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Malacca, Malaysia

A Guide to Running in Malacca

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 for their inspiration for some of these routes.

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Malacca’s weather is hot and humid year-round. Temperatures are fairly uniform, with average highs in the 31-33 (88-92F) range, and nightly lows rarely dipping below 24C (75F). There are distinct wet and dry seasons, with the most rainfall occurring from November to March.

There are several clusters of hotels in Malacca. From a running perspective, we recommend staying close to the River Walk, anywhere south of Rempah Jetty. There are also some hotels in the area near the Recreational Forest, which has some nice running trails.

There are no dedicated running stores in Malacca. But there are outlets of several larger chains and companies, including Puma, Nike, and Sketchers.

Melaka Runners Club is active running group in Malacca Also a good source of information on local running events.


Some events are located on the site of the Melaka Runners Club.