Malacca: So Close, Yet So Far Away


Malacca is a UNESCO World Heritage site

Colorful trishaws will take you all around Central Melaka.

Flowers in Dutch Square

Christ Church in Dutch Square

The small town of Malacca (also known as Melaka) in Malaysia may just be a few hours away from Singapore, but once you're there it feels as though you've traveled much farther away than that. Malacca is a perfect place to visit if you want to escape for a short weekend. We arrived late on a Friday night and left on Sunday afternoon. It's an easy place to explore on foot or by trishaw ride.

Malacca has a unique and complicated history of colonization by the Dutch, British and Portuguese. All of these influences are evident today as you walk around Central Melaka. Millions of tourists come visit the town each year, which has earned UNESCO World Heritage site status and feels a bit unauthentic at times. Still, it's a quaint place to visit and there's a lot to see and do.

More Malacca posts to come...


  1. Hope you had lots and lots of food there!

  2. I love Malacca! It's pretty much awesome. :D

  3. Hey there! I am an expat in Sg, and came across your blog while googling for weekend trips to Malacca. Would you mind sharing the bus you took and the hotel you stayed at? Thanks!

  4. @ihelee, stay tuned for a post about taking the bus to Malacca.

    As for our hotel, we stayed at the Emperor Hotel, which I actually don't recommend. I found it on because I had some hotel points to use, but the hotel was gross and old! I recommend checking out the Baba House instead for a comparable price. Better location, too.

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