Take a trip to Malacca
Welcome to Malacca, a city that exudes history and the charm of a rich past. Prepare to be transported to a world where cobbled alleyways guide you to architectural treasures, majestic temples and exotic flavors that will awaken all your senses.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Jonker Street, where you can lose yourself among the colorful stalls and fragrant street food stands. Admire the colonial houses and Dutch buildings of the city’s historic quarter. Visit Fort A Famosa and Porta de Santiago, vestiges of the Portuguese colonial era. Don’t miss the Kampung Kling mosque, which blends Malay, Chinese and Indian influences.
Tour guides in Malacca
Five ideas for guided tours in Malacca
Stroll along the cobbled square and admire the beauty of the Stadthuys, a bright red colonial building that is now a fascinating museum. Explore the various exhibits, which immerse you in the history of the region and give you a better understanding of the Dutch influence on Malacca. Nearby, you’ll discover Christ Church, a colonial-era church distinguished by its Dutch architecture and elegant white façade. The Clock Tower, an imposing clock tower, is another Dutch Square gem. With its intricate patterns and antique clock, it adds a touch of charm to this iconic location.
As you stroll along Jonker Street, let yourself be carried away by the tantalizing scents of the street food stalls. Sample local specialties such as satays, cendols and nyonya kueh, and let these exquisite delights awaken your taste buds.
Lovers of antiques and vintage objects will be delighted to browse the boutiques and stalls brimming with treasures on Jonker Street. The main thoroughfare is also renowned for its traditional teahouses, where you can enjoy a cup of hot tea while soaking up the peaceful, serene atmosphere.
And don’t miss the Cheng Hoon Teng temple, an important religious site dating back centuries. Admire its impressive architecture and immerse yourself in its spiritual atmosphere.
Sungai Melaka, a walk along the river
Get ready for a captivating and moving experience along the enchanting banks of Sungai Melaka. Start your stroll near the famous Jonker Street and continue your exploration towards the river bridge, which offers a breathtaking view of the picturesque surroundings. Marvel at the magical reflections of lights dancing on the surface of the water. Along this gentle stroll, you’ll come across historic and cultural sites such as the Porta de Santiago, an ancient fortification gate from colonial times.
The walk is also an opportunity to admire the magnificent murals that adorn the walls of the buildings along the river. These works of art tell a captivating story of Malacca’s history and culture.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum in Malacca is a cultural treasure trove that transports you into the fascinating past of the descendants of the first Chinese immigrants who settled in the port city as early as the 15th century. You’ll marvel at the rich detail and ornamentation of the antique furniture, Persian carpets, delicate porcelain and refined textiles that bear witness to the opulence and refinement of this once prosperous culture.
A Famosa, the Malacca fort
Malacca’s A Famosa, one of Malaysia’s oldest and most emblematic monuments. This Portuguese fort, built in the 16th century, bears witness to the city’s colonial and multicultural past. The fortress is located south-west of the city center, on a hill overlooking the Strait. Today, only one of the fort’s gates remains, called Porta de Santiago, decorated with the coats of arms of Portugal and the Netherlands, who successively occupied the city.
But the building is not limited to this gate. The fort also houses St. Paul’s Church, the oldest church in Southeast Asia, built by the Portuguese in 1521.