Malacca is known as the historical state of Malaysia as it is where the Malacca Sultanate began and thereby officially starting the origin of Malaysia. It is one of the smaller states in the country where its capital is Malacca city.
Facts about Kuantan
- Currency: MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)
- Dialling code: if you would like to call the fixed lines in Malacca, you would need to dial the prefix of +606
- Airport: the Malacca International Airport provides air transport services in and out of the state
- Airport Tax: applies for both domestic and international flights
- Distance from airport to city centre: The Malacca International Airport is located about 10kms away from the main town
- Temperature: Malacca experiences temperature between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius
- Climate and Weather: Tropical with high humidity
- Common languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English Language, Chinese and Tamil
You can easily get a taxi to ferry you to the city centre from the airport as it is quite nearby. Grab and Uber services are easily available as well. Within the city center, such services will get you around quite easily too. However, you can get around on foot as well because there are quite a lot of things to look at.
Highlights around Malacca
As the historical state of Malaysia, you will see a lot of the remnants of the colonies who came and went throughout the centuries. Among the highlights here are:
- the Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum
- Christ Church – One of the most iconic structures here with its red walls often seen on brochures about Malacca and is located right at the heart of the city center
- Jonker Street – the must-go place if you are visiting Malacca. The street comes alive at night with rows of souvenirs, antiques, crafts, food and everything in between
- Museums – There are many museums to visit around here including the Malaysian Navy Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Malay and Islamic World Museum, the Museum of Torture, the Muzium Budaya and many more
- Old structures – Porta de Santiago which has the remnants of fort A Famosa, the Saint Paul’s Church and Stadthuys, among others.
- Bukit China – Known as one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside of China
- Melaka River – Great place to take photos and to take a relaxing walk. Otherwise, you can take a boat ride too
- Portuguese Settlement – The community of the descendants of the Portuguese who came here in the 16th century who have since made this place their home
- Melaka Zoo – not far from the city centre is where you can visit the second largest zoo of the country after the main one in Kuala Lumpur.
Foods of Malacca
Around Malacca, you should look for the following foods:
- Chicken Rice Ball – The Chung Wah Restaurant is perhaps the most popular here. Expect a long queue all the time
- Satay Celup – this is steamboat using satay sauce as the soup to dip your fresh seafood into.
- Cendol – You can find these along most of the shops of Jonker Walk or anywhere around town