CITY INFO
MELAKA/MALACCA, MALAYSIA

Area Code 06 $1=RM3.34 Oct 22, 2007

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 Hot & humid: Year round  Rainy: Sep-Dec
! Attention: Telephone number change.
All telephone numbers in the city area have added an '8' digit. So all numbers now start: 28.... Eg. 249686 has become 2849686
i Tourist Office: Jl.Kota, near the bridge opposite Church T2836538 F249686 M-Th,SaSu9:00-17:00 , F8:45-12:15/14:45-17:00,lunch break 12:45-14:00 , Closed on New Year's Day, 1st of May, Hara Raya. Open on other Public holiday
useful publications: Map(RM2) Malacca Malaysia's Historic City - including Map & description of sights, some transport info.
boat tours: (45 min.) on Melaka river, RM8, dep 12:00, Very Good

Exchange
TC commission vairies from bank to bank. Some of the banks open on Sa but they may not always change money.
$ Bank Bumiputra: Mahkota Parade 1F 10:00-21:00
Charges: T/C transaction RM5+0.15/per T/C
$ United Overseas Bank: Jl Hang Jebat M-F9:30-15:30, Charges: T/C transaction RM3+0.15/per T/C
$ Sin Lin Money Changer: 174 Jl Melaka Raya, $1=3.304, 100yen=2.91, Thai Bahts=0.985
$a ATM: Mayban Finance: Jl Melaka Raya I, 6-24:00 MC,Cirrus
$a ATM: May Bank: Mahkota parade 1F 20m from Parkinson dept. store. Visa,MC
I Immigration Bangunan Perkekuta Jl Hang Tuah T2824958
P1 Tourist Police: on pedestrian section of Jl.Kota, near Tourist info.Centre T281-4803 for complaints, lost/stolen articles. Open: 8-16:00
P2 Police: Jl Banda Kaba T999
H2 Mahkota: Next to Mahkota Parade shopping mall.
H3 Pharmacy: Guardian: G.08. Mahkota Parade 10:00-22:00
H4 Peoples Farmasi: 166, Taman Melaka Raya M-Sa9:-18:00
H5 Peoples Farmasi: 59/61 Jl Bendahara M-Sa 9-18:00

MO
Post Office GPO: Jl Bukit Baru M-Sa 8:30-18 Poste Restante Closed on 1 st Sa of the month.
M2 Pos 2020: Jl.Laksamana, behind Christ Church, M-Sa 8:00-17:00. More convenient than main GPO. Has a packing division. NO Poste Restante
M3 Pos Malaysia: G33 Mahkota Parade
Telephone: International calls can be made from many Card phones which are everywhere. 3 different card phone systems. All Telecom 'Kadfon' cardphones have IDD facility.
M1 Telecom: Jl. Banda Kaba, 10 min walk from bus station. Closes 16:45 inconvenient, far from center.
M4 Peace: IDD Phone private phone agent.Jl Taman Melaka Raya 9-21:00, USA/UK/AZ RM0.9/min, Japan RM1.2/min

Transport
A KLI Airport: 1.5 hour by bus. See the transport page.
A Batu Berendam Airport: 9 km from Town, T3172648 Bus #56 from local bus station App RM1, 30min
MAS: City Bayview Hotel Jl. Bendahara Tampin T411034
T Train Station: closest station is Tampin,38km from Melaka T2823091. For the train ticket/booking, see the travel agent below.
B Intercity Bus Station: Jl. Tun Ali, N of Town see transport sheet
B Local Bus Station: 100 meters from Intercity B.St. Go out from the Intercity bus station and walk toward Plaza Hang Tuah Shopping Center. The local bus station is just behind the shopping center. To the guest house area, take #17 to
F Ferry: jetty on Melaka River. Service to Indonesia(Dumai, Sumatra). O/W RM80, R/T RM150 check in 2 hour earlier, dep9:00, Visa on arrival(1 month)
Ferry tickets Madai Shipping: 321 Jl Tun Ali T2840671
Tunas Rupat Utama: 17A, Jl Merdeka T2832506
Booking service offered by most guest houses.
Travel Agents
ta1 Aquarius Travel: 52 Jl Laksamana T2830848 F2839399 M W F 12-21:00, Sa Su 12-22:30 Friendly, aware of needs, can negotiate.
ta2 Falcon Travel: 53 Lorong Bukit China T2820478 Changes money
ta3 UTAS Travel: address ?. Train ticketing agent.

City Transport
All the main sights are close to the hostel area.
rental bicycle Hup Wat Hin: Jl Hang Jebat (Yonker St), 10:00-20:00 RM6/day. Roads very busy, not many cyclists.
Trishaw: Very popular with Malaysian tourists. RM5/journey or RM40/hr. Most enjoyable way to travel.
Taxi: Metered. app RM5 within town. No Need to use.
Bus: Town bus station near main bus station."Town bus" has 3 routes: #17, #18 and #19. "SKA" bus Co. also runs few routes. No numbers, destination is written at the front.RM1+
Bus
#17 most useful for hostels & old city.RM1

Shopping
m1 Shopping Center Parkson Grand/Mahkota Parade: Attractive A/C shopping Mall,200+ stores - McDonald, Benetton, Body shop, Bookstore, 3 movie screens, food court, supermarket, moneychangers,ATM, game center, bowling, postal service, etc.
s Souvenir shops: Many along Jl Hang Tuah, Jl Hang Jebat & Jl Munshi Abudullan.
s Antiques: There are many along Jl Hang Jebat and in the historic area.
s Shoes for bound feet Wah Aik Shoemaker: moved As the new location at tourist office. Shoemaker Mr Yeo, makes Baba slippers for the few (about 10) Chinese women left with bound feet. (Ancient Chinese practice of wrapping young girls feet up in bandages, resulting in deformed feet) Mr Aik welcomes visitors and is very happy to chat and give out copies of a newspaper article about his work. The 3 inch silk & pearl slippers make for attractive, unusual souvenirs - about RM40 Highly Rec Photo Baba slippers
s MPH Bookstore: Mahkota Parada, 1F
s Estee Book Exchange: Jl Melaka Raya I Large selection of 2nd hand books
s Parkinson Dept Store: GF. English classics RM10
la Laundry: Guest houses, about RM7-8/load

Entertainment
Melaka Light & Sound Show: Padang Pahlawan 20:30(Malay),21:30(English) RM5 Mixed impressions - some people find it interesting others boring. If you're staying in a hostel nearby you will hear the dialogue every night. (At the time of research closed due to the technical difficulty.)

Public Holidays/Festival 2004 (month/day)
 
School holiday: 3/13-21, 5/29-6/12, 8/21-29, 11/11-1/02
1/1 New Year 2004:
1/22-23 Chinese New Year: Chinese Holiday
2/1 Hari Raya Aidiladha: Islam Holiday
4/10-11 Kite Festival:
4/15 Melaka City Declaration:
4/16-18 Flora Festival:
5/1 May Day:
5/2 Muhammad's Birthday:
5/3 Wesak Day: Buddhist holiday
6/1 Dragon boat Race:
6/5 Dymm SBP Yang di-Pertuan Agong's Birthday:
8/31 National Day:
9/15-22 Lantern Festival:
10/9 TYT Yang di-p Pertua Negeri Melaka Birthday:
11/11 Deepavali: Hindu Holiday
10/15 First Ramadan: Islam Holiday
11/14 15 Hari Raya Pussa: Islam Holiday
12/25 Christmas: Christian Holiday

@ Internet @
@1 20 20 Internet Cafe: 54.Jl. Parameswara 11:00-25:00 RM2.5/h
@2 Fenix Inn Bisiness Center: Jl T. Melaka Raya between Jl 1 & 3(the corner of May Bank),M-Sa9-22:30 Su12-22:30 RM4/hr
@5 The Trend Hotel: RM2/30min 3/h Jap
@6 Budget GH: Taman Melaka Raya 1, RM3/h 24hrs
@7 Internet in Hang Tuah Shopping Mall: next to bus stn RM2,5/h
@8 Discovery Cafe: 3 Jalan Bunga Raya RM4/h min 30min RM3.5 Only 1 PC

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