Things to do in Melaka, Malaysia


Melaka is often linked to Jonker Street Night Market, as it offers up a range of activities to keep locals and tourists entertained for hours. But if you’ve never ventured further from this street to see what else the historic state has to offer, you’ll definitely be missing out.

Here, we rounded up a list of 60 things to do in Melaka – from visiting scenic beaches to theme parks and unique museums – which you’ll want to keep bookmarked for future trips to the state.


1. Get your adrenaline fix at Skytrex Adventure Melaka


Things to do in Melaka - Skytrex
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Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss out on a trip to Skytrex Adventure Melaka. This adventure park is packed with heart-racing activities that’ll have you climbing, crawling, and swinging through a forest.

There are different difficulty levels available here, including beginners’ Little Dino (RM70/pax) that’s suitable for kids, intermediate Pahlawan Thrill (RM80/pax), and advanced Extreme Warrior (RM90/pax) where you’ll have to make your way through over 30 gruelling challenges. Take on obstacles such as Bungee Swing and Flying Fox, and an added Skybike available only in the advanced level that lets you ride a bicycle suspended in the air on a tightrope.

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Add-ons to the packages include gloves (RM10), bottle holder (RM15), and mineral water (RM4) with free refills. After you’ve completed the obstacle course, you’ll get to bring home a certificate (RM5) as a memento of your adventures at this park.

Tickets to SkyTrex Melaka can be purchased online here.

Address: Jalan Taman Botanikal, 75450 Durian Tunggal, Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 018-909 5679
Skytrex Adventure Melaka website


2. Explore a retired submarine at Melaka Submarine Museum


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Melaka Submarine Museum is where Ouessant, an actual submarine that was used by the French Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy, is located. The now-retired submarine has been converted into a museum, so visitors can explore the underbellies of the watercraft, navigate its narrow corridors, and see in-the-flesh how the crew used to work in its small spaces.

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All the control rooms remain as they were when the submarine was in operation, including sleeping quarters where the submarine’s crew had to catch a wink in bunk beds while underwater. Mannequins in the museum give visitors an inside look into the action that used to happen within its walls too.

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On the same grounds as the museum is a complex where two retired fighter jets are located
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Tickets: RM6/adult and RM3/child

Address: Jalan Klebang, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 9AM-5.30PM | Fri – Sun 9AM-6.30PM
Telephone: 06-282 6526


3. Cuddle huskies and sip coffee at The Huskitory


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If you’re an animal lover and want to squeeze in a cuddle with dogs while in Melaka, drop by The Huskitory. Here, visitors will get to cuddle huskies and akitas while you grab a bite and sip on coffee at this pet store and cafe.

Things to do in Melaka - The Huskitory
Akita Cafe on the 2nd floor also has a gallery that lets you learn all about Akitas in history
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There’s a cover charge (RM25) for you to score cuddles and snap photos with the dogs here. You can feed them by purchasing a small pack of dog food from the pet store too – which is great if you want to be swarmed by these fluffy and friendly creatures.

Things to do in Melaka - The Huskitory
Pick up some husky T-shirts and stuffed pillows while you’re at this husky-themed spot
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You’re also entitled to a complimentary drink at Akita Cafe, an in-house cafe on the second floor of the pet store. Adorable samoyeds and akitas will be running around while you dine on pasta and spaghetti, and snack options of nuggets and french fries.

Address: 27, Jalan Taman Asean, Taman Asean, Melaka
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11AM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 06-334 2602
The Huskitory Facebook


4. Conquer your fear of heights at The Shore Sky Tower


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There are many ways to admire Melaka from above ground level. The Shore Sky Tower happens to be one of the best ways to do so. You’ll get to stand in a glass box with see-through glass floors and railings to catch panoramic sights of the city and get a feel of what it’s like to “hover” in the air from the 43rd floor of this building.

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View of Melaka from The Shore Sky Tower
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The barriers that span the perimeter of this rooftop area are made of glass too, so visitors will be treated to a 360-degree view of the city’s landscapes below. 

Tickets: RM25/adult and RM18/child

Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Kampung Bunga Paya Pantai, 75450 Melaka
Opening hours: 10.30AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-288 3833
The Shore Sky Tower website | Facebook 


5. Visit a former prison at Malaysia Prison Museum


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Malaysia Prison Museum is bound to send shivers up your spine, as it is housed in a former prison – Banda Hilir Prison, built in 1860. The prison was fully vacated in 2010, and converted into an informative museum to display artefacts and preserve history relating to the historic building, former inmates, and Malaysia’s prison system. 

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Today, guests can walk through prison cells that used to hold inmates, as well as a hanging room and whipping room, that have all been refurbished to welcome curious-minded individuals.

On public view too are items such as padlocks, handcuffs, canes and more used in the prison, as well as mandatory uniforms worn by former inmates. Notes scribbled by inmates are also framed and hung on the walls for visitors to view and remember what used to take place in the building. Part of the gate from Malaysia’s most famous prison, Pudu Prison, has been preserved and displayed at the museum too.

Tickets

  • RM3/adult and RM1/child for MyKad holders
  • RM6/adult and RM3/child for foreigners
  • Children under 6 years old and OKU citizens get to enter for free

Address: Jalan Parameswara, Kampung Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9AM-5PM (Closed on Mondays)
Malaysia Prison Museum website


6. Walk through sand dunes at Klebang Beach


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Malaysia is well-known for its beaches. Among this list is Klebang Beach, a sandy spot with scenic sand dunes that’s located just an 18-minute drive from Jonker Street. 

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This beach is already a sandy wonderland. But the sand dunes are where you’ll feel like you’re walking through a desert in a faraway land, with hills and pools of water to venture around.

So you’ll want to make sure your phones are fully charged while you’re dropping by this beach. 

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Once you’re done exploring the area, hit up Klebang Original Coconut Shake for their creamy and cold Coconut Shake & Vanilla Ice Cream (RM4). This restaurant is located an 8-minute drive from Klebang Beach, and is popular among locals for their coconut shakes with vanilla ice cream, coconut flesh, and coconut water. 

Klebang Beach 
Address: Klebang Beach, Jalan Klebang Besar, 75200, Melaka

Klebang Original Coconut Shake
Address:
Lot 130, Solok Kampung Bahagia, 75200 Klebang Besar, Melaka
Opening hours: 11AM-6.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 013-399 4061


7. Ride horses with Batrisya Horse Stable & Riding Centre


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Batrisya Horse Stable & Riding Centre Melaka

If sight-seeing at Klebang Beach isn’t enough for you, consider riding horses across it by visiting Batrisya Horse Stable & Riding Centre. There are different terrains for you to explore on horseback, including the sand dunes at Klebang Beach and the ocean.

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Batrisya Horse Stable & Riding Centre Melaka

Bring along your squad for this team-bonding activity that requires a minimum of three people. You’ll have package options to choose fromBeginner (RM250/pax) for a 20-minute gallop with a guide, or Advanced (RM350/pax) for an hour-long ride. Or choose to ride the horses in their barricaded recreational field for 45 minutes (RM80/pax) instead. 

Address: Jalan Haji Ishak, Kg Tambak Bugis, Telok Mas, Melaka
Opening hours: Sat – Thu 9AM-6PM (Closed on Fridays)
Telephone: 012-638 5673
Batrisya Horse Stable & Riding Centre Facebook


8. Grab shots of this unique Melaka Chinese Mosque


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Malaysia is known as a melting pot of cultures and religions. Melaka Chinese Mosque is a good example of this. It’s one of many unique mosques in Malaysia that features Chinese-style architecture and pagodas, typical of ancient Chinese palaces – with two other Chinese-style mosques in Malaysia located in Kelantan and Perak. 

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A Chinese-style pagoda at Melaka Chinese Mosque
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Melaka Chinese Mosque’s exterior and interiors bear strong Chinese architectural and design elements – think Chinese-style columns and the liberal use of the colour red. It’s an important religious site for local Chinese Muslims and more, featuring a prayer hall that holds up to 2,000 people, library, and common area for religious devotees to congregate at.  

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Address: Masjid Cina Negeri Melaka, Paya Rumput, Krubong, 75260 Melaka
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily


9. Join a walk-in pottery class at The Clay House


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If the mainstream, mass made souvenirs on Jonker Street are not for you, drop by The Clay House for some unique and creative keepsakes. This cosy potter’s house has been around for over 20 years, and is known for their delicate perforated candle holders, and other unique decorative pieces shaped like Melaka shophouses, that are typically priced RM50 and above.

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You can sign up for a ceramic class (RM80/pax) for an hour-and-a-half session consisting of molding and firing clay with your own hands under the tutelage of a skilled craftsman who owns the shop. But not to worry if you don’t have any pottery experience – the owners are helpful and won’t let you go home with just a lump of clay after your session.

It’ll take around a month for you to receive your finished product.

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Stretch your creativity with a pottery class at The Clay House
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Address: 18, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: Thu – Tue 10AM-6PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 06-292 6916
The Clay House Facebook


10. Hang out with ‘ghosts’ at Ghost Museum Melaka


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Ghost Museum Melaka is not to be missed out on for those into spooky experiences. There are different interactive rooms where you can pose with different props to fit yourself into a grisly scene. 

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Decorating the museum are realistic statues of ghosts familiar among local Chinese and Malay communities, as well as ghosts commonly known in countries such as Thailand, Egypt and Europe, which you can take photos with too. 

Tickets: 

  • RM23/adult, RM15/child and RM15/senior citizens for MyKad holders
  • RM33/adult, RM23/child and RM23/senior citizens for foreigners

Address: No 43, Jalan Kampung Hulu, Kampung Dua, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-281 1585 | 016-474 2152
Ghost Museum Melaka Facebook | Instagram


11. Explore the ocean at The Shore Oceanarium Melaka


Things to do in Melaka - A’Famosa - The Shore Oceanarium
Learn more about underwater sea creatures and their home at The Shore Oceanarium
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The Shore Oceanarium takes you deep underwater without getting a single strand of your hair wet. This family-friendly attraction in Melaka has a tunnel aquarium home to a wide range of sea critters that’ll swim above and around visitors as they walk through the tunnel. 

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Get up close with adorable sea creatures
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A highlight here is the interactive touch pools where you and your little ones will be allowed to interact with a variety of aquatic animals that include stingrays, starfishes, and crabs. 

Other fun activities to check out while you’re here are augmented reality (AR) cameras located around the aquarium that gives visitors a feel of diving into the ocean, a 4D show to experience sharks ‘swimming’ around you while you’re in a cage, and more. 

Tickets: RM40/adult and RM30/child

Address: 2F-01, The Shore Shopping Gallery, Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka
Opening hours: 10.30AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-282 9966
Oceanarium Melaka website | Facebook


12. Feast on Peranakan treats at Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake


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Melaka is famously known for its rich street food culture. Apart from the bowls of cendol and lok-lok, Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake serves up traditional Peranakan snacks of various colours, shapes, and sizes that’s also popular in Melaka.

Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake has been making Nyonya kuih since 1988. At their main kitchen in the shop, skilled employees churn out freshly-made kuih behind a counter lined with colourful treats for sale. 

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There are over 20 options of kuihs here that start from RM1 each, with classics such as kuih lapis, kuih koo, ondeh-ondeh, and seri muka pandan. For something unique, look out for their bingka ubi, which is sweet potato that’s been mashed and baked, and Portugal ubi, a Portuguese-influenced snack made with tapioca, bananas, and freshly grated coconut. 

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Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake doesn’t have any tables at their premise – either way, you’ll still get to snack on their delectable Peranakan treats via takeaway.
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Address: Lorong Tengkera Pantai 2C, Melaka
Opening hours: Fri – Wed 10AM-3PM (Closed on Thursdays)
Telephone: 019-666 2907
Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake Facebook


13. Explore The Riviera Suites, a French-inspired building


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Feel as if you’re wandering the streets of France at The Riviera Suites, an European-inspired hotel painted a cheery shade of yellow. The hotel is home to a courtyard on its ground floor where rows of shops bearing quaint facades reminiscent of European buildings are located.

A water fountain, and the shopfronts, make for impressive backdrops for photos. 

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Shops here include restaurants and cafes to grab a bite at, such as a bubble tea shop and Melakaku Gastronomy, a halal retro food court that serves Western and local food. 

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Address: Taman Pulau Melaka, 75000 Melaka


14. Hang out with animals at Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary


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Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary is where you can stroll through a scenic garden while a flurry of butterflies fly all around you. Visitors can also find a Koi Garden filled with orange carps, and Secret Garden that has bridges tucked between towering trees, to make you feel as if you’re in a Ghibli movie while strolling through this park.

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You’ll get to see a variety of reptiles, from snakes to frogs, at the Reptile Sanctuary. 13 other attractions that include a Crocodile Village, Snake Garden, and Tarantula Cave, as well as an Emu Ranch, will keep you entertained too.

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Spot these reptiles at the Reptile Sanctuary and Crocodile Village at this park
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Tickets: RM22/adult and RM16/child

Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Opening hours: 8.30AM-5.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-232 0033
Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary website | Facebook


15. Personalise instant noodle cups at Mamee Jonker House


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Take a jog down memory lane by hitting up Mamee Jonker House, the first Mamee concept store in Malaysia. For the uninitiated, Mamee was founded in Melaka back in 1971 as a small manufacturing plant churning out instant noodles. 

At their concept store, visitors will get to customise their own cup of Mamee Chef Noodle Cup (RM15/pax) at the Noodle Doodle spot for a one-of-a-kind keepsake. 

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Doodle away on your cup of instant noodles at the Noodle Doodle at Mamee Jonker Street

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You’ll even get to choose your own seasoning and condiments from over 12 options, and watch it all get packaged at the in-store Mamee factory.

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See how your childhood snack is packed and packaged at Mamee Jonker House
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An in-house halal cafe is great for hungry patrons looking to feast on their offerings of Mamee Mamak Mee Goreng (RM9.50) with chicken satay and Mamee Chef Curry Laksa (RM9.50), as well as refreshing Cendol (RM6.50).

Address: 46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: Mon 10AM-5PM | Wed – Thu 10AM-5PM | Fri – Sun 10AM-7PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 06-2867 666
Mamee Jonker House website | Facebook 


16. Sip on Malaysian-inspired drinks at 100-year-old Sin Hiap Hin bar


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Sin Hiap Hin is a cosy 100-year-old drinking hole in Kampung Jawa
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Jonker Street is home to chic bars for anyone looking to kick back with a chilled beverage. Just an 8-minute walk from there is Sin Hiap Hin. This old-school vintage bar has been serving up Malaysian-inspired cocktails since the 1920s from its location in Kampung Jawa – an area that’s been famously linked to Japanese spy and pirate stories by locals in the area. 

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Upon first glance, Sin Hiap Hin may look like any other traditional Chinese medicine shop. But the only thing medicinal about this bar is the old medicine-like glass bottles that alcoholic drinks are served out of. The elderly woman who runs the store will whip up cocktails of Malaysian rice wines infused with local flavours, such as lychee and pandan, that all start from RM7

Address: 5, Kampung Jawa, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM, Daily


17. Browse through orangutan merch from The Orangutan House


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Those who love to go street-art hunting should check out The Orangutan House. The building has a giant mural of a friendly orangutan on its facade, completed by local artist Charles Cham. Inside, merchandise bearing the artist’s original artworks can be purchased too. 

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Among the items you’ll find on sale at this gallery-cum-shop are canvases, T-shirts, tote bags, and posters, priced from RM30. These merchandise feature images of illustrated orangutans and quotes of Malaysian humour incorporated into the T-shirt’s design – all of which make for practical gifts and souvenirs. 

Address: 59, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-282 6872
The Orangutan House Facebook


18. Go on a bicycle tour of Melaka with Melaka On Bike


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See a different side of Melaka by joining Melaka On Bike for an offbeat bicycle tour of the state’s countryside. Each tour is helmed by a knowledgeable tour guide, which takes cyclists through a kampung and palm tree plantations to learn more about local culture.

Tour options include a Morning (RM120/pax) session beginning bright and early at 8.30AM, and an Afternoon (RM150/pax) trip at 3PM. Also available is a Night (RM150/pax) tour that accommodates a group of four and starts at 7PM.

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You can also map out your own route and activities for a whole day (RM500/pax). Included in this package are biking guides, mountain bike rentals, bottled waters, and helmets, as well as a tour guide to point out the wildlife and exotic trees to discover.

Book your bicycle tour with Melaka On Bike here.

Address: 117, Jalan Tiang Dua, Tiang Dua, 75460 Melaka
Telephone: 019-652 5029
Melaka On Bike website | Facebook


19. Listen to music by the river at Reggae On The River


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Walking along the riverside after exploring Jonker Street is an activity that is best explored by foot. But those who prefer to kick back and enjoy the scenic views over a cold drink instead can grab a spot at Reggae By The River, a cosy bar located along the river.

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Patrons can enjoy the riverside breeze while sipping on cocktails and listening to a selection of groovy music crooning in the background at this riverside bar. Choose from bottles of Tiger Beer (RM13) and Somersby Cider (RM18), or fun cocktails of Reggae On The River (RM18) and Jamrock Juice (RM15).

For discounted drinks, Happy Hour is from 6PM to 9PM. Or opt for non-alcoholic drinks that include Ginger Ale and Coke (RM4/each), or Chilled Fresh Coconut (RM7).

Address: 88, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: 6PM-12AM, Daily
Telephone: 012-218 7532
Reggae On The River Facebook


20. Watch Melaka Straits Mosque light up the river at night


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Masjid Selat Melaka is a floating mosque that’s located by the beachfront
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Another mosque to visit in Melaka is Masjid Selat Melaka – or the Melaka Straits Mosque. This mosque is often dubbed “Floating Mosque” by locals, as it is situated on an artificial island in the middle of the Straits of Melaka that makes it look as if the building is ‘floating’ over the waters. 

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Don’t miss out on views of this mosque at night as it lights up the skies and Straits
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For those who want to check out the mosque’s stunning architecture in detail, it’s recommended that visitors dress appropriately to visit the mosque’s prayer hall that boasts impressive views of the Straits of Melaka. Or simply catch scenic views at the beachfront by the mosque once the sun goes down, with the mosque lighting in vibrant colours, illuminating the sky and waters.

Address: Jalan Pulau Melaka 8, 75000 Melaka
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily


21. Explore Melaka on a boat with Melaka River Cruise


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Peek out onto the Melaka River and you’ll probably spot one of these Melaka River Cruises on the waters. It’s a popular activity for those who want to see attractions around Jonker Street via a leisurely boat ride. 

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There are two boarding ports – one at Spice Garden Jetty and the other at Melaka River Square Jetty – so you can choose to ride up or down the river. Either way, you’ll get to see art murals by the riverside, and cruise under six historic bridges that include Tan Kim Seng Bridge and Chan Boon Cheng Bridge. Each boat ride cruises past landmarks such as Kampung Morten and Stadthuys, and lasts around 45 minutes per ride. 

Pro-tip: if you hop on a cruise in the evening, you might just catch the sunset and see the historic building and sights bathed in a cosy golden glow. 

Tickets

  • RM25/adult and RM15/child for MyKad holders
  • RM30/adult and RM25/child for foreigners 

Address: (PPSPM) Aras 9, Bangunan Graha Maju, Jalan Graha Maju, 75300 Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-11.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-281 4322
Melaka River Cruise website


22. Pay a visit to a old village, Kampung Morten


Things to do in Melaka - Kampung Morten
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As Malaysia progresses, more modern buildings are popping up, leaving little space for the old and traditional. Kampung Morten may be one of the few exceptions, as it comprises several low-rise Malay traditional houses that retains its old-school charm amidst modern skyscrapers.

You’ll find Villa Sentosa here, the oldest house in this settlement that was built in 1921. It’s also known as The Malay Living Museum, with visitors able to drop by and see how the previous generation used to live in houses built on stilts. 

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The Malay Living Museum

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Entry is free, but visitors can consider making a donation to support the museum’s efforts to preserve history for future generations. There are also tours that you can join at set times throughout the day to learn more about the traditional Malay houses and customs of the local community. 

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Furniture and decor items that you’ll see in the museum are from when the villa was first built
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Address: Lorong Tun Mamat 1, Kampung Morten, 75300 Melaka
Opening hours: 10AM-12.30PM & 2.30PM-5.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 019-632 6650
Villa Sentosa Facebook 


23. Go flyboarding with Flyboard Melaka


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Daredevils who live for adventurous activities should check out Flyboard Melaka to get a taste of what it’s like to be blasted into the air by a burst of water from a personal watercraft. 

You can pretend that you’re Iron Man for the duration of the ride – 20 minutes for RM300/pax – which lets you ‘fly’ midair over the waters and move around like you’re surfing. 

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Those who are less adventurous can hop on an Electric Boat (RM35/30 minutes) that seats up to four adults to explore the waters in a less adrenaline-pumping manner.

Address: Tasik Ayer Keroh, 75450, Jalan Tasik, 75450 Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 012-324 1474
Flyboard Melaka Facebook


24. Catch a 360-degree view of Melaka from Menara Taming Sari


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Another spot to get a bird’s-eye view of Melaka is at Menara Taming Sari. This rotating tower slowly revolves 80m up to the top for a 360-degree view of well-known attractions in Melaka that is spottable from here, including St Paul’s Hill and Melaka Straits Mosque – just to name a few. 

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View from the tower
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Tickets

  • RM17/adult and RM11/child for MyKad holders
  • RM23/adult and RM15/child for foreigners 

Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Menara Taming Sari website


25. Go karting and ride ATVs at Crazy Racing Melaka


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For more options of adventurous activities in Melaka, check out Crazy Racing Melaka. There’s a 550-metre outdoor karting track here with plenty of twists and turns for you to blaze through with your friends.

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Each go-karting session (from RM35/pax) lasts 10 minutes. This works out to be around 7 to 15 laps around the track, depending on your speed. Some requirements to hop on a kart include riders being over 13 years old, and reaching at least 150cm in height. There’s also a maximum weight limit of 110kg.

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Crazy Racing

Besides karting, ATV rides (from RM60/pax) are also available at Crazy Racing Melaka, which comprises a training session and 20-minute ride through an obstacle course. Ride alone, or opt to pair up with a friend or family member. 

Address: PT434 Peka Klebang Section 11, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: 4.30PM-1AM, Daily
Crazy Racing Melaka Facebook


26. Hop on a Melaka Duck Tour for views of the town from water & land


Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Duck Tour
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Melaka Duck Tours

If you can’t decide if you want a land or sea tour in Melaka, hop on board a Melaka Duck Tour. Tours on these ‘amphibious’ buses take you on a 45-minute tour on land and sea past 10 local attractions in Melaka, including the Melaka River and Flor De La Mar. 

Tickets

  • RM42/adult and RM25/child for MyKad holders
  • RM48/adult and RM30/child for foreigners.

Address: Melaka Duck Tours, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Bandar Hilir, Melaka
Opening hours: 9.30AM-6.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 016-662 7999
Melaka Duck Tours website | Facebook


27. Ride on a raft to Monkey Island at A’Famosa Safari Wonderland


Things to do in Melaka - Monkey Island
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@afamosaresort

You don’t need to be a daredevil to try out river rafting at A’Famosa Safari Wonderland. Here, visitors can hop on a rustic river raft that transports visitors to Monkey Island instead – which is a cosy, shaded islet situated in the middle of the lake at the safari. The islet is home to exotic monkeys that include lemurs, tamarinds, gibbons, and macaques.

Things to do in Melaka - Monkey Island
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@mama_aakif

Other attractions at the safari include a Macaw Land, Reptile House, Flamingo Land, and Farm House that is home to ten different chicken species. The Safari Adventure is another highlight, where you’ll get to ride on a safari truck to see free-roaming animals such as tigers, lions, giraffes, and zebras.

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@dyaardzuan

Tickets: RM35/pax, with free entry for children under 90cm.

Address: A’Famosa Resort, Jalan Kemus / Simpang Ampat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Opening hours: 10AM-5PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-552 0888
A’Famosa Safari-wonderland website 


28. Have a romantic date night at Pampas Sky Dining


Things to do in Melaka - Pampas Sky Dining
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@edvin_yang

Melaka is known as a street food mecca. But there are also upscale restaurants here for romantic date nights – such as Pampas Sky Dining, where patrons can dine on Western cuisine with views of the Melaka as a backdrop. 

Things to do in Melaka - Pampas Sky Dining
Don’t forget to grab a romantic shot with your partner at a gazebo in the restaurant’s balcony
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Find starters, soups, salads and sides to start off your meal with, before you delve into their mains that consists of pasta dishes, grilled steaks, pan-seared fish and more, all priced over RM30 per plate. There’s a special seafood menu for whole crab (RM23/100g), lobster (RM27/100g) and sea bass fish (RM85).

Address: 41st Floor, Tower 1, The Shore, Swiss Garden Residence, Jalan Persiaran Bunga Raya, 75100, Melaka
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 4PM-12AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 017-707 2731
Pampas Sky Dining Facebook


29. Hike up Bear Hills for a free view of the sunset and Melaka


Things to do in Melaka - Bear Hill
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@raymondycw

All the delicious food that Melaka has to offer may set you back on your #fitspo goals, so catch right up by hiking Bear Hills, or Bukit Beruang. You won’t have to worry about being an avid hiker to take on this hill either. It’s a beginner-friendly hill that takes around 15 minutes to get to the peak, where you’ll be rewarded with views of Melaka’s landscapes and amazing sunsets

If you are one who is up for a challenge, opt to tackle the advanced jungle treks trails available here too. Just check out the map of the routes available at the starting point of Bear Hills to see what suits you best. 

Things to do in Melaka - Bear Hill
Image credit:
@azila06

Starting point: Jalan Teratai 3, Taman Bunga Raya, 75450 Melaka
Opening hours: 7AM-6PM, Daily


30. Get on a ferry to explore Pulau Besar


Things to do in Melaka - Pulau Besar
Hop on a ferry to explore this mysterious island in Melaka
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You’ll want to check out Pulau Besar, an islet off the coast of Melaka, if mystery tales intrigue you. The island, only accessible by ferry, is the site of an abandoned Spanish-style resort – and the tomb of the 18th descendent of Prophet Muhhamad.

Things to do in Melaka - Pulau Besar
Explore an abandoned resort on the island
Image adapted from:
@mazurastapah and @mazurastapah

The story goes that the resort was supposed to be a retreat for the wealthy and famous in the 90s. However, Muslim communities were against this as the tomb of Sultan Al Ariffin Syeikh Ismail, related to Prophet Muhhamad, is on the islet. Because of the tomb’s location, many recognise Pulau Besar to be a holy island, and the site of pilgrimage by religious devotees. 

As a result, the site was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair, but is still frequented by island-goers looking to explore the resort’s grounds.

Things to do in Melaka - Pulau Besar
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@mik.six.ela

Besides the resort, you can learn more about the legends and history that surrounds Pulau Besar at Museum Pulau Besar on the island too, which has exhibits set in a cave-like building. Entry fees are RM5/pax. 

Two-way tickets for adults (RM15) and children (RM11/ages 5-12 and RM4/ages 1-4) are available to purchase at Jetty Anjung Batu. Ferries leave every other hour starting from 8AM, with the last departure from the island set at 9PM – which will give you plenty of time to explore this castaway island. 

Those coming with a group can consider renting a whole ferry for RM100, which seats up to 14 people, and you’ll get to come and leave whenever you want. 

Address: Jeti Anjung Batu, Merlimau, Melaka


31. See how honey is gathered at Melaka Bee Gallery


Things to do in Melaka - Bee Gallery
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@su_woo_97

Honey and bee lovers should not miss a trip to Melaka Bee Gallery. This spot is operated by Giant B, which has been producing honey since 1978 in Melaka. The gallery specialises in selling honey-related products – ranging from Propolis to Beeswax – in the form of bar soaps, coffee and more.

Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Bee Gallery
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Visitors can also learn about sourcing honey and beekeeping from local beekeepers, and how to identify bee species and habitats, at the gallery-cum-shop. Honey samples are also given upon request by helpful staff – great if you’re looking to try something out before making a purchase.

Address: Taman Botanikal, Ayer Keroh 75450 Melaka City, Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-5.45PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-293 0035
Melaka Bee Gallery Facebook 


32. Go glamping at Orchard Go-Daddy Safari Camp


Things to do in Melaka - Orchard Camping
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Roughing it out on camping trips may not be for everyone. This is why we have glamping spots such as Orchard Go-Daddy Safari Camp at The Orchard Wellness Resort for guests wanting the back-to-nature experience with all the comforts of a regular hotel intact.

Things to do in Melaka - Orchard Glamping
Image credit: Orchard Go-Daddy Safari Camp, Melaka Malaysia

This glamping spot comprises 50 tents, with eco tents (RM275/pax) suitable for two guests and four for multi tents (RM250/pax). Each spacious tent is equipped with amenities of a regular hotel room, such as a bed, air-conditioning, bathroom, and free wifi.

Facilities here include a pool, spa, gym, cafeteria, and fruit farm. Make the most of nature activities also available on-site, including an Orchard Trail Walk and Safari Night Walk.

Things to do in Melaka - Orchard Camping
Image credit: Orchard Go-Daddy Safari Camp

Address: 63, Kampung Brisu, Lubok China, 78100, Melaka
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 06-552 8999
Orchard Go-Daddy Safari Camp website | Facebook


33. Catch a view of the blue lagoon at Cape Rachado


Things to do in Melaka - Cape Rachado
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David Tan 

Malaysia has several lighthouses speckled in coastal towns that are still in operation – including Cape Rachado in Melaka. Built in 1863, the lighthouse is often considered the oldest functioning lighthouse in our country. 

Things to do in Melaka - Cape Rachado
Look out into the blue lagoon at this forest in Melaka
Image adapted from: @leratara

To get to this lighthouse, visitors will have to enter through Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest, an untouched coastal rainforest, which costs RM1/pax for entry. From here, it’ll take around 20 minutes to hike up to the peak where you can walk around the perimeter of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the blue lagoon.

Pro-tip: The best time to visit this spot is around March if you want to catch sight of migratory birds flying above you, which is another popular activity among visitors to the forest. 

Read more about Cape Rachado here

Address: Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest, Jalan Pantai, Tanjung Tuan, 71050 Melaka


34. Try roti kok at over 80-year-old Kenn Guan Hiong Bread Factory


Things to do in Melaka - roti kok
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@evan.ang

Kenn Guan Hiong Bread Factory is an established bread factory in Melaka that specialises in churning out roti kok – an old-school snack typically made with scraps of hainanese bread, and later slathered with margarine, toasted, and served with kopi-o. At their factory, these crispy, dried bread are made fresh from scratch and packed daily at their factory. 

The bread factory has been around for over 80 years, beginning their operations in Machap Baru, Melaka back in 1935. Today, visitors to the factory can check out how the bread is made the traditional way – with a firewood grill – and purchase their popular roti kok (RM3) to pair with cups of coffee at home too

Things to do in Melaka - Kenn Guan Hiong Bread Factory
See how these old-school roti koks are made at Kenn Guan Hiong Bread Factory
Image credit: @leolinardo_

Address: 14, Jalan Machap Baru, Bukit Bulat, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 9AM-7.30PM | Sun 8.30AM-7PM
Kenn Guan Hiong Bread Factory Facebook


35. Hunt for street art on Jonker Street


Things to do in Melaka - Jonker Street art mural
Kiehl’s Wall Mural

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Jonker Street is not to be missed out on in Melaka. But if you’ve already sampled all the street food, and checked out what the local stores have to offer here, you can still drop by this street specifically for its street art – plastered across building facades and hiding out in alleyways. 

There’s a good mix of trendy and old-school street art on Jonker Street, reminiscent of popular ones seen in Georgetown, Penang and Ipoh, Perak. Some must-visit ones here include Kiehl’s Wall Mural that overlooks the Melaka river, which comprises geometric shapes in vibrant colours. 

Things to do in Melaka - Jonker Street art mural
Peter Chun street art

Image credit: Janet Cho

You can also spot impressive artworks from local artists, including Peter Chun and Charles Cham, around Jonker Street for a neat game of hide-and-seek if you’re familiar with their work. Other street art speckled around the area include quirky ones that depict the daily life of locals, seen in illustrations of women peeking from windows to carpenters working on their craft. 

Things to do in Melaka - street art
Image adapted from:
@shaunsummers2 and @couplethatwander


36. Go for a peaceful stroll at Melaka Botanical Garden


Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Botanical Garden
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@mali_7257

Take a break from the bustle of the town and tourist attractions at Melaka Botanical Garden, a scenic nature reserve that’s been around since 1984. The garden is well-frequented by locals due to the various attractions here that include watchtowers, a man-made waterfall, and a Dinosaur Park home to dinosaur statues.

Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Botanical Garden
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@adamakmal86

Other popular activities among locals are jogging, and slow strolls within the garden’s forest-like space surrounded by lush greenery. You can also rent bicycles (RM7/hour) to navigate your way around this spacious nature spot.

Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Botanical Garden
Image adapted from:
@fiqranmauza and @izral_1zar

Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily


37. Catch the Melaka Dragon Boat Race on Melaka River


Things to do in Melaka - Dragon Boat Race
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Melaka Dragon Boat Association

It’s common to see modern-day boats ferrying tourists up and down the 9.5km-long stretch of the Melaka River. Come June and July, the river also hosts traditional dragon boats competing in an annual Dragon Boat Race, which are part of the festivities surrounding the Melaka River International Festival that has taken place since 2007.

In the race, local and international participants compete for the title of “Asian Dragon Boat Award”, with the local police force, Malaysian Maritime Academy, hotel staff, and university students banding together as a team. These races have been put on pause due to the pandemic, but will likely be spotted once it is safe to hold festivals again in our country. 

Things to do in Melaka - dragon boat race
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Melaka Dragon Boat Association


38. Shop for discounted clothes at Freeport A’Famosa Outlet


Things to do in Melaka - Freeport A'Famosa Outlet
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@homestayafamosaprivatevilla

Freeport A’Famosa Outlet is a boutique-style outlet shopping centre that brings the cottages and windmills of Amsterdam to Melaka via photo spots and quaint shop fronts. It also comprises over 70 retail shops for shoppers to splurge on clothes at discounted prices. 

Things to do in Melaka - Freeport A'Famosa Outlet
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@jasminekissy

Some popular fashion brands include Nike, Puma, Brook Brothers and Sacoor. For hungry shoppers, restaurants such as Marrybrown, KFC, Papparich, and Baker’s Cottage will charge you up for the next bargain hunt.

Address: Jalan Kemus, Sempang Ampat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Opening hours: 12PM-9PM, Daily
Freeport A’Famosa Outlet website 


39. Try Melaka’s famous Chicken Rice Balls


Complete your trip to Melaka by trying one of their famous dishes – Chicken Rice Balls. The Hainanese chicken rice dish is a part of Melaka’s history, as it is widely believed that fishermen in the past turned to this easy-to-grab balled rice to solve their hunger pangs. There are several places around Melaka to find this dish, but here are three spots worth checking out:


Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls


Things to do in Melaka - chicken rice
Image adapted from:
@j0.chan and @ivis1030

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls is a prominent spot on Jonker Street well-visited by locals and tourists alike, as they’re an established restaurant that’s been welcoming guests since 1932. The restaurant was founded by Hoe Kee’s wife, who started selling balled chicken rice for a living to fishermen after her husband was caught fishing in Indonesian waters. 

Here, you can order rice balls (RM0.30/pc) with steamed half chicken (RM22.50) or whole chicken (RM45), and even add on Asam Fish Tail (from RM25) for something tart. 

Address: 468, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-4PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-283 4751
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls Facebook


Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball


Things to do in Melaka - chicken rice ball
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Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball is a Muslim-friendly spot in Melaka that serves chicken rice balls, popular among the local community. They sell their rendition of Melaka speciality rice balls (RM0.30) with half chicken (RM26), and serve other dishes that include Nyonya cuisine such as Asam Pedas (from RM30) with Snapper fish head and Nyonya Chili Garam Sotong (from RM16).

Address: 275, Jalan Melaka Raya 3, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka
Opening hours: Fri – Wed 10AM-8PM (Closed on Thursdays)
Telephone: 016-216 5220
Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball Facebook


Huang Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant


Things to do in Melaka - chicken rice
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@jglovesfood

Avoid the crowds at Jonker Street by dropping by Huang Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant in Batu Berendam, which is frequented by locals for their affordable plates of chicken rice balls that are as legit as it is on the famous street. Rice balls are only RM0.20/pc, and you can pair it with half a chicken (RM14)

Address: BB, 376, Jalan B B 1, Taman Damai, 75350, Malacca
Opening hours: Fri – Tue 8AM-3PM (Closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays)
Telephone: 06-317 0299
Huang Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant Facebook


40. Explore a tombolo at Konet Beach


Things to do in Melaka - Pulau Konet
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Go off-grid exploring Konet Beach, or Pulau Konet, a tombolo in Melaka attached to an untouched beach by a narrow walkway. Besides being a stunning place to snap photos of due to the low tides the beach receives along the shores, typically around 3PM-5PM, the islet is also attached to a mystical story.

Things to do in Melaka - Pulau Konet
Grab shots of this mystical islet of Pulau Konet in Melaka
Image adapted from: Google Maps / Aniq Official Channel

According to accounts of Muslim residents in the area, there have been rare sightings of orang bunian – or supernatural beings that share physical similarities with elves – on the islet where these pious, beautiful individuals allegedly live. As such, visitors here are asked to act appropriately to not offend any of them while walking across this strip of land. 

If you’d rather leave this islet untouched, you can comb for seashells at the beach it’s attached to as well, while gazing out at the waters. 

Things to do in Melaka - Pulau Konet
Image credit:
@jyap97

Address: Pulau Konet, 78200 Melaka


41. Visit “mini Lisbon” at Portuguese Settlement


Things to do in Melaka - Portuguese Settlement
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@queenoftravels

Known as a “mini Lisbon”’ in Melaka, Portuguese Settlement is a small village in Ujong Pasir that’s vibrant with Kristang culture, otherwise known as Melaka Portuguese. You can also find a replica of Christ the Redeemer Statue from Brazil here at the Portuguese Square. 

Things to do in Melaka - Portuguese Settlement
Portuguese Square where the Feast of San Pedro takes place in June
Image credit: @naumansheh

An annual Portuguese festival called Feast of San Pedro, or Feast of St. Peter, is held at the Square in June, where traditional music and folk performances are performed by locals.

A plethora of activities take place during the festive month too, including a street market selling local crafts and authentic Kristang food. Blessing of Boats, a 500-year-old tradition among the locals to send well-wishes to fishermen in the past, is observed, as are colourful parades in St. Peter’s honor where Kristangs proudly don their traditional outfits. 

Come December, houses and streets in the Portuguese settlement will be lit with Christmas decorations to ring in the festivities, which has become an attraction to locals looking to spot festive lighting. 

Things to do in Melaka - Portuguese settlement
Image credit:
@samsim4081

Address: Portuguese Square, Jalan D’Albuquerque 75050 Melaka


42. Drop by the scenic New Jetty, & dine on seafood


Things to do in Melaka - New Jetty
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Melaka has an extensive list of spots to catch stunning views of the sea. One romantic spot out of the many where you can catch stunning sunset views is New Jetty, located a stone’s throw from the Portuguese Settlement. 

There’s a bridge for you to stroll along to catch an unobstructed view of the sea, often dotted with fishermen’s boats. 

Things to do in Melaka - New Jetty
Image credit:
@theanyiting

Once your eyes have had a feast, stop by one of the many seafood restaurants here to fill your tummies. 

There’s Restoran De Lisbon, known for their curry prawns, and Monterios Portuguese Seafood which serves butter prawns, and salted egg crabs and squids. Or opt for Joe’s Only One Mango Juice, which locals rave about for its refreshing cups of pure mango juice with less ice. 

Things to do in Melaka - Portuguese Settlement
Seafood stalls that line the Portuguese Settlement by the jetty
Image adapted from: @sean_9313 and @jainaii

Address: Portuguese Settlement, Ujong Pasir, 75050 Melaka


43. Sight-see & hop on a rickshaw at the Dutch Square


Things to do in Melaka - Dutch Square
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@hafizhalfikri

Dutch Square, also called Red Square, is a historic Melaka landmark that literally paints the town red. The buildings, streets, a church, museum, and a popular Tang Beng Swee Clocktower located here have a deep red exterior that makes it a must-visit photo spot. 

Things to do in Melaka - Dutch Square
Image credit:
@izzzahar_

There are stalls flanked by these iconic red walls set up here for you to buy affordable keepsakes and souvenirs.

Things to do in Melaka - Dutch Square
Image credit:
@bleet2017

Once your legs get tired from all the shopping, hop on a rickshaw that will take you around town. They are available from day to night and can be found parked along the square. Simply ask your driver to take you to a specific location, or just get them to cycle through Jonker Street for a quick tour of the area.

Things to do in Melaka - rickshaws
Find these uniquely decorated rickshaws at the Red Square for a ride through town
Image credit: @__melina_reist_herum__

Address: Bandar Hilir, 75200 Melaka


44. Spend an afternoon in nature at Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm


Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm
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Mtff Melaka

Spend a day in nature at Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm, where you can take up several activities that’ll remind you of being on a farm. This includes animal feeding – with pens for goats, rabbits, deer, ostriches, and cows – and a tour of the farm. During the tours, visitors can learn more about Malaysia botany and try their hand at harvesting fruits such as durians, pineapples, and rambutans when they are in season.

Things to do in Melaka - farm
Image credit:
Mtff Melaka

Other fun activities to try out here are archery (RM15/pax), flying fox (RM15/pax) and canoeing (RM8/pax). There’s also a tram here that takes visitors for a tour of the fruit farm. 

Tickets: RM8/adult and RM6/child

Address: D/A Pusat Latihan Pertanian, Sungai Udang, 76300 Melaka
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 06-351 6916
Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm Facebook


45. Explore a replica ship at the Maritime Museum


Things to do in Melaka - Maritime Museum
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@caloycloi

Maritime Museum is another unique museum in Melaka where visitors can learn about the history of Melaka as an important trading port to the Portuguese, Dutch, and British from inside a ship.

Instead of typical corridors and walls of a museum, you’ll get to walk through the corridors of a replica of the Flor de la Mar – also called Flor do Mar – a massive Portuguese ship that once sailed through the Melaka River in the early 1500s. Pretend to be a sailor for a day while learning about the porcelain, silk, textile, and spice that came and went through Melaka during our country’s colonial era.

Things to do in Melaka - Maritime Museum
Image credit: @alyaabdul

 Tickets: 

  • RM5/pax for MyKad holders
  • RM10/pax for foreigners 

Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 9AM-5PM | Fri 9AM-6.30PM | Sat & Sun 9AM-7PM
Telephone: 06-282 6526


46. Stroll down Temple Street to experience three cultures all at once


Things to do in Melaka - Temple Street
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Jalan Tokong, or Temple Street, gets its name from the Muslim mosque, Indian temple, and Chinese temple all located within a short walking distance from each other here. The street is also referred to as Jalan Harmony, as it perfectly encapsulates Malaysia’s coexisting religions. 

Start your walking tour at Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple if you’re heading to Jalan Tokong from the Dutch Square. It’s considered the oldest Hindu temple among the many Indian temples located in Malaysia, which has been welcoming religious devotees since the 1780s.

Things to do in Melaka - Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple
Image credit: @nkjmhiroki

Next up is Masjid Kampung Kling, a longstanding mosque built in 1748 and refortified in 1872. The mosque’s architecture design blends Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu, and Malay styles. This can be seen in the minaret, which resembles a Chinese pagoda.

Things to do in Melaka - Masjid Kampung Kling
The mosque is home to a courtyard boasting rich green tiles and an open roof that lets natural sunlight in
Image adapted from: @ngduc.hoang and @sarclover58

Before you get to the end of the street, you’ll find Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. The temple has been around Melaka since 1645, and is the oldest functional Chinese temple in our country. It’s also declared a UNESCO heritage site.

Things to do in Melaka - Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Image adapted from:
@fannywjy and @jasontiuphotography


47. Catch a 360-degree performance at Encore Melaka


Things to do in Melaka - Encore Melaka
The facade of Encore Melaka looks like a tank that’s filled with water
Image credit: @ezairi

Melaka is located on the Straits of Melaka, so it’s no surprise that the Encore Melaka building is designed with a minimalist white exterior that looks like it’s filled with water from the top. 

This performance art theatre is pretty impressive on the inside too. The audience can catch cultural performances that focus on local history and heritage from the theatre’s 360-degree rotating auditorium that gives guests great views of its multiple stages. 

Things to do in Melaka - Encore Melaka
Image credit:
@lcs.ch

Shows performed at this theatre typically incorporate unique stage projection mapping and nostalgic costumes that delve into local history, with prices for tickets starting at RM148. 

Things to do in Melaka - Encore Melaka
Encore Melaka’s scale-like exterior also makes for a great backdrop for artistic photos
Image credit: @adrinshafilphotography

Address: No. 3 Jalan KSB, 8 Impression City, Kota Syahbandar, 75200 Melaka
Telephone: 06-270 7777 (Box Office) | 06-270 7700 (Customer Service)
Encore Melaka website | Facebook


48. Delve into Melaka’s historic past at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum


Things to do in Melaka - Baba Nyonya Museum
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@sidestreaker78

Step into the past and learn more about Peranakan culture at the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. This heritage museum is housed in three terrace lots previously owned by Baba Chan Cheng Siew in 1861. Four generations proceeded to live here after him, up till the house was converted into a museum in 1985 to preserve the Chan family’s history and Baby Nyonya culture.

Things to do in Melaka - Baba Nyonya Museum
Image credit:
@ming.cheong

Today, visitors to the museum can see how a pre-war Peranakan home is typically decorated, via authentic, opulent furniture and decor items that include old irons and dining tables.

Guided tours (RM4/pax) are available for history buffs looking to learn even more about Peranakan culture and more.

Tickets: RM16/adult and RM11/child

Address: No. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 10AM-5PM | Fri – Sun 10AM-6PM
Telephone: 06-282 1273
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum website


49. Get trippy with your squad at Upside Down House


Things to do in Melaka - Upside Down House
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@_sirr_m

Upside Down House is where you’ll want to head for some fun shots while in Melaka. Here, you can navigate your way through four topsy-turvy rooms – a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom – that have ceilings for floors, and vice versa, for you to score laugh-out-loud shots with your pals. 

Things to do in Melaka - Upside Down Museum
Image adapted from:
@saivadapalli and @rosmaini_i

Conquer gravity while pretending to operate a washing machine or frying up a whole fish, upside down. Other photo spots include an upside-down Stadthuys and a Spiderman sighting at this studio for you to fill up your photo library with.  

Tickets

  • RM18/adult, RM12/child and RM12/senior citizen for MyKad holders
  • RM22/adult, RM16/child, and RM16/senior citizen for foreigners
  • Children under 90 cm in height can enter for free

Address: Plaza Mahkota, G12 & G14 & G16, Jalan PM7, Bandar Hilir, 75000, Melaka
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 10AM-7PM | Fri – Sun 10AM-9PM
Telephone: 011-1072 2260
Upside Down House Melaka website | Facebook


50. Check out Melaka Sultanate Water Mill, the largest watermill in Malaysia


Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Sultanate Water Mill
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@arif_rchman

It’s hard to miss the Melaka Sultanate Water Mill while you’re strolling along the Melaka River. This landmark by the river stands at 13m in height, and is reminiscent of an old horse cart tyre – but just ten times larger. 

The structure may look old too due to its wooden material and bricked platform, but it was actually constructed in 2007 and completed a year later. It is said to be Malaysia’s first and largest watermill, operating solely as a tourist attraction. It cost around RM1.5 million to build, and is popular among tourists and locals to snap photos with due to its towering height. 

Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka


51. Get on thrilling water rides at A’Famosa Water Theme Park


Things to do in Melaka - A’Famosa Water Theme Park
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@afamosaresort

Spend a day splashing away in cool waters with your family and friends at A’Famosa Water Theme Park. It’s one of the largest water parks in Malaysia, boasting over 12 attractions that include a Big Ice Cream attraction to ride tubes down a 108cm cone, and a Wave Pool that ‘sweeps’ up swimmers in gentle waves akin to a real ocean.

Younger park-goers will enjoy the Arabian Village, which has a playground set in a pool and the Kids Adventure Pool, with shorter slides and water sprays.

Things to do in Melaka - A Famosa Water Theme Park
Arabian Village
Image credit: A’Famosa

A’Famosa Water Theme Park also has amenities such as cabanas (from RM95) and locker rentals (from RM6) for guests to keep their belongings safe while out in the pools. A food court serving local food can also be found inside the water park. Patrons can alternatively add on a set lunch to their tickets for an additional RM18 to avoid the queues during mealtime. 

Things to do in Melaka - A'famose Water Theme Park
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@tsiangwayne

Tickets: RM40/adult and RM32/child

Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-552 0888
A’Famosa Water Theme Park website 


52. Explore St. John’s Fort, an 18th Century Portuguese fort on a hill


Things to do in Melaka - St John Fort
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@yourmelaka

Hiding up on St. John’s Hill is St. John’s Fort, yet another historic structure left behind by the Portuguese in the 18th century that is testament of Melaka’s long and rich history. Much of the forts’ original walls are still intact, as well as canons that uniquely face the land instead of the sea. 

Some Melaka attractions that you can see from this elevated site include Menara Taming Sari and the Dutch Square.

Things to do in Melaka - St. John's Fort
Image credit: @georney.id

Address: Jalan Ujong Pasir, 75050 Melaka


53. Pay a visit to some of the oldest churches in Malaysia


Things to do in Melaka - Christ Church
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@oscar100120 and @christchurchmelaka

Melaka houses some of the oldest churches in Malaysia that have been around for several decades. They are all still operational with regular services for religious devotees too – so pop inside one to check out some of their amazing architecture and history. 

In the vicinity of Jonker Street is Christ Church noticeable even from afar due to its rusty red bricks and colonial architecture. Built in 1753, this church located at Dutch Square and is the oldest functioning Anglican church in our country

Things to do in Melaka - St Peter's Church
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@iamdeetee and @stevenraj_pgsz

Venture a little further to Kampung Bukit China to see St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia that was built in 1710. The church’s building hasn’t changed much since it was built – though pops of yellow and green accents have been added to its doors and arches, making it look like a building out of a fairytale. 

Things to do in Melaka - church
Image adapted from:
@augustine.seng and @teachertraveler

Another historic church prominently located a stone’s throw from Jonker Street is the Church of St. Francis Xavier. Built in 1849, the over-170-years-old church is styled after the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpellier, France, so you’ll see similar quaint stained-glass windows and a rose window inside.


54. Explore the remains of St. Paul’s Church & A Famosa Fort


Things to do in Melaka - St. Paul's Church
The remains of St. Paul’s Church
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A highlight for history buffs in Melaka is St. Paul’s Church – a heritage church built by a wealthy Portuguese man to celebrate his successful travels through the South China Sea – and Porta de Santiago, a gate that’s part of A Famosa Fort. 

Both are located on St. Paul’s Hill, so you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone here. 

Things to do in Melaka - ruins
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@angel_5stars

St. Paul’s Church was built in 1521, which makes it one of the oldest church buildings in our country and Southeast Asia. Sadly, what is left of the church following inland fighting are bare walls, an inactive lighthouse built in 1849, and a statue of St. Francis Xavier, a Catholic missionary. 

Nonetheless, it remains an important heritage site in Melaka that’s a reminder of its historic past.

Things to do in Melaka - ruins
Remains of Porta da Santiago of A Famosa Fort
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Within walking distance of the ruins of St. Paul’s Church is Porta de Santiago, which is a gate house and the only remaining part of A Famosa Fort, a former Portuguese fortress built in 1511, that visitors can still see to this day. It is widely considered to be the oldest surviving European architecture in Southeast Asia and the Far East. 

Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka


55. Learn about Hang Tuah at the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum


Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Sultanate Museum
Image credit: Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum

Hang Tuah is a prominent figure in Malay culture. His influence in Melaka is especially profound, as the celebrated silat warrior and laksamana happened to live here. At the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, visitors can get to know more about the legendary figure inside a replica of the 6th Sultan of Melaka’s 15th century palace. 

Things to do in Melaka - Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum
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You’ll have to take off your shoes to enter this museum as you would when entering a traditional house. Inside, there are realistic dioramas reenacting tales in Hang Tuah’s lifetime, including the famous clash between him and one of his four comrades, Hang Jebat. 

Over 1,350 artefacts, prints, and photographs are also on display at the museum that tells of Melaka Sultanate’s history and cultural heritage.

Tickets: RM6/adult and RM3/child

Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-5PM, Daily
Telephone: 06-282 6526


56. Hang out with animals & dinosaurs at Zoo Melaka & Night Safari


Things to do in Melaka - Zoo Melaka
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@wenlynn_chin

Animal lovers won’t want to miss out on Zoo Melaka & Night Safari. They’re the second largest zoo in our country, spanning 54 acres – about the size of 40 football fields. Over 150 different animal species are located here, including orangutans, tigers, monkeys, and more.

On Fridays and Saturdays, Zoo Melaka’s Night Safari operates from 8PM-11PM for visitors looking to walk around the zoo once the skies turn dark. 

Things to do in Melaka - Zoo Melaka
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Zoo Melaka & Taman Burung

With every ticket purchased, you’ll get one free feeding coupon for elephants, deers, giraffes, or rabbits. You can hit up more feeding zones for an extra RM5. There’s also unlimited free tram rides, and bird shows performed twice a day. 

Things to do in Melaka - Dinosaur Encounter
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@zoomelakaofficial

A recent addition at Zoo Melaka is their Dinosaur Encounter Park, which is packed with over 150 replicas of lifesize dinosaurs – a treat for anyone who’s a fan of Jurassic Park. Spot more than 100 species of these prehistoric animals while strolling through the park.

There’ll be no extra charges to see these dinosaurs, as access to Dinosaur Encounter Park is inclusive with your ticket to Zoo Melaka. 

Things to do in Melaka - Zoo Melaka
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Dinosaur Encounter

Tickets

  • RM38/adult, RM31/child and RM31/senior citizen for MyKad holders
  • RM81/adult, RM59/child and RM59/senior citizen for foreigners

Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9AM-5PM | Sat & Sun 9AM-6PM
Telephone: 06-232 3900
Zoo Melaka & Night Safari website


57. Experience Malaysian culture at Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park


Things to do in Melaka - cultural park
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Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park

Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park in Ayer Keroh is a cultural park home to 13 houses that reflect different Malay architectural styles from Malaysia’s 13 states. The traditional houses also feature decor items and more inside that is known of each respective state.

Other activities you can take up to learn more about a part of Malaysia culture includes batik colouring (RM18/pax), located in the Terengganu house, and costume rental (RM10/pax), where you can don traditional costumes of Malay, Minangkabau, Portuguese, Orang Ulu, Chinese and Punjabi cultures.

Things to do in Melaka - Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park
Image credit: @ariffaizzainudin

Once you’ve finished checking out the traditional homes in this cultural park, there are activities such as ATV rides (from RM30/pax), wall climbing (RM12/pax), archery (RM12/12 arrows), kayaking (RM7/pax), and rental e-bikes (RM25/2 laps) to keep you further entertained. 

Things to do in Melaka - Cultural Museum
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@m.danishrayqal

Tickets

  • RM15/adult, RM12/student, RM8/child, and RM8/senior citizen for MyKad holders
  • RM23/adult, RM17/student, RM14/child, and RM14/senior citizen for foreigners

Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh 75450 Melaka City, Melaka
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9AM-5.30PM | Mon 9AM-6PM
Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park Facebook


58. Enjoy water rides & soak your tired feet at Jasin Hot Spring


Things to do in Melaka - A’Famosa Water Theme Park
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@radialdrone

Jasin Hot Spring is an all-in-one water park comprising hot springs and an inflatable water wonderland that are great for family outings. Adults can soak their sore feet while their kids splash around on water slides and in large pools at this neighbourhood hangout spot.

Things to do in Melaka - water theme park
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@apj.inflatable.waterpark

Visitors will have access to six types of hot springs, including indoor and outdoor spaces. Kids under 85 cm in height – as well as those who suffered from stroke, have Parkinson disease, or rely on a wheelchair – can enter for free.

Things to do in Melaka - Jasin Hot Spring
Different types of hot spring spots in Jasin Hot Spring, including areas to just soak your feet in
Image adapted from: @apj.inflatable.waterpark and @apj.inflatable.waterpark

There’s a food kiosk inside selling street food, but you’re welcome to bring your own food to eat at an outdoor dining area located inside the hot spring.

Tickets

  • RM7/adult and RM5/child from Mon – Thu
  • RM10/adult and RM7/kid from Fri – Sun, and public holidays 

Address: Jalan Kolam Ayer Panas 1, Kampung Ayer Panas, 77200 Melaka City, Melaka
Opening hours: Mon 3PM-12AM | Tue – Sun 9AM-12AM
Telephone: 06-521 0369 | 019-652 6170 (WhatsApp)


59. Go kayaking at Ayer Keroh Lake


Things to do in Melaka - Ayer Keroh Lake
Image credit: @azznrdn

For another fun activity away from the city, go kayaking at Ayer Keroh Lake. It’ll only cost you RM5/pax to rent a kayak.

Things to do in Melaka - Ayer Keroh lake
Image credit: Tarek Abdellatif

Other activities to be found here are wall climbing (RM3/pax), archery (RM5/10 arrows), flying fox (RM7/pax) and cycling (RM3/hour), as well as a playground and trampoline that’s great for younger ones. Food vendors often set up shop near the lake, so you can pick up some local snacks and have a picnic at this activity-filled recreational park too.

Address: Jalan Air Keroh, Air Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily


60. Visit Melaka’s oldest minaret, the Menara Lama Surau Tengkera


Things to do in Melaka - Menara Lama Surau Tengkera
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Darren Chow

Melaka boasts many decades-old heritage sites. This includes the oldest mosque minaret in Melaka that was built in 1728, called the Menara Lama Surau Tengkera. It is widely believed to be the oldest Islamic structure in the state, and in Malaysia. 

The minaret was built around the same time as nearby St. Peter’s Church, and before Kampung Kling Mosque. It features tiered architectural ‘layers’ akin to Chinese pagodas. However, the historic minaret is all that is left of a mosque that was once located here, standing tall in an empty patch of land where the mosque once was, amidst modern buildings built around it.

Address: Jalan Tengkera, 75200, Melaka


Things to do in Melaka, covering attractions, eateries & more


Melaka is a historic state with plenty of attractions to keep tourists busy, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things to do and see here for locals and tourists alike. So the next time you’re making a trip up here for Jonker Street, keep yourself entertained during day trips or weekend stays with these 60 places that cover attractions, eateries, and more, too. 

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Cover image adapted from: @afamosaresort, @leratara and @e_emrys 

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