Malacca is one the historical city in Malaysia, famous for it’s heritage, culture & food. Whether you want to visit Melaka for fun, foodie venture, historical tour or natural beauty, Malacca is one of the best destination in Malaysia. Don’t forget to explore ten Malacca tourist attractions which are highly recommended to visit.
Malacca Tourist Attractions
There are numerous tourist attractions in Melaka. If you have enough time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site then you should visit all the attractions. For your convenience, we have shortlisted and mentioned below some of the top Malacca attractions for tourists. These recommended attractions should not be missed during your visit to Melaka.
Melaka Wonderland Theme Park
Melaka Wonderland theme park is one the best family attraction for tourists in the city. You would find one of the best theme parks of Malaysia in Malacca. It is located in the area of Ayer Keroh. You would not feel any less entertained than any of the theme parks in the Europe. The clean blue water in the ponds and pools will wash away your worries and you would never regret putting Melaka Wonderland on the top of your list. Slide, twirl, jump and get thrilled in Melaka and be a cheery child again!
When back from Malaysia, you will surely like to tell your buddies that you have actually visited a seventeenth century building; The Stadthuys Jalan Kota Melaka. It is the Malacca attraction for history lovers while not the only one. It is said that it is the oldest structure of Dutch architecture that survived in Melaka. The colonial time structure lives in the shape of gigantic walls, wide windows and heavy doors. The reddish brown, wooden-iron structure is THE place to visit if you want to see oldest Malaysian buildings.
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A Famosa Fort
Can’t tell if your picture with A Famosa cannon on your right will be most liked or the one with the cannon on your left. But the A Famosa fort trip is going to be fun and your buddies will love to comment on your pictures at A Famosa Fort. Reason? The fort got history, sight, location and architecture. It is sixteenth century building that survived only enough to tell you where the fort stood. The fort reminds of the Portuguese rule in the country. The only thing the fort misses till today is …. A picture with you!
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Probably the first Chinese to enter Malacca, Malaysia would be afraid to enter a different society and culture and probably he never knew that he was introducing the culture that will mix with Malay’s to give birth to a unique and celebrated culture of Chinese-Malays or the Baba Nyonya. The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is one of the finest depiction of culture of the Chinese Malay people. You would love to see the art, architecture, furniture, style and bridal rooms of the culture that are still saved in the museum.
I love the way my Chinese friend calls it an animal garden. The Melaka Zoo, another family attraction in Malacca offers same species of animals you would find anywhere else in the world. There are no two headed dogs or four headed snakes. What makes Melaka Zoo Ayer Keroh special is freely moving animals. Seriously, I don’t like talking to animals with them behind the bars. Animals are no prisoners! You would love the stalls in the zoo too and will certainly appreciate how Malaysians guide you.
The China Hill in Melaka is home to a number of graves of Chinese ancestors in Malaysia. At first sight, you won’t believe that it is a graveyard. The reason is that the graves are spread at an area and the graves are not simply pile of rocks. They hold memorials of the ancestors. There are around 12,500 graves. People jog here since the scenery is good and the area is green and fresh.
Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary
No fun names for this place like the zoo. Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is a serious endeavor. You will find here the cutest parrots, the most colorful big size butterflies and the haunting thick snakes. The sanctuary also called Taman Rama Rama, offers you the best crocodiles in the town! A Must visit if you doubt it and again a must visit if you believe it.
If you have been to Malacca before then you probably took a walk in the famous Jonker Street once or twice. You also bought something from the street or ate from one of the restaurants. The street is so popular among the tourists that the local authorities have made an attraction by the name of Jonker Walk. If you are visiting Malacca then you should experience Jonker Walk in the famous Jonker Street.
The street became live mostly past sunset and that’s the best time to visit this local attraction. There are plenty of stalls on both side of the street selling various stuff. You will find a lot of souvenirs as well and the local food.
One hundred and ten meters tall tower, the Menara Melaka is a great malacca attractions for those that love to see how the city looks as a glance. The Tower offers a 360 degree view allowing you to see different places, their locations and distances. Operational since 2008, the tower is visited by most of tourists at night because the city turns into a very mystical place at night as seen from above.
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Maritime Museum Melaka
You would find another Malacca attraction a little ahead of the Stadthuys. It is the Maritime Museum that offers you model of ship that does not belong to this century. You have probably seen such ships in movies but here you will come to know that this model is Portuguese and the ship is replica of ship that sank in the coast of Malacca. This model is 34 meters high and 8 meters wide. The Museum preserves the history of Malacca, particularly its maritime history.
These are some of the top Malacca attractions, you should not miss on your trip. These attractions are popular among tourists. If you want to recommend a local attraction of Melaka, please do so by adding comments below.
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