Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca is one out of two states in Peninsular Malaysia which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage site. Malacca City is rich with history and tourist attractions and the good news is, you can complete touring around the main city area in a day just by walking [unless stated otherwise]
Here are my 16 places to visit in Malacca to complete your own personal day tour.
1. ST. JOHN’S FORT (TRANSPORT NEEDED)
A Fort located at the top of St. John’s Hill which played an important role in preventing enemy attacks which was constructed during the Dutch Malacca in the 18th century.
2. BUKIT CHINA (TRANSPORT NEEDED)
A hillside of historical significance, with the Well of Perigi Raja built by Hang Li Po’s followers.
3. THE STADTHUYS / CHRIST CHURCH / CLOCK TOWER
Possibly the most visited location in Malacca as it is situated right in the heart of the Dutch square. You can never miss it as it is RED in colour and overcrowded with travelers.
4. MALACCA HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY MUSEUM
Just above the stairs from the Clock Tower, lies a Museum with a small charge.
[NON MALAYSIANS] Entree fee worth RM 10.00 for adults / RM 4.00 for Children.
[MALAYSIANS] Entree fee worth RM 5.00 for adults / RM 2.00 for children.
5. ST. PAUL’S CHURCH
About 15 minutes walk from the Stadthuys, located on top of a hill with one of the best view of Malacca City. A very nice venue for picture taking.
6. A’FAMOSA FORT
Walking down the hill from St. Paul’s Church, you will arrive at the fort which is just opposite of Freeport A’Famosa Outlet.
7. MELAKA SULTANATE PALACE
Melaka Sultanate Palace is located just beside of A’Famosa Fort, with an admission fee of RM 2.00 for Adults / RM 1.00 for Children.
8. FREEPORT A’FAMOSA OUTLET
After a long day touring the city outdoors, you can recharge at the air-conditioned shopping mall to grab some food, water or shopping.
9. MARITIME MUSEUM
Located just about 5 minutes away from Freeport A’Famosa Outlet, the Huge Ship has an admission fee of RM 3.00 for Adults / RM 1.00 for Children.
10. JONKER STREET [DAY / NIGHT]
Another 10 minutes walk back to the center of attraction area, you will then reach Jonker Street. There are many restaurants, bars, souvenir shops for you to choose from. Some are even located along the alleys so find the one you’re most comfortable with.
NOTE : Jonker Street transform into a night market that sells everything from food to fashion accessories BUT only available during FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS.
11. CHENG HOON TENG TEMPLE
From Jonker Street, walk into the alleys to Jalan Tokong, you will reach this sacred temple.
12. BABA-NYONYA HERITAGE MUSEUM
From Jalan Tokong, you will be required to walk a few streets down to Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock to reach the heritage museum. It is highly recommended to take the tour which will cost RM 16.00 for adults / RM 11.00 for children to know more about the Baba-Nyonya Heritage which could only be found in Malacca. (Baba-Nyonya is a mixed race of Chinese and Malay from Malacca)
NOTE : There is No Photography allowed inside during the tour.
13. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER’S CHURCH
The church has been around for 162 years, ever since it was built back in 1856. Can be found just along the Malacca River.
14. MALACCA RIVER / RIVER WALK
Relaxing by the river to enjoy the sunset. There are a couple of restaurants and bars along the river so you can choose which suits you best. It is much more peaceful here compared to the main attraction area.
15. MELAKA STRAITS MOSQUE (TRANSPORT NEEDED)
Honestly, one of the coolest place to take pictures as the mosque sits on top of the sea. Best to visit during sunrise or sunset.
16. PORTUGUESE SETTLEMENT (TRANSPORT NEEDED)
Fancy a seafood dinner? or probably just to take pictures by the jetty?
Note: There’s a parking entrance fee for private transport owner upon entering the venue