Malacca, which is Melaka in Malay, is a state in Malaysia. It is dubbed as “The Historic State”. This historical city has been listed as a UNISCO World Heritage Site since July 7, 2008. So what TO DO when in Malacca? Here’s some tips which I personally did when I visit this place.
1| Food trip in Jonker Walk
What is a trip without food? One thing I make sure when I travel to new places is to try the local food. And the best thing to do it is diving into street foods. Here’s a thing I learn from those food programs I watch on television, “If you want to understand the culture of a place, start exploring from the food you see in the street. It is the best place where you can find authentic food.” And believe me, Malacca has one of the best street food I tried. Take note though, street food in Jonker Walk is only available on weekends.
2| Bike around Melaka Central
For 10ringgit (2.25USD), you can rent a bike for the entire day. You can bike to check out those tourist attractions in your list. And if you decide to do this, make sure you bring chains and secure your bike in a proper place before leaving it. There are attractions in Malacca, like the Ruins of St. Paul’s Church, where you need to leave your bike behind and climb up a few steps. Make sure to secure it properly.
3| Visit the ruins of St. Paul’s Church
Malacca is rich in history. And here, you can find the ruins of St. Paul’s Church. This historic church building is located at the summit of St. Paul’s Hill. It was originally built in 1521, making it the oldest church in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. I was literally in awe when I enter the ruins. There were Portuguese tombstones at the sides, and being their takes you back in history.
4| Eat rice balls
They said your Malacca trip wouldn’t be complete if you haven’t tried rice balls. So I suggest go with the flow and try one. There is a store famous for their rice balls. The Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, is famous for their rice balls. So famous that the queuing riches outside the store and into the streets. Since we’re on a limited time, we decided to look for another shop that offers the same thing. Since I haven’t tried the rice balls from the famous restaurant, I can’t give a comparison. Nonetheless, the rice balls we tried was good.
5| EXPLORE Melaka
There are a lot of places to explore in Melaka. Here are some of the place I think that might interest you.
From left to right, top to bottom
Melaka River , Victorian Fountain, Christ Church, Medan Samudera (souvenir shops), Maritime Museum,MenaraTaming Sari, A' Famousa Fort, Murals in Melaka, Old houses
There are more places to explore in Melaka. What I have listed here are places I personally visit, and which are free. Since I always travel on a budget, I go to places that have no admission fee needed.
Have you been to Melaka? Which part of Melaka have you visited? I would love to know what else this place has to offer.
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