Travel Guide: Malacca, Malaysia
Malacca is a beautiful city, rich with history and culture. As you walk along the cobblestone streets, you will notice the influence of British, Dutch and Portuguese colonialism in many aspects of the city’s architecture. It was one of our favorite cities in Malaysia.
Malaysian currency is called Ringgit (abbreviated MYR). Exchange rates fluctuate all the time but a good, conservative rule of thumb for quick estimations would be 10 MYR = 3 USD, 2 EUR.
This hotel is located outside of Malacca in Batu Pahat. We stopped here on our way to Malacca. We paid 125 MYR per night for a room with AC, hot water and good wi-fi. The hotel was old and outdated and our room was a little dirty. When we checked in we received two vouchers for free breakfast, though it was pretty disappointing. See below (on the right).
This guesthouse is located right in the center of Malacca town within walking distance of Chinatown, Little India, shopping malls, restaurants and tourist attractions. The owners, Tony and Sanny, are extremely welcoming and easy going. They had no problem with us lugging our bikes up to our room, and gave us great advice about where to find the best food in the city. We stayed in a private room with a fan, a shared bathroom and fast wi-fi for 40 MYR per night.
Tony and Sanny also offer an outstanding breakfast menu. Our favorites included french toast made with delicious homemade multigrain bread, and homemade French baguette with butter and jam. We had a great time talking about Indonesia with Tony’s Sumatran wife; she let us know when she found cheap flights to the island and even offered to store our bikes and equipment if we decided to take a trip there! We ultimately decided to stick with our bicycle tour plans, but it was incredibly sweet that she went out of her way to try and help us. We highly recommend this guesthouse.
This hotel is located outside of Malacca in Port Dickson. We paid 85 MYR per night. Our room was tiny but had AC and hot water. The wi-fi only worked on the first floor, which was a little inconvenient. The staff was friendly and helpful and there were plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
A delicious Indian flatbread usually served with a curry sauce.
Chicken Rice Balls
Pak Putra Tandoori and Naan Restaurant
Big Bowl Ice
Famosa Chicken Rice Ball
We were excited to try the famous rice balls, but forgot to do our research before heading to Jonker Street. We don’t recommend this place, it was overpriced and not very good.
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Ball
This was our favorite chicken rice ball restaurant. It was delicious and affordable.
This is the most famous satay place in Malacca. We recommend getting there before they open at 5pm. There will always be a line of people waiting. We thought it was good, and worth trying.
This restaurant was located across the street from Hotel Pelangi in Batu Pahat, the city just outside of Malacca. This buffet restaurant has a wide array of meats, veggies, curries and desserts. Everything was delicious and so fresh. We highly recommend this restaurant if you are traveling through.
We didn’t drink the water straight from the faucet. We ended up using our filter and re-filling water bottles or buying water for about 5 MYR.
The people we encountered all over Malaysia were extremely nice. Most people spoke English and were curious about what we were doing and where we were from.
We found the roads in Malaysia to be excellent. We rarely ran into pot holes and only had a few flat tires.
Things to do
This is a Portuguese fortress which is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in South East Asia. Most people say it is a “must see” in Malacca and some think it is a waste of time. We thought it was beautiful and worth checking out.
This is the main street going right through Chinatown. You will find dozens of clothing and craft stores as well as restaurants. On Friday and Saturdays nights they have a night market which is definitely worth checking out.
Red Square (Dutch Square)
Baba-Nonya Heritage Museum
Located right in the center of town, this museum showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays in Malacca. We really enjoyed our tour and recommend going if you have some free time. They are open everyday from 10:00 am – 12:15 pm and 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Malacca Sultanate Palace
Pedal-powered rickshaws, called trishaws, are everywhere in Malacca. They are all decorated with wild, elaborate flowers and lights and blast the music of your choice. It is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city.
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