DIY Guide to Melaka

Monday, February 05, 2018

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If you've been following my story (which I'm arrogant enough to assume that you have), you'd know that I'd gotten hitched last December. You'd also know that we went on a three-week, three-country trip. Well, this here is the first of many, many posts about that adventure.

Malaysia was supposed to just be a quick pitstop. Like connecting-flight quick. But we wanted to make the most of it and so we alloted extra two days here to go explore.

We thought of just staying in Kuala Lumpur, but then our friends suggested Melaka, saying it's a place consistent with our personality. And you know what? I agree.

So let's cut to the chase. Here's an overnight guide to the UNESCO Heritage Site that is Melaka.

WHAT TO DO IN MELAKA
Sight-see
Melaka is filled with all kinds of temples and monuments. There's the Melaka Warrior Monument, the Proclamation of Independence Memorial, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the Kampung Kling Mosque, the Xiang Lin Si Temple, the Poh Onn Kong Temple, and the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple.
melaka temples
 Poh Onn Kong Temple

temples in melaka
 Xiang Lin Si Temple

temples in melaka

melaka temples

Art-walk
Much like my hometown of Angono, Melaka's alleys double as art galleries, with colorful streetart adorning walls. It's a vibrant place and you can't get help but fall in love with it.

street arts in melaka

what to do in melaka

street arts in melaka

street art asia

things to do in melaka

melaka tourist spots

melaka tourist spots

River-tour
You can also go on a cruise across the Melaka river. I forgot how much exactly it costs but I remember thinking it was expensive so we didn't go on it. But if you've money to spare, go for it. It does look fun.
top melaka attractions

melaka river tour

Shop and Eat
Two words: Jonker Walk. This street, which has a line of antique stores which you can visit by the day, comes alive at night. Scour through its famous Night Market for kitschy merch and interesting grubs.
jonker walk night market

I also highly recommend Restoran Ilmali for some authentic mee goreng! Not only is it tasty, it's very cheap too!
where to eat mee goreng in malaysia

Related Adventure: Where to Stay in Melaka

GETTING AROUND MELAKA
Now, the greatest thing about the city of Malacca (another name for Melaka) is it's a walkable and bikeable city. In just one day, you can already explore many destinations. Some attractions may be considered a long walk, so go get a map (most hotels and hostels have this at the ready) and gauge if you need a bike or trust that your legs can do it.

Grab and Uber services are also available.

GETTING TO MELAKA FROM KUALA LUMPUR
Traveling to Melaka has never been easier thanks to the bus stop right at the basement of the KLIA. The earliest trip is at 6AM and takes about two hours to get to the Malacca Bus Terminal. It costs about Php325 one way.

Once in Malacca, you can either walk (it's a very long walk, but again it's walkable) or take an Uber or Grab to where you'll be staying.

A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER
PRO TIP: Before you leave the Malacca bus terminal, make sure to get return tickets. They tend to sell out fast, especially on weekends. We learned this the hard way.

On Sundays, most money changers are closed. If you need to get ringgit on a Sunday, your best bet would be to head straight to the mall. The exchange rate is actually not bad.


If you're heading back to KL the same day as your flight, make sure to allot enough time. Traffic in these parts could get pretty messed up. The return trip could take up to double the time on a particularly busy day.

Well, that's it. If you have any question, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer it.

Have you been to other parts of Malaysia?

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