There are many things to do but what are the top things to do in Melaka?
Melaka is a UNESCO World Heritage City and it offers a lot of places of attractions be it historical sites or men-made attractions. Apart from that, the state is also famous for its food. There are many popular food from Melaka that every visitors can try. In this post, we will share with you top places that you can visit in Melaka!
We understand that with Covid-19 lockdown in several countries, we are unable to travel anywhere yet. Hopefully, this post will give you some ideas on where to go after the pandemic ends. We also hope that this post will bring back some memories to those who have visited the places mentioned!
So, where should you go and what should you do in Melaka? Let’s continue!
Ride the Melaka Monorail
Melaka Monorail is a monorail unlike other monorails in Malaysia. It is a 2.5 km line uni-directional clockwise loop covering the area adjacent to the Melaka river. Melaka Monorail is not a mass transit monorail. Instead, it is more of a sightseeing monorail. If you ride on the monorail, you can see the heritage area of Melaka including Kampung Morten as well as the old pedestrial bridges sprawling in the city from above.
Melaka Monorail train fares
The fares to ride the Melaka Monorail are as follows:
Melaka Monorail Operating Hours
The Melaka Monorail operates according to the following operating hours:
Monday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 11.00 pm
Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays: 10.00 am to 12.00 am
The train runs every 30 minutes
Porta de Santiago (A’ Famosa)
A’ Famosa is a fortress built by the Portuguese after they invaded Melaka in 1511. It is one of the oldest European structures still in existence in Southeast Asia. The fortress itself is huge but in 1807, the fortress was destroyed. Thanks to Sir Stamford Raffles and his timely interfere, the only structure that was saved from destruction is this gate, the Porta de Santiago. This is a must-visit place in Melaka. A photo op here is compulsory when visiting Melaka.
And the visit here is FREE!
Melaka River Cruise
Let’s have a boat ride along the pretty Melaka River! The Melaka River was so polluted once that there were no living beings in the water. However, due to the beautification project done, it is now a very healthy and beautiful river. Cruising along the river, you will pass by several heritage buildings as well as the famous Kampung Morten.
You can get on the River Cruise from the Muara Jetty. From there, the cruise will take you to Taman Rempah before returning to Muara Jetty. The Melaka River cruise also operates at night. We have rode once at night and the view is stunning.
Melaka River Cruise operates from 9.00 am to 11.30 pm.
The fares for Melaka River Cruise are as follows:
Adult: RM 25
Children 3 to 12 years old: RM 15
Children below 2 years old: Free
Senior Citizens: RM 20
Students: RM 20
Adult: RM 30
Children 3 to 12 years old: RM 25
Children below 2 years old: Free
Kampung Morten or Morten Village is one of the traditional villages that is well-maintained near Melaka city centre. It is a traditional Malay village which still maintains its traditional charm. If you are interested to see how the local Malay lives traditionally, do come over to Kampung Morten!
Visit The Shore Sky Tower!
The Shore Sky Tower is the highest building in Melaka with a total height of 153 meters. There is also a cafe called as the Sky Deli Restaurant for you to eat while enjoying the panoramic view of Melaka city from the top.
Another attraction that makes The Shore Sky Tower as one of the must-visit place in Melaka is the transparent platform that is built on the roof top. It provides you with the opportunity to challenge your fear of heights! In our opinion, the best time to visit The Shore Sky Tower is during night time, when all the lights of the city are switched on.
Operating hour is from 9.00 am to 11.00 pm for Sundays to Thursdays and 9.00 am to 12.00 midnight for Fridays and Saturdays.
The entrance fee is RM 25 for adults, RM 18 for children and RM 25 for senior citizens.
The Stadthuys was a former government building during the time of Dutch colonisation in Melaka. It is also a well-known building within the core heritage area of Melaka and widely known as the Red Building. It is interesting to visit The Stadthuys because inside the building, you can see how Melaka was ruled during Dutch governance as well as learning other historical facts of Melaka.
If you decide to enter the museum, entrance fees are as follows:
Malaysian Citizens: RM 5 for adults and RM 2 for children
Foreigners: RM 10 for adults and RM 4 for children
Buying the ticket means that you can also enter Muzium Pemerintahan Demokrasi, Muzium Pendidikan, Muzium Tuan Yang Terutama, Muzium Pendidikan & Galeri Laksamana Cheng Ho without the need to purchase additional tickets.
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
Baba & Nyonya or Peranakan is a society which exists since that late 19th century from the mixed marriage between the Chinese and the local Malays. Interestingly, although they speak a slang of Malay and has food with Malay elements in it, most of them are non-Muslims. This museum will guide and tell visitors of the Baba & Nyonya’s culture and heritage.
The museum is a private home of the Chan family since 1861 and it is resided by four generations before being converted into a museum in 1985.
Operating hours of Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
10.00 am to 1.00 pm on weekdays (Last visit at 12.00 pm)
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (last visit at 4.00 pm)
Weekends: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance fees to Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
Adults: RM 15
Children (5 to 12 years old): RM 10
Guided tour: RM 4 per pax
If Terengganu has the Floating Mosque, Melaka also has one! Known as Masjid Selat, the mosque is not too far from the city centre. The mosque is built on stilts and is situated over the Straits of Malacca.
If you are a non-Muslim, you do not have to worry as the mosque is open for everyone to visit. Proper attire is recommended but if you are wearing shorts, the mosque provides hoodies for you to wear on top of your attire.
Finally, Jonker Walk!
If you are in Melaka, it is a MUST for you to visit Jonker Walk. This place really has to be included in this list. Here, apart from the souvenirs, it is also the best place to do food hunting! There are many street food stalls around (especially over the weekends) and nice local restaurants serving local delicacies.
This road is closed for motor traffic on the weekends and converted into pedestrian markets. So, if you are thinking of shopping and eating, this is the right place to do so.
So, there you go, some of the places that you must visit in Melaka! If you are visiting Malaysia, do visit Melaka too because apart from its history and interesting places, there are also many food that you need to try out in Melaka!
We have also included Google Maps for all the destinations in the list. So, don’t forget to Bookmark the page for easy reference when you are visiting Melaka!
What do you think? Do you know of any other attractions in Melaka that you would like to recommend?
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