Melaka is located 230km south of KL. It is a good three-hour drive to this place with and you can plan a return trip if you leave early in the morning. The State of Malacca has lots of interesting history and remnants of past colonial and sultanate rule can be seen in various buildings. From 1826 to 1946 Malacca was controlled by the British. Malacca is inscribed on the World Heritage List places.
Driving from KL you can plan a one or two day trip to explore Melaka. Once you get to the city, the best option is to find parking near Jonker Walk in Portuguese Quarters. Melaka was once Portuguese settlement. You can see the remnants of Portuguese architecture in the building across Melaka. Jhankar walk is the most popular spot with tourist as it provides an insight into the culture and crafts of Melaka. The street is quite long and contains a number of shops on wooden artefacts, furniture and decoration. As the evening draws near you will observe a number of street food stalls local specialities including durian cendol, rice chicken ball and Nyonya laksa. There is normally live street performance with karaoke singing.
If you want to enjoy a nice meal and cold beer, stop by at Geographer Cafe for a wide range of seafood, pasta and vegetarian dishes.
Must-do things in Jankar walk include tasting Hainanese rice balls with chicken, trying durian cendol at cendol 88, tasting satay celup and satay chicken.
Other interesting must-see places in Melaka are:
- Saint Johns Fort: This fort was reconstructed by Dutch in the 18th century
- Saint Peters Church: Constructed in 1710 by Dutch.
- Christ Church: Constructed by Dutch in 1753
- Stadthuys: Residence of Dutch Governor. It was constructed in 1650
- Jonker Street: Interesting walk is known for its antique goods and touristy shops and street
- Portuguese Square
- Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
- Tranquerah Mosque: This is the oldest mosque in Malacca
- Kampung Kling Mosque: This mosque was built in 1784. You can see a mix of Sumatran, Byzantium and Chinese architecture.
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Melaka offers plenty of accommodation options for all budget range and lifestyle. At the outskirts of the city, there is plenty of resort-type accommodation including popular Bayou Lagoon Resort, A'Famose Resort & Philea Resort and Spa. These resorts are located at the outskirts of the city with 20 minutes drive to the main part of the city. Other more accessible and central locations are: