Once you step in Melaka, you’ll immediately see the traces of history etched in every street and building. No, the city doesn’t look old nor do the buildings look decrepit. Buildings like The Shore Hotel Melaka or the modern establishments that pepper the city shows its unique blend of the old and the new.
From being one of the most important trading ports in Malaysia, it has become one of the most interesting tourist hubs in the country. Boasting delicious local cuisine and amazing natural attractions, Melaka is a place you definitely do not want to miss.
So while you’re browsing through different Melaka hotels you can stay in on your visit, check out this list of destinations you must visit on your Melaka trip.
Formerly known as the Hutan Rekreasi Ayer Keroh, the Botanical Gardens is surrounded by a forest that houses about 300 different kinds of flora and fauna. You can enjoy a scenic walk in lush greenery or a bike ride in its pathways. Around the park you will see stone carvings of prehistoric animals that were native in the area.
Once you’re done with your stroll, visit the Book Village located right at the heart of the park. The Book Village has over 15,000 titles available for reading.
Melaka River Cruise
The Melaka river cuts across town through the historic Straits of Melaka. If you want a quick tour of the city, you should try going on a Melaka River Cruise. On this cruise, you will get a unique view of the historical city, get a glimpse Kampung Morten, a traditional Malay village located in the middle of the city.
To be in the cruise, you can go to one of two jetties: the Muara jetty located near the Quayside Heritage Centre, and the Taman Rempah jetty next to Hang Jebat bridge.
Menara Taming Sari
The Menara Taming Sari is a gyro tower that is located in Bandar Hilir. At a height of 8 metres, the ride takes 7 minutes, but in that short time, you will be able to get a 360-view of Melaka city. You will see popular spots like St. Paul’s Hill, Flor De La Mar ship, and the Pulau Selat Mosque.
The ride costs RM 20 for adults and RM 10 for children below 12 years old. Don’t worry about missing out on certain spots because binoculars will be provided for you.
A Melaka holiday is not complete without going to the famous Jonker Walk, located at the Chinatown street of Melaka. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of Melaka and to experience the exciting nightlife and unique dining options the city offers.
The best part about Jonker Walk is the night market that happens on Fridays and Saturdays. Outlets and stalls come out to sell different products from local cuisine to novelty objects and keepsakes.
There are still lots of things Melaka can surprise you with. So as you’re browsing through Melaka hotel promotions for your getaway, take the time to create a list of places you find might interest you.