[Malacca Travelogue] A beautiful world heritage site full of art. A walk in the ancient city of Malaysia

I went to Malacca, a World Heritage Site in Malaysia!

It was a very satisfying stay, and I will summarize it in my blog as a travelogue.

Melaka is truly a city full of art, with wall art painted all over the city.

To be honest, before I went there, I thought it would be a country town, but there were more cute cafes than I imagined, and it was a fun place to walk around.

If you’re going to Kuala Lumpur, you should definitely take a trip to Malacca!

It was a very cute city with wall art!

Travel Schedule

Day 1 Moving from Singapore to Malacca.
Day 2 Melaka sightseeing
Day 3 Move to Kuala Lumpur

We are staying in Malacca for two nights, but the first and last day is mainly for transportation.

Actually, we’re only sightseeing on the second day, so I thought people who are going to Malacca on a day trip might find this helpful!

In Malacca, we toured the following spots!

  • River Cruise
  • Strait of Malacca Mosque
  • Dutch Square
  • Jonker Street
  • St. Paul’s Church

Okay, here’s a detailed report of our actual trip!

Day 1: From Singapore to Malacca by bus.

Boarding the bus in Singapore.

After finishing our sightseeing in Singapore, we decided to go to Malacca from the “Golden Mile Express Bus Terminal”.

The bus fare from Singapore to Malacca is $15 per person

Isn’t it amazing that for $15 you can go visit your neighboring country!

We’ll take this bus to Malacca!

It takes about 6 hours, but the car is clean and spacious. A surprisingly comfortable trip!

We were asleep and arrived in Malacca in no time at all.

From the bus terminal in Malacca, I decided to take a Grab to my hotel.

The ride took about 10 minutes and cost 10 ringgit ($2.60).

Arriving at the hotel.

In Malacca, we stayed at a hotel called “The Nest House”.

This hotel has a very high review rating of 4.8 on Expedia’s 5-point scale!

The rooms were quite clean and the hotel was very stylish.

It costs about $40 per room per night, so two people can stay here for $20 per person.

I highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Malacca, because you can walk to all the famous tourist spots!

>>Look on Expedia

Basic information about The Nest House
Price: about $40 per room per night
Address: No, 7, Lorong 1, Banda Hilir, 75000, Malacca, Malaysia

take a break and have dinner.

When we arrived at the hotel, it was already time for dinner. I was hungry, so I decided to go to a nearby shopping center.

We came to a shopping center called Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall.

This is a rather large shopping center, and my first impression of Melaka was “Surprisingly urban…? I thought.

We exchanged Singapore dollars for Malaysian ringgit at a money changer.

For dinner, we went to a Malaysian set meal restaurant.

We ordered a dish called “Nasi Lema”.

It is a specialty of Malaysia. It looks like rice cooked in coconut milk. The slightly sweet rice has a unique flavor.

The chicken was crispy and delicious! It was reasonably priced at 15 ringgit ($3.90) with a drink.

After eating dinner, we walked outside and saw a statue commemorating the World Heritage Site.

Malacca was registered as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site in 2008 as the “Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca.

As a place where the West and the East meet, it seems that its unique architectural style and culture were highly evaluated.

I’m looking forward to walking around Malacca tomorrow!

We returned to the hotel early this day.

Basic information about Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Day 2: Sightseeing in the World Heritage City.

Breakfast at a cute hotel.


The second day in Malacca begins. We have a free breakfast at the hotel.

This hotel has a very stylish lounge in the common area.

And everything in this lounge is free to eat.

Not just bread, but fruit and cookies too!

No matter what time I came to the lounge, I could have a cookie or something to eat, which was helpful when I was hungry.

There’s no refrigerator in the room, but you can use the post-refrigerator in this lounge.

After a hearty meal, it’s time to walk around the city!

Red walls are cute! The famous Holland Square.

First, we came to the famous Dutch Square in Malacca.

It’s about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Pretty building with red walls!

The building with the cross on it is a Christian church built in 1650 during the Dutch occupation

We were also able to see the inside of the church, which was a beautiful space filled with light.

There’s even an “I love Melaka” photo spot in the plaza!

This Dutch square was so cute that I wanted to look at it forever.

The area around the square was pretty too, with all those reddish-brown walls!

Basic information about Holland Square
Opening hours: Church is open from 9:00 to 16:30
Closed: No holidays
Address: Malaysia, 75200 Malacca, Bandar Hilir

St. Paul’s Church with over 500 years of history.


After leaving Holland Square, I walked to the site of St. Paul’s Church.

This statue is of Francis Xavier, the man who spread Christianity.

It seems that Xavier’s body was temporarily laid to rest in this church.

Since this historic place was built in 1521, there is now the site of a church and chapel.

But a place with 500 years of history is hard to find, so it’s amazing.

The church was built on top of a small hill and overlooked the area around Holland Square.

Lots of Malacca’s famous “trishaws” running around too!

Basic information about St. Paul’s Church
Opening hours: Free to visit
Regular holiday: None
Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Take a break at a cute cafe.

We were getting tired of walking in the heat, so we decided to cross the Malacca River and go into a cafe.

Curious about its cute appearance, we entered a cafe called “the stolen cup”.

The stolen cup? What a cute name too!

It looked small on the outside, but inside it was more spacious than I’d imagined!

Here I ordered a smoothie and apple and orange juice.

The drinks cost 10 ringgit ($2.60) each.

Cold, with just the right amount of sweetness from the fruit!

It was a really nice cafe where we could take a rest and relax.

Basic information about the stolen cup
Opening hours: 9:00 – 22:30 (until 18:00 on Wednesdays)
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: 12, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Search for Prakanan goods.

After relaxing at the cafe, we came to the Malacca House, which we had read about in our guidebook.

The place looked more like a museum than a general store, but I found some cute magnets!

I found my favorite pattern and took it as a souvenir.

If you like Prakanan patterns, I recommend these magnets.

Malacca House Basic Information
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: 70, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Rice balls from a popular restaurant for lunch.

For lunch, we came to a popular restaurant in Malacca called “Ho Kee Chicken Rice Balls”.

The restaurant was established in 1962 and is loved by the locals.

We ordered the restaurant’s signature chicken and rice balls. It was pretty cheap, 22 ringgit ($5.72) for two people!

The sticky rice balls had a fun texture and were delicious.

Located at the entrance of Jonker Street, it’s an easy place to stop by. Stop by for lunch!

Basic information about Ho Kee Chicken Rice Bowl
Opening hours: 9:00 – 16:00
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: 468, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Go on a river cruise in Malacca.

After lunch, we went on a river cruise in Malacca.

This is a great way to see the world heritage city from a cruise.

I was told that the fare was 20 ringgit, but it was a bit higher on holidays, 30 ringgit ($7.80) per person.

Off we go! Soon you will see the wall art.

Malacca has wall art all over the city, interesting to see all those colorful walls!

There are also many nice cafes and restaurants along the river.

In Japan, we don’t have such a colorful cityscape…

It was a little hard to walk around and see everything, so I was very happy to see it efficiently on the river cruise!

Malacca River Cruise Basic Information
Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: JALAN GRAHA MAJU ARAS 9, GRAHA MAJU BUILDING, 75300 Melaka, Malaysia

Where we got off the cruise, there was a large ship.

The inside seems to be a maritime museum.

I enjoyed the cruise, but it was hotter than I expected and I was exhausted…

We decided to take a break at a cafe.

I ordered a tapioca milk tea. Tapioca is popular all over the world.

At 10 ringgit ($2.60) per cup, it’s still cheaper than Japan!

I was happy to be able to drink delicious milk tea in a cool café with a cooler.

It’s quite hot in Malacca, so it’s best to take a break while sightseeing.

Wall Art Tour

I was curious about the wall art I saw on the cruise, so I decided to take a walk along the river.

The cutest one was the wall art of the cosmetic brand “KIEH’S”.

So colorful and pretty!

There is also a large wall art on the other side of the river.

You can see how delicate and detailed the drawings are.

There are many restaurants and cafes along the riverbank, and it’s nice to have a coffee break while looking at the art.

Malacca was a peaceful place.

As we walked along the river, we saw the St. Francis Xavier Church.

The church seems to have been built in honor of Xavier.

I recommend walking around the places that caught your attention on the cruise!

Satisfied with the wall art tour, we took a cab on Grab from near Holland Square to visit the Floating Mosque on the Sea.

To the mosque floating on the sea.

After a 10-minute drive from Holland Square, we came to the Malacca Straits Mosque, which is floating on the sea.

Grab is pretty cheap at 6 ringgit ($1.56) one way.

It is said to be a spot where you can see the sunset beautifully, but unfortunately it was cloudy that day.

We couldn’t see the sunset, but the mosque floating on the sea was mysterious itself.

I wear a hijab and decide to go inside.

It’s a beautiful place, with the ocean so close by.

The patterns on the glass are colorful and beautiful.

We took a walk along the beach and waited for the sun to set.

The mosque lit up is so lovely!

This was a really nice place to visit, so if you are ever in Malacca, be sure to stop by.

Basic information about the Straits of Malacca Mosque
Opening hours: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: Jalan Pulau Melaka 8, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Go to the Jonker Street night market.

I took a cab from the mosque and came back to Jonker Street.

Jonker Street has a night market every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

If you’re coming to Melaka on the weekend, keep that in mind!

The streets, which were full of cars during the day, become pedestrianized and festive.

At this night market, there were also many stores that sold antiques.

There are also many cute Chinese goods.

There were many food stalls and stores selling sweets, and I had a cup of milk tea.

This night market had a local feel to it, and it was fun!

I bought some cute, petite magnets and other items as souvenirs.

Basic information about the night market
Opening hours: 18:00 – 24:00
Opening days: Friday to Sunday
Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Malacca has a great night view.

After leaving the night market, I was heading back to the hotel when I saw that the Malacca River was lit up.

It’s quite colorful, lol.

If you don’t have time to go on a river cruise during the day, it would be nice to take one at night when it’s lit up.

Holland Square also looked beautiful under the gentle orange lights.

I only had an image of Malacca in the daytime, but surprisingly, it is also wonderful at night.

After this, I had a massage and went back to the hotel.

This was the end of our sightseeing tour of Malacca.

The next day, we left for Kuala Lumpur early in the morning.

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Trivia about Malacca for your trip.

Can be done as a day trip, but we recommend an overnight stay.

Malacca is less than a two-hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

The round trip bus ride takes about five hours.

The bus ride back is often quite congested, so a day trip is a bit of a bullet.

If you have enough time in your schedule, I recommend spending one night in Malacca.

By the way, it takes more than 6 hours from Singapore by bus one way, so it would be difficult to stay overnight.

If you want to stay overnight in Melaka, stay at The Nest House.

As I mentioned in my travelogue, if you want to stay in Melaka, I recommend the hotel called “The Nest House”.

  • New hotel opened in 2018
  • Very clean rooms and common areas
  • Friendly staff
  • Clean common space
  • Walking distance to famous tourist attractions
  • High rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Expedia
  • Free breakfast service

That’s $40 per room per night, so if two of us stay together, that’s $20 per person!

Many hotels in Southeast Asia are not very clean, so I was really surprised by the cleanliness of this hotel.

If you’re staying in Malacca, you should definitely give this a try!

>>Search on Expedia

Use the car-delivery app Grab for convenience.

Grab App

Grab App
Developed by :Grab.com
Free

There are no trains in Malacca, so transportation is basically by cab.

Taking a cab is a must, especially if you want to go to the mosque on the sea.

You can use the car rental app “Grab”.

Grab was created in Malaysia and is now a Singaporean company.

Grab is cheaper than regular cabs, and since the price is fixed in advance, there is no need to get into trouble with the driver.

SMS verification (phone number required) is required for registration, so be sure to download and register while you are in Japan.

For your first ride, try using the coupon code below.

Coupon Code: GRABSEKAKIMI

Enjoy the historic world heritage city.

Malacca is the oldest city in Malaysia with a history of over 600 years.

As a place where East meets West, the city has nurtured a unique culture.

Malacca is full of art and is a fun place to visit.

I hope you will take a trip from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to stay here.

Have a great trip!

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