Melaka is 3 hrs drive from Singapore!
Getting to Melaka from JB is simple, just head over to Larkin Bus Terminal and get your tickets. If you are traveling from JB to another state and are looking for a cheap hotel to stay for the night, there are a few Budget Hotels across Larkin Bus Terminal. And nearby are 711 convenience store, 24hrs mcd(at bus terminal) and mamak stalls that open till wee hours.
Here at Larkin Terminal, there are many options to other states, Singapore and even Thailand. Upon reaching the terminal, alot of touts will swamp to you like flies and you’d even hear them before you see them. It is always good to compare before buying, explore all options but take note, tickets do run out very quickly on weekends & holidays.
One of the many halal eateries in Larkin terminal, McDonald can be found around the corner.
You may shop and burn your time here at the shopping arcade, there are shops selling all kinds of merchandise. Purchase some light snacks and drinks or top-up your traveling phone cards here.
Rule No. 1 for Traveling When you are Not in Singapore: Always be punctual for your boarding time, no matter how terrible your experience has been with other transport operators & irregardless how unreliable their timings are. At Larkin, your ticket will state which berth to head to, so be nice and board at least before the departing time.
Getting to the The Stadthuys
Moving around in Malacca is a breeze, I find it pretty clean and organise, compared to the other states I’ve been to. For eg. The layout of Melaka Sentral is pretty simple, one side for interstate buses and the other for domestic buses. Just hop on to the other side once you arrive. Domestic bus refers to buses that travel within Malacca, berth 17 is where you can hop on the bus to the Stadthuys aka the Dutch Square.
1. Visit the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia
When you visit Christ Church and the Dutch Square, you are only exploring a small part of the heritage city! The Christ Church was built by the Dutch in the 18th century in the heart of their newly established town, the church is very picturesque from outside and is the main landmark of Melaka.
2. Those who work hard will be rewarded
Workout your heart(as if walking so much is still not enough) and climb up St Paul’s Hill. Explore the ruins of St Paul’s Church and find out the history of this historic complex.
3. Walk down St Paul’s Hill and check out the canons.
This is one of the many Portuguese ruins in Malacca and the Porta de Santiago is one of them that’s part of a fortress called A Formosa, This is the surviving gate for the fort.
4. Dont Mess with.. Melaka is not so SERIOUS.
Unlike the campaign slogan, Melaka is doing its best to create a relaxing vibe through its street art and culture. The best way to see street art is to stroll down melaka river, check out the back alley or simply by wandering around with no fixed direction. Here in Melaka, something will definitely catch your eye; a snapshot of daily life, the highly decorative religious buildings (even churches are painted in striking red) or a hippyish decorated hostel.
5. Find out what Satu Malaysia means..
When in Melaka, take a stroll down temple street and admire the harmony of various religious places of worship built beside each other. They are: Hinduism – Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, Islam – Kampung Kling Mosque, Three Teachings – Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism) and Xiang Lin Si Temple (Buddhism).. It is a living testimony to future generations that racial and religious harmony is possible.
The Cheng hoon Teng temple is the oldest Chinese temple still functioning in Malaysia. The temple contains exquisite and extremely colourful decorations and sculptures brought from China in the 18th century. This temple is close to the Jonker street, next to the temple is another, more recent, Xiang Lin Si Buddhist temple which offers a good view of the Cheng Hoon temple from and the whole street from its 2nd lvl terrace. Overall a must see site for tourists.
6. H&M is here to provide free air conditioning when you cannot take the heat any longer.
It’s kind of interesting to see the contrast of a modern retail chain surrounded by old buildings. Will be a good place to take shelter from the heat/rain outside!
7. Rent a bike and explore
Simply download the Melaka Bike share app, follow the instructions and start riding. It cost only 10rm for a day!
8. Buy Local products and Artifacts
There are loads and loads of souvenirs everywhere in Melaka, you can even get them at the bus interchange. But this is the place where you everything is cluster in one building, you may compare prices and do some bargaining.
9. Take a ride on Menara Taming Sari, the only 360 degree viewing tower offering you a panoramic and spectacular view of Melaka City.
10. Visit Jonker Street Night Market
This Night Market only operates on the weekend! Be sure you plan your trip right~
Most of the bars and posh dining places are along Jalan Hang Jebat. Nice place to chill and mingle with tourists from all over the world. I don’t think i have seen that much angmohs in my life, not even in Singapore’s Clark Quay.
Locals were taking turns to go on stage and sing, mainly elderly people, but very entertaining. Awesome boost to the already very hype up atmosphere.
This is what i love about Melaka, bold, cultured and clean. Their “Dont mess with Melaka” Campaign originated as a campaign to promote higher standards of cleanliness in Melaka. I believe the slogan encourages the community to love and protect their state, maintaining the cleanliness, lowering crime levels, becoming responsible states citizen.
Malacca, I will be back!