Melaka is known as the nation’s leading state for research and development in different industries such as biotechnologies, medical, business, scientific, technology, and industrial communities. Melaka is located on the West Coast Peninsular of Malaysia facing the Straits of Melaka. It is a land of polyglot where residents consist of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Straits-born Chinese known as Peranakan, Straits-born Indians known as Chitty, Portuguese descendants and Eurasians.
First of all, let me tell you guys briefly about transportation to Melaka. In case you are traveling from Kuala Lumpur or other states, this might be a guidance to you.
a) By car
You can rent a car from operators in Kuala Lumpur and pay a deposit besides the daily rates. Utterly convenient, having your own ride means you are the master of your own schedule in Melaka. From Kuala Lumpur, just follow the signboards on the North-South Highway towards Seremban and then Melaka to get there. Same goes for those who are traveling from the South. Just follow the signboards on the North-South Highway towards Seremban and then Melaka to get there.Traffic in Melaka is relatively easy compared to Penang or Kuala Lumpur but be warned that there are many one-way roads.
b) By train
Riding the railway is probably the slowest mode of transportation to Melaka but it is also the most relaxing and scenic. While on the train, you can admire the rural countryside at a pleasant pace. However, the train does not stop at Melaka City as it does not have a station; the nearest one is at Tampin, about 38 kilometres to the north of Melaka City. Not to worry though, there are buses and the ever-ready taxis at your disposal to get you to town. Call the Tampin Railway Station at this number: +6 (0)6 441 1034 for more information.
c) By bus
Traveling by bus is the mode of transportation favoured by most people as there are many bus companies making quite a few trips at different times to various destinations in Malaysia every day. Moreover, it is relatively cheaper than driving. From Terminal Pengangkutan Bersepadu Bandar Tasik Selatan (ITT-BTS) which replaced the old Puduraya Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur, you can choose from several operators to ride a bus down to Melaka. Bookings can be made easily, usually on the day itself. But it is still rather risky to try to get tickets a few hours before your scheduled departure and passengers are advised to book their tickets at least a day before.
Best places in Melaka:
- Bukit Cina
Founded in the early 14th century by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince, Melaka quickly became a key port of call for merchants playing the routes between India and China – once the two greatest markets of the world. Under the guidance of the Melaka Malay Sultanate, the city soon attracted European powers who sought to make it another linchpin in their empire-building schemes. Unsuccessful colonisation attempts by the Portuguese, Dutch and British led to Malacca’s landscape becoming irrevocably altered, with an abundance of majestic colonial architecture rubbing shoulders with aged Chinese store fronts.
- Christ Church
Located at Jalan Gereja (or known as Church Street!), the church is painted in coral red with a huge white cross at the middle. It is the most distinguished one among adjacent buildings that are also painted in a similar red colour. Surrounded by beautiful landscape with greenery and flowers, you will probably feel like visiting a vintage church somewhere in Europe! However, there is something unique and unusual that you might not be able to get in Europe but only in Melaka – the colourful decorated trishaw! In front of the church, there will always be striking trishaws lining up, offering the service to tour you around the town. The existence of trishaw makes the church’s surrounding area more lively and outstanding!
- Melaka River
Also known as Malacca River, it has been cleaned up and rehabilitated. Smart looking (and underused) cafes line its banks. There is also a Malacca River boat ride. The ride takes 45 minutes. The fare, at time of writing, is RM7 for adults and RM3 for children. The tour starts at the Malacca River Boat Jetty near the Dutch Square (Town Square). This boat ride is now quite famous, having even appeared in the American movie “Entrapment” in 1998. Due to tidal conditions, the boat ride is only available during high tide, so visitors are advised to check on this beforehand. Furthermore, the ride will only proceed when there are at least 8 passengers. The ride takes you along the river from the