We are a family owned and operated business. As such, we offer personal touches you won’t find at other guest houses or hotels. There is always someone here who speaks English to answer your questions and show you around town, and you will often find an intriguing mix of locals and guests sharing food and drinks together on one of our two outdoor decks, both with fans. There is a home-cooked meal every day, as well as some of the best prices in town on local specialties such as Nasi Lemak and Black Coffee.
There is a living room with fans and computers, as well as wifi for the guests, but our steady and loyal base of local customers ensures that it still has a Malaysian vibe, much unlike the other hotels in the area.
In fact, the building, as well as the neighboring building, has been in the family since 1908. While the building next door continues as a local corner market, largely as it has for a century, the Tang Guest House was totally renovated just last year, and opened for business in December 2008. The renovation stayed true to the historical details of Malacca shophouses, including the airwell, pitched roofs with Chinese tiles, and detailed brick work, while adding a modern cleanliness with hardwood floors, four bathrooms with showers, individual air conditioning for the rooms, and a modern kitchen to go with the outdoor kitchen for guests upstairs.
We are located right at the intersection of Harmony, or Temple street, and Jonker Walk. These two streets are featured in Lonely Planet’s suggested walking tour of Malacca, as they encompass many of the buildings that made Malacca Unesco’s most recently designated World Heritage City.
Harmony Street is so named because there are Buddhist Temples, Hindu Temples, Methodist Churches, and Mosques all side by side. Southeast Asia’s second oldest temple is one of the main attractions, with the design, materials, and craftsmen all brought from China 400 years ago.
Jonker Walk starts at the stage, where dancing, karaoke, and cultural displays are held every weekend in conjunction with the night market. The night market is Malacca’s most famous, and is packed with locals eating hawker food, and browsing for everything from sunglasses to antique gemstones. As it continues towards Malacca River it runs past some of the most popular bars in the area, and Malacca’s most renowned antique and arts boutique scene.
Both streets cross the Malacca River and end up on different ends of the Dutch Square, the heart of the Dutch and British architecture, where all the buildings are painted red and the streets and river are lined with a red stone unique to Malacca.