Here’s a great summary article of the top 10 things to do in Malacca (also known as Melaka), Malaysia! Actually it should be only top 9, as item 5 below (“get bird eye view on Malacca from Eye on Malaysia”) has stopped operations.  Enjoy this great article and please post some comments!

One of the famous destinations on list for locals and tourist for a short vacation is Malacca – the historical town. The place might be small but the attractions are endless!

1 – Explore Malaysia at Taman Mini Malaysia & Mini ASEAN
Explore the different types of traditional Malaysia houses representing 13 states from Sarawak’s Iban Long House to Negeri Sembilan’s Long Roofed House the only house in Malaysia to have a curved roof reminiscent of the Minangkabau roof of Sumatra. Also, you will be able to find other houses from other ASEAN countries.

2 – Take a River Cruise along Malacca River
Malacca River has the boat tour that probably take about 45 minutes or an hour to complete the sight-seeing. A tour guide will highlight the interesting places! Interested tourists have to check on the operating hours as the cruise only available during high tide.

3 – Explore Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Baby Nyonya Heritage Museum is a museum located behind Jonker Street that displays the history of the ethnic. Baba Nyonya are Chinese who adapt much of the Malay cultures since the time Admiral Cheng Ho settled down in Malacca.

4 – Shop for Local Products
Don’t forget to shop for local products at Sam Suk Gong or Tam Kim Hock. These are the two famous shops that tourists would love to go and carry home the MUST BUY local products like “shrimp paste” or “pineapples cookies” or “gula Melaka” or even the “durian candy”.

5 – Get a Bird-eye View on Malacca from Eye on Malaysia
Eye on Malaysia which has shifted from Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur is now located in Kota Laksamana, the mouth of Malacca river. It could be a pleasant experience being able to view Bandar Hilir Malacca from the top of the world!

6- Have Wild Wild West Fun at A’Famosa Resorts
Not to be mistaken with the historical monument, A Famosa, A’Famosa Resort is a place worth visiting for the whole family. The offers include an international 27-hole golf course, Cowboy Town, Animal World Safari, Water World Theme Park, Equestrian Club, Resort Hotel and much more.

7 – Find Shopping Galore at Jonker Street
Jonker Street is the chest with the hidden gems. It is the most happening and busiest street at night with bars and hawkers stalls-mouth-watering local delicacies could be easily found here. Also, performances can be seen on every Saturday.

8 – Experience Authentic Portuguese Food at San Pedro
Find the oldest Portuguese restaurant in Malaysia that offers home-style Portuguese fare at San Pedro Restaurant at Portuguese Settlement Village. Try the Devil Curry and Portuguese-style Baked Fish in spice paste and squid fritters. If you enjoy spicy seafood by the beach, this is your spot!

9 – Check Out The Stadhuys
The Stadhuys, also known as the Red Square is a historical structure built by the Dutch occupants in 1650. Situated beside the Christ Church, supposed the oldest remaining Dutch historical building in the Orient, is now the home of a Museum of History and Ethnography

10 – Visit the Famous Portuguese Monument, A Famosa
A Famosa is a fortress built by the Portuguese in the 16th century which also meant”The Famous'” in the language. The only standing part of the fortress now is the small gate house, Porta De Santiago. Here, you can also find many stalls selling souvenirs for you to bring home.

Also worth checking out:

Shop at Dataran Pahlawan Megamall
Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, a newly opened 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.

Visit the Malacca Sultanate Palace
Malacca Sultanate Palace is the place that cannot be missed upon visiting Malacca. It is located at the foot and St. Paul Hill. The building was constructed using only wooden pegs and with no nails.

Drop by Sam Po Kong Temple
Sam Po Kong Temple was built in the year 1975, on the foot of Bukit China. It was named after a lengendary fish, Sam Po Kong which stopped one of the admiral’s ship from sinking.

Check Out Taming Sari Tower
Taming Sari Tower is the signature tower in town with 110 meters tall. Passengers are able to view Bandar Hilir Malacca within radius of 5 kilometers away!

Visit Hang Li Po Well
Hang Li Po Well was named after the Chinese princess, Hang Li Po who married to the Sultan Mansur Syah, the Malacca king at that time. The locals believed that wishing upon the well will grants good fortune and luck.

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Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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One Response to Top 10 Things to Do in Malacca (Melaka), Malaysia

  1. Douglas Golding says:

    Thank you for this concise information. I am making a return visit next month, this time with my wife. Last time I had dinner in a restaurant in a courtyard in an old Dutch or Portuguese house. But I cannot find any mention of such a place on the web. It had a wonderful atmosphere and pretty good food. Can you suggest one or two places like this. The tourist information centre has no contact details.

    Douglas Golding, Sydney

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