15 Best Things To Do in Melaka, Malaysia

Malacca, also known as Melaka, is a beautiful mix of modern world and old heritage. It has a tagline of "Visiting Melaka is Visiting Malaysia." It is a small city but has much to offer to everyone. The City or Town is filled with bright colors, and exciting tastes, smells and sights. You can visit the forts, museum or climb the canons. Here we have covered you with all attractions in Melaka and places to visit in Melaka.

Let's explore the Melaka points of interest and 15 best things to do in Melaka:

1. Melaka River Cruise

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It offers quick sightseeing of the town and has a place for leisure. The journey is about 45 minutes around the city visiting every old house or old heritage and the modern advancements. You will also see the Malay village which is a scenic sight and is alongside Jonker Walk. For joining the cruise, you have to locate yourself with one of the two jetties; one is located at the Quayside Heritage Center (The Muara Jetty) whereas the other is located in the Hang Jebat Bridge (The Taman Rempah Jetty).

Hop on it and enjoy the never seen before city tour of the Melaka River Cruise.

2. Menara Taming Sari

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Experience the high-flying aerial view of the city, if you haven't had enough with the Melaka River Cruise. It is a gyro tower which offers a 360-degree view of the city. You don't want to miss any details. The ride is only 7 minutes long, but you can get the glimpse of every corner of the city. It is a top spot for the tourists. You can look at the modern art culture & shopping sites Melaka has to offer. You can also view the Mahkota Parade. 

  • Attraction Type: Tower
  • Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
  • Opened: 18 April 2008
  • Contact: +60 6-288 1100
  • Cost: 20 lakhs MYR

3. The Red Square

The adventures are not to be missed. Grab a cab and hop into it. Ride towards Red Square and take part in the kick-off adventures. You can see the red buildings all around you, and it includes the beautiful Christ Church, circa which was constructed in 1753. You can enjoy the trinket stalls here or the trishaws full of flower. 

4. Jonker Street

It is the most famous streets in Melaka’s Chinatown. It houses an assemblage of shops and restaurants. Every Saturday and Friday there is a night market help open for everyone where the city comes alive, and you can enjoy myriad of stalls.

5. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

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The museum is a collection of three restored houses which showcases the local history of Malay-Chinese culture. Guides are also available inside, and you have the option of exploring it by yourself.

6. Explore the Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden is the best place to visit and to avoid the hustle of the city. Lose yourself in the verdant green gardens of Flora and fauna. Enjoy over 300 species of flora and fauna with a scenic morning view. You can come here for jogging or a walk, if not for just the visit. Do not forget to pay a visit to the Book Village inside the heart of the garden.

7. Shop local food products

When people claim Malacca has the most elegant food in whole Malaysia, I wouldn't say No. people visit here in large numbers and grab the opportunity when in town. The biggest manufacturers of food in Melaka are Tan Kim Hock and San Shu Gong. DO not forget the tastiest Nyonya Pineapple Tarts.

8. Visit a Malay village

Malay Village retains all the traditional values amidst the new world culture of the city. It is on the riverbanks of Melaka and preserves the authentic surroundings of the village from the past. It has colorful wooden houses. You can visit the ancient insights inside the Malay Village. They have a traditional lifestyle and has only one guided tour.

9. Learn batik making

Batik making is an intricate work of art. It is complicated, but you can learn the beautiful designs and appreciate the art of high-coveted form. Classes include your lunch and equipment for the Batik Making. The Batik House conducts the classes. The experience stays with you for long.

10. Try Peranakan dishes

In the 15th century, Chinese immigrant styled in Melaka and married local women. The result was a delicious food of two different cultures and lifestyles. The unique blends leave us awe-struck.  Head over to Nyonya eateries fro tantalizing dishes.

11. Have fun at A’Famosa Resort

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A 45 minutes drive to A'Famosa resort from the city center is worth it. If you're looking for family fun, it is the right place for you. It has sprawling water parks, a cowboy town, and an animal safari. You can even watch the Red Indian Shows featured by Cowboy Town including fireworks.

  • Attraction Type: Resort, Entertainment, Family and Kids
  • Address: Jalan Kemus / Sempang Ampat, Simpang Ampat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia
  • Contact: +60 6-552 0888

12. Banda Hilir attractions

It is amongst the top tourist sites to learn history. There are many historical monuments alongside Maritime Museum and Malacca Sultanate Palace. Sign up for the Dutch Heritage Trail tour for an in-depth view of the cultural history. Grab your cameras and capture the moment.

13. Melaka Submarine Museum

Sunmarine museum, Melaka - ImageImage source: flickr.com

It not only features real submarines but there are Fighter Jets on display as well. There are no guides in the museum, but there are many descriptions and stories which lead our way. Kids enjoy a lot here with the innovation around. 

14. Mamee Jonker House

Check out Mamee Jonker House while you are in Jonker Street. It is small but has the price even smaller. You will love it with your kids here. The perfect place to be with your kids in Jonker Street is Mamee Jonker House.

15. Melaka Wonderland

A 30 minutes drive from Malacca city center, it is value for money. You can have extreme fun with your friends and family and kids. Visit Melaka Wonderland and indulge in the adventurous activities with your kids. You will love the experience.

Do every possible thing while in Melaka. Enjoy with your friends or family with kids. There is something for everyone.

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Must see places in Melaka ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Melaka and point of interests to visit.

  1. # 1 of 298 Things To Do in Melaka | Added 5308 times in trip plans
    Jonker Street

    Tags: Restaurant, Market, Street Market, Shopping Center

    Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka/Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Jonker Street – the centre street of Chinatown – was once renowned for its antique shops. However over the years it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The be...Read more

  2. # 2 of 298 Things To Do in Melaka | Added 3011 times in trip plans
    Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

    Tags: Museum, Arts And Crafts, Exhibition

    Address: Nos. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka/Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    A heritage house belonging to the Chan Family is one of the finest art displays in Melaka/Malacca. Displaying the Melaka/Malaccan culture, the house in which he exhibit runs is also a delight to art l...Read more

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    Melaka Taming Sari

    Tags: Beach, Tower, Observation Deck

    Address: Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka/Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    The first and only gyro tower in Malaysia, this structure measuring 110 meters in height offers the visitors to have a 360 degree panoramic view of the Melaka/Malacca town. The tower is named after th...Read more

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    Cheng Hoon Teng

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    Address: 25 Jalan Tokong, Melaka/Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    When the Chinese migrated to the Malay Peninsula, they brought along their culture and heritage. Cheng Hoon Teng's architecture reflects the skills of migrant builders and craftsmen from China's south...Read more

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    Sultanate Palace

    Tags: Palace

    Address: Kota, Complex Warisan, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    This is a replica structure of the extinct Sultanate of Malacca which ruled the city before the arrival of Portuguese in the 16th century. The plan was chalked on the lines of Sultan Mansur Shah&rsquo...Read more

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    Christ Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Gereja Christ, 48, Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Built by the Dutch when they took charge of Malacca from the Portuguese, this is one of most defining structures of Malacca. Brick-red construction with a huge white cross at the top makes it easily r...Read more

  7. # 7 of 298 Things To Do in Melaka | Added 5250 times in trip plans
    The Stadthuys

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Square

    Address: Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    The Stadthuys, also known as the Red Square, is a historical structure situated in the heart of Melaka/Malacca Town, the administrative capital of the state of Melaka/Malacca, ...Read more

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    Butterfly And Reptile Sanctuary

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary

    Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    If you love exploring the world of butterflies, the butterfly and reptile sanctuary is a must-visit destination for you! Home to more than 20 different species of butterflies, the sanctuary is beautif...Read more

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    Kampong Kling Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

    The original structure of this mosque credits its construction to Indian Muslim Traders and dates back to 1748. Originally a wooden structure, the mosque was rebuilt in brick in 1872 and is one of the...Read more

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    Malacca Zoo

    Tags: Zoo

    Address: 75450 Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Spread over 54-acres, this zoological park is located in the town of Ayer Keroh in Malacca. It is a home to more than 1200 animals with 215 different species. There are also some critically endangered...Read more

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    Kampong Hulu Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: Jalan Kampung Hulu, 75200, Melacca, Malaysia

    This is the oldest functioning mosque in Malaysia and was commissioned by the Dutch in 1728. Predominantly built in Javanese architecture, the unique roof instead of the standard dome in the construct...Read more

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    A Famosa

    Tags: Church, Historical Site, Architecture , Fort

    Address: Jalan Kota, Melaka/Malacca, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A Famosa is a Portuguese fortress located in Melaka, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only...Read more

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    Hang Tuah Center Hang Tuah Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Kampung Jambatan Duyong, 75460 Malacca, Malaysia

    One of the best places to learn about Malacca's historical city and its people, Hang Tuah Center @ Hang Tuah Museum is dedicated to Hang Tuah, the legendary warrior from the 15th century, in the Malay...Read more

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    Machap Walk

    Address: 32, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Timings: 06:00 pm - 11:59 pm Details

    Walk and Eat! Yes, that is what you are supposed to do at Machap Walk. Located in a small-town district in Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia, Macha Walk holds the attraction of bringing in mainly tourists ...Read more

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    Mini Malaysia & Asean Cultural Park

    Tags: Park, Entertainment

    Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A truly unique and entertaining entertainment park, Mini Malaysia and Asean Cultural Park in Melaka is a hoot! The theme park is built to represent the housing and culture of each state in Malaysia, a...Read more

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