Full of colonial charm, the small historic state of Malacca is one of Southeast Asia’s top holiday hotspots. This magnificent province of the Malay Peninsula features historical influences from former European powers, including the British, Portuguese and Dutch. That said, it retains a distinct Malay flavour in Malaccan culture. Also a World Heritage city, Malacca is a great tourist destination.Top Attractions in Malacca
Malacca is packed with exciting landmarks and attractions.The diversity of cultural influences in the state has led to a rich landscape of religious sites and architecture. On a trip to Malacca, experience Buddhist and Chinese temples, including the 130-year-old Geok Hu Keng Temple, and the sometimes-eerie Poh San Teng Temple. The Portuguese-built Christ Church in Malacca is a definite must-see, with its sacramental ornaments and floors that are lined with tombstones from years long before. Mosques in Malacca are also interesting for travellers to visit, including the brilliant Malacca Straits Mosque.
It’s easy to explore nature and wildlife while staying in Malacca. Families travelling to Malacca can view animals from around Malaysia at the Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary. Or come face to face with unique species at the Malacca Zoo, which is regarded as the best zoological site in Malaysia. Visitors can also escape to nature at the nearby Gunung Ledang Johor National Park, where it is as stunning as Mother Nature can get.
Museums dot the Malaccan cityscape, so culture vultures have ample opportunities to dive into the rich history of the state. Inside the capital’s heritage area, one of the more interesting sites is the Maritime Museum, which takes visitors into Malacca’s long and fruitful association with the sea.
Restaurants and Bars
Traditional Malaccan food is highly sought after, thanks to their unique mix of flavours. Asam pedas is the main dish in the state, while other dishes like cencaluk and the chilli prawn paste sambal belacan are also highly recommended. One of the more unique dining options in Malacca is satay celup, which sees diners dipping meats of all kinds into boiling satay sauce. As in the rest of Malaysia, Chinese and Indian food is easily found everywhere around Malacca.
If you are looking for unique flavours, definitely go for Eurasian food and Nyonya restaurants in Malacca.
The nightlife in the state is generally limited, although visitors will find various bars in the Melaka Raya area.Shopping in Malacca
Malacca is famous for its antiques and markets. The Jonker Walk Night Market, which resides along Jalan Hang Jebet, is one of the cheapest shopping spots in the state, and among the most interesting. It operates every Friday and Saturday evening. Antique dealers can be found throughout Malacca’s capital.