Malacca Menara Taming Sari Observation Tower [Video]


The Malacca Menara Taming Sari is a revolving observation tower located in Malacca (Melaka) city, Malaysia. Sitting in the observation deck, you are taken up into the sky above the city and slowly rotated to give a panoramic view. See photos from the tower here.

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Hatten Hotel Melaka: Review


We were fortunate to be able to stay at Hatten Hotel Melaka on our second visit to Malacca (we had stayed at a much cheaper backpacker hostel on our first trip, which was also charming in its own way). The Hatten Hotel Melaka, a luxury business hotel, consists of Junior and Deluxe Suites. Hatten Hotel Melaka

The hotel is located above Hatten Square shops, directly opposite Dataran Pahlawan, Malacca’s largest mall, which is connected by a walkway on the 3rd floor. It is easy to walk to all of the major tourist attractions in Melaka, such as Jonker Walk, Menara Taming Sari, Chinatown, Little India and all the museums. Although the hotel reception and lobby is on the ground floor, the restaurant is located up on the 11th floor, the pool and gym are on the 12th floor, and all the rooms are above that.

 

Our Suite

We had a Deluxe Suite on the 20th floor with a view down to the swimming pool and out across the city of Malacca. I was relieved we didn’t get one of the rooms down next to the pool because that would be really noisy. I was also relieved we didn’t get a room with a view of this atrium.

AtriumOur spacious suite was nicely decorated, very clean, and felt comfortable to stay in. Upon entering the suite there was a small sitting room area with a chaise longue, flatscreen TV,  tea/coffee facilities and a minibar (stocked only with soft drinks – this is Malaysia!). This smaller room was separated from the main bedroom by a large window.

Deluxe SuiteThe bedroom had a kingsize double bed, which was really comfortable, with bedside table and lamps on both sides, another larger flatscreen TV (yes, every suite has two televisions!), a desk and chair, another chair and coffee table, as well as a wardrobe with hanging space and drawers. I was impressed by the extra facilities in the room, which not all hotels provide, such as bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and weighing scales. Kingsize bed

The bathroom, which could be entered from both of the other rooms, had a spacious shower, with a handheld sprayer and a “rain” shower. As seems to be the trend for new hotels now, there was no bathtub. Bathroom

My favourite aspect of the suite, however, was the view across Malacca city. A massive window, almost floor-to-ceiling, meant I could spend hours just gazing across the city, even from in bed. As well as the swimming pool, directly in view were many of Malacca’s most famous tourist sites, such as the Porto de Santiago fort, the Independence Monument and Museum, the Sultan’s Palace Museum and St Paul’s Church. It was a perfect view of this historic city! Melaka city view

Hotel Facilities

The hotel swimming pool, on the 12th floor, is actually larger than it looks in the hotel photos, which meant that although it was very busy at times, it didn’t feel too crowded. Unfortunately it was very windy in the pool for most of the time I was there, and the water was so cold! There was nowhere nice to sit and relax by the pool without getting wet; the only sun loungers are in the shallow part of the pool, not somewhere you’d want to read a book, let alone use a phone or a tablet.

PoolDue to wind and the cold temperature of the water, the pool was better suited to swimming lengths, rather than hanging out, and it seemed to be mostly children who wanted to spend a long time there. So I didn’t spend as much time in the pool area as I had expected. At least I could enjoy the same view from my room; the pool also looks out across the city.

Swimming Pool from above

Also on the 12th floor is the Hatten Hotel gym, which is very well equipped, and has the sea view. It was easily the best view I’ve ever seen from a treadmill and could definitely motivate one to work out!

Gym with a view

Breakfast was served in the restaurant on the 11th floor. It was the first time I’ve had to queue to get in at a hotel breakfast, because the hotel was full for the beginning of our stay. Although it is a buffet breakfast, after queuing up, we were actually shown to a table by staff, not in the usual grab-a-table style. There was a wide range of food, with Chinese options such as yam cake to cater for the majority Chinese hotel guests.

The hotel lobby, down on the ground floor, was very spacious and I really liked the décor, with sitting room areas and an amazing chandelier that filled a large part of the ceiling. Service was excellent, with an efficient check-in and check-out. The concierge staff were also helpful in booking our taxi. Lobby sitting areaLobby with chandelierOverall, I loved staying at Hatten Hotel Melaka, largely because of the amazing view across the city and the luxurious room where I was happy to spend time. Clearly, some of the other rooms are inferior, being next to the pool or without a view. I suggest, therefore, that if you book a room at this hotel, you should specify that you want a room with a view.

Photos of Melaka / Malacca, Malaysia: Views of the City

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Malacca: View from Menara Taming Sari Revolving Tower

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Malacca Food: My Favourite Eats


Malacca food can be a real treat, with many cuisines available and reasonable prices. We ate some delicious food during our trip. Some of it was street food, for example at Jonker Street Night Market, and we had some tasty pork satay at a roadside stall. Here are a few places worth remembering.

Satay celup, or "dipping satay" is a Malacca speciality

Satay celup, or “dipping satay” is a Malacca speciality

1. Riverine Coffeehouse

This always seemed to be open while we were in Malacca (other places were randomly closed on some evenings). They serve up scrumptious Nyonya Cuisine, the traditional food of the Peranakan Baba Nyonya culture. We had a large pot of Ayam Masak O’, a chicken stew, with rice. One large portion was plenty for the two of us to share.

Price: We spent total MYR 28.50 including soft drinks.

Address: No 108, Lorong Hang Jebat,75200 Malacca

Nyonya Cuisine at Riverine

2. Big Bowl The City of Ice

We stumbled across this place by accident while walking back to our hotel, and it provided welcome relief from the hot weather. More than a hundred flavours of shaved ice and snow ice dishes are served at this café. The menu (shown below) offers a plethora of choices and left us wanting to come back to sample more of these sweet delights.

Address: No 23 Lorong Bukit China, Kawasan Bandar 24, 75100 Melaka

Menu at Bowl of Ice3. Famosa Chicken Rice Ball

This is the most well known of the chicken rice ball restaurants. I hadn’t been particularly excited about trying Malacca’s signature dish as friends had told me it was just like chicken rice but in balls. So I was pleasantly surprised. The rice balls tasted different to rice cooked normally, slightly saltier, with more flavour, and the chicken was delicious.

Price: Half a roasted chicken and twenty rice balls, with two orange juices, set us back MYR 29.60.

Chicken Rice Balls4. Calanthe Art Café

We came upon this colourful restaurant while looking for somewhere to have lunch. As well as serving up tasty main courses, they specialise in Malaysia 13 States’ Coffees. We ate yummy chicken curries and tried some coffee. Each state is represented by a different type of coffee and there are many choices of how to drink it.

Address: No 11 Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Melaka

Calanthe Art Cafe interior

Churches, Temples and Mosques of Malacca, Malaysia


Malacca has many religious buildings, including some of the oldest ones in Malaysia. Due to being Islamicized, then colonised by Christians, and having a large Chinese community, there is a good mixture of churches, temples and mosques.

Here are five that we found interesting:

1) Mesjid Kampung Hulu

Mesjid Kampung Hulu

The oldest functioning mosque in Malaysia, Mesjid Kampung Hulu was commissioned by the Dutch (who were keen to appease those who wished to practise Islam) in 1728. It has predominantly Javanese architecture, and we were surprised by how small it actually looks.

 

2) Kampung Kling Mosque

Kampung Kling Mosque

This mosque features a high tower, which was apparently inspired by the design of Hindu temples.

 

3) Christ Church

Christ Church

Part of the Stadhuys complex in the centre of the old town (a good focal point, and bus 17 from Melaka Sentral will drop you off here), this church features grave stones from 1800. While we were there a Chinese-language service was taking place, so we couldn’t walk around inside.

 

4) St Paul’s Church

St Paul's Church

This much older church sits on a hilltop over the town. Now in ruins, with no roof, it features graves from the 1600s, and spectacular views out to sea. The former tomb of St Francis Xavier is here (his body was moved to Goa, India).

Graveyard tourist

Some unusual tourism – photo with a gravestone, anyone?

5) Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

This is Malaysia’s oldest traditional Chinese temple (dating from 1646). Its striking black and gold carved wood was totally different to the décor of other temples I have seen, which tend to be more colourful.

Inside Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Jonker Walk Night Market, Malacca, Malaysia


If you’re in Malacca on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll almost certainly visit Jonker Walk Night Market. Is it just another tourist market? Perhaps. But there is plenty to see, and a great atmosphere for browsing.

Jonker Walk Market

Both sides of the street, which is actually called Jalan Hang Jebat, are lined with stalls selling everything from tasty dim sum and chocolate-dipped fruit to mobile phone covers and flip-flops. Browse your way down and eat on the way back up the street, or stop at one of the cafes that puts chairs and tables outside and enjoy the a bowl of noodles or icy cendol. Despite being crowded we found it was still possible to browse comfortably, so go there at dinner time and taste some of the street food.

Jonker walk stall

Top marks for originality go to this stall!

The market is only open on Friday and Saturday nights; on other evenings it’s just a normal street, so plan your trip accordingly.