Malacca, also spelled as Melaka is the name of a small city as well as an equally small state at the middle part of Penisular Malaysia. It is the oldest and most historical city being founded in the 15th century, before big modern cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang had been discovered. Here, both valuable historical and legendary stories of Malaysia can be traced.
The Malacca Sultanate occupies a special position in the history of Malaysia. Its inauguration marked the beginning of the emergence of a new Malay empire. The birthplace of the Malay Sultanates and Malaysia’s historic city, Malacca provided the stage on which the Portuguese, Dutch and English played out their roles in shaping the history. The Dutch, who held Malacca for over a century, left many fine buildings marking their heritage. The most imposing relic of the Dutch period is the Stadthuys, a strikingly pink town hall which is today the oldest Dutch building in the Far East.
With these such wealth of histories, it is no surprise that Malacca had become one of the major tourist destination in Malaysia, hence inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7th July 2008. Today, MPVTransport would like to recommend several Malacca attractions which are worth for a visit, ranging from historical sites to botanical gardens and also amusement parks.
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28 Melaka Attractions Worth For A Visit
In This Post we’ve listed 28 top attractions in Melaka that is definitely worth for a visit
- Malacca Jonker Street
- The Stadhuys
- A’Famosa Fort (Porta De Santigo)
- Malacca Sultanate Palace
- Melaka River Cruise
- St. Paul Church
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
- Melaka Straits Mosque
- St. Francis Xavier’s Church
- Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum
- Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
- Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
- Malacca Botanical Garden
- Taman Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park
- Proclamation Of Independence Memorial
- Melaka Zoo and Night Safari
- The Shore Oceanarium Melaka
- Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary Melaka
- Malacca Bee Gallery
- Taman Bunga Merdeka / Coronation Park Melaka
- Swiss Garden Rooftop (Sky Garden)
- Melaka Wonderland Theme Park
- Machap Walk
- The Shore Sky Tower
- Menara Taming Sari
- Pantai Klebang
- Maritime Museum and Naval Museum Malacca
- Malacca Planetarium Adventure Science Centre
1.Malacca Jonker Street
What would be appeal in your mindset whenever we talk about Melaka Attractions ? Of course, it is the Jonker Street. Located in the center of Chinatown, this huge market is always a primary tourism attractions for all tourists and even the locals to shop for everything they want with an affordable price.
There are a lot of historical sites in the vicinity that would totally bring every visitors back into Malacca’s past while strolling by the heritage homes. These homes are well preserved with 17th century’s traditional architectural design from the past which offer opportunities for photography friends to have their special shots.
This busy little street is the place where everyone are able to find interesting stuffs to see and taste. Visitors can savor variety of food, drinks and desserts at the stalls along the street. Besides that, it is a great place to find unique souvenirs and handicrafts to be gifted or kept too as the owners even offer customization service for these souvenirs. For every antique collectors and vintage fashion enthusiasts, do remember to include Jonker Street in your shopping list as it is the place where you could get some good bargains.
Not to be too worry if you are not really into old stuffs, there are also several contemporary clothing outlets around selling some fashionable clothing.
Also famous for its nightlife and night activities, there are many events often being held here, especially during the festive seasons like Chinese New Year, Hungry Ghost Season and even Christmas. The atmosphere is somehow like a fun street party There are also few bars and cafes available there which required only a few minute walk for visitors to hang out while they enjoy being indulged in the local culture.
Location: Jonker Street Night Market, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.
Friday to Sunday: 6:00pm – late
2. The Stadhuys
Whenever you have a visit to Malacca, you must visit the red colored building at Bandar Hilir, known as Stadthuys. It is one of the famous historical structures in Malacca, featured as a museum made by hard wood, laterite rock block, hill rocks and quality materials. The Stadthuys is actually originated from an old Dutch spelling which means city hall. The building was built in 1950’s by Dutch occupants as the office of their colonization. It has 4 floors and the size of the building is about 49,200 square feet. This building was once the office for the Dutch Governor and Dutch Officers. It was also the administration office in Malacca until 1824.
When Malacca was handed over to the British, the building was used by the British as their administration office. Although the British went through some structure changes in the interior of The Stadhuys, but they still maintained the overall design. The Malacca government used the building until 1979 after Malaysia getting its independence.
Now, the building was converted into a museum displaying unique architecture of Dutch such as louvered windows, chunky doors, massive walls and wrought-iron hinges due to the long time. It also exhibits Malacca’s history from Malacca Sultan era, Portuguese, British and Dutch colonization. Free guide tour would be provided on every Saturday and Sunday, so join the tour to know more about the history of Malacca.
Location: Jalan Gereja,75000 Malacca, Malaysia
Contact: +606-282 6526
Monday to Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday to Sunday: 9:00am – 8:30pm
Foreign visitor: RM10
Local visitor: RM5
3. A’Famosa Fort (Porta De Santigo)
A’Famosa Fort, is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. Once part of a mighty fortress, this tiny gate called the Porta de Santiago is all that is left til lnow. In 1511 a Portuguese fleet arrived under the command of Alfonso de Albequerque.
His forces attacked and successfully defeated the armies of the native Sultanate during that era. Moving quickly to consolidate his gains, he had the fortress built around a natural hill near the sea. Alfonso de Albequerque believed that Malacca would become an important port linking Portugal to the spice trade from China, Macau, India and Goa.
Later on year 1961,it fell to the Dutch and subsequently to the British during early 19th century.
Although the fort was to be destroyed in 1806, but it was then spared by the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. Captain William Farquhar, tasked with the destruction of the fort and town, who decided to save two of the gateways to the fort including the Santiago Gate, as well as the Stadthuys, church and jail.
There are many other attractions around the A’Famosa Port such as the Islamic Museum of Malacca, the Architecture Museum of Malacca, the Malacca Sultanate Palace and the St Paul’s Church. With so many places to visit, do consider staying over at any hotels in Malacca. There are many hotels to choose from so do not worry about the accommodation there.
Location: Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia.
Contact: +6 06-552 0888
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Ticket Price: RM2 per entry
4. Malacca Sultanate Palace
The Malacca Sultanate Palace is a museum located in Malacca officially opened to public since 17th July 1986 by Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. The building is a modern reconstruction of the palace of the Malacca Sultanate which showcases the history of the region as well as traditional Malay dress, arts and crafts. Interestingly, the whole building is raised from the ground by a series of wooden pillars.
No nails were used in the construction of the palace, instead, the wood is ingeniously carved to fit together in the traditional manner.
The palace has seven gallery rooms revealing what a Sultanate chamber meeting might have been like. To enter the Malacca Sultanate Palace, you will climb the central staircase into the first level, but not before taking off your shoes and leaving them in front. The ground floor consists of a several central rooms surrounded by a hallway spanning the entire perimeter.
There are signs in both Malay and English which can be understood for those with young kids too. On the other hand, the palace’s central chamber on the first level is divided between the throne room and an exhibit that shines a spotlight on the life of the defining hero of the Malay Annals, Hang Tuah. This is one of two major biographical exhibits in the Palace, the other being that of the noblewoman Tun Kudu would be on the second floor.
Visits here are very affordable and include a garden area called “The Forbidden Garden”, depicting what is believed to have been present during limited time period after finish visiting the museum’s interior.
Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Daily : 9AM–5PM
Close on Monday
Contact: 06-282 6526
Citizen : Adult : RM3.00 , Child : RM2.00
Non-Citizen : Adult : RM5.00 , Child : RM2.00
5. Melaka River Cruise
Also known as the ’Vernice of the East’ by European seafarers during the late 16th century, Melaka River Cruise was once a prominent port of entry for traders from Europe and Asia to carry out valuable tradings. Spanning a total distance of 10km, it is believed to be where Malacca was founded by Sumatran Prince Parameswara, who built his palace along the east side of the riverbank at the foot of St. Paul’s Hill in the 1400s.
Today, Melaka River Cruise had become one of the popular melaka attractions in Malacca due to its 45 minutes River Cruise, which provide marvellous views of colonial buildings, antique shop houses, local settlements and ancient bridges while cruising along the 10 km river.
While passing seceral bridges, visitors would be lead to Kampung Morten, an old Malay settlement classified as Malacca’s heritage site that serves as a living museum which exhibit well-preserved traditional Malay architecture. Upon the arriving, visitors would be welcomed by the colorful murals drew by local painters and graffiti artists on each Kampung Morten’s building during Malacca River’s Street Art Project lately.
These eye-catching designs commemorating Malacca’s unique identity, heritage, and iconic landmarks ranging from orangutans and wild stallions to local fruits and noodles.
The departure time for the river cruise is at Muara Jetty, close to famous Maritime Museum. The cruise is available every day, without any holidays, from 9:00am to 11:30pm. Tourists are advised to take 3 tours in different time suggested One during daylight to enjoy old buildings, another One before sunset to enjoy colors and the third One in darkness in order to enjoy lights and breeze.
Location: Malacca town
6. St. Paul Church
St. Paul’s Church is the most popular tourist place available in Malacca which is full of the history and rich culture. This Melaka Attractions Located strategically at the summit of St. Paul’s Hill, this historical church was constructed by Portugese fidalgo (nobleman) captain, Duarte Coelho in gratitude to Virgin Mary for saving his life during a sea storm.
Originally named as Nossa Senhora da Annunciada, this church had remained there for more than 150 years.It was then enlarged to a two-stories in year 1556 after being handed over to Jesuits by the Archbishop of Goa in India. In year 1590, the church was added with a belfry tower at its front, then renamed with Igreja de Madre de Deus which means Church of the Mother of God. However the belfry tower was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion in year 1641 but was repaired and renamed as St. Paul’s Church later, functioning as a Protestant church for about 112 years until the completion of Christ Church.
Right now, the ruins of St.Paul Church had become a part of Malacca Museum Complex. It is crowded with tourists and native people of Malaysia too, with its rich history past. After walking up steep flights of stairs to the top of the castle, every visitors would be welcomed by the beautiful and breezy view of attractions nearby, A’Famosa. Inside the ruins of St. Paul’s Church is basically just a decaying stone interior.
Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: Daily
Admission Fee: Free
7. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Founded in year 1646 by the Chinese Kapitan, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is one of the most notable landmark of Malacca situated in the famous Jonker Street. Considered also the oldest Chinese Temple, the temple is dedicated to Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin).
Cheng Hoon Teng’s architecture reflects the skills of migrant builders and craftsmen from China’s southern provinces, mainly Fujian and Guandong. It’s design sticks strictly to the principle of feng shui and was carefully laid out to ensure a perfect harmony with nature. The main prayer hall of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple has a weighty saddled roof, domineering dark timber beams and beautiful carved woodwork too.
Now, the temple continues to serve the spiritual needs of both the Chinese community in Malacca and also from other places. It is a centre for the propagation of San Chiao or the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. The religious order of the temple carries out numerous traditional Chinese rites too including ministering the spiritual needs of devotees and prayers for the souls of the deceased.
Location: 25, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.
Contact: +6 06-282 9343
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Admission Fee: Free
8. Melaka Straits Mosque
The Melaka Straits Mosque is one of the must visit place in Malacca. This Melaka Attractions It is also known as Masjid Terapung as the mosque was built ‘floating’ on Pulau Melaka, a man-made island. This splendid view make it famous for photographers for taking beautiful pictures. Built in June 2003 and completed in 2006, Melaka Straits Mosque was officially opened in 24th November 2006 by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong during that time; Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail.
Melaka Straits Mosque is able to hold about 2000 people per time. The mosque was design according to Malay and Middle Eastern architecture, taking the idea of the mosque in Jeddah. The environment inside the mosque is really cool because visitors can feel the breeze of the ocean wind. It is huge enough to include a praying hall, community hall, library and teaching classrooms. This shows that the mosque has more function, not only as a house of worship. Inside the mosque, there is an Arabic calligraphy with Quran verses that sculpture at most of the mosque’s wall.
Apart from being a house of worship, this mosque also featured as a light house to give warning ship and boat that cross the Straits of Malacca. Besides that, the mosque will give direction to the planes too because of its 30m height tower. At night, visitors can see the night view of the mosque, where bright yellow light brighten up the man made island. It is really splendid thanks to the design and colour of the mosque itself. More amazing is, the Malacca Straits Mosque is the only mosque in Malaysia that is ISO certified.
Location: Jalan Pulau Melaka 8, 75000 Melaka
9. St. Francis Xavier’s Church
Based on the history, St. Paul Church was regularly being visited by an active pioneering Catholic missionary of Southeast Asia named St. Francis Xavier after its construction. St. Francis Xavier performed several miracles in the church and even translated the catechism into Malay language. Following his death off the coast of China on Shangchuan Island in year 1552, his body was then interred temporarily in St. Paul Church’s burial vault for nine months before being transferred to the Portuguese Goa on the west coast of India. Till now, his temporary tomb was still remained in the complex centre, surrounded with wire mesh fence.
Easily recognized with an armless marble statue built in year 1953, there are rumors saying that St.Francis Xavier was to be canonized in year 1614 the Vatican demanded his right arm, which he used to bless his converters. Blood appeared to drip when it was cut off and sixty years later after his death, a large casuarina tree fell on his marble statue just at the morning after the marble statue was erected.
Location: 12, Jalan Banda Kaba, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
10. Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum
Officially launched in year 2006, Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum is a gallery house that specially exhibit the life of Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). Cheng Ho was a famous explorers long time ago who made seven successful voyages to the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia between year 1405 and year 1433, leading him to spot Malacca’s port.
The museum is believed to be functioned as a warehouse 600 years ago to temporarily store goods that Cheng Ho acquired during his travel too. He even caused influences on Malacca with a significant impact on its regionally important role due to his role as a confidante to the third Emperor of Ming Dynasty. In the mid 15th century, Cheng Ho married his daughter, Princess Hang Li Poh to the Sultan of Malacca, eventually created the Baba Nyonya culture.
Now, this museum had been reconstructed and opened for everyone to have a visit. Upon the arriving, visitors would be able to see this reconstructed building has a bell tower and a drum flaking at its entrance. The museum contains a lot of convincing evidences regarding the cultural exchange between the Chinese and local ethnic too, such as tea houses, treasure ships and navigation instruments.
Location: 51, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia.
Contact: +606 283 1135 / +606 283 1136
Daily: 9:00am – 6:00pm
11. Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
Opened since year 1781, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples available in Malaysia. Influenced by Dutch architecture style, this Hindu Temple is built rectangular-shaped, featured with ostentatious stone craved statues of Hindu deities. Dedicated to the elephant-headed Hindu deity Vinayagar or known as Ganesha, this temple is also an avenue known for its huge collection of colorful religious stone sculptures of animals too. Also, check out the beautiful black stone sculpture of Vinayagar on the central altar.
When looking into the temple’s interior, there are also altars flanking Vinayagar’s are dedicated to the deity’s father, mother and younger brother (Lord Muruga). Noteworthy events that take place at this temple include Hindu festivals like Datuk Chachar Festival and Feast for Lord Muruga. So, check it out whenever you have a chance.
Location: Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Daily: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Entrance Fee: Free
12. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Built in year 1896, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is actually a collection of three beautifully restored houses arranged to look like a typical 19th-cenutry Baba-Nyonya residence that provide excellent examples of Chinese-Palladian style. More interesting is that this architecture was influenced by both European and Eastern traditions.
The upper level of the house has a short canopy of Chinese tiles above the portico which frames the almost-Venetian shuttered windows. Besides that, the glass windows feature wrought-iron grilles and the eaves and fascias are covered with floral designs painted to boast distinctively east-meets-west allure. Upon stepping inside the house, visitors will surely be amazed with their collection of gold-leaf fixtures, Chinese- and Dutch-design black wood furniture inlaid with pearls as well as skilfully carved lacquer screens. There are also Victorian chandeliers that adds an additional point to it.
Until now, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is still well managed by Chan family which aimed to bridge communities to Malacca’s history and the Peranakan culture. They even hope to honour the Peranakan spirit, keeping it alive for many generations to come!
Location: 48 & 50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock , 75200 Melaka, Malaysia. (a street adjacent to the Jonker Walk)
Contact: +6 06-283 1273
Daily: 10:00am- 1:00pm & 2:00pm- 5:00pm
Ticket Price: RM16 (adults), RM11 (children aged 5-12 years old)
13. Malacca Botanical Garden
The garden began its business in April 1984 as Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest. On 1 June 2006, the recreational forest was reestablished as the Malacca Botanical Garden from the idea of Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam. Malacca Botanical Garden is encircled by a forest that contains more than 300 species of unique flora and fauna, making it a good place for an easy ramble. This lush green enclave is part jungle and part landscaped park with paved trails along which visitors can walk, cycle or ride an electric buggy.
Malacca Botanical Garden is previously providing the buggy ride for visitors to ride into the recreational forest and feel the fresh air. The suitable time to ride the buggy is exactly in the morning when the air is so fresh and the sun starting to shine. There are plenty of buggy ride for you to choose, but the 4 seats buggy for family is limited. The buggy is safe as it will moving slowly and you can look around the forest for 30 minutes. If interested, you may rent the buggy at the buggy station located beside the Botanical Cafe.
Huge varieties of gardens selections are available to be visited too, to name a few; there are Orchid Garden, Taro Garden, Bamboo Garden, Herbal Garden and also Heliconia Garden. Besides that, the Botanical Garden also features attraction such as the Forestry Museum, Dinosaur Park and Canopy Walk in its 92.5 hectare area. Also, book lovers can head for the Book Village that is located within the garden too in order for a relaxation while reading some great books. If you are an adventurous person, remember to try out their zip-line and special tree-climbing adventure course, Skytrex Malacca with an extra charge.
Location: Taman Botanical, 75450 Ayer Keroh
Opening hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Closed on Mondays.
Contact: +606 232 8401
Ticket Price: Free
14. Taman Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park
Taman Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park is a cultural park available in Ayer Keroh, Malacca that showcases the architecture of the traditional houses found in the different states of the country. There are 13 traditional houses in total, each representing a state in Malaysia.
Artisans from each state was hired to ensure complete authenticity of the craftsmanship. Within each house are mannequins dressed according to the traditional Malay attire of the state. However inside each abode is where the differences can be seen with life-sized wax dummies dressed in respective traditional costumes as well as local handicrafts. At the Mini Malaysia Complex there is also a model of an Orang Asli village.
Exploring the park is a good way to spend an afternoon and entrance into both Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park is included in one ticket price. It is a great place for families, kids to learn on how to play traditional Malay games such as congkak or even hone their skills on an Iban blowpipe at Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park, on the weekends there are cultural dance shows in the stage available inside the park.
Location:Leboh Ayer Keroh, 75450, Melaka
Contact: +606 232 1331
Daily : 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m.
Ticket Price: RM18.00 (adult), RM12.00 (Student), RM10.00 (child)
15. Proclamation Of Independence Memorial
The Proclamation Of Independence Memorial was established in 1912. It is used to house the Malacca Club functioning as the social centre of the British people in British Malaya. The memorial was set up and officiated by former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman on 31 August 1985, 38 years after the independence of the country, Malaysia.
Inside of the memorial is a house of exhibition of extensive timeline covering the country’s journey to independence and the development of modern Malaysia. This is the place where historical photographs, dioramas, manuscripts, old currency, slide shows and films chronicling Malaysia’s fight for independence, all displayed in chronological order.
Beginning with resistance against the Portuguese in 1526 and 1528, against the Dutch, in Perak in 1651 and 1690, and in Melaka in 1784. Britain’s entry onto the scene triggered revolts in various pasts of the country. These acts of resistance were mostly small-scale skirmishes and ultimately unsuccessful but they showed that the Malays were not going to give up without a fight, even in the face of superior firepower.
At the exterior of the Independence Memorial, there is an exhibition of the limousine that was used to convey the first prime minister to site, where he declared Malaysia’s independence.
Location: Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan, Jalan Parameswara, 75000 Bandar Hilir, Melaka
Contact: +606-284 1231
Tuesday – Sunday : 9:00am – 5:30pm
Close on every Monday
Ticket Price: Free
16. Melaka Zoo and Night Safari
This 54 acres second largest zoo in Malaysia under the new management of Konsortium KKW Sdn Bhd will see a transformation of the zoo to an open concept in animal exhibit, enhancing wildlife education programme, animal breeding and conservation programme and making the zoo to be a recreational area. Consisting of more than 1,200 animals of different species, the zoo enhanced to give visitors a unique opportunity in observing the behaviour of animals in their natural habitats during both day and night.
Since Melaka Zoo and Night Safari was the first zoo in Malaysia to exhibit the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, it is considered as houses to overseas as well as local beauties such as the white rhinoceros, Asian elephants, red panda, Malaysian gaur, blue and yellow macaw, Mongolian wild horse, and also the Indochinese tiger as well as the Malayan tiger.
All of these endangered animals can be seen in their day zoo. Also, visitors can try out the zoo’s feeding sessions and horseback riding offered during limited time. Bird shows by the various birds species would be available and it provide an opportunity for the visitors to get close to many birds species such as parrots, hawks, hornbills and much more during the interacting session.
The highlight of Malacca Zoo and Night Safari would be their night tram drive which exhibits the habits of nocturnal wildlife. Remember to try out the zoo’s jungle trail named Rhythm of the Night. It is a must try night activity in the night safari followed by a trail to Bird Park Malacca. Dare yourself and experience wildlife nature at after hours and waking up to an amazing dawn accompanied by chirping sound of birds and many other animals from the zoo. This will be an awesome encounter especially for the fearless minds.
At Malacca Zoo and Night Safari, it is not just about a walk through their animals but a whole new wildlife discovery with various programs such as volunteer program and educational activities which are suitable from pre-schoolers to university students and corporate companies.
Location: Jalan Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Contact: +606 232 4054
Fax: 606-232 5859
Day Zoo : Daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm (last ticket sale at 5.00pm)
Night Safari : Fridays & Saturdays night, eve of public holidays and school holidays from 8.00pm to 11.00pm
(last ticket sale at 10:30pm)
RM16.90 (Adult – MyKad Holder, age 13-59)
RM6.75 (Children – MyKid, age 4-12)
RM 6.75 (Senior Citizen – MyKad Holder)
RM22.50 (Foreigner Adult , age 13-59)
RM16.90 ( Foreigner Children, age 4-12)
RM6.75 (OKU – Adult)
RM5.00 (OKU – Children)
Free (Children below age 3)
17. The Shore Oceanarium Melaka
The Shore Oceanarium Melaka is the latest melaka attractions in town with the longest coral Aquarium in Malaysia which boast for its longest touch pool in Asia. Located in Dataran Pahlawan Megamall Level 4, the coral park offer also convenient parking and breakies during the visit.
It is a home to more than 1,000 colourful species of marine fishes and corals, including rarely seen species such as Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Starfish, Sea Urchin, Horseshoe Crab, Bamboo Shark, Blacktip Reef Shark, Clownfish, seahorse, Common Octopus, Lobster and Lionfish.
The Shore Oceanarium Malacca is divided into nine separate sections with each focusing on a species or a theme, with corresponding activities for both adults and kids to enjoy. The shark pool, for example, enable every visitors to get close with one of nature’s most misunderstood creatures for personally observe its interesting features, such as its blacktip fins and puckered mouths.
At the coral reef garden section, that comes right after the touch pool is a mesmerising sight where beautiful corals move their tentacles at their own pace and motion, and are housed in several aquariums for easier observation. Besides that, some pools even provide an opportunity for every visitors to touch marine life and corals. Tour assistance are available too upon request.
Location:F4-01A & F4-99, Level 4, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca
Contact:+606 282 9966
Opening Hours: Monday -Friday 10:30 -21:30; Saturday and Sunday 10:30 -22:30
RM40 (Adult age 13 to 59)
RM30(Children age below 12)
RM20(Senior Citizens age above 60)
18. Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary Melaka
Upon arriving at the Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary Melaka, the first up is the walk-through their Butterfly Garden, which is the Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary’s premier attraction. It is a place where hundreds of butterflies, simply bursting with colors fly freely in the garden.
The garden has more than 20 different species of butterflies, including the Black and White Helen, Malayan Birdwing, and the Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing (Malaysia’s National Butterfly, named after Sir James Brooke, the ‘Raja’ (King) of Sarawak).
Besides that, do remember to visit the Reptile Aviary where snakes such as boas, pythons, vipers and cobras can be found. This is the area where giant snake species like Burmese python and the 20ft reticulated python lives. Non-snake lovers had better watch out for the long-nose whip snakes with their slender twig-like bodies and green scales camouflaged in the leaves of trees in this aviary and sliding out their head suddenly.
Visitors can see a small closed-off section of the park where crocodiles live while visiting the lizard exhibition area. These reptiles looks pretty lazy and it seems like the only movements visitors will see are when they move their heads or little short arms.
There is a section with a huge cage where a pair of golden leopards are allocated. They are a gorgeous duo and feeding time is obviously a sight to see.
Location: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Malacca
Contact: +606-232 0033
Opening Hours: Daily, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Ticket Price: RM22 (adult), RM16 (children)
19. Malacca Bee Gallery
If you want to learn a lot about bees and agriculture, Malacca Bee Gallery is definitely a must. You can learn a lot about bees and buy some delicious and healthy honey products here. Formerly known as the World Bee Museum, this tourist attraction was run by Giant B, the largest honey producer in Malaysia, founded in 1978.
The gallery exhibits various kinds of bees and bee hives, along with live demonstration on how beekeeping are done by the bee keepers. Need not to be afraid that all visitors are only required to stay behind the glass throughout the demonstration. Visitors might be able to see ‘bee man’ show from the staff at Malacca Bee Gallery if they are lucky enough.
Moving on to the bee products selling center, Malacca Bee Gallery do sell various types of honey, royal jellies, bee wax and even honey based personal care products which are guaranteed to be 100% made with natural materials. The staffs are generously offer some spoonful of honey with different types to be tried out too before making any purchase.
Location: Jalan Taman Botanikal, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Contact: +606 – 253 2377
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Ticket Price: Free
20. Taman Bunga Merdeka / Coronation Park Melaka
On the off chance that there is one criticism of Malacca, it is that it is somewhat ailing in parks and open green spaces. One park that exists in the downtown area is along Jalan Kota, Malacca confronting the People’s Museum and the segment of different historical centers in that road, known as Taman Bunga Merdeka yet at the same time recognized as Coronation Park, a name given to celebrate the promotion of Queen Elizabeth II to the position of authority in June 1953.
During that time, the Coronation Park Malacca was facing the sea and was considered bigger but successive land reclamations have pushed the sea back to a considerable distance and city’s development has nibbled away at the edge of the park.
Now, Taman Bunga Merdeka serves as an open green space and outdoor museums (Malacca Transportation Museum) for tourists and Malacca residences, displaying various transportation related, such as bullock cart, propeller powered Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer CC Mk 1 aircraft named Lang Rajawali, a decommissioned diesel locomotive and a vintage yellow fire engine.
Traveler Can Just Take Picture with those aircraft , bullock cart , diesel locomotive etc
Besides transportation there is The City Cross which marks the spot where St. Francis Xavier first set foot in Malacca in 1545. The spot was on the shore line in those days.
Location: Jalan Kota, Banda Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Ticket Price: Free
21. Swiss Garden Rooftop (Sky Garden)
Drink, dine and relax the night away on Malacca tallest lounge and enjoy a backdrop of a breathtaking sunset or the majestic night city view over the Straits of Malacca at the Sky Garden. Besides just functioning just as an overnight overstay accommodation for all travelers, Swiss Garden Hotel also own a sky bar at its 30th floor, allowing every of their diners to have romantic dinner while viewing the Malacca view from a whole new angle, the rooftops.
Best of all, Sky Garden offer huge varieties of cuisines, ranging from classy ristorantes to cocktail lounges, which are nestled atop high-rise structures. Service is good and fast, and the staff are also known to be friendly and helpful. Plus, look at that unbeatably romantic table setup they provided! This could be a place for great ambiance for those who want to sit back and relax, and watch the sun below the city horizon with a drink in hand of course.
Location: Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75300 Melaka
Opening Hours: Sky Garden: 5:00pm – 1:00am
22. Melaka Wonderland Theme Park
Cool yourself down from a hot and humid weather in Malaysia with some splashing fun time at the spanking new Melaka Wonderland Theme Park located at Ayer Keroh.
Surrounded by almost 360 hectares of natural recreational forest, this brand new water theme park is featured with 16 exciting water spots such as the Pendulum, Anaconda Twist, the Adventure Land, Big Wave Pool and the Lazy Cum Crazy River. Also, remember to try out their highlighted attractions, which are the high speed water slides and thrill rides.
Location: Lot PT 17178, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia.
Contact: +6 06-231 3333 / +6 06-231 1119
Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am -7:00pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00am -7:00pm
Closed on: Monday except during public & school holidays
Weekdays: RM33.20 (adults), RM26.05 (children above 90 cm up to 12 years old)
Weekends: RM37.90 (adults), RM32.00 (children above 90 cm up to 12 years old)
Non-Malaysian: RM45.00 (adults), RM37.90 (children above 90 cm up to 12 years old)
23. Machap Walk
Besides Jonker Street, Machap Walk a street that is worth to be discover for. Machap Walk is an off-town, township of Alor Gajah, Melaka which is actually famous for its many “wild” meat restaurants that serves monitor lizards, snakes and crocodile cuisines.
But if you are really into these “wild” food, there are plenty of traditional food to fill up your tummy too. It unites all the famous dishes of Malaysia in one place. Street hawker food such as the fried kuey teow, wantan, panda bun and bihun mee cake are among the best-selling.
Other types of food offered at Machap are, roasted duck, laksa, dim sum, sambal petai and many more.
So, do not ever miss the opportunity to have a walk at Machap Walk whenever you are travelling to Malacca during the weekends.
Location: Machap Walk, Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia.
Contact: +6 017-390 7806
Friday to Sunday: 6:00pm -12:00am
24. The Shore Sky Tower
Enjoy the gorgeous 360 degree panorama view of the historical city on the observation deck of The Shore Sky Tower. It is the tallest building in Malacca, with an observation deck on the 43rd floor, 163 metres above street level. By comparison, Malacca’s another tall structure, the revolving tower, Menara Taming Sari is considerably shorter at just 110 metres high, so the views are confirmed to be superior at the Sky Tower.
Here, visitors are able to see the Straits of Malacca, Pulau Besar and other islands, while inland in the distance stands Gunung Ledang from the top encompass. This is the best place to enjoy a great view of Malacca during the day or at night.
If you are not afraid of heights, you can enjoy a vertiginous view of the ground far below your feet. But remember, selfies and own camera shots are not allowed. You can only have photographs from their official photographer but of course you do not need to buy the photo if you are not happy with it. Not only that, you can try out the Sky Deli restaurant on Level 42 for a meal with a view too if you are hungry.
Location: Tower 1, Level 42, The Shore Shopping Gallery, 193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia.
Contact: +6 06-288 3833
Sunday to Thursday: 9:00am – 11:00pm
Friday, Saturday & Public Holiday: 9:00am – 12:00am
Ticket Price: RM25 (adults), RM18 (children aged 3-12 years old)
25. Menara Taming Sari
Opened to the public since 18th April 2008 by Malacca Chief Minister, the Taming Sari Tower is a revolving gyro tower in Malacca City. Measuring 110 metres in height, this revolving structure offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Malacca town and beyond. The tower’s name and design is taken after a famous keris, which is a magical weapon belonging to legendary Malay Admiral named Hang Tuah.
Menara Taming Sari was built by using the advanced Swiss technology. The tower’s structure is reportedly roughly enough to withstand earthquakes measuring up to 10 on the Richter scale. Also, the glass carriage is able to accommodate 80 people per viewing session, which lasts about 7 minutes.
It hypnotically revolves as it rises from the ground to the top of the tower. Upon arriving to the top, visitors can clearly enjoy a breathtaking, sprawling view of Malacca as far as the eye can see, up to the Straits of Malacca especially in good weather.
Location: Jalan Merdeka, Plaza Mahkota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.
Contact: +6 06-288 1100
Daily: 10:00am – 11:00pm
Malaysian: RM17 (Adult), RM11 (Child below 12 years old)
Non-Malaysian: RM23 (Adult), RM15 (Child below 12 years old)
26. Pantai Klebang
Located approximately 20 minutes outside of Bandar Hilir (depending on traffic), Pantai Klebang is popular stretch of Melaka beach, known for its delicious coconut shakes and the food truck business. It is also the site of some extensive, albeit photogenic, land reclamation where this location and scenery is so unique that you might think yourself has traveled to somewhere exotic like the Sahara Desert.
Its photogenic nature has made the location popular among Instagrammers and wedding couples, with the undulating dunes providing amazing photo opportunities, especially on a clear day when the sky is a vivid blue. The whole place are sandy and growing with some spiky plant that will only survive on desert place.
There are more beautiful plants blooming too if you spend some time looking for it. Before entering the area, be sure to use at 4×4 as the terrain is slippery and can sink your tires deep into the sand. It might take 15-20 minutes’ walk to reach the desert too.
But remember, there is no shade so get there in the early morning or evening and don’t over do it. Sunblock, a hat or umbrella and lots of water are a must. Hiking sandals are recommended. And if you fancy some sand surfing, hit up the toy store in advance and bring a plastic sled.
Location: Pantai Klebang, Melaka, Malaysia.
27. Maritime Museum and Naval Museum Malacca
One Of Must Go Melaka Attractions . Maritime Museum and Naval Museum Malacca is the most visited museum in Malacca with monthly visitors more than 20,000 people. What’s so special about this museum is that this museum is actually a huge Portuguese ship which sank near Malacca. It is a great place for people, who love history, sea and all, that connecting with it.
The museum main exhibits the replica of Flor de la Mar with 34 metres high, 36 metres long and 8 metres wide. The museum also houses exhibits, artifacts and documents from the golden era of Malacca and shows how political control of Malacca was essential to the establishment of maritime dominance in the region. It also displays the trading link of Malacca from the early time through the colonial era until independence. For ship fans, there are a big collection of different ship models that are on display at the museum too.
Location: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.
Monday to Thursday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Friday to Sunday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Malaysian: RM5 (adults), RM3 (children)
Non-Malaysian: RM10 (adults), RM6 (children)
28. Malacca Planetarium Adventure Science Centre
Malacca Planetarium Adventure Science Centre is a learning centre dedicated to exhibit the exciting world of astronomy and science. Opened since year 2009, the planetarium is aiming to spread an awareness and cultivation of interests in space science within young children such as the Milky Way, Solar Alley and Cosmic Alley. It is built as a three-storey Islamic inspired complex house with multiple exhibition rooms, cafeterias, library and dome theatre for periodical movie screening.
Upon the arriving, visitors would be welcomed with the Planetarium’s hands on experience with their space flight simulators, replicating both Malaysia satellite and Hubble space telescope for a closer inspection of coveted exploration equipment. As mentioned, there is also time-to-time movie screening sessions in the planetarium’s dome theater, along with their 2D projection screen that shows the history of rocket science and how are the advancement of technologies helped in the space exploration events.
Location: Kompleks MITC, Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Contact: +606-232 2424
Opening Hours: Daily, 9:15am – 6:00pm
Ticket Price: RM10.00 (Adults), RM8.00(Students), RM5.00 (Children and Senior Citizens)