Top 10 Things to See in Malacca

Malacca Must-see Attractions

Malacca is one of Malaysia’s most unassuming states with a good blend of historic attractions and great food. One of its biggest draws is the fact that it is not that big, so getting from one end of the state to another is not too much of a bother.

With its appealing and assorted blend of cultural, historical and natural attractions, there are some key sights you should not miss out on when visiting the state. Listed below are ten of Malacca’s must-see attractions that you should include in your itinerary if you wish to experience the best it has to offer.

The Stadthuys Jalan Kota Melaka

Believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East, the Stadthuys is part of Dutch Square’s prominent colonial architecture. Featuring massive walls, louvred windows and chunky doors with wrought-iron hinges, it was built between 1641 and 1660 and used to be the official residence of the then-Dutch governor. Read More...

A’Famosa Fort Jalan Kota

Downhill from St. Paul’s Church, A’Famosa Fort is more than just a photo stop opportunity: it is an indispensable part of Malacca’s sightseeing offerings. Constructed in 1511 using slave labour, it was meant to be a defensive stronghold against foreign invasion and housed the entire Portuguese administration during their tenure in Malacca. Read More...

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock

The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is a traditional Peranakan museum established in 1896. It is arranged to look like a typical 19th-cenutry Baba-Nyonya townhouse, with Chinese hardwood furniture that features a blend of Victorian and Dutch designs and mother-of-pearl inlay. The museum offers daily tours, made especially interesting by the guides who will regale you with witty Perankan stories of the past. Read More...

Bukit Ciina Bukit China

The largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China, Bukit Cina is the ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community. Also known as Chinese Hill, it has more than 12,500 graves and these days the 20ha hill is primarily used as a jogging track. The burial ground’s fame began with the marriage of Sultan Mansur Shah of Malacca to the Ming emperor’s daughter, Princess Hang Liu.  Read More...

Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary Ayer Keroh

Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is one of Ayer Keroh’s most popular tourist attractions. Set 15km northeast of Malacca town, it is also known as Taman Rama Rama and is home to a collection of animals ranging from beautiful butterflies to snakes, lizards, crocodiles, koi fish and even a pair of gorgeous golden leopards. Read More...

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple Jalan Tokong

One of Malacca’s notable landmarks, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is set along Jalan Hang Lekiu (in Jonker Street). Dedicated to Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, a black, gold and red-robed statue of the goddess stands in the central prayer hall. Built in 1646, it is billed as the oldest Buddhist temple in the country and is also known as the ‘Merciful Cloud Temple’. Read More...

Melaka Wonderland Theme Park Ayer Keroh

The best way to cool down on a hot and sticky day in Malacca is to do some splashing around at the spanking-new Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort. Built in Ayer Keroh – Malacca’s tourist attraction-laden quarter – the highlights of this multi zone park are its high-speed water slides and thrill rides. Read More...

Jonker Street Jonker Street

This is the definitive shopping experience as you will find anything and everything crammed into the smallest nook and cranny of Jalan Hang Jebat or Jonker Street. Traditional beaded Nyonya shoes, kitschy knick-knacks, and artworks feature extensively throughout this night market but it is the delicious food that makes most people come back for more… and more. Read More...

Melaka Zoo Ayer Keroh

A visit to the zoo is usually a family affair with enthusiastic kids eager to the see the inhabitants of the animal kingdom. The Melaka Zoo certainly provides the requisite family-friendly experience but the second-largest zoo in the country zoo also offers a fairly-unique experience: a night viewing safari allowing visitors to see notoriously nocturnal animals. Read More...

Malacca River Malacca City

Once dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’ by European seafarers, the Melaka River is a popular tourist attraction primarily because of the 45-minute River Cruise that takes you all the way to Kampung Morten, past Malacca town and the settlements and bridges along the riverbank.  Read More...


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