Malacca (also known as Melaka) is a 2-hour bus journey from Kuala Lumpur and a 4-hour travel from Singapore. It has some beautiful and  well-preserved buildings in the old down. The old town has something of a museum feel to it and becomes packed with tourists, mostly local, browsing the shops and large night market.
I have heard of Melaka from my cousin but I didn’t really look it up on the internet, not until the week before we were supposed to go. Honestly, one of the best things I did with my time in Kuala Lumpur was a day trip to Melaka. Upon researching, I found out that the city center showcases unique history and culture gained from previous colonizations of Europeans such as Portuguese, Dutch and British.

We were given the opportunity to experience history of Malaysia with the old-world charm of the Melaka.

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Relaxing view of the Melaka River
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NOTE: Before you start your tour to Melaka, make sure to BUY your return trip ticket as soon as you arrive.


Here are the things we did in Melaka: 

When we arrived in Melaka, we had our lunch at Mcdo and started our day tour.

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The Dutch Square, or the “Red District”. This is where we started off our journey to the city. We saw attractions like The Christ Church, Stadthuys, Queen Victoria Memorial Fountain, Tan Beng See Clock Tower. There were also some stalls that sell food and cheap stuffs.

  • Took photos at The Christ Church, Red Clock Tower and Queen Victoria Memorial Fountain

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The Christ Church of Melaka

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One of the major structures that will grab your attention when you go to Dutch Square is the Christ Church. It was constructed during 1753 and said to be the oldest protestant church in Malaysia.

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Red Clock Tower and Queen Victoria Memorial Fountain

On the opposite side are the Red Clock Tower and the Queen Victoria Memorial FountainRed Clock Tower was built in the honor of a generous Chinese tycoon named Tan Beng Swee. It is also called the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower.

Dutch Square Malacca is the most picturesque along Jalan Kota. It’s also a colorful trishaw pickup point distinguished by a group of bright, terracotta-red colonial Dutch buildings.

We started taking pictures and bought some stuffs.

  • Rode the colorful Trishaw

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20161204_135642.jpgThese are some of their very colorful trishaws reminded me of Manila. They are almost just like our “pedicabs” but minus the paper mache decorations of flowers and cartoon characters. What I loved about them is that they really put an effort in decorating their trishaws, they were playing hip funky music blasting on their stereos! It’s almost like a party is happening in mid daylight! They offer to tour you around for around 50 RM and these rides are so cool to see during night as they are lighted and plays louder music.

  • Checked out Maritime Museum

If you are visiting Melaka, do not miss the Maritime Museum that is just ahead of the Stadhuys. The Maritime Museum (also known as Muzium Samudera) is a life sized replica of the former Portuguese ship callled the Flora De La Ma which sank in the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal. The ship is historical itself as it was built many years ago but did you know that the real sunken ship is still under the sea?

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Maritime Museum
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We didn’t go in, just taking pictures from the outside was good enough for us.
  • Visited A’ Famosa 

It is a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in South-east Asia. This place is another attraction in Melaka that you should not miss if you are visiting Melaka.

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A’ Formosa’s old structure is like “Intramuros” in Philippines.

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  • Rode up on the Menara Taming Sari Tower

One of the unique attractions at Malacca is the Menara Taming Sari. It is the only revolving tower in Malaysia. It measures 110 meters in height and its revolving tower offers a wide and far landscape scene overlooking Malacca city.

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Menara Taming Sari is located nearby Bandar Hilir at Jalan Merdeka. The tower’s name is taken after a famous keris, which is a magical weapon belonging to legendary Malay Admiral named Hang Tuah.

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The whole session takes about 7 minutes. It is recommended to have a ride as you can see the magnificent landscape of Malacca city, including the historical sites, such as Independence Memorial Building, Flor De La Mar Ship, St.Paul’s Hill, Samudera Museum and the beautiful blue Straits of Malacca.

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  • Had fun at Upside Down House

The place is a replica modern Malaysian house which is unique because everything inside is literally up-side down. It is a normal sized house with living room, kitchen, master bedroom, children’s room and bath room. Everything inside is inverted.

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  •  Beautiful structures in Melaka

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This is the train where they sell souvenirs and stuffs.

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  • Stopped by at Melaka River
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Melaka River at night

To see the Melaka River during the night was the last point that completed our one day itinerary to Melaka. It really brings out a different vibe into the place, how I wished we still had enough time to take the cruise. Taking the cruise at Melaka river during night surely sounds like romantic, it would have been lovely thing to do during this time of the day.


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Melaka was a whole different experience for us. I enjoyed the relaxing vibe of the place. It was absolutely a new adventure for us and I would love to come back here again. I would recommend Malacca for people looking for a tour outside of Kuala Lumpur that is surely worth their time. It certainly deserves a day or two of your visit to Malaysia.

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