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Popular amenities for Malacca vacation rentals

Stay near Malacca's top sights

Jonker Street Night Market240 locals recommend
A Famosa72 locals recommend
Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall223 locals recommend
Zoo Melaka107 locals recommend
Hatten Hotel Melaka5 locals recommend
Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh6 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Malacca

  • Total rentals

    5.3K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    3.7K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    160 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    124K reviews

Your guide to Malacca

All About Malacca

Sitting on the banks of the Malacca River, this beautiful historic city is known for its rich, varied religious roots, gorgeous architecture, and thriving Chinatown in the center of town. Located on the southwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Malacca, also spelled Melaka, was once a strategic port city and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a port city, Malacca has been influenced by many different cultures over the centuries, and this influence is reflected in the town’s architecture, food, and even language. Taking a trip here is a bit like stepping back in time, as much of the city has remained the same for centuries — you will still find the crumbling fortresses and bright red building facades from previous eras as you wander around the streets.

No trip to Malacca is complete without taking part in the city’s vibrant market culture. Jonker Night Market comes alive every Friday through Sunday when the sun goes down, and here you’ll find mouth-watering street food, antiques, and handmade local crafts. Malacca has a strong Chinese community, as Chinese migrants arrived more than 600 years ago and helped shape the city into what it is today. You’ll see the Chinese influence in the temples and traditions of the city — and be sure not to miss the popular Chinatown district not far from Jonker Market.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Malacca

Due to its tropical location just north of the equator, Malacca remains very hot and humid all year round. Rain is always possible, with the driest months from January to March. You’ll see the most rain from April to November. No matter what time of year you visit, always be sure to come prepared with an umbrella and proper shoes.

The biggest event of the year is Lunar New Year, which happens on different dates in January or February each year based on the Chinese lunar calendar. During this weeklong celebration, the streets are filled with dancing and parades break out at all hours of the day and night. This is when the country as a whole sees the most visitors. The ​​Gendang Nusantara Festival takes place in mid-April with traditional Malay dancing and hundreds of percussionists.

Top things to do in Malacca

Melaka Straits Mosque

Known as Malacca’s floating mosque, this place of prayer hovers on stilts above the Malacca Straits. Officially opened by Malaysia’s king in 2006, it was constructed in a modern Islamic design. The four corner turrets are topped by typical Malaysian rooflines. Respectful visitors are welcome to go inside, but men must wear pants, and women should bring a head covering.


Constructed between the years of 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort, Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest surviving Dutch building in the East. This Dutch colonial structure in the Malacca town square was once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers. Stadthuys housed the different governments of the city for over 300 years, and today it contains the Historical and Ethnography Museum.

Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

This beautifully preserved historic residential home from 1861 offers a fascinating insight into Melaka’s history and what life was like for its citizens years ago. You can tour the inside of the home — full of antique furniture, elaborate tiles, and jewelry — and learn about the former residents of the house, as well as the lives of Peranakan families.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Malacca?

    Malacca has a tropical rainforest climate, meaning it's warm and humid throughout the year. Temperatures typically range from 72°F to 91°F (22°C to 33°C) with rainfall being more frequent between November and January.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Malacca?

    Visitors to Malacca often delight in taking a Malacca River Cruise, visiting the Stadthuys, an old Dutch building now housing a history and ethnography museum, and touring the magnificent Cheng Hoon Teng temple. A trip to the Maritime Museum, housed in a replica of a Portuguese ship, is also frequently suggested.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Malacca?

    The most popular time to visit Malacca tends to be between May and July. During these months, events such as the Malacca River Festival and the Melaka Art and Performance Festival are held, attracting both locals and tourists.

  • What are the best places to stay in Malacca?

    Many travelers choose to stay in the bustling heart of Malacca, the Jonker Street area, known for its numerous eateries and shops. The Bandar Hilir area, close to popular attractions like A Famosa and Stadthuys, is also frequently suggested. For a quieter experience, the tranquil Ayer Keroh area has a selection of resorts surrounded by greenery.

  • What are the best places to visit in Malacca?

    Among the many places to explore in Malacca, the iconic Christ Church, the St. Paul's Hill for panoramic city views, and the Menara Taming Sari, a revolving gyro tower, are frequently suggested. Visitors often enjoy exploring the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, a wooden replica palace providing insights into the region's history.

  • What are some hiking trails in Malacca?

    While Malacca isn't widely known for its hiking, Bear Hill or Bukit Beruang, with its refreshing forest trail and panoramic views, is often recommended for nature lovers. The Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest also has several trails winding through lush greenery, perfect for a peaceful hike.

  • What are some family activities to do in Malacca?

    Families frequently enjoy exploring the history-rich A Famosa fortress, taking a leisurely stroll in the Malacca Zoo and Night Safari, and learning about local culture at the interactive Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. The vibrant Jonker Street Night Market is also a hit with families, where you can sample local food and shop for unique souvenirs.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Malacca?

    For a memorable day trip, travelers often embark on a journey to the idyllic Pulau Besar, located about 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) from Malacca's coast. Visiting the historical city of Kuala Lumpur, approximately 148 kilometers (92 miles) away, is another popular option.

  • How much does it cost to stay in serviced apartment rentals in Malacca?

    Experience the best of Malacca with our serviced apartment rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Malacca have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 house rentals with a gym in Malacca. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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