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A trip to Melaka is like stepping into a time machine, where every corner tells a story and every street echoes with tales of sultans, colonials and traders.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or just in search of a delightful getaway, Melaka has something to charm everyone. Here’s why this UNESCO World Heritage city should be next on your travel list.

As you enter Melaka, the first thing that strikes you is its unique blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy.

The city’s historic centre, with its narrow winding streets and traditional shop houses, is a stark contrast to the more contemporary areas. You’re instantly drawn into the allure of the past, eager to explore the rich heritage that awaits.

Start your adventure at the A Famosa fortress, one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, only a small gatehouse, the Porta de Santiago, remains.

As you walk through this historic gate, you can almost hear the echoes of Portuguese soldiers marching. Just a stone’s throw away is St. Paul’s Hill, where the ruins of St. Paul’s Church offer panoramic views of the city and a tranquil spot to ponder the passage of time.

Descending from the hill, you’ll find yourself at the heart of Melaka’s history, the Dutch Square.

Built by the Dutch in the 17th century, the striking red buildings are a photographer’s delight. The Stadthuys, with its massive red façade, houses a museum showcasing Melaka’s history from its days as a fishing village to its transformation into a vibrant trading port.

A short walk from the Dutch Square is the aptly named Harmony Street, or Jalan Tokong, home to temples and mosques that have stood side by side for centuries.

The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, a Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, radiates a sense of peace and spirituality.

Just down the road, the Kampung Kling Mosque and the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple showcase the multicultural heritage that is so intrinsic to Melaka.

No visit to Melaka would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. The city is famous for its unique dishes, which blend Malay, Chinese and European influences.

Start with some chicken rice balls (rice cooked in chicken broth and shaped into balls), served with delicious Hainanese chicken. Then, move on to the spicy and flavourful ‘Nyonya Laksa’, a testament to the Peranakan culture that is so prominent in Melaka.

As the sun sets, head to Jonker Street, the backbone of Melaka’s night market scene. Here, the air is filled with the aroma of grilled seafood, the sweetness of ‘gula Melaka’ (palm sugar) desserts and the zest of ‘asam laksa’.

Shops sell everything from antiques to textiles, making it the perfect place to pick up souvenirs.

After a satisfying meal, take a leisurely stroll along the Melaka River, once the main artery of trade for the old Malay Sultanate and now a picturesque canvas of cafes, murals and quaint bridges.

Consider a river cruise; as the city lights reflect on the gentle waters, you’ll see Melaka in a whole new light.

Every part of Melaka tells a story, whether it’s the ancient ruins, the bustling night markets, or the serene river.

The city not only preserves its extraordinary history but also vibrates with energy and warmth from its locals.

Melaka is more than just a city; it’s a mosaic of cultures, a feast of flavours and a diary of historical marvels.

Whether you’re wandering through its historic sites, tasting its myriad of cuisines, or simply soaking in the atmosphere, Melaka invites you to be part of its story.


Where to stay?

Baba House Hotel is a distinctive establishment that offers more than just accommodation; it immerses its guests in the rich Peranakan culture.

Located near Jonker Street, it is conveniently positioned within walking distance of several historic attractions including the Stadthuys building and Melaka River Park.

The hotel is housed in a heritage building and features beautifully designed Peranakan and Oasis themed rooms. It provides a range of facilities such as a rooftop bar, a library and spaces for events and functions.

The hotel’s restaurant, Mari Chiak, serves authentic Nyonya cuisine, adding to the cultural experience. Baba House stands out for its strategic location and its commitment to preserving the heritage of the Peranakan community.

The staff are welcoming and informative, enhancing the cultural experience. This hotel is a gem for those looking to delve into the historical and cultural tapestry of Melaka.