamp Museum, Islamic Museum, Middleburg Bastion, Melaka River, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorth Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque and Cheng Hoong Teng Temple.

Trickshaw Ride
But if you're like us who are a little lazy to walk, you can also rent a trickshaw -- the most colorful, noisiest trickshaw I ever saw.
Prices are not fixed here. You have to haggle. And since it was kinda hot and humid and we're a little tired to do the walking,
we hired one that brought us to Stadhuys, Melaka tree, People Museum, A Famosa, St. Paul Hill, Independence Memorial, Sultan Palace,
Museum Muslim, Taming Sei Tower, Flor da Lamar, River Cruise and Water Wheel for 40 ringgit, 2 persons.
The ride is not that smooth and it's a little tight especially if both of you are on the heavy side but it's worth it if you're tired and it's really hot.

Other places to do/see/visit:
Some places to visit are the Heritage sites, Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum, an actual Peranakan heritage town house and is a great example of Peranakan culture, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, Christ Church built between 1741 and 1753. On the floor of the church you will find Dutch tombstones. It is the oldest protestant church in Malaysia.

Dutch Square, a beautiful square around Christ Church and the Stadhuys. The Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower, it looks Dutch, but it is not built in 1886.

Jonker Heeren and adjacent streets, the residential heart of Old Malacca just west of the Malacca River, with its narrow winding streets, beautifully decorated houses, tiny shops, temples and mosques.

The Harmony Street (officially Temple street or Jalan Tokong), so called because it contains the prayer houses of Malaysia's three main faiths - the Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple, the Sri Poyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple, and the Kampung Kling Mosque.

Malaysian Navy Museum, across the road from the Maritime Museum Malay and Islamic World Museum Porta de Santiago where you will find the remains of the old Portuguese fort A Famosa.

Saint Paul's Church up the hill. Originally built in 1521 by the Portuguese and became a fortress in 1567. Used to be known as Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of Annunciation). It has been used as a burial ground for the Dutch. You can still see the tombstones on the walls of ruins of the church.

Stadthuys - completed in 1660. It is a reproduction of the former Stadhuis (town hall) of the Frisian town of Hoorn in the Netherlands which existed from 1420-1796. Nowadays, it houses the Museums of History and Ethnography and one of the oldest Dutch buildings in the east. Stamp Museum, Jalan Kota Youth Museum/Melaka Art Gallery, Jalan Laksamana.

Jonker street, the centre street of Chinatown with antique shops, clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The best part of Jonker Street is the night market on Fridays and Saturdays that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes.

Where to eat:
We tried Mamee Jonker House along Jonker Street and tried their Mamee Mamak Mee Goreng, Mamee Chef Curry Laksa, Mamee Pasta Bolognese, Hainanese Chicken Rice and their cheesecake.
All delicious. We also tried the famous Durian and Yogurt puff along Jonker street where you put the whole puff in your mouth. We also tried their traditional Cendol and tried their
famous chicken rice balls at Restoran Famosa Chicken Rice Ball also along Jonker street.
We also tried their reflexology massage along Jonker street for 38 ringgit per person. We super like it.

Going back, we traced our steps back to Christ Church and waited for the same bus. But after 30 minutes, there's no bus in sight.
Since we have to leave at 9pm, we had to hail a cab. This is something that I cannot really understand why in Melaka, you always have to haggle for the taxi fare.
They have a meter but they don't use it. The driver just tell you how much they are willing to bring you to your destination.
I think the local govt should look into this. It's a major turn off actually for tourists to haggle the price when all you want is to enjoy the place.
The driver asked us to pay 20 ringgit to Melaka Sentral bus station when we only paid 1.30 for the bus ride.
But since we might be late for our trip back to KL, we instead asked if he can bring us there for 15 ringgit which he gladly agreed.
Anyway, it's culture shopping at its best. I love colors, the history, the smell, the food, the vibrance of Melaka and everything is so worth it.
I will definitely recommend the place to everyone.

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