Melaka, just one and a half hours south of Kuala Lumpur and a two hours drive from Singapore is rich in history, culture, heritage and tradition. Boasting famous historical sites, which date back to the 1500s, Melaka is a potpourri of unique cultures and cuisines. Melaka was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and standing in the hub of Melaka city is the Hotel Equatorial Melaka, a 5-star international business class hotel that is within walking distance to the main business, shopping and entertainment districts.
Bringing you the allure of historical Melaka with modern day conveniences, this 5-star 22-storey international business hotel features luxuriously furnished rooms with each room offering a generous view of the Straits of Melaka or historical St. Paul’s Hill.
Apart from the large selection of dining and entertainment outlets, the hotel also prides itself in offering the biggest and most advanced meeting and banquet facilities in Melaka. The banqueting and catering team is famed for its versatility in accommodating theme dinners.
Hotel Equatorial Melaka
Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6 282 8333
Fax: +60 6 282 9333
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Melaka, is historically the first sea trading post in Malaysia. Dating back to the 14th century, the Melaka Sultanate and court is infused with stories, historical fact and legend. It is widely believed that Melaka was founded in 1396 and named after the shady ’pokok Melaka’ or Melaka tree by the founder of Melaka – a Sumatran prince named Parameswara. Amongst the most popular Melaka legends is Hang Tuah. This warrior admiral (Laksamana) was told as having uncanny martial art skills and with Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir, Hang Lekiu and Hang Kasturi, were the foremost Silat (Malay martial arts) proponents ever.
This small trading post eventually became arguably the busiest seaport in Asia and the gateway to eastern and western trade. Melaka was conquered by the Portuguese in 1511, the Dutch in 1641 and eventually under British rule as a result of the Anglo-Dutch treaty between England and the Netherlands in 1824.
With such a colourful history, Melaka City is dotted with 16th century Portuguese architecture and 17th century Dutch architecture in the heart of the city.
Today, Melaka is a UNESCO World Heritage site – a fusion of the old and the modern and a city with a character all its own. Descendants of Straits Chinese, Arab traders, Indian and Chinese immigrants as well as the Portuguese together with the Malays make up a multi racial and multi cultural people unique in the world.
This historical city is divided into the new and old sections. The older part of the city is fairly compact and has many historical attractions tucked into the nooks and crannies of its narrow streets.
Money and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and money changers. Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, JCB and American Express are accepted at Hotel Equatorial Melaka, other major hotels, restaurants and department stores. Check on the acceptance of your credit card before making your purchase. Cash however, is needed for transport, small purchases or rural areas.
The Ringgit Malaysia is not traded nor exchanged in the international market and it is advisable to change back to your preferred currency before departing Malaysia.
“RM” is used in Malaysia to indicate the price but the international currency code is “MYR”.
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All travellers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Malaysia. However, it is strongly recommended travelling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. It is required that there are adequate unused pages in the passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure.
To view entry requirements by country of origin visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia website, go here.
Lightweight clothing is ideal with sweatshirts for the high land areas. A shirt, jacket and tie is normal office attire and is appropriate for business. In rural areas, conservative dressing is advisable.
Travellers have little to worry about in a country where the health standards are ranked among the highest in Asia.
Tap water is best consumed after boiling. Bottled drinking water and mineral water are also widely available.
Plug / Voltage Information
The voltage used in Malaysia is 240V and plug points are for rectangular blades.
The custom of tipping is not practised in Malaysia. To tip or not depends entirely on you.
Most hotels and large restaurants have already included a 10% service charge in addition to the 6% government tax to the bill (indicated by the ++ sign on menus and rate cards) so tipping is unnecessary.
Metered taxis can be hailed throughout the city. However, during traffic jams, it might be difficult to get a taxi during rush hour. Buses are available but the schedule may be unpredictable. There is no common ticket accepted by all operators. Fares are usually collected on a per trip basis either by dropping coins into a till when entering a bus, or paid to a conductor. Kuala Lumpur’s rail-based transit system consists of three light rail transit (LRT) lines, one monorail, one commuter rail system consisting two lines, and two high-speed airport rail links. The high speed KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit lines connect Kuala Lumpur to the international airport and can be taken from the KL Sentral train station.
Network accepted in Malaysia is GSM, UMTS, HSPA & FD-LTE.
In Peninsular Malaysia:
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Penang (PEN), Johor Bahru (JHB) and Langkawi (LGK)
In East Malaysia:
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Kuching (KCH)
Serving Domestic Flights
In Peninsular Malaysia:
Alor Setar (AOR), Ipoh (IPH), Melaka (MKZ), Kuala Terengganu (TGG), Kuantan (KUA) and Kota Bahru (KBR)
In East Malaysia:
Bintulu (BTU), Labuan (LBU), Lahad Datu (LDU), Miri (MYY), Sandakan (SDK), Sibu (SBW) and Tawau (TWU)
Airport tax is charged upon departure and costs RM5 for domestic flights and RM40 for international flights.