Sometimes you arrive at places and you instantly feel at home, Malacca was one of those places. We spent 3 nights in Malacca, but could easily live here for a while.
The Dutch influences and history certainly had a role in making us so at home in this place. There are Dutch street names, houses and buildings that look like the Dutch building style and the cosy small streets and shops we have in the Netherlands.
Malacca is only a 1.5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur ( keep in mind that traffic can be really busy sometimes and makes the trip a bit longer )
There are many really comfortable bus company`s that run from Kuala Lumpur Airport and Kuala Lumpur City straight to Malacca. From the bus terminal in Malacca its easy to catch a taxi to your accommodation.
Where to Stay in Malacca
We booked Hotel Star Moon ( click for more info and pics! ) which we booked via Agoda.com. Although the pictures on Agoda are not the best, this hotel deserves a big time recommendation! The staff is really helpful and friendly, the hotel cosy and small ( so are the rooms, but really clean and comfy ) and the location is perfect. A short walk from the hotel brings you to a little square where you will find the most delicious street food at night for a very low price. If you don’t like street food too much, don’t worry, there are also a few nice restaurants in the neighbourhood to choose from.
What to do in Malacca
The rest of the highlights are at a 15 minute walking distance from the hotel. If you walk in the direction of the centre and the Jonker Street you will come across some beautiful historical houses and buildings, many of them with Dutch influences.
Drink and Eat at Jonker Street
The Jonker Street is the main street with lots of café`s, restaurants and shops nestled in old historical buildings, which are absolutely stunning. We didn’t even go on a shopping spree, but just looking around in all the old buildings is an attraction alone. During the Weekends you will find the night markets at the Jonker Street, which are normally packed with people but feel kinda cosy.
Explore Malacca`s rich history
If you walk all the way till the end of The Jonker Street, you will cross a canal and arrive at the Dutch Square, where you find the Stadhuys ( town hall ) Museum and the Church to name a few. From here you can walk around for hours and discover more history of Malacca. Make sure you get a map at your hotel or visitors centre as there are so many little tiny streets that you can get lost easily 😉
We spent 3 days in Malacca, but could easily have spent another few days. If we go to Malaysia again or fly via Kuala Lumpur in the future, we would definitely count in a few days in Malacca for a stop over.
Have you been to Malacca? Would you go there for your next Stop Over instead of a Stop Over in Kuala Lumpur? Let us know in the comments below!
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