1. Stroll Around Stadthuys And Visit Christ Church
The Stadthuys and its vivid red-colored square is the landmark of Melaka city center. As you can see from the name, the square was built by the Dutch during the colonization and it is considered to be the oldest remaining Dutch structure in the East.
This is where most of the tourists are at and for good reasons as it is one of the most photogenic places in Melaka. The square consists of the iconic clock tower, a good meetup place, the History Museum and the impressive Christ Church, an 18th-century Anglican church and one of the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia.
The square is best seen from the balcony of the museum building which is accessible from the stairs in the square facing the Christ Church. 2. Walk The Jonker Street During The Day And At Night (On Weekends)
On the weekends (Fri – Sun) at night, the famous Jonker street turns into a walking night market full of people with plenty of handcrafts, clothes and street food for you to enjoy.
If you are not there on the weekends, the street is still very lively during the day with local restaurants and shops catering to all types of travelers. You can try the Durian ice cream (it’s better than it sounds!), the famous chicken rice, and be sure to try the Nyonya traditional dishes. 3. Try The Nyonya Traditional Dishes
One of the unique culture they have here is the Nyonya culture, a combination of the Chinese Strait and the Malaysian cultures, and there are no better way to explore a new culture than with your mouth and stomach! Peranakan Place on Jonker Street is a great place to try some of the Nyonya dishes. I tried the Nyonya Laksa together with Teh Tarik here and my god was it delicious! I heard that their seafood dishes are also great as well so be sure to check it out.
4. Walk Up To St. Paul’s Church And To The Famosa Fort
After a nice delicious lunch, let’s go for a little walk up the St. Paul’s Hill to St. Paul’s Church. You can walk along the path behind the Stadthuys museum that should take you all the way up to the fort.
A former Portuguese church turned lighthouse, the St. Paul’s Church is another great remnant of the colonial time. Built in 1571, the St. Paul’s Church is considered to be the oldest church building in Southeast Asia.
After you checked out he St. Paul’s Church, continue onward down towards the A Famosa fort, another remnants of the Portuguese colonization located on the opposite side of the hill.
Unfortunately, these 2 remnants weren’t being maintained during the change of colonial powers in the region and so it was left to deteriorate to a ruin condition we see today. 5. Learn The History Of Melaka At The Sultanate Palace Museum
After Visiting the Famosa Fort, before heading back around the hill, head east towards the Sultanate Palace Museum, an amazing museum set in a traditional-style hardwood palace replicating how the Sultanate of that time live.
6. Visit The Maritime Museum
Another great museum to visit is the Maritime Museum which should be on the way back from Famosa Fort to the Red Square (Stadthuys). The museum talks about the history and the process of the maritime trade during the sultanate and the colonial period.
It was eye-opening to learn about the complex of maritime trade during those time, how they taxed items coming through the port, how they dealt with pirates and best of all, the story of the legendary Enrique of Malacca , a Malay slave boy who may have been the first person to circumnavigated the world before any European. Oh and did I mention that the museum is in a freaking ship? It is a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Melaka. 7. Walk Along The Melaka River In The Evening
After an entire day of exploring the city, it is time to relax and enjoy the Melaka River as the artificial lights of the city illuminates the river side streets of Melaka.
Stroll along the river side walking path or find a place to sit with a nice glass of beer or have a delicious dinner.
The river side right after the sunset is especially beautiful with the colorful buildings and artificial light competing for your attention.
Before you end the day, be sure to go for another walk along the Jonker Street. If you are there during the weekends, there will be a night market full of people but if you are there on the weekdays, the street becomes quiet and peaceful, a total different experience but as interesting. Either way, it’s a nice walk back to your accommodation at night. 8. Visit The Melaka Straits Mosque
Last but not least, it would be a crime to come all the way to Melaka and not see the Malacca Strait. Along the strait there is a mosque built on a platform that goes into the water, making it a great place for you to visit and see the Malacca Strait.
The best time to visit the mosque is during sunset as the sun is located perfectly off into the ocean but since it rains a lot in Melaka and you might not have a clear evening to watch the sunset, the morning is also a great time to visit as well to avoid the heat.
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