Melaka is a city of 200.000 but in larger Melaka almost 1 million inhabitants evolve around this ancient city with its particular culture and traditions. Melaka is clearly the most historical city in the whole of Malaysia. Whether ancient merchants brought goods from the west to China or other destinations in the east, or visa-versa. Melaka was always the stop-over, and this has brought this relative small city wealth, fortune, culture and many culinary delights. Awarded by UNESCO with the World Heritage Site Award and it can truly live up to that reputation.
Melaka today is mainly one large open air tourist attraction where tourist can still take in the feeling and atmosphere from its turbulent past. A city of 200.000 but in larger Melaka almost 1 million inhabitants evolve around this ancient city with its particular culture and traditions.
Melaka tourism is among the best of Malaysia, well preserved but also fun for young and old, in Melaka no one gets bored. Melaka is daily flooded with tourists from all corners of the globe, popular by the local population who come to Melaka for the fun shopping opportunities all around the city center and at the Jonker Walk. Foreign tourists will find one photo opportunity after the other in melaka, with its colorful city center, pretty facades, traditional houses and 2 kilometer Jonker street which is an absolute attraction.
Staying in Melaka is a fun and exciting experience as there are no major hotels or resorts, there are a few larger hotels, but more fun is to stay at the old city center. Melaka offers plenty of budget and up-class opportunities to stay for the night or for several nights. Backpackers will find lots of guest houses and home-stay options in the city center. The more luxury hotels are found a little outside the city but never more than a five to ten minute taxi ride away.
Melaka has lots of attractions to please the crowds. Tourist attractions in Melaka are plentiful, and just walking around the city center will bring guests from one site to the next. The Malaysian Tourist Information center is a extremely helpful source of information. Dutch Square, Jonker Walk and the harbor should not be missed. However at the sea, Melaka does not really offer a beach life, there are a few small islands found just of the coast where beaches and water sports can be enjoyed.
Food in Melaka is a must for every visitor of the city, the local delicacies can be found on nearly every street corner. Melaka is rich in culinary delights, Malay, Chinese, India, Indonesia, Portuguese and Thai kitchens have found in Melaka their biggest melting pot. Advisable is to try the many hawker or street food options offered, cheap, fresh and delightful fare.
Melaka is a great family outing and a wonderful day trip to do when staying in Kuala Lumpur. Full of exciting moments and a holiday adventure not easily to be forgotten.