Streetwise: 3-Day Melaka Travel Itinerary with Money-Saving Tips and Hidden Gems
Pro tip: If you don’t have a car, or prefer not to drive your own, taking a public bus or train to Johor Bahru and hiring one locally is the most economical option. We pay $323 to rent a sports utility vehicle (SUV) from Malaysian company Hawk Rent A Car (str.sg/w9ii) on Klook for three days, including full insurance coverage.
An entry-level sedan from rental company Hertz, rented in Singapore for the same term, would cost around $612. This includes similar insurance cover and a $55 daily supplement for travel within Malaysia.
Note that Malaysian car models are common when renting a car in Johor – we choose a Honda B-RV or similar SUV and receive a Perodua Aruz. It’s roomy enough for four, though the steering feels light above 60 mph and its brakes aren’t the most responsive. Yet we arrive at our destination and return safely.
Day 2: Melaka Adventure
What’s a vacation without thrills? Head to Skytrex Adventure Melaka (from $21, str.sg/wjyT) to teeter over ropes courses built among the trees of Melaka Botanical Garden.
Three courses are available, from the family-friendly Little Dino to the advanced level Extreme Warrior. With our hearts in our mouths, we embark on the latter – a juggernaut of 35 obstacles on a course that takes three hours to complete.