Malacca offers oodles of medieval charm, delicious cuisine, a cosmopolitan crowd and quaint alleyways lined with picturesque buildings! Shop for antiques in the city’s lively Chinatown, where Malaysia’s oldest Chinese Temple that dates back to the 17th century, stands next to an 18th century Javanese Mosque! What’s more, you can lose yourself in the neighborhood’s popular night market, bustling with shoppers and delightful crafts. The cultural jigsaw that Malacca is, comes from its heritage as a strategic trading port ruled by a dozen different kingdoms and nations over the ages, including the Malay Sultanate, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. It is perfectly fitting for a city with such a lineage, therefore, to abound in historical sights such as St. Paul’s Hill where St. Francis Xavier was interned, and the beautiful Portuguese fortress of Porta De Santiago. St. Paul’s Hill offers magnificent panoramic views of the city and the straits down below.

Themes

  • Heritage

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Asian heritage & colonial influence
  • Bustling markets, religious relics & vibrant culture

Places to Stay

Casa del Rio Melaka

Style: International

Casa del Rio Melaka in Malacca offers a luxurious stay on the banks of the Melaka River, overlooking the Strait of Malacca.

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Hotel Puri Melaka

Style: Heritage

Hotel Puri Melaka is conveniently located just a few minutes from the busy downtown area of Malacca.

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Activities in Malacca

Malacca City Highlights: Half Day Tour

Discover the medieval charm, delicious cuisine, and cosmopolitan character of Malacca. The city abounds in historical sights such as St. Paul’s Hill, where St. Francis Xavier was interned, and the beautiful Portuguese fortress of Porta De Santiago. Begin your day by climbing uphill for magnificent views of the city below. Next on your itinerary is the beautiful Independence Memorial which houses many a document and items related to Malacca’s struggle for liberation. Look out for splendid views of the Melaka Sultanate Palace before heading to the Street of Harmony in the lively Chinatown. There is much to see at the Dutch Square as well, such as the famous Stadthuys and the charming Queen Victoria’s Fountain. Sample some of Malacca’s mouth-watering local delicacies during your tour, before heading off to Bukit Cina, a historic hillside. The ancient Hang Li Poh’s Well nearby is well worth a visit.
(Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)

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