Melaka to Singapore

A visit to the points of interest of Melaka including Melaka historic UNESCO world heritage city Stadthuys, Christ Church and Dutch Square, Jonker Walk, A Famosa, St. Paul's Church (and view of the city), Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Taming Sari Tower (and view of the city), Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong Park, Sultanate Palace Museum, before taking the bus to Singapore

Melaka is a UNESCO world heritage city located in Peninsular Malaysia.  Melaka offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Melaka historic UNESCO world heritage city
  • Stadthuys, Christ Church and Dutch Square
  • Jonker Walk
  • A Famosa
  • St. Paul’s Church (and view of the city)
  • Cheng Hoon Teng temple
  • Taming Sari Tower (and view of the city)
  • Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong Park
  • Sultanate Palace Museum

For my stay in Melaka I stayed at the Kings Green Hotel which has a swimming pool and onsite bar with live music.  There are many hotel options in Melaka, for all budgets.

Dutch Square, Melaka

Dutch Square, Melaka

Dutch Square is a stunning red square in the center of the UNESCO city of Melaka.  A picture or selfie with the I love Melaka sign is a must, you’ll also find the picturesque buildings of the Stadthuys and Christ Church (above) to photograph in the square.  The Christ Church is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia and was built in 1753 to celebrate 100 years of Dutch rule.  The Stadthuys (town hall) is the oldest Dutch building in Asia, today it is a museum.

You will see many trishaws in Dutch Square, styled up as Frozen, Pokemon, Transformers and many more designs, you can hire these to take you to the sites of Melaka.  As you are being driven around they play loud music, I heard a lot playing Shape of You (Ed Sheeran), Umbrella (Rihanna) and the Pokemon theme tune for kids.

Proclamation of Independence Memorial, Melaka

Proclamation of Independence Memorial, Melaka

The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was completed in 1912 and used to be a social club for the British when the country was under British rule.  Today the building houses a museum of the history of Malaysian independence, it’s free to go inside.

Next to this building is one of the oldest European buildings still remaining in South East Asia, A Famosa.  It used to be a Portuguese fortress, all that remains is one gate called The Porta de Santiago.  The gate dates back to 1511, 400 years older than the Proclamation of Independence Memorial (above).

The Sultanate Palace Museum is located behind the memorial (above).  I wouldn’t recommend visiting this palace as they charge triple price for foreigners and it’s not particularly interesting.  I did visit at around 3 pm and this was not a good time to take good pictures of the palace, if you do visit and want a good picture I’d recommend early morning or in the evening.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Melaka

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Melaka

The Cheng Hoon Teng temple is the oldest working temple in Malaysia dating back to 1646, making it a must see site in Melaka.  This Chinese Temple welcomes the practices of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.  Cheng Hoon Teng is a beautiful temple, it’s free to enter, take pictures and walk around but remember to respect any locals using the temple.

0 Mile, Melaka

0 Mile, Melaka

In the center of Melaka is a roundabout called 0 mile, they have the distances to major cities on the signpost here.  A short distance from 0 Mile is the start of the famous Jonker Walk of Melaka.  Foodies will love Jonker Street as it’s full of restaurants and dessert cafes.  From 6 pm in the  evening on weekends Jonker Street transforms into a night market.  You’ll find lots of street food, merchandise and live entertainment in the night market, it’s a fun and interesting way to spend your evening in Melaka.

Melaka Street Art

Melaka Street Art

Like Penang, Melaka has it’s fair share of street art.  Along the Melaka River you’ll see lots of colorful street art, perfect for your Instagram pictures.  If you’re brave enough to venture into the backstreets away from Jonker Street then you’ll find lots of street art, along one backstreet alone I saw around 6 pieces of street art (above).

St. Paul's Church, Melaka

St. Paul’s Church, Melaka

St. Paul’s Church was built in 1521 making it the oldest church in Malaysia and South East Asia.  To get to St Paul’s church you must first climb the stairs up St Paul’s Hill, it’s not far but the weather will probably be hot so take some water.  From the top of St Paul’s Hill you get a wonderful view of the old city of Melaka and the Malacca Strait sea.  You’ll be able to clearly see the the 110 meter tall Taming Sari Tower, this is also a tourist attraction and you can ride the revolving observation deck to the top.

Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong Park, Melaka

Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong Park, Melaka

Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong Park is located on Jonker Street, it’s a park honoring Dr Boon, Melaka’s most famous resident.  You’ll see posters and images of Dr Boon all around the town.  He is Malaysia’s answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger, nowadays he is a local politician and celebrity.  It is said that if he sees you admiring his park, maybe taking a selfie with his bust, that he will invite you to lunch.

Bus from Melaka to Singapore, 3 hours

Bus from Melaka to Singapore, 3 hours

From Melaka Sentral station there are regular buses to Singapore and the journey time is around 3 hours.  The border crossing between Malaysia and Singapore is very organised, well sign posted and you should pass through easily.  From the bus station in Singapore you’ll probably be able to take the underground MRT train to your final destination in Singapore.

Singapore to Medan

2017-07-09T16:14:26+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Asia, Malaysia|23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Claire Summers June 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    This looks like a really interesting place to visit! I love the street art, and that statue of Dr Boon is brilliant! I love that Malaysia has an Arnold Schwarzenegger celeb turned politician haha

  2. Tracy June 30, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Wishing I had read this before I booked our coach from KL to Singapore as would have had a stop in Malacca!!

    • James Smith June 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      No, Tracy! You must stop in Melaka!

  3. Lisa July 1, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I went to Malaysia a few years ago, but unfortunately didn’t get to visit Melaka. It looks really vibrant, and I think it’s so interesting to see the colonial remnants of the Portuguese rule, even if the actual history isn’t so comfortable to read about! I think I saw a cooking show with Dr Boon, he’s pretty flamboyant if I remember! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nicole Anderson July 1, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    You have just convinced me to plan another visit to Malaysia. Whilst I have visited KL, Penang, Langkawi and Jahore Bahru, I did not visit Melaka. I just was unaware of all the place offered and having read your post and seen your lovely photos, this is certainly a place I want to visit. I love taking in the old colonial history and appreciating the architecture and landmarks such as those you shared here, not to mention the friendly Malaysian people.

  5. Natasha July 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    We are hoping to visit Melaka but are for sure doing Singapore. The hotel you suggested in Melaka sounds perfect, I love bars and music. It is good the trip is not too long, I need to know that information when traveling with a little guy

  6. My Travelogue by Bhushavali July 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Interesting how they’ve used the NewYork LOVE installation here! Actually a bit intrigued on why haven’t they made something new that represents their country!
    Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is about 400 years old? Wow, that’s beautiful!
    I totally love the street art as well!

  7. Umberta July 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Melaka looks like an interesting destination in Malaysia! I enjoyed seeing all the pictures of things to do there too, it would be cool to take photos in Dutch Square. I would love to visit Malaysia one day, Singapore as well!

  8. Abhinav Singh July 2, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Of late Melaka is making lot of news. I like visiting places with a deep rooted culture, a rich history and vibrant lifestyle. St. Paul Church seems like it is worth the climb. I didn’t know you could reach here on bus via Singapore.

  9. Cat July 3, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

    I lived in Penang before but didn’t make my way to Melaka yet! Your photos make me want to visit there on my next Malaysia trip. As a big foodie, I can imagine myself spending some time on Jonker Street, eating my way through the street!

  10. Indrani July 3, 2017 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I could visit Penang but not Melaka, indeed a beautiful UNESCO city! It has all ingredients for a heritage lover.
    I am keen to visit Cheng Hoon Teng Temple… hopefully some day soon.

  11. Julz July 3, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I love seeing the posts about your trip, but very jealous! I wanted to stop in Malacca last time, but we didn’t get the time… hopefully one day!

  12. Ada July 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I am so glad I found this post otherwise I would probably never heard about Malacca ! I am gonna be travelling from Singapore to Malezja soon and now I know where to make a first stop! That place looks so colourful and amazing ! your photos are fantastic!

  13. Danik July 4, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    My partner Claire has been to Melaka last year whilst I was stuck here in London. So to surprise her, I managed via telephone to order a bunch of flowers and had it delivered to her first thing at her hostel reception first thing in the morning. 😀 Happy memories. So want to go to Melaka after checking out your photos.

  14. Archana Singh July 4, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Lately I have developed a keen interest in UNESCO world heritage city. Reading your blog makes me think that Melaka would be pretty good for a heritage lover. I would specially wanna check Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. I am going to Malaysia this month. Hopefully I should be able to visit Melaka too.

  15. Laura Barton July 4, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Melaka seems like such a colourful place. Your post makes me really want to visit Dutch Square, it looks so picturesque and Instagrammable. I’ve never been to Malaysia or Melaka but they are definitely on my bucket list.

  16. Carmen Baguio July 4, 2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    I think I would have to venture to the back area of street art! Love the tidbit about taking a selfie of Dr Boon. Maybe he would take me to lunch!

  17. Kate July 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    You can definitely see the Dutch influence in the buildings you shot but it’s really a good blend of both. I would love to visit Melaka on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore!

  18. Jen July 8, 2017 at 2:37 am - Reply

    Im in Kuala Lumpur at the moment. Planning to go to Siangapore through Melaka. Thank you for sharing this! Definitely, interesting to see

  19. Rhiannon July 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Please tell me that statue of Dr Boon is to scale! If Arnie & Popeye had a love child is all I can say about that.
    Have you ever been to Sri Lanka or India?? The Dutch Square looks extremely similar to a lot of the architecture and areas left over by the Dutch colonists over there! I actually had to double and triple check the names of the places as it reminds me so much of some of the squares over there (albeit a lot more red).

  20. oursweetadventures July 9, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    You had me hooked by the end of the first paragraph. This city of Melaka sounds amazing. It’s I love Melaka sign is cool to take a memorable picture. The Melaka Km 0 with signs pointing around the world is a wonderful landmark too. Jonker street sounds awesome especially with the street food and night market. It is also amazing that some of these buildings have stood the test of time, the gate of the Portuguese Fort is incredible.

  21. Anita July 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I have been to Malaysia but not to Melaka.It seems so interesting place to visit.I didn’t know it’s UNESCO heritage site.Thanks for detaled information and great pictures!

  22. Adrenaline Romance July 10, 2017 at 12:43 am - Reply

    That statue of a bodybuilder-turned-politician got us giggling. It’s the same here in the Philippines where politicians have busts and statues of themselves created. Hahahaha! Anyway, Melaka is awesome! Very colorful and vibrant.

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