Malacca which is also known as Melaka is one of the smallest but very promising coastal states in the beautiful country of Malaysia. The small city of Malacca holds some interesting stories of the country’s history. There is so many things to do in Malacca.
In which you can actually see the history in the architecture of the different boutique hotels in Malacca and the different historical museums that will take your breath away.
If you are planning to visit Malacca, here is our things to do in Malacca you shouldn’t miss out on doing.
Visit The Famous A Famosa Monument
A Famosa is a fortress built-in the 16th century by the Portuguese, which also means “The Famous” in the Portuguese language.
The small house of Porta De Santiago is the only standing part of this fortress. Here you will also find many stalls selling souvenirs that you can take home.
Experience Wild West fun at A’Famosa Resorts
Not to be confused with the historical monument, A Famosa, A’Famosa Resort is a place worth visiting for the whole family.
You’ll experience a 27-hole international golf course, Cowboy Town, Water World theme park, equestrian club, resort hotel and much more.
Visit to the Boutique Hotels
Since Malacca is slowly growing as a popular tourist spot in Malaysia. The locals are adding more and more boutique hotels that will cater to the needs of every traveler.
There are boutique hotels in the best locations in the city. That are easily accessibility to shopping centers, restaurants and other tourist spots. There are high-end boutique hotels where businessmen and other high-profile people can stay safely and peacefully.
And of course there are also budget boutique hotels, that also offer fairly good standard of accommodation to relax after a day of touring and exploring the beautiful city of Malacca.
Take a cruise on the Malacca River
Malacca River has the boat tour, which takes about 45 minutes or an hour to complete the tour. It’s definitely one of the top things to do in Malacca.
A tour guide will highlight the interesting places! Interested tourists should check the opening hours as the cruise is only available at high tide. This is one of the best things that travelers will enjoy when they are in Malacca.
Experience authentic Portuguese Cuisine in San Pedro
Visit the oldest Portuguese restaurant in Malaysia, serving Portuguese cuisine at San Pedro restaurant in the Portuguese Settlement Village.
Try devil curry and Portuguese-style fish in spice paste and squid fritters. If you like spicy seafood by the beach, this is your place!
Visit the Malacca Sultanate Palace
Malacca Sultanate Palace is not a place you would like to miss whenever you go to Malacca. It’s definitely one of the top things to do in Malacca.
It is located at the foot and St. Paul Hill. The building was constructed using only wooden pegs and with no nails.
Make a Stop at Dutch Square
This is where the locals call ‘the red square’. The first thing that will catch one’s eye is the bright red paint on the buildings around Dutch Square. Contrary to popular belief, the Dutch did not paint this place red.
In fact, the buildings were actually built with open-faced bricks, but the bricks began leaking, so the Dutch covered them with plaster and painted them white.
Later, the British painted them bright salmon pink and now the Malacca town council painted them with the red.
Visit Hang Li Po well
Hang Li Po Well was named after Chinese princess Hang Li Po, who was later married to Sultan Mansur Syah, King of Malacca.
The inhabitants believed that the desire and wish for at the well will bring happiness, goodluck and fortune.
Take a Look at the Stadthuys
The Stadthuys is the ideal starting point to learn more about the historic city of Malacca. Inside, you will find the glorious past of Malacca, including Malay and Chinese influences. One can also see the profound influence of the three main colonialists of Malacca – the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.
You can also see the Dutch governor’s chamber. Inside the Stadthuys is the statue of Admiral Cheng Ho on the courtyard on the right. He was a famous seafarers from China who led Chinese expeditions to the far reaches of the world.
The Stadthuys is now declared as National Heritage Site.
Find Shopping Galore at Jonker Street
Jonker Street is the chest with the hidden jewels. It’s the liveliest and busiest night street with bars and street stalls – delicious local delicacies can be easily found here.
You should never miss the party vibe and fun atmosphere every Friday and Saturday Night Market where the souvenir shops, bars, food stalls that sell their products and all sorts of thingamajigs.
So you have an array of goodies to choose from and bring home while you feast nonstop.
Explore Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is a museum behind Jonker Street, which shows the history of the ethnic group.
Baba Nyonya are Chinese who have adapted many Malay cultures since the time Admiral Cheng Ho settled in Malacca.
Shop at Dataran Pahlawan Megamall
Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, a nice and beautiful shopping mall in town, is usually packed during the weekends.
The locals as well as the tourists enjoy going to the Dataran Pahlawan’s field for photo session or just merely sit down and enjoy the view there.
Shop for Local Products
Do not forget to look for local products at Sam Suk Gong or Tam Kim Hock. These are the two famous shops that tourists would like to bring home.
The local MUST BUY products such as “Shrimp Paste” or “Pineapple Cookies” or “Gula Melaka” or “Durian Candy”. You will definitely get a lot of stuff here.
Where to Stay on Malacca
Malacca has a good variety of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Malacca if you are planning to visit Malacca.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 8.4, Prices start from $37 for Double room
Featuring free WiFi and a fitness centre, Ibis Melaka offers accommodation in Melaka, 400 m from Sam Po Kong Temple.
Rooms are Ibis Melaka come air-conditioned. Each room has a flat-screen satellite TV, open closet and a work desk. Bathrooms have shower facilities. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
Rating 8.6, Prices start from $29 for Double room
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax.
Every room is equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower.
Rating 9.0, Prices start from $39 for Double room
Moty Hotel provides rooms in Melaka near Porta de Santiago and Sam Po Kong Temple. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a sauna, free WiFi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk.
Finally, Malacca is definitely a must visit place in the Malaysia. With so many different things to do in Malacca, that you can do with your friends or family. You can be assured that you will have a great time.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Malacca Malaysia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go too.