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.
- Quick Information On Malaysia
- Things To Do in Malacca Malaysia
- Visit Famosa Monument
- Experience The Wild West
- Visit Boutique Hotels
- Cruise On The Malacca River
- Try Authentic Portuguese Cuisine
- Visit Malacca Sultanate Palace
- See The Dutch Square
- Visit Hang Li Po well
- Visit Stadthuys
- Go Shopping At Jonker Street
- Explore Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
- Shop At Dataran Pahlawan Megamall
- Shop For Local Products
- Where To Stay in Malacca Malaysia
- Wrapping Up
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.
Quick Information On Malaysia
- Currency: Ringgit (RM)
- Language: Malaysian
- Population: Over 32 million
- Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
- Best time to visit Malaysia: For visiting the east coast is from March to September since it is typically drier. For the west coast is from November to August.
- How to get there: You can fly into Malaysia as there are flights to most major cities in Malaysia. Also You can enter by land through Thailand or via sea.
Things To Do in Malacca Malaysia
If you are planning to visit Malacca, here is our list of things to do in Malacca.
Visit 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 The Wild West
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 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.
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.
Try Authentic Portuguese Cuisine
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 Malacca Sultanate Palace
Malacca Sultanate Palace is not a place you would like to miss whenever you go to Malacca.
It is located at the foot and St. Paul Hill. The building was constructed using only wooden pegs and with no nails.
See The Dutch Square
This is where the locals call ‘the red square’. The first thing that will catch ones 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.
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.
Go Shopping 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. With delicious local delicacies can be easily found here.
You should never miss the party vibe and fun atmosphere every Friday and Saturday at the Night Market where the souvenir shops, bars, food stalls that sell their products.
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 in Malacca Malaysia
Malacca has a good variety of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available in Malacca, if you are planning to visit Malacca Malaysia.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 8.3, Prices start from $37 for Double room
Ibis Melaka offers free WiFi and rooms are Ibis Melaka come air-conditioned. Each room has a flat-screen and bathrooms have shower facilities.
Rating 8.5, Prices start from $29 for Double room
Hotel Arissa offers free WiFi throughout the property with each room has air conditioning and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower.
Rating 8.9, Prices start from $39 for Double room
Moty Hotel offers 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. All you have to do is to choose the stuff you prefer and start enjoying what Malacca has to offer.
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 there is more to add.