Malacca Weekend Trip

by Danny Lee

Chris Church Malacca

“Shall we go for a trip to Malacca this coming weekend?” My wife popped the question to me on a Wednesday night. I was taken aback as it’s such an impulsive idea and my main concern was unable to book a hotel room in Malacca with such a short notice. Then she dropped another bombshell – there would be a total of 12 persons for the trip – 7 adults (her friends) and 5 little kids!

I rolled my eyes but I didn’t want to spoil her mood. When I agreed to go along with her idea – to do an impromptu weekend getaway to Malacca, I needed to quickly do some research and plan a 2D1N Malacca itinerary:

  1. Where to stay in Malacca and how to hire a minibus to bring us from Singapore into Malacca
  2. What are the must-eat food in Malacca to sample like Satay Lok Lok, Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls
  3. Where are the Shopping Malls in Malacca and what to do at tourists attractions like Jonker Street

Hatten Hotel Malacca

Hotel Hatten Melaka Vs Hotel Equatorial Melaka

Luckily I was recommended to a Singaporean, Uncle Peter, who operates private bus business chartering Singaporeans to and from Malaysia for weekend getaways. Uncle Peter is a private tour operator who also helps us to secure hotel rooms in Malacca.


Our initial plan was to stay at Hotel Hatten Melaka – the newest hotel in Malacca. Hotel Hatten Malacca’s rooms look good from Agoda hotel booking site and a junior suite only costs USD64 with breakfast. Unfortunately it was fully booked. In the end, we settled for a night stay at Hotel Equatorial Malacca.

Minibus To Malacca

Singapore to Malacca by Minibus

The price tag for a night stay at Hotel Equatorial Malacca and private mini-bus charter package for a 2D1N Malacca Weekend getaway is S$1,120, which works out to be S$160 per adult.

We also reserve a tip of S$4 each for the driver. It seems little pricey compared with driving up on your own vehicle or taking an express bus to Malacca but we pay for the convenience and hassle-free arrangement.

As the group has many kids, it’s best to arrange a private mini-bus and on hindsight it is really worth it. Another plus point is as we all live in the north, Uncle Peter kindly offered to pick all of us up to the mini-bus assemble point. So, if all your traveling kaki (friends) live in the same area, you should consider hiring a private mini bus.

Read on… Malacca – Here We Come!


Previous post:

Next post: