Malacca was once a thriving trading port. Today it teems with history. While it no longer enjoys the glory days of centuries gone by, it still is a melting pot of cultures that came to establish themselves through ancient conquests and trade.
Today it is one of Malaysia’s most visited region and city. It attracts tourists in droves all year round from overseas and from the local population in Malaysia.
In 2008, the city was awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its unspoilt architecture of the old town and its glorious history. This renewed the city’s draw of tourists and the phenomenon is not fading any time soon.
A day trip to Malacca will definitely be a great day out, especially when you do it in a group; family, friends or colleagues. There are plenty of attractions to fill up your day and whet your appetite for a repeat visit.
Malacca Popular Tourists Attraction Places
1. A’Famosa Resort Malacca
This resort is named after the famous fort built by the Portuguese to protect Malacca from invaders. A’Famosa Resort Malacca is set in a lush countryside with tropical greenery as far as the eye can see. It is one of the region’s most sought after leisure spots and it welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The resort is easily accessible as you will see the resort when driving on the North-South Highway. Coming from Singapore, it is a four hour ride from downtown Singapore including the time it takes to navigate through customs and immigration at the causeway.
Visible from the North-South Highway, A’Famosa Resort is a short distance away from the historical town of Melaka. It is just a mere an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and one and half hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.
Are you in Malacca for business or pleasure? A’Famosa Resort will answer to both cases. It is built on all of 1,300 acres and there is a championship golf course of international standards here among other attractions.
- The championship golf course: The golf course was designed by the master golf course architect Ross C. Watson, an Australian. It has beautiful greens and fairways fringed by tropical coastal flora. There are 27 holes in all at the golf course. The clubhouse has the best panoramic views of the whole resort as it is built on high ground. Here you will find fine dining, a business center and VIP accommodation.
- Animal World Safari: This is a fantastic place to see animals roaming in the wild, right inside the resort. There are tigers, lions, raccoons, giraffes, rabbits and lemurs on their own Monkey Island.
- The water World Theme Park: Here you will find some of the best rides in all of Malaysia as well as many more water games and exciting activities for children and adults alike.
- Accommodation: There is plenty of accommodation here. You can choose to have rooms or suites at the Resort Hotel, the villas or at the Condotel.
- Cowboy town: Here, you will find enacted Wild West shows featuring almost real life cowboys. The shows are exciting and they will leave you breathless.
2. Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort
Malaysia has some of the best theme parks in all of Southeast Asia. The Melaka Wonderland Theme Park and Resort is one of the best in Malaysia itself, it is also the latest addition to the theme parks that are already in Malacca. The theme park is located in Malacca state at the beautiful and exotic tourist area of Ayer Keroh Melaka.
Also read: How To Get To Malacca From Singapore
The theme park is a wholesome collection of fun activities for everyone. Adults, teens and children will all have a fabulous time here and the memories will last you and your family and friends a long long time. Set in natural surroundings, the greenery is as enchanting as he water rides and slides are exciting.
The Melaka Wonderland Theme Park and Resort spreads across 360 acres of land which means that everything is not crammed in one place. It is ideal for a leisurely day out for family or groups of friends.
- The Tornado Chaser: A wild water slide where you will be thrown into a swirling pool after a fast ride down. It is the first of its kind in Malaysia and the memories of this ride will not fade for years. It is the most popular slide here and people come from far and wide for the extraordinary experience.
- Lazy cum Crazy River: a slow moving river with numerous twists and turns and plenty of fun activities for the young and the young at heart.
- 1 Big Wave pool: This is a beach front like place where there are gentle waves that kids love to play in very much. You can sit and relax or you can opt to join in the fun too.
- Adventure Island: This is an island of fun for children no matter their age. It is an 8 slide complex made to be one great play area that kids really love.
- Natural recreational Forest: This is a lush forest with local tropical foliage where a nature walk is always rejuvenating and a beautiful place to take pictures for the memories.
3. Jonker Walk – Famous Night Market
Jonker Walk is a street in Malacca right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a famous street globally for its rich collection of authentic antiques, the cultural aspect and the architecture; most of the shop buildings here are from the 17th century which makes them several hundred years old.
Lovers of antique items will always come to Jonker Walk as part of their Malaysian itinerary. Visitors come from as far as Singapore, a four hour drive from this coastal city for the best bargains of items and jewelry of bygone eras.
In the Dutch colonial period, it was the street in which the servants of Dutch masters had their homes. Soon the well-heeled locals started to live in the area and they opened shops as well.
The street has a strong Chinese influence; there is even a Chinatown owing to Chinese immigration over the centuries.
- The weekly market: The Street is closed to traffic an all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is to allow the market to thrive and it does this very well between 6.00 p.m. and midnight. It is here that traders will display their wares and invite you to see and buy.
- The antiques: It is on Jonker Walk that you will find genuine antiques from the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British colonial periods. You will also find ancient Chinese items on this street. There will be a wide collection of fabrics, jewelry, wooden clogs, arts and crafts and other memorable items at prices you will not get anywhere else in the world.
- The food: Jonker Street has some of the best eateries in Malacca. It is at the end of the street that you will find Geographer’s Café, a famous place for great drinks and nyonya food in Malacca.
4. Air Keroh Lake
The Air Keroh Lake is the place to visit if you are looking for a great water sports venue. The lake, clean, calm and vast is a great place for people who want to play in the water in a serene and attractive environment. It is set in a splendid tropical environment and it is green all round. One of its best attributes is that it is only 11 kilometers from the Malacca city. This makes it ideal for people who are visiting the city but want the calmness of the countryside for part of their tour.
The lake is an ideal place for lovers; there are cabins and huts for rent if you want to extend your stay at the lake. There are also facilities to ensure that it is family friendly. For a group coming from Singapore or Johor Bahru, it is only a four hour ride by car.
- Water sports: Do you enjoy sailing? This is the place to be when you want a great day on the water. Here you will find safe, clean and reliable sailing boats that will soon have you feeling the wind in your hair as you skim over the lake. You will also find canoes and boats all for rental at the shore.
- Fishing: Have you ever had the urge to catch your own dinner? You can do that at Air Keroh Lake. With a rental boat, and some necessary equipment, you can have a part of the lake as your own where you can spend some quiet time with a friend or loved one floating on the water. With luck, you can catch some fish as well.
- Other facilities: Other facilities you can enjoy include a large playground, jogging paths and kiosks where you can buy some good food and cold refreshments.
Most tourists will prefer to walk around the city and its attractions as most historical places are within a small radius. For attractions outside town most visitors will prefer to drive around. There is an alternative way to make tours more interesting in and out of town; riding a mountain bike around the attractions.
Malacca is known for its historical significance, but there is a whole world of beauty and adventure beyond the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are beautiful rubber and palm plantations stretching on and on and one of the best feelings is to feel the wind against your face on a bike where you are in a green plantation or open fields.
- The bikes are will maintained, safe and reliable. They will take you all over the city and to the other attractions beyond. The freedom you feel when riding a bike in a guided tour makes for a great day out with your family and friends. The bikes are rented out depending on the duration you want. You can opt for a short ride of about 3 to 4 hours or a whole day package.
- You will be provided with helmets for safety and the guides are well informed about the best sights, the terrain and they are also friendly and helpful.
6. Malacca River – Relax and Nice View
Malacca River is a slow moving river that cuts across the city. This is one tour that you should do as the first thing after getting to Malacca. This tour will let you get a good overview of the city whether you choose the walk or the cruises.
If you chose the walk, you will find that it is clean, safe and easy to walk even when you are in a group or with small children. The graffiti here is colorful and intriguing and lovers of street art will find plenty to look at and enjoy.
- The river cruise: The Melaka River Cruise operates everyday between 9 a.m. and 11.30 p.m. the cost is affordable and it is well worth the cost anyway because the sights are great when being seen from the river. The Malacca River is not very wide. This gives you the opportunity to take in the city sights at close range.
- The river cruise at night: If your stay in Malacca extends to the evening, take a night cruise on the Malacca River and get ready for one of the most spectacular river cruises you will ever have in your life. Most of the buildings on either side of the river have bright decorative lights all about them which will excite your eyes to no end. Add the twinkling reflections on the water and the cruise will be as magical as it can ever be.
- The Jetty: The jetty area is bright with canopies to shelter you from the hot Malacca sunshine during the day as you enjoy your time along the river walk. At night, catch the breeze here before you leave town; you will love it!
7. Portuguese Square – where you can’t escape
The Portuguese Square is one part of Malacca that inspired the awarding of the city as a World Heritage site. It is situated just to the south of the main part of the city near the St. John’s Fort. It is easily accessible and thousands of local and overseas tourists come to enjoy the Square every year. The Square is clearly visible from St Paul’s Hill which is not far off. In the vicinity of the Portuguese Square is the Cheng Ho Culture Museum.
The history that is held within this place is immense. You will experience the history from the Malay Empire days, to the Portuguese invasion days, to the Dutch period and the current situation. Having a good guide is a plus because he will put all the attractions in perspective besides adding an anecdote or two to his explanations.
- Mini Lisbon: It is the only site that maintains its true Portuguese identity so well in the entire country. It is the place where the culture of the Portuguese exhibits itself in all its splendor. This is a place that looks like nothing much has changed for the last 400 years. Today, it hosts lots of tourists looking to enjoy its restaurants, entertainment spots and its unique stalls.
- Malacca Hotel: This is the main hotel in this part of the city. It offers accommodation with all budgets catered for.
- The Stadthuys: This is the most recognizable building in the whole area together with its red clock tower. It was the seat of the government during the Dutch colonial era. Nearby are the A’Famosa Fort and St. Johns Hill.
8. The Shore Sky Tower
The best way to see the sights of a city is to visit the sights themselves, to see them from a distance and to see them from above.
For many years, the visitors to Malacca would only see the sights from the ground; then came the Shore Sky Tower, the highest man made structure in Malacca and many miles beyond.
Today, you can experience some of the most breathtaking views of Malacca from very high; as high as the 42 floor viewpoint of the Shore Sky Tower.
Apart from the cityscapes themselves, you will be able to look as far as 50 kilometers from Malacca on either side.
Apart from that, there is plenty more that you can do at the Shore Sky Tower.
The Shore Sky Tower is an elaborate development on the shores of the Malacca River. It is planned to be the premier shopping, dining and accommodation center in Malacca when it is complete.
- The Observation deck: The top floor of the Shore Sky Tower will give you the most panoramic views of the city and beyond. This is a part of your tour to Malacca that you will do yourself disservice to miss. The fee is affordable for everyone and the photo ops are to die for up there.
- Dining and wining: Enjoy fine dining at the Shore Sky Tower. You find splendid restaurants with the widest local and international menus anywhere in Malacca. You will also find fine bars where you can have the best wines and classy cocktails among other refreshments.
- Oceanarium Complex: This development will have the longest oceanarium complex in the whole world bringing together business, accommodation and fine shopping to Melaka.
9. Red Square – Must go at least 1 time
Are you a history buff? Do you like photogenic places where you can walk around and feel one with the heritage of a place rich in history?
Then when you get to Malacca, visit the Red Square or the Dutch Square as it is also known as a matter of priority. It holds a lot of secrets and stories from the Dutch colonial period.
Here you will find a vibrant atmosphere with many tourists visiting the Square every day. They will be from overseas, and from other parts of Asia and the wider world. It is also a good place to people-watch.
- The Dutch Administration Center: This is the large red building that hosted the offices and residences of the Dutch Governor during the colonial era. Here will be the famous and one of the most photographed building in the city, the Stadthuys. There will also be the Christ Church which is also from the Dutch period. From the British period in the Victorian years you will find the Queen Victoria’s Fountain. The Chinese have always had a presence here for centuries and this is represented by the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower. It is dedicated to a benevolent Chinese trader who was highly admired and respected in his day.
- Shopping: Join the other tourists from outside of Malacca in shopping for souvenirs at the shops and stalls that will be at the Red Square. You will find good bargains here and you may just land a great antique at an unbelievable price.
- Nearby attractions: The best thing about Red Square is that most of the other attractions in the city and especially in the World Heritage Site are all accessible easily on foot, by car or by riding a bicycle.
- Great photos: Carry your camera along for some of the best sites to take pictures from at Red Square. It is these pictures that will remind you of the great time you had at Malacca.
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