One of my favorite places to visit in Malaysia is Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for their multicultural heritage. It’s only one hour away from Kuala Lumpur by car. Remember spending 2 days and 1 night in Malacca strolling the historic city and enjoying all the good food, miss those moments!
Jonker Street is one of the main tourist streets and top attractions in Malacca. You will find a huge range of souvenirs and local handicrafts here. The best part is the food! Try out their famous chicken rice ball, durian ice-cream, Nyonya traditional dishes, chendol, popiah and many more.
If you’re here for one or two days, plan it on either Friday or weekend as the famous Jonker Street will turn into a night market with a variety of local street food, clothes stalls, and handcraft souvenirs stalls at night.
There are also a few other attractions to visit around Jonker Street, such as Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Hard Rock Cafe and Mamee Jonker House.
The name of this tower is taken after a famous keris which belongs to Hang Tuah. This is a 100 meters tall tower with a revolving structure able to accommodate 66 passengers. It gives all of us a 360-degree panoramic view of Malacca town from the top.The ride takes about 7 minutes to complete.
The famous brick-red-colored square you see in every picture taken in Malacca, it’s the landmark of Malacca city center and the oldest remaining Dutch structure in the East. This was built during the Dutch colonial period and was once the residence of Dutch governors.
Inside the Stadthuys, there is a Museum of History & Ethnography to learn about the history of Malacca and the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupations.
The oldest church building originally built by the Portuguese colonialists in 1521 and it’s now a famous tourist attraction.The decaying stones lining the walls inside the ruins of St Paul’s Church have old-dutch texts engraved on it.
These are the tombstones of the Dutch nobility that were buried here. There are a few souvenir stalls around at the top of the hill and another side of the hill leads to Porta de Santiago, which is the A’ Famosa Fort.
Look for the main gate, it’s called Porto de Santiago! This was built to guard against attacks back in the 16th century. Portuguese and Dutch architecture is still well preserved. Get your camera ready and snap with the canon placed right in front of the entrance.
If you prefer not to walk, go for a scenic trishaw ride to explore the historical city! The trishaw drivers would be more than happy to give you a guided tour of Malacca. Otherwise, you may hail a cab or hop on a bus to move around the city if you’re not driving.
First time in Malacca and don’t know where to stay? There are guesthouses, hotels and homestays to choose from. I would really recommend staying near Jonker Walk Street as this is a great location for you to check your one to two days Malacca travel lists.
Here’s a tip on how to save more on accommodation. Sign up for a VIP Pass to get 6 free nights stay. You can choose your preferred hotels or homestays in the VIP Pass Member’s Portal without hassles. If you’re staying for only 2 nights, you may plan the remaining nights for another trip.
I have almost forgotten the feelings of planning a travel itinerary. It used to be my favorite thing to do. I am going to plan my holidays ahead now with the VIP Pass! How about you?