Four Star Malacca hotels
Most popular areas in Malacca for 4-star hotelsHidden between Malacca's handsome Dutch churches and rickshaw-peppered night bazaars, there are some fantastic 4-star hotels on the menu for travelers. There are even some, complete with private apartments and vintage decor, dotting the heart of the city close to sleepless Jonker Street. Others cling to the heritage galleries and shopping malls around Plaza Mahkota, offering views of where the Malacca River meets the Indian Ocean. While others still come in the form of shimmering high-rises, soaring atop the gables of Kampung Enam on the north side of town.
Top 4-star hotels in MalaccaRising in gold and yellow hues above the shopping centers and bustling streets on the south-western edge of the city, the Hotel Equatorial offers guests great views of the historic town and the sea. It's also got plush suites with window sofas and an outdoor pool that's shaded with palms. The nearby Hatten Hotel is a more modern alternative, and comes with one irresistible rooftop swimming pool and sunning terrace with 180-degree panoramas. Meanwhile, the Holiday Inn has a swimming pool, too, just meters from the lapping shore of the Indian Ocean.
Where to find the best restaurants in MalaccaWith soy-scented street markets and plush fine dining alike, finding somewhere to eat in Malacca isn’t difficult. At night, why not join the locals and make a beeline for the throbbing area of Jonker Street? This is where the bazaars erupt with noodle stalls, and Chinese dumpling houses beckon from the nooks and crannies. Close to the shore in Kampung Enam there are international eats, with sushi, American burgers, and cupcake cafés. Or, go east of the river, to bustling Jalan Temenggong – this area is famed for its array of Malay restaurants.
The most popular things to do in MalaccaTracing the fascinating colonial past of this city is top of the menu for most visitors. Start with a jaunt through the UNESCO-attested heritage area, which plays host to the red-hued Stadhuys and a gorgeous clock tower. After that, be sure to delve into the Malaysian Navy Museum and the Maritime Museum, to get to grips with the great thalassocracy of trade that was once centered here. You can also wander the charming European-style streets of the Portuguese Settlement, or flit between the countless temples and mosques that dot the city. Many others will enjoy a trip to the wind-beaten sands of Klebang Beach, to watch kite flyers by day, or a jaunt through the heady night market on Jonker Street, where crafts and gadgets and antiques all get hawked by locals after dark.
Best ways to get around MalaccaWalking is the best way to navigate the crisscrossing grid of streets in the historic heart of Malacca, while local buses can help get you between the various districts. Trishaws and tuk-tuks are on offer, too, and are an affordable and ubiquitous way to get around. Private taxis will be a tad more expensive, but can be hailed or engaged at various points around the heritage center and Jonker Street – just be sure to agree a price with the driver before setting off.