Every now and then, after dealing with the daily demands of work and the monotonous routine of everyday life, it’s always refreshing to just get away from it all and just have fun, whether your idea of an escape is reconnecting with old friends, bonding with family or spending some quality “me” alone.
Usually, my go-to remedy to break the monotony is travel. Especially going to exciting places with great attractions and historical wonders that I’ve never been to yet. This is exactly what I did recently when I set off and explored Malaysia again. This time around, I made my way to beautiful Malacca.
On this particular post, allow me to take you around Malacca. Join me as I enjoy the place’s picturesque views and notable tourist spots.
If you’re looking for delicious food to drool over, you can check out Malacca’s unforgettable fare which I already blogged about here. 3 days were actually not enough to fully experience this wonderful historic state, but it was enough time to familiarize myself, take photos and bring good memories back home.
Malacca is the history capital of Malaysia which boasts of a diverse culture, laid back vibe and beautiful surroundings!
A quick tour around Malacca
Malacca (or Melaka to locals) has awesome structures that were built ages ago, like this statue of St. Francis Xavier at St. Paul’s Hill.
This is one of the most identifiable structures in Malacca. The statue of St. Francis Xavier was built in 1952 and placed in front of St. Paul’s Church ruins at the summit of St. Paul’s Hill. A day after the statue was consecrated, a tree fell on the statue’s right arm which broke it off.
Melaka River Cruise & Melaka Night Tour by Coach
The Melaka River is beautiful at night as it is during daytime. The river cuts across the Malacca town where you will see residential & painted riverfront buildings, historical structures, churches, mosques and even clan houses.
They say when you take the Malacca River Cruise it is like seeing Malacca from the back door. A tour can last up to 45 minutes from Quayside Heritage Center to Taman Rempah, Pangkalan Rama via a small boat that can seat up to 40 persons. Boats depart every 30 minutes. The Melaka River Cruise is open daily from 9AM to 11:30PM.
Widely considered to be the Chinatown of Malacca which starts across Malacca River to Stadthuys. You’ll see restaurants, food stalls, handicrafts & souvenir shops and even antique stores that gives this street its charm. During the weekend, it turns into a busy night market where locals and foreigners flock together enjoying Malaccan delicacies while shopping for local items.
Stadthuys or “The Town Hall” is one of the go to places in Malacca known for its red exterior. This was built by the Dutch in 1650s after they took over Malacca from the Portuguese in 1641. This served as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor. It is now a popular history museum.
This is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia and was built by the Dutch after taking Malacca from the Portuguese. Originally painted white until 1911, it was thereafter painted in red together with the neighboring Stadthuys.
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
The first time I learned about the culture and legacy of Baba and Nyonya was during my earlier visit to Penang. So entering this Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum in Malacca was like discovering more of it. Unfortunately, taking pictures inside this particular museum was strictly prohibited.
This museum is made up of 3 houses that were restored to look like a 19th century Baba-Nyonya residence. It features hand-painted tiles, swing doors, chandeliers, intricate wood carvings, gold-leaf fixtures and everything else that best depicts the lavish lifestyle. The 45 minute tour will give you a glimpse of how it is to live back in their time.
Porta de Santiago (A Famosa)
Porta de Santiago (A Famosa) which translates to ‘The Famous’ in Portuguese reminds me so much of our very own Intramuros — Walled, huge and old.
According to our tour guide, Porta De Santiago is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in southeast Asia. It is also one of the most visited spots in Malacca.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Malacca is a reinvention of both the old and the new. No doubt, this place will take your breath away as it did mine!
I highly recommend that you visit Malacca and experience all its beauty first hand.
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