Once one of the world’s most important trading ports, Malacca (Melaka) is an increasingly popular visitor destination. People visit this city on the southern Malay peninsula for the beaches, river culture, night market, and historical center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As a city of some 1 million people with nearly 20 million tourists annually, Malacca can be dense and crowded, which means you have to pick your spots for running in Malacca.
The best places to run in Malacca center on the 15 km of paths along the Malacca River. We’ve also put together a 7 km ‘runseeing’ tour of Malacca’s most important sites and historic streets. For some air and green, we recommend the paths of Bukit Tira (China Hill) and the Recreational Forest/Botanical Gardens north of the city.
Runners should be aware of the year-round heat and humidity of Malacca. Hydrate and go early! For transport, there are buses and a monorail in the center of town. Our thanks to runaroundasia.com for their inspiration for some of these routes.