Melaka State combines urban appeal with the wild natural beauty Malaysia is famous for. In bustling Malacca City, you can admire UNESCO-listed architecture and get lost in the famous night market. Venture out the city to relax on gold-sand beaches and escape charming towns and villages that dot the countryside.
Things to do in Melaka
Step back in time in Malacca City and discover the state’s colonial past. The historic centre is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and is dotted with architectural gems. St. Paul’s Church was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese while the beautiful Stadthuys town hall was built during the Dutch era. Today it houses the engaging History & Ethnography Museum.
In Malacca City, Kee Ann Food Street will tempt you with a variety of dishes. The street is lined with sizzling food stalls where you can try Malaysian staples like satay skewers, spicy laksa and “otak-otak” fish cakes wrapped in green banana leaves. The city is also brimming with trendy cafes and brunch restaurants. Jonker Street Night Market is another great place to try traditional Malaysian dishes like pineapple tarts. You can also pick up souvenirs, clothing and electronics.
Golden sand and calm, shallow water make Pantai Pengkalan Balak Melaka one of the best beaches in the state. Stroll along the beach, swim in the Malacca Strait and enjoy fresh seafood from a waterfront restaurant. Visit at dusk to enjoy the fiery sunsets.
The scenic hiking up Bukit Beruang Hill rewards you with sweeping views over the city. Also known as Bear Hill, it’s a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air. Wear sturdy shoes, as you’ll need to clamber over tree roots to reach the summit.
Getting around Melaka
Melaka State is located on the Malay Peninsula, a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. In Malacca City, colourful trishaws are a fast and affordable way to get around. The historic district is compact and easy to get around on foot. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a two-hour drive away.