Malacca : capital of the state of Malacca – Part 3

Malacca is the capital of the state of Malacca which is on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia.

What is there to see outside the town?

• Geok Hu Keng Temple
• Kampung Morten
• Melaka Zoo : RM7 (9AM- 6PM), night entry – RM10 (8PM-11PM)
• Padang Kemunting Sea-Turtle Sanctuary
• Recreational Forest Ayer Keroh
• Taman Mini Malaysia and Mini ASEAN
• There are daily cultural shows at 11AM and 2PM. Admission for adults is RM12, open daily 9AM-6PM.

Events and Festivals of Malacca

– January
• Malaka Kite Festival
• 13th-15th – Thai Pongal
• January/February Varies by lunar calendar – Chinese New Year

– Feburary
• Thaipusam

– March
• Second week – Malacca’s Tourism Week
• Holy Week

– April
• Tomb Sweeping Festival
• Ramadan – Nuzul Quran

– Mid April
• Gendang Nusantara

– End of April
• Hari Raya Puasa

– May
• Vesak
• Last weekend of May – Sikh Commemoration of Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji

– June
• 5th – King’s Birthday
• 23rd – Feast of St. John the Baptist
• 28th or 29th – Fiesta de San Pedro

– Mid July
• Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
• End of Ramadan – Awal Muharram

– August
• Malacca Carnival
• Theemithi

– Mid August
• Governor’s Birthday
• National Day and Malaka Sea Carnival

– September
• Malaysia Fest
• Feast of Santa Cruz
• Melaka Festival

– October
• Varies by Lunar calendar – Mid-Autumn Festival

– November
• Deepavali or The Hindu Festival of Lights

– December
• Sunday closest to 3 December – Feast of St Francis Xavier
• 25th – Christmas Day

Things to Do in Malacca

– Fly a kite
• Go to Klebang Beach
• Buy a cheap kite with Japanese cartoon characters on it for RM 1.50
• Buy a styrofoam airplane for RM5

– Melaka on bike
• 117 jalan tiang dua
• Ph: +60 19 652 5029
• 3hrs
• RM100

– Malacca Duck Tour
• Malacca Duck Tour, Jalan Merdeka, 75000
• Melaka beside the Taming Sari City View Tower
• This is a old military amphibian vehicle that has been adapted for amphibious tourist trips around Melaka city.
• It moves towards the sea and come back up.
• RM 30-40

– Melaka River Cruise
• It is a 45 min cruise along Melaka River.
• It was a main trade area of Melaka during its Golden era.
• It takes passengers from the jetty beside the Maritime Museum to just beyond Kampung Morten and then back.
• Night cruise is more interesting.
• One can enjoy seeing lights lit on the riverbank’s buildings, water fountain show and bridges.
• Tickets: Adult RM10, Child RM5
• Hourly cruise 10AM-11PM daily

– Pirates of Melaka
• This is situated beside the Eye on Melaka.
• It consists of a pirate ship that you can ride on.
• Panorama Melaka bus.
• This is an imported ever popular London double-decker red bus.
• It will show Melaka City London style.
• Sit on the open air upper deck.
• RM 5 per day.
• Service starts at 7AM.

– Sound and Light Show
• This is a 1-hour show.
• It is about the history of Malacca.
• It is held in the big field between the Sultanate Palace and the Proclamation of Independence Memorial Museum.
• Daily shows are in English at 8:30PM, RM10.
• Buy your tickets at either end of the field.

– Taming Sari Revolving Tower, Jalan Merdeka
• This is a 110 m-tower seats 66 people at a time.
• It takes them on a 7-min ride for a view of Malacca.
• The ascent takes 1 min; you have 5 min on the top and 1 min for the descent.
• It offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the historic city and the coastline.
• Operates every 30 min on the hour and half-hour
• 10 AM-11 PM daily.

Admission fees for MyKad holders:
• RM10 for adults.
• RM5 for children below 12 years old.
• RM7 for senior citizens above 55 years old.

Admission fees for visitors without MyKad
• RM20 for adults
• RM10 for children below 12 years old.
• RM17 for senior citizens above 55 years old.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate in Malaysia is tropical.
• The north-east monsoon which is from October to February deluges Borneo and the east coast in rain.
• It often causes flooding, while the west coast which includes Langkawi and Penang escape unscathed.
• The milder south-west monsoon which is from April to October reverses the pattern.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Malacca International Airport is located about 10 km from the city of Malacca.
• Firefly flies domestically from KL and only limited international flights to nearby Indonesian destinations.
• Sky Aviation, Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia: 5 times a week to/from Pekanbaru.
• Wings Air, Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia: Daily services to/from Pekanbaru.
• Firefly, Medan in Sumatra and Subang: 2 weekly.

2. By Bus
There are plenty of long-distance express buses that connect Malacca with:
– Kuala Lumpur
– Seremban
– Johor Bahru
– Singapore
– Other parts of Peninsular Malaysia.
• Express buses will also drop you off at Malacca Central/Melaka Sentral.
• Walk to the back of Melaka Sentral bus station and you can take a local bus no.17 all the way to the principal backpacker’s district.
• This bus goes to Chinatown and Taming Sari.

From Malacca International Airport
• Batang Bus from Melaka Sentral will go past the airport.
• Buses will stop by the main road about 200 m from the airport building.
• Tuahbas No. 65 to Taman Merdeka also goes from Melaka Sentral past the airport via Bachang.
• Transnasional runs multiple direct buses daily at 01:15, 07:45, 09:15, 11:45, 14:15, 16:15, 18:45, 20:15,& 21:15
• RM22/16 adult/child

From Singapore
• Many bus companies operate from Lavender St. bus terminal directly to Melaka Sentral.
• The fares can vary starting from around S$14-S$50 one way depending on class of the bus.
• Bus rides often take any time between 3.5-5 hours.

Some of the companies operating to/from Malacca are:
• Transnational
• Malacca-Kuala Lumpur Express
• Jebat Ekspres
• Malacca-Singapore Express
• Delima Express
• Mayang Sari Express
• MCW Express

3. By train
• Malacca Town is not served by any railway lines.
• The nearest railway station is at Pulau Sebang.
• Ph:+60 6 341 1034

4. By car
• Malacca can be accessed from the North South Expressway.
• When coming from the south, drive along E2 and leave the expressway at the Ayer Keroh exit.
• One can leave the highway at the Simpang Empat exit and proceed through normal road to Melaka.
• This route will pass through the town of Alor Gajah and now with the new highway.
• The trip from Simpang Empat to Melaka will take approximately 20-30 min by car.

Malacca is:
– 150 km (93 mi) from Kuala Lumpur
– 216 km (134 mi) from Johor Bahru
– 90 km (56 mi) from Port Dickson.

5. By boat
• Daily ferries run to and from Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia.
• All ferries arrive and depart from the Harbour Master’s jetty at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum.
• To get to/away from Jetty: Malacca Town Bus No. 17 (Green) goes near the Harbour Master’s jetty which is just down the road from the Red Square.

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