The best thing about being a travel blogger is that you get to know about many places which you didn’t know before. My knowledge about Malaysia was only constrained to Kuala Lumpur. When I was planning my travel plus work trip to Malaysia, I took suggestions from fellow travelers & that’s how I came to know about this Unesco World Heritage city, Melaka aka Malacca
Melaka was once a fishing village which has seen settlement from many colonies, influence of which can be viewed through its architecture. Today this city draws a lot of tourists due to it’s preserved historic buildings & numerous museums.
Just two hours bus ride from Kuala Lumpur, Melaka is a perfect city for a day trip which can easily fit in one’s itinerary. Here is a list of things that we did on our one day trip to Melaka:
Dutch Square (Red Square):
Dutch Square or Red square is one of the most beautiful & picturesque landmarks of Melaka city. Dutch square was once the official residence of Dutch governors. Today it’s the most crowded tourist spot, which comprises of Stadhuys, Christ Church, Victorian fountain & Clocktower. One can enjoy capturing pictures or can even take a trishaw ride as it also starting point for trishaws.
Jonker Walk is a famous street in Chinatown of Melaka, which is located just across the river from Dutch square. This street is famous for its Dutch & British colonial structure. The street is lined up with many shops selling antiques, souvenirs & textiles. The best day to visit is Friday & Saturday. It’s when the night market happens & the entire street is flooded with hawkers selling tasty snacks to cheap goods. I personally recommend visiting this market for those looking to buy some really good & cheap stuff.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum:
This museum should be in your must do’s while you are visiting Melaka. It shows the history of Chinese Malays or also knowns as Baba-Nyonya. We got to know about this Museum through our guide while taking a heritage walk tour in Kuala Lumpur while she was explaining us about the history of Malaysia.
The museum is an actual Baba Nyonya house, which is beautifully restored and preserved & will definitely take you back in time.
- Entry fee to the museum is RM 15. You can either opt for a guided tour or can take a look around yourself.
- Taking pictures is strictly not allowed.
St Pauls Church:
Located at the top of St Paul’s hill, this Church is the oldest Church in Malaysia. As you climb the top of the hill you will get the breathtaking view of Melaka city & it’s coastline.
Built in the 16th century and once the Portuguese Fortress, is now one of the oldest surviving European architecture in South East Asia. Though you will only get to witness the Santiago gate which is the only part of fortress still surviving.
Melaka Sultanate Palace:
This Palace is a replica of Sultan Mansur Shah’s Palace which was built in 1985. This three storied palace serves as a museum, which will give you insight into Melaka’s history.
Note: Entrance fee for Palace is RM 2
Getting around in Melaka:
There are numerous ways to explore around Melaka, either you can explore by foot like we did or if you are awaiting for some fun ride, just hop on trishaw & explore Melaka in a uniquely enjoyable way.
How to get there from Kuala Lumpur?
Buses from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka are easily available as it is one of the most common routes. You can book your ticket online at busonlineticket. The fare for KL-Melaka one way costs around RM 10.
Due to time constraint, we were able to do only a day trip, but we would highly recommend spending at least 2 nights in this beautiful city.
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