Malacca – The hidden jewel in Malaysia
Malacca is a quaint city which is blessed with amazing sights and a rich culture and heritage. Community in Malacca is easy and exploring the beautiful sights makes it one of its kind. The Baba-Nyonya or the Peranakan culture is one of the prominent contributions of Malacca to the Malaysian culture. The Peranakan still resides in Malacca following their blend of cultures, traditions, customs, lifestyle, and food. With a mix of old and new buildings placed beside each other which includes ultra-modern shopping complexes.
This stunning landscape in Southeast Asia that is blessed with picturesque scenery. Accessible easily via bus or car via Singapore Changi Airport or Kuala Lumpur and then Johor Bahru, Malacca has gained enough popularity among the tourist masses. As a part of promoting tourism, the local tourism board in Malacca celebrates major festivals with cultural presentations, traditional dances, and much more across the world which makes the tourists and visitors feel at home.
Advance booking is recommended for hostels if you are ready with your tour itinerary. The hostel rates are expensive on holidays and weekends. You can get affordable Chinese meals which are served across the bridge. The decorated flower rickshaw tour is best to experience post sunset as it becomes very hot and humid throughout the day. One thing which you shouldn’t miss out is the captivating night market at Jonkers Walk. A perfect place to taste some local delicacies.
Culture and Population
The city of Malacca is truly diverse and incredibly modern, but there is a different world around Jonker St. – it carries a charm and ambiance of its own and can be considered one of the historical theme parks. One of the best places to visit in Malaysia. The local people are very friendly, easy to converse, and ready to help always if the need arises.
Popularly referred as Melaka by the masses, the Strait of Malacca has its name derived from the city of Malacca. This strait is placed between Malaysia and Indonesia and is used to borrow all the boats which sail from Europe and China to and fro. The third smallest state in Malaysia that is accessible from Singapore within 3 hours. The population residing in Malacca is quite diverse with 63% Malays, followed by 25% Chinese, 6% Indians and the remaining are made up of small Kristan community with partial Portuguese ancestry and Eurasians community with Dutch ancestry. Islam is the most dominant religion here i.e. 66% followed by 25% Buddhists, 5% Hindus, and 3% Christians. The diversity of Malacca is evident from the fact that the city is home to heritages sites belonging to every religion.
Best tourist attractions
Malacca is best explored via foot and we recommend you to check out the area beyond the Heritage Area. It is home to several interesting sights and is always crowded with tourists especially on weekends. You will find crazy, decorated, musical pedal rickshaws pumping the local rock music cover a major portion of the street.
The urban landscape of Malacca features many top tourist attractions like A’Famosa Fort Jalan Kota, Jonker Street, Christ Church Jalan Kota, the Stadthuys Jalan Kotal Melaka, St. Paul’s church Jalan Kota, Bukit St. Paul, Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary Ayer Keroh, Melaka Sultanate Palace Ayer Keroh, Menara Taming Sari Jalan Merdeka Banda Hilir, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park.
One of the fun things to indulge in here is to visit the Taming Sari Tower. This 260-feet high building gives you captivating and panoramic views of the city. Among the other attractions include the Melaka zoo which houses close to 1,200 animals and on record, it is the second largest zoo in Malaysia.
Popular food in Malacca
Malacca offers several local delicacies of Malay, Chinese, and Nyonya cuisine. The people here love their food. Some of the popular food consumed here are chicken rice balls, coconut shakes, fried fish, Noodles, Soup, and Cellups – a local desert. The locals love their partially cooked seafood drenched in Satays, a local delicacy which you should surely try out. Confectionery items are prepared and sold fresh. Do try the one-bite puffs from some of the bakeries here.
Nightlife in Malacca
One of the best activities to indulge in Malacca post sunset is strolling in the streets. Enjoy a fabulous walk in Jonker Street and Jonker Walk where you can purchase local goodies, artifacts, souvenirs, food items, clothing, accessories, and jewelry. A perfect destination to buy something for your loved ones back home. Do polish your negotiation skills, they will come in handy.
Climate in Malacca
Malacca experiences a hot and humid weather all through the year. The monsoon season occurs during the months of October and March. Post the heavy rainfall season, it does get a bit colder. The general temperature ranges between 30-35°C during the day and 27-29°C during the night. The months of May to July are the drier months. The stable weather all through the year makes it an ideal all-the-year-round destination. During the day, due to the abundance of sunlight, we recommend you to wear light clothing as the humidity can become too difficult to tolerate.
Malacca is not only a historical city, it offers a diverse culture, exciting commute system, adventurous places, and several recreational parks, etc. Malacca offers heavy influences from European powers which are evident in its monuments and building structure spread across the city. It has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2008. Before the 14th century, it was untouched by human influences, today it has become one of the tourist hotspots in Malaysia.