Steeped in incredible history and culture is the World Heritage Site of Malacca. It is easy to spot British, Portuguese and Dutch influences throughout the Malaysian city’s popular landmarks, attractions and bustling streets. Forts, churches, museums, towers and other buildings pay homage to Malacca’s past, and thriving night markets and eclectic businesses highlight the city’s booming tourism.
Malacca has come a long way; it was once known as a fishing village in the 14th century, until a runaway Hindu prince named Parameswara transformed it into a popular port for those waiting out monsoons. In 1511, the Portuguese attacked Malacca, and in later years, the Dutch and the British took control for some time.
Cruise ships typically dock offshore Malacca and tender passengers to Parameswara Jetty.
Facilities nearby include:
How to Get Around
Much of Malacca can be explored on foot, which proves to be a fantastic way to see this quaint city up-close. Taxis are located throughout all of Malacca, but it is a good idea to understand your fare before hopping in.
Trishaws are also available to take tourists around to many of Malacca’s main attractions. Drivers are generally friendly and tend to give visitors a background on the city as they drive around.
Travel times from Parameswara Jetty:
It is a 17 minute walk to A Famosa Fort
It is a 24 minute journey to Jonker Street Night Market
It is a 20 minute journey to The Stadthuys
It is a 24 minute journey to Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum.
It is an 11 minute journey to A Famosa Fort
It is an 8 minute journey to Jonker Street Night Market
It is a 10 minute journey to The Stadthuys
It is a 6 minute journey to Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum.
Currency – The official currency in Malacca is the Malaysian ringgit (RM). Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen, and banknotes come in RM1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.
Time Zone – Malacca’s time zone is Malaysian Time (MYT), which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Savings Time is not observed.
Weather – Malacca experiences hot weather throughout the entire year. Average day temperatures range from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, and average night temperatures only fall to around 27 to 29 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is another defining characteristic of Malacca’s weather. From October to May, rainfall generally occurs with more intensity.
A Famosa Fort – Take a look into the past by visiting one of Asia’s oldest remains of European architecture, the A Famosa Fort. In the past, A Famosa Fort was once a grand Portuguese fortress, however now only a tiny gate remains. Also known as the Porta De Santiago, this fortress is one of the most popular sites to visit on a trip to Malacca. Since its construction in 1511 under the rule of the Portuguese, the fort has seen a lot of changes and destruction. When visiting this fortress, tourists also venture to nearby attractions, including the Islamic Museum of Malacca and Malacca Sultanate Palace.
Jonker Street – Those wishing to experience bustling Malaccan life should pay a visit to Jonker Street. Located in the centre of Chinatown, this spot has become a shopping extravaganza, with locals filling up the street with a great array of stalls. Trinkets, handicrafts, unique souvenirs and delicious street food, including fried egg ice cream and pineapple tarts, are some of the things to be found during the night market. For those who would like to kick back and relax, they can sit at a nearby café, enjoy authentic Malaysian coffee, and watch the locals and tourists alike pass by.
The Stadthuys – See Dutch imprints in Malacca by paying a visit to The Stadthuys. Once a government administrative centre built between 1641 and 1660, this red building is now a museum. The Stadthuys, located opposite to Jonker Street, boasts Dutch architecture and pays homage to Malacca’s history - especially its colonisation.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum – Located in a 19th century Chinese shop is the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. Visitors can appreciate the incredible detail and colour in every room throughout this museum, which remain exactly as the Chan family – once the richest family in Malacca – left them. Each piece gives insight into how the Straits Chinese, otherwise known as the Baba and Nyonya, lived their lives. To this day, the museum is privately owned by descendants of the Straits Chinese, and many visitors take guided tours to learn about their culture.