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Malacca Activities – Top 20 Things to do in Melaka

Christ Church among top 20 things to do in Melaka


This article was originally about top 10 things to do in Melaka but later it was upgraded to top 20 things to do in Melaka. The reason behind this is very simple as there are plenty of things to do in Malacca. It is one of UNESCO world heritage sites in Malaysia, so historical sites are on the menu. Food and local culture of Melaka is also unique.

Things to do in Melaka

Thus, keep this top 20 things to do in Melaka list for you in case you cannot remember them at spot. You will find it handy when in Melaka.

1. Get enthralled at A Famosa Resort

Let’s begin the journey from past to present. Whether you are a history lover or not, A Famosa Resort is nice place to visit. It won’t take too long to reach the resort. You will be there in one and a half hour if the journey began from Kuala Lumpur.


A Famosa Resort offers accommodation and theme parks including Safari Wonderland, Water Theme Park (also referred as A Famosa Water World), Old West (Cowboy Town). You can also have fun with different fun activities in the resort including Achery, Horse Riding, Paintball, Rock Climbing, Go Kart, Cycling, Paddle Boat, Pony Riding, Horse Carriage, Target Shooting Fishing.

You will find it a great place whether you are visiting alone or with the family. 20 things to do in Melaka list without A Famosa Resort will be incomplete.

2. Take a Trishaw Ride

Fast moving cars, bikes and planes are fun but the slow and colorful vehicle Trishaw offers you a unique travelling experience. Getting around Melaka in a Trishaw offers you a sort of experience where you move about scenery of the city like. The best thing about the Trishaw ride is that you would be able to take pictures as you move. The colorful carriage sort of vehicle reminds you of the horse carriages.

3. Explore Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple

Old is Gold. You would love telling your family once you are back that you visited the oldest traditional Chinese temple in Malaysia that belongs to the seventeenth century. You can probably impress your Buddhist friends too that you know a little more than them about their culture! After all you have seen the once robed effigy of Guanyin with your own eyes in the temple.

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4. Look into The Stadhuys

The Red Square or the Stadhuys is a Dutch architecture that takes the visitors on a trip to 1600’s. You will find Oriental buildings and a Museum of Ethnography in the Stadhuys. You can find daily routine items and goods as well as the bridal cultural items in the Stadhuys. The glory of past of the Malaccan people is evident for the costumes in the Red Square, so visit to The Stadhuys is one among the best things to do in Melaka.

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5. Get on the River Cruise Melaka

Melaka River connects the two parts of city as well as past to the present. The river flows besides streets and you will remember the sails besides Jonker Street from where you could see the Ferry Wheel too. The specially designed boats float on the river between streets like a shadow of Venice. So, don’t forget to try River Cruise Melaka in your 20 things to do in Melaka list.

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6. Explore Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

The Chinese-Malay rich families left behind them a culture that is center of attraction for the tourists. Baby Nyonya Heritage Museum located behind the Jonker Street is a worth visiting place. One can see rooms, ceilings, wall and doors of the old houses telling about the rich architecture of the ethnic group.

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7. Cheng Ho Cultural Museum

The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is maintained by a very warm staff that guides you about history of the place. Cheng Ho was a legend and the museum offers his history and fabulous maritime exploits. You can also find literature on Chinese maritime here in the museum. Don’t forget to watch the 5 minute video on the history of Cheng Ho in the museum.

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8. Shop in Jonker Street

Fun begins at Jonker Street but is never ends. The street is not as crazy as the water world in the A Famosa Resort but the fun is no less when you shop and dine with your buddies. History and culture can be experienced at their epic in the Jonker Street Melaka. Weekdays are fun but Saturday Sundays are the must have experience in the Jonker Street.

This street is so famous that now it is being referred as Jonker Walk Melaka Experience. There is also a Jonker Walk gate when this street will start. Without a visit to Jonker Street your 20 things to do list will always be incomplete.

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9. Visit the Malacca Sultanate Palace

Paintings, art depiction and the furniture of Sultans of Melaka can be found in the Malacca Sultanate Palace. The city had been home to Malay, Buddhist, Christian and Dutch cultures. This building of Muslim era is located near the St. Paul Hill. The building is made of wood totally and it is amazing to find that there are no nails used in it. The gardens beside the palace also reminds you of how gardens used to be in the old time.

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10. Stopover Christ Church

The Malaccan Churches had been home to Christians from different lands. Visit the church for its architecture and the history. The Church has been redesigned. You would love the spacious halls and the touch of local Melaka culture. It is a spiritual and historical trip to be in the Christ Church Melaka.

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11. Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum

It would be nice to go to the Maritime Museum in Melaka where you can see the Portuguese ship called Flora de la Mar, which was sunk in the Melaka shore long time ago. There are many historical ships and ship related parts but the colorful depictions of the sea routes and sea trade are worth seeing particularly. The museum is within the walking distance of Jonker Street The Stadhuys.

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12. Try Nyonya Food

Less chopped and more tasty Nyonya food is a must try experience in Melaka. After all you cannot stay hungry all the day especially when there is a great fusion food available. The Nyonya food in Melaka offers you a mixed taste of eastern and western dishes. You should try some of the unforgettable dishes like Asam Pedas, Curry Fish head (with sauces and salads), Otak-Otak, prawns soups and much more. A meal is not complete without Cendol (Melaka desserts) in Melaka.

For food lover, trying Nyonya food should be on top in best things to do in Melaka list 🙂

13. Stop by Kampung Morten and have a Snapshot

The Kampong Morten is a great place to stop by for a selfie or a family group photo. The place is great resort and educational development that guides the visitors and tourists about cultural way and traditional life in Malacca. The place is a living encyclopedia of Melaka.

14. Catch up on Portuguese History at A Famosa Fort

A Famosa fort is the 16th century wonder remembrance of the Portuguese arrival in Malaysia. Not enough is left of the fort, but the front still stands. There are canons placed in front of the fort too. The fort is one of great places to test your camera skills since it offers view of a historical place with background of sharp blue shy and green trees.

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15. Melaka Wonderland Theme Park

You may forgive yourself for not having been to Melaka Wonderland Theme Park, but your kids will not. It is a great place to visit in all the seasons, but summers are cooler in this Theme Park. Thrill rides and speedy water slides are the best fun services of the place. The park is surrounded by a natural recreational forest spreading over 360 hectares.

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16. Have a Homestay Experience

There is more than one reason for having a homestay in Melaka. Although it is nice to be in a hotel, yet the homestay is a better experience since you get a more comfortable environment. Normally the homestay sates are a little higher. But you can avoid bug bites of some old furniture’s in hotels by staying in the local residences as a paying guest.

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17. Visit Amazing Malacca Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary

The fauna of Melaka is attractive for both the locals and the tourists. There is a Malacca Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary that can be found in Ayer Keroh, which is also one of the best Malacca tourist attractions. It is an 11ha jungle area that is home to species of reptiles, butterflies and insects. You can see amazing sizes and colors of butterflies in the sanctuary. Another thing you are going to surely appreciate is the well maintained area that does not let your interest decrease at the place.

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18. Melaka Zoo – The Second Largest Zoo in Melaka

Wanna visit one of the largest Malaysian Zoo’s? Melaka Zoo is second largest of its kind in the country. The zoo is a safari place where the visitors are introduced to over 1200 animals, most of which roam freely in the park. You will love to find over 200 animal species in the zoo that could not be probably covered in biology book too. You can bet your friends after visiting the Melaka Zoo that deer barks too! (Barking deer is an endangered species kept in the zoo).

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19. Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar Moorthi Temple

The rich Malaccan culture is not only home to the Muslim, Christian and Buddhist cultures but you will also find some great Hindu cultural buildings as well. Posters, paintings and carvings of elephant head creatures (Ganesh) tell you that the place belongs to the Hindu deity Vinoyagar. The place tells you about one of finest use of colors in Hindu traditions especially the Chitty community that arrived here 600 years ago.

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20. Climb the 110 meter Menara Melaka

Riding the Menara Melaka should be either first or the last thing to do in Melaka. Reason? It offers you a 360 degree view of the city that should either serve as an introduction to the city or a review of the places you visited.

This is a great place for you to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. Believe it, aerial views of the city are great especially when you can circle over the tower to have a comprehensive view.

This 110 meters high tower or Menara does not make you dizzy, so take a ride and have an amazing 360 degree view of Melaka.

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There are some of the best and recommended must-do activities and things to do in Melaka. If you want to recommend an activity, please do so by adding comments below.

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Lemon Tree Restaurant during Melodies Garden, Johor Bahru

Lemon Tree Restaurant (N1.49135 E103.76201) is located along Jalan Bedara, Tmn Melodies, Johor Bahru. The grill is situated in a residential area given 11 years ago, and many of their business are regular…
The owners – Mr Jeffery Bong pronounced he surveyed a area before starting his grill and like a trees in front of a emporium lot really much. And since of a trees stories, he named a grill as ‘Lemon Tree’, a renouned strain that was famous by Fools Garden, expelled on a year 1995 and became a vital general strike in 1996.

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The environment of a grill is elementary and cozy, with retro ambience. The comfortable lighting done a guest feel comfort while dining in a restaurant…

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The square of bread uniformly lonesome by tuna and simply wrapped with cheese, a cut of cucumber and baby tomato supposing additional snack to a appetizer, these Bruchetta were nice!

After a appetizers, any of us have a homemade fungus soup served by a restaurant.

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The dainty fungus soup was nice, creamy, though not starchy, we can ambience a fungus started from a commencement compartment a end…the play of fungus soup was only good for a person.

Next, there were dual 12″ pizzas were served. Tropical Hawaiian and Island Seafood Pizza.

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The Mixed Fruits Salad was a following dish…kind of like a dishes arrangement by a owners – Jefferey Bong, since a poetic fruits salad was served after a vast volume of cheese installed into a stomach…:)

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The fruits salad was prepared with a uninformed fruits, and don’t forget a special salsa by a Chef Jeffery, therefore it really cold us down for a ‘part 1’ dishes session…

After a brief break, a ‘part 2’ began with 2 spaghetti, seemed on a list quietly…
The Spaghetti Hawaiian and Spaghetti Seafood Alio-Olio.

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Both spaghetti were delicious! The Spaghetti Hawaiian was served with hams and with honeyed sauce, and a Spaghetti Seafood served with lots of seafood…especially a large prawns. We like a ambience of a both spaghetti.

Before a we could finish a spaghetti, a New Zealand Air Frown Rib-eye presented!

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The beef served in a middle good doneness and a black peppers salsa was separated, that give a choice for those who like a strange beef ambience and those who like with a sauce.

The a bit burn grilled beef was succulent, it could be improved if offer in middle singular with a ambience of beef juice…but this is my personal welfare and it might not suitable for all of us, good arrange by a Chef! You will be warn by a reasonable cost of this steak, find out yourself! 🙂

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The Chef did offer some of a internal delicacies on a following after carrying such a good western cuisine, that were a renouned Lemon Tree Special Fried Rice and a Mee Mamak.

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As we recalled, a Lemon Tree restaurant held my courtesy few years ago from some of my friends comments on their good and elementary boiled rice, as a boiled rice lover…I was a bit late to try out though never bewail on it!
The boiled rice was incense and yummy, served on a ideal wet turn and never too dry to suffer it! The image of boiled rice served together with a boiled duck wing, ham, cheese, boiled egg and a sauce. It can be a stuffing plate for lunch or dinner.
According to a Chef…the multiple of boiled rice was a advise from a unchanging patron who revisit a grill 3 times a week, a patron requested to has some-more stuffs beside a boiled rice and Chef Jeffery ‘tailored made’ a plate as what he need, surprisingly a plate sell really good from a kitchen…that’s a reason Jeffery named it The Special Fried Rice of Lemon Tree Restaurant!

The Mee Mamak was an extended chronicle from a internal mee goreng where simply accessible in many of a mamak shop. But a Lemon Tree’s chronicle was somewhat different, it surfaced adult with many veggie and boiled to a ideal taste…which meant not too honeyed or salty. It was an eye opening for me to ambience a mee mamak in a western food restaurant.

After all a delicious dish for a dinner, a poetic desserts surfaced…
The special book of Tiramisu and a Chocolate Lava.
I’m not a dessert chairman though a desserts on that dusk ‘seduced’ me too much! Haha!

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The Tiramisu was done in 3 forms of coffee and with a singular cheese cream. The Wow cause was on a initial bite! Not overly honeyed (as peoples are some-more health unwavering nowadays), and it was a warn for me!

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The chocolate lava cake was done from a pristine 70% of dim chocolate, it won’t be overly sweet…no worries! And a so called ‘Lava’ will not ooze from a cake once we cut it due to a high firmness of a chocolate cake.

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I trust a dual desserts above will simply expostulate a girls crazy! It will turn a favorite for a desserts lover!

We were confident for a dishes served by a grill that evening. Especially with a reasonable prices. The prices for a dishes above are within RM5.50 and RM49.00.

Lemon Tree Restaurant had stretched their dining area to a subsequent door. According to Jeffery, a new wing is support for private duty or catering services, 20-30 persons.

The Chef – Mr Jeffery Bong was a executive cook of one of a 5 stars hotel in Singapore, he motionless to came behind Johor Bahru to start his possess business 11 years ago. He wanted to offer his business with a peculiarity dishes and a reasonable price, in fact…it’s a good news for a western food partner in Johor Bahru. The grill had been by some-more than a decade, and Jeffery continue to yield a best cuisine to his business from day 1 compartment now…

Do dump by a Lemon Tree Restaurant if we are occur in Taman Melodies area, we trust we will find what we like!

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The Brazzo Restaurant and Lounge during Taman Ponderosa, Johor Bahru.

The Brazzo Restaurant and Lounge (N1.51800 E103.78205) is located during Jalan Poderosa 2/1, subsequent to UOB Bank of Taman Poderosa. The atmosphere of a grill is accessible and relax, good ambience!

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The comfortable lightings unequivocally done us felt relax and a air-conditinal was cold…it’s a good place to suffer your meals!

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The air-condition was also cold adequate to cold us down in a prohibited balmy day…
After watchful for about 10 minutes, a initial plate served on a list was their Sesame Garden Salads.

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It served in a organic delicious shaggy unfeeling with mayonnaise-based Creamy dressings. The light salads to kindle a ardour as a initial march of a plate and we like a Special sesame taste of a dressings, and not forget a good cherry tomatoes.

The second dishes was a Ahi Tuna (Yellow Fin Tuna) – One of a Signature plate of Brazzo.

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The parched Ahi Tuna (30% cooked) served with a special sauce, vegetables and a luscious crushed potatoes.

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We tasted a ‘Charcoal Grilled’ Ahi Tuna for a initial time within Johor Bahru area, we like a sesame seeds really much! The uninformed tuna melted in a mouth with good aroma, it done a Must try plate to me! And greatfully don’t forget to finish a good crushed potatoes and a luscious cherry tomatoes.

Before we can finish a Ahi Tuna, a third plate served…The Kurobuta Prime Rack on-the-bone (300g)(another Signature plate of a restaurant)

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Kurobuta Pork is a many rarely cherished pig in Japan and comes from a ancient multiply of pig famous as Black Berkshire. The beef from a pristine oriental strains of Black Berkshire, found in Japan, is regarded as a tip peculiarity pig in a world.

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Some knowledges from crony : Conventional farm-raised pigs
tend to miss a impossibly luscious fat that birthright breeds have
maintained, and that keeps their beef juicy, proposal and, yes,
expensive. But if you’re a loyal fan of pork, birthright is value every
succulent bite.

It was my initial time perplexing a tip peculiarity pig in Johor Bahru, it served with a special salsa and it was simply grilled on a outward and stays proposal inside. This square of pig gave a opposite ambience from a typical pig that accessible locally. Kind of like a taste…It was a good knowledge for us yet it can be some-more ideal by yield some-more wet of a meat.

The onward plate was Milk Fed Veal Rack (300g)Signature plate of The Brazzo

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Veal is a beef of immature cattle (calves), as against to beef from comparison cattle, Milk Fed Veal was took from calves that are lifted on a divert regulation supplement. The beef colour is ivory or tawny pink, with a firm, fine, and fluffy appearance. They are customarily slaughtered when they strech 18–20 weeks of age (450-500 lb). “Milk-fed” veal calves devour a diet consisting of divert replacer, formulated with mostly milk-based proteins and combined vitamins and minerals. Source from here.

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Our Milk Fed Veal Rack was served with a medium rare doneness. As we can see a reddish on a meat, it simply melted in a mouth and a ‘charcoal grilled’ aroma filled adult each dilemma in a mouth! The veal was proposal and succulent, this 300g veal took us during slightest an hour to suffer it! With a tiny small cut of Blue Cheese, done this delicious Perfect!
It’s a Must try plate for beef lover, Delicious!

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The fifth plate was – French Rack Of Lamb (Signature plate of The Brazzo)

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A shelve of lamb or carré d’agneau (though this might also impute to other cuts) is a cut of lamb cut perpendicularly to a spine, and including 16 ribs or chops.

Rack of lamb is mostly “frenched”, that is, a rib skeleton are unprotected by slicing off a fat and beef covering them. Typically, 3 inches of bone over a categorical flesh (the rib eye or Longissimus dorsi) are left on a rack, with a tip dual inches exposed.
Well, we were not so sold as other food partner to magnitude a 2″ 3″ of it. Haha!

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The Rack of Lamb was good grilled on a outward and it had a middle doneness inside, that gave a reddish pink, browned, and crusty. The seasoning complemented a lamb yet not browbeat it. We can’t stop ourselves after a initial bite! No review between us during that impulse unitl a racks finished…

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2 sticks of  asparagus wrapped by bacon served together with a Rack of Lamb, and no matter how full we are…you contingency finish this Nice bacon! Tasty!

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All a above meats were imported, and a prices of a 6 forms of Singatures plate are between RM50-80. Exclude a Kobe beef.

We were satisfied with all a Signatures plate that served on a table!
The Western Cuisines offer in Brazzo are opposite from a common western food grill in Johor Bahru, we will have some-more chances to try a opposite form of western cuisine in this grill and their Specialty is “Charcoal Grilled”. It was a wealthy dishes with a reasonable price! Thanks to Mr Sean Lauw – The accessible owners of The Brazzo.

The Brazzo do offer appealing lunch set in a noon time, they have sum of 9 different sets all offer with coffee or flower tea for Only RM12.90 nett.
Beside this, they offer beers and other alcohols in a lounge, this naturally spin into a good cold place to shun during a prohibited balmy day! 🙂

With a environment, accessible services, peculiarity dishes and affordable prices….it’s a Excellent dining Restaurant! Do dump by if we around a Ponderosa or Taman Molek area, we trust we will warn with a food of The Brazzo Restuarant Lounge.

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