About Melaka

Background of Melaka

Melaka was founded by a Sumatran prince, Parameswara, during the early 1400's. In the following centuries, it grew from a fishing village into a great cosmopolitan city. Melaka became an important port and trading centre for European and Western countries. Merchants from all over the world came to trade spices, silk and other treasures. Some even settled in this land "flowing with milk and honey". Over time, this coveted city was subject to Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Today, Melaka is an illustrious historic city - a melting pot of historical treasures and cultures.

Melaka is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Getting to Melaka

By air, Melaka is only accessible either from the Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru airports. However, getting to Melaka from there is easy as buses and taxis are plentiful. If you prefer to drive, Melaka is only 3 hours from Singapore and 1 1/2 hours from Kuala Lumpur. Express buses are also available from Singapore at various locations. The bus journey takes approximately 5 hours. Alternatively, you can also take the train. Tampin, the nearest railway station is only 45 minutes away. Hotel Puri Melaka can arrange for transport from the train station to the hotel upon request.

Click here for a map and driving directions from Ayer Keroh exit off the North/South highway.

Getting around Melaka

The best way to discover the historical splendour of Melaka is by walking along her narrow lanes and rows of beautiful centuries old houses and shops. Another great way is to rent a trishaw. This can be arranged from the Hotel. Alternatively, there are buses and cars for hire.

Download our free Melaka City Walking Tour app and explore this historic city at your leisure.