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Useful informaion for trips in Malacca
Below you will find information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights and many useful tips for shore excursions in Malacca.
The most beautiful sights in Malacca
Malacca is the third largest and oldest city in Malaysia. It is a coastal city and the capital of the state of Malacca, which lies on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. Next to it is also the strait in Southeast Asia, named the Strait of Malacca. Famous for its many cultural traces it is often referred to as Malacca or Melaka (Malayi) by locals. Must-see places include the old town from Dutch colonial times, a Sultan’s palace, a Portuguese fortress and a hindu temple. Due this multicultural architecture Malacca and Georgetown in Penang are UNESCO World Heritage cities since 2008.
The well-known Dutch “Red Square” is surrounded by a group of bright red, terracotta-colored colonial buildings. One of the most famous buildings on the square is the Stadthuys (Dutch City Hall), which today houses the Historical Museum. The building was completed in 1660 and is considered the oldest existing Dutch building in the east. You will also find the Christ Church in Dutch Square, as well as the central Queen Victoria Fountain in the middle of the square. Also located there is the Malaysia Youth Museum, the Art Gallery and the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower. The square reflects the varied history of Malacca, the Dutch administration (Stadthuys), the British colonization (Queen Victoria Fountain) and the Chinese settlers (Tan Beng Swee Clocktower).
In the Chinatown of Malacca are still many old Chinese buildings to see, one of the interesting buildings houses the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. The museum is housed in a fully preserved old Chinese dwelling house and gives an authentic impression of life for ancient Chinese families. You will also be able to visit the different Chinese temples in China town. Among other things one finds here is the oldest Chinese temple, founded in 1645, Cheng-Hoon-Teng Temple. Here you can reach everything on foot and stroll comfortably through the bustling streets of Chinatown.
The Jonker Street is the most famous street in all of Malacca and is located in the heart of Chinatown. During the day there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes open, inviting you to take stroll. However it can get quite hectic on the weekend, as there is a night market every Friday from 6 pm.
Porta de Santiago (A Famosa Fortress)
The Porta de Santiago – the fortress gate – is one of the most popular attractions when visiting Malacca. It is one of the most important historical landmarks and is one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in all of Asia. The name A Famosa, was the name of the original fort from which the Portuguese ruled over the city of Malacca in the 16th century. Unfortunately, the once mighty Fort was almost completely destroyed in 1806, leaving only the massive fortress gate, which can still be visited today.
Malacca Straits Mosque
The mosque of Malacca Straits (Masjid Selat Melaka) is a mosque built on stilts. It is also known as the floating mosque of Malacca, as it is completely surrounded by water at high water levels. The mosque is located on Pulau Melaka, an artificial 40-hectare island located in the immediate vicinity of the city centre of Malacca.
The mosque officially opened on the 24th November 2006 by Malaysia’s king. The building is more than impressive in every way as it is built in modern Islamic design combined with Malaysian craftsmanship. The facade of the mosque is decorated with stained glass windows with Islamic motifs. Outside, is a 98ft high minaret tower, which also serves as a lighthouse and signpost for boats, ships and airplanes.
Menara Taming Sari lookout tower
Admire a variety of the interesting and historic sights of Malacca from above. The turret with observation deck near the city centre, is a total of 361ft high and offers a 360° view over the city. From the platform at 263ft, you can convince yourself of the vast beauty, picturesque strait of Malacca and the rapid development of the city.
Map of the cruise port in Malacca
Next to the Parameswara Jetty in Malacca, there is also the Malacca Marina Jetty. Both are located in two different ports. Most of the larger cruise ships are located in the roadstead and use tender boats to bring the cruise guests ashore to the Malacca Marina Jetty. The location of this jetty is around 15 minutes away from the city centre. Please note that there is no proper walkway from the port to the city.
However, an international cruise port is currently under construction, in which up to four cruise ships will be able to dock simultaneously.
Book a shore excursion through us, and you will be picked up from the arrival point of the tender boats.
Must-know facts about shore excursions in Malacca
Shipping companies and routes
Malacca is not one of the most frequent ports of call for European shipping companies but is gradually becoming better known. In the meantime, AIDA Cruises, Costa and TUI have occasionally added the harbour to their port along with Langkawi and Port Klang on their Southeast Asia routes.
Entry and visa
You do not need a visa to enter Malaysia. However, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end of your stay.
To be on the safe side, we recommend that you confirm all about valid entry requirements directly with your cruise line shipping company or with the Foreign Office prior to your cruise
The currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringitt (MYR), 100 MYR = 18.97 GBP and 100 MYR = 23.97 USD. You are welcome to exchange this before your cruise begins or you can usually pay by credit card anywhere. Attention: some taxi rides will not accept a credit card, so we recommend picking up or exchanging ringgit (MYR) in advance.
Taxi and public transport
If you have not booked a transfer or a guided shore excursion, taxis are available at the port of Malacca. Experience shows that it is better to book and set the price in advance so that you do not experience any unpleasant surprises afterwards. However, the way to the city is also within walking distance. Other public transport is not available in Malacca.
The most original way to move in the old town of Malacca is by a rickshaw ride. When decorating these exceptional means of transportation, the owners are extremely creative, and everything is allowed. The more colourful, lush and imaginative the jewellery, the better.
Malacca is generally characterized by a very tropical climate. If you want to avoid rain and high temperatures, you can choose from the best travel times which are the winter months between January and February or in the summer months of June, July and August. During these months, the weather is by far the best time for a holiday in Malaysia. It is mostly sunny, while at the same time the humidity is not that high, and the average temperature is a pleasant 25 degrees.
Website Port Authority and Tourism Organisation
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