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Cheap areas to stay in Malacca

Given the winding riverside districts and heady markets of Malacca are now a staple on the backpacker circuit around Southeast Asia, it's hardly surprising that the city has oodles of budget places to stay. Just take the tight-knit maze of roads north of Jonker Street – it's a veritable mass of lantern-lit guesthouses and colorful café-hostels. These carry over to the streets of the new town, with plenty of little homestays around Jalan Temenggong on the menu. For backpackers looking for a little comfort, the chain hotels and private accommodations around Plaza Mahkota should do nicely.

Cheap hotels in Malacca

The top picks for the budget traveler start with the clean and simple rooms of The Explorer hotel. Nestled along the coastal districts, this one promises a quiet stay in marble-clad, modern privates, complete with a gratis breakfast and a great rooftop terrace. Nearby, the Fenix Inn offers a more hands-on hotel experience, with its 2-star accommodations boasting TVs and free WiFi, all just a short walk from the main shopping malls. Then there's the elegantly decorated Euro Rich Hotel, which has chic suites just down the river from Jonker Street market.

Where to find cheap food in Malacca

From steaming dim sum to stir-fries and sticky rice balls with tasty chicken, the street food of Malacca is perfectly primed for the budget traveler. For some of the cheapest eats in town, delve into the aromatic maze of tandoor houses and noodle stalls that emerge with the night bazaar on Jonker Street. At the same time, there are raucous kitchens of stainless steel serving cauldrons of peanut satay on the far side of the river, not to mention plenty of bargain Malay restaurants dotting the blocks of Taman Melaka Raya on the shore.

Cheap things to do in Malacca

After sating the appetite with cheap eats in the throbbing hawker markets along Jonker Street, it's time to check off the historic must-sees of Malacca. Thankfully, the bulk of these are totally free. Spend some time strolling the boardwalks that ring their way around the bends of the Malacca River, spying out the red-hued Dutch churches and cobbled squares of the UNESCO heritage center, the old docks and relics of the city's great maritime age. And if all those buildings have piqued the curiosity, you can even delve into the Malaysian Architecture Museum for free afterwards. Plenty of independent galleries and sculpture-peppered cafés also make Malacca a great place for artsy travelers, while the views from the church-topped mound of St Paul's Hill are a great way to get your bearings.

Cheap ways to get around Malacca

It's great news for budget travelers: Malacca is virtually entirely walkable. You can check off all the sights between the historic center and along the river's quaysides on foot, or you could rent bikes to speed things up a little. To get to the beach, the shopping centers, or the central transport terminal, you'll either need to get on one of the local bus connections or engage a tuk-tuk – watch out for the colorful, flamboyant rickshaws adorned with flowers and paraphernalia as these novelty rides tend to be a tad more expensive.