Malacca – City Guide

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I’ve been in love with this city since the first second. It’s hard to describe but there must be something special about it that makes me return over and over again. Could it be the colonial and heritage vibe?  The joyful crowd? The vibrant colours? The mesmerizing scents? Or is it simply this kind of positive energy that makes me feel fabulous whenever I’m here?!

Yes, it’s Malacca! This place, once ruled by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial forces is today a Malaysian UNESCO world heritage town. There is also a strong Muslim, Hindu and Nyonya Peranakan influences in this city. Are you ready to be seduced by the richness of this city?

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  1. Where to stay:

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HOTEL MAJESTIC: My favourite hotel in town for many reasons: great location, friendly services, spacious and nicely designed suites overlooking the river. Being part of the renovated historic mansion which dates back to the 1920s, Majestic’s architecture probably reflects the colourful history of Malacca.

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WAYFARER Guesthouse: One of many beautiful boutique hotel and guesthouses in the middle of Malacca’s historical heart! Wayfarer guesthouse is located alongside the river and only 5 minutes from the famous Jonker Walk. The rooms are minimally decorated, yet very cozy and perfect for an uncomplicated stay!

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2. Where to eat and drink:

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THE DAILY FIX CAFE: If you’ve read my recent article about Malacca, you probably noticed how much I craved for their pancakes options! Not a pancake fan? Fret not! The Daily Fix’ menu is full of culinary creations that won’t disappoint you!{Read the full post here.}

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LOCAHOUZ: No matter at which time of the day you come to Locahouz, there will be always a chilled out and stylish ambience that awaits you here! Take a seat at the many cozy tables, look around for paintings and works from local artists, until a nice lady bring you the menu! Try any of their sandwiches: they are… belly good!

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BACK LANE CAFE: Stumbled upon this place by strolling around and just love it! Back lane coffee is one of the newly open coffee shop in town and it already make its name for the good coffee {and tea!} and the home-baked cakes and macaroons! It’s perfect for a chilled out afternoon, especially if you like the mix of modern interior and old-fashioned vintage decorations!

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3. Where to relax:

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SCENTS AND SENSES: Get back to your feet and try the best massage in town in an stimulating environment! Scents and Senses offers a large range of relaxing packages including traditional Thai massage and Swedish massage.

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4. Where to make a day-trip to the beach:

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PULAU BESAR: Just 20 min driving and 10 min of speed boat and you will arrive at this beautiful island just infront of Malacca! You wouldn’t expect such a nice beach along the West Coast, won’t you?

Tip: Once the speed boat drop you, take a walk to the other side of the island and you’ll find your private beach!

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5. Best way to go:

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From JB, rent a car to drive to Malacca as it is much cheeper than renting from Singapore. The road is good and you will be driving approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.

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BON VOYAGE!

 

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