Overnight in Malacca

Dubbed Malaysia’s unofficial historic capital, Malacca – declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 – is one of the country’s most unassuming states. Boasting a good blend of historic attractions – from the salmon-pink Stadhuys to the Jonker Walk Night Market – Malacca is also home to a smorgasbord of great food.source

Malacca is a favorite destination of Singaporeans during weekends and holidays due to it’s close proximity to Singapore. I actually planned to go somewhere else but I messed up my flight booking (that’s for another story, huhu), I didn’t want to waste my leave so I thought about going to Malacca instead. It only takes a quick 4 hour coach ride from Singapore. I booked mine through easybook.

Accomodation:

The Straits Hotel and Suites Malacca, S$62/night

We got the premier suite for only $62! It was actually too big for us but I liked it. I almost didn’t want to go outside. Lols. Do note that hotels in Malacca impose an additional RM2/room per day heritage tax which will be used for upkeep of the heritage sites.

Sight-seeing:

Malacca can be easily explored by foot (at least for me as I love and am used to walking). But If you are not fond of walking, you can always opt to ride the colorful and uniquely designed trishaws (rickshaw). Personally I think they were too touristy and overpriced.

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St. Paul’s Church

Built in 1521 dedicated to the Virgin Mary and known as the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of Grace) or the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of the Hill). The chapel was built by a Portuguese fidalgo or nobleman, Duarte Coelho, as an act of gratitude following his escape from a storm in the South China Sea.[1]

This was my favorite. I am just a sucker for ruins!

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A Famosa

This was a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only part of the fortress which still remains today.[2]

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Christ Church

An 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia.[3]

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Malacca River

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Jonker Walk

Malacca’s chinatown. It transforms to a street market every weekend nights.

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Random street art, kinda like Haji Lane

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They said chicken rice balls and cendol are some of the must-try in Malacca so we did. We tried chicken rice balls from Ee Ji Ban restaurant, I read a few good reviews and there was queue at 2PM so we thought it should be really good. I didn’t find anything special though, tasted like usual chicken rice to me.

I liked cendol. It’s like ice kacang or halo-halo, very refreshing in Malacca’s humid weather.

We also had dinner at The Street Kitchen by the Malacca river.Food was affordable and delish!

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We went inside one of the malls and saw that movie tickets only cost RM15 (S$5). We just couldn’t pass on that and ended up watching Logan on the last full show at 12AM. You know you’re getting old when you trade late night partying/drinking over movies. Lols. No regrets though, the movie was great!

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Though it was a last minute trip without any plan whatsoever, we still had a good time in Malacca. Do check out our travel video in my previous post. Thanks guys, until my next entry! 🙂

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