The city of Melaka is renowned for historical sites such as A’Famosa, Stadhuys, and St. Paul’s Church, but it is also home to various other exciting attractions and must-try food spots. This historical city is a gem for those yearning for a fun and relaxing weekend getaway with their family.
Planning trips and itineraries can be stressful, so let us help you out. Here’s a 2-day itinerary perfect for a short and sweet trip to Melaka, planned especially for you:
Take an enjoyable road trip to Melaka. You can drive or hire a car to beat the hassle.
10 AM: Have a splashing time at A’Famosa Water Theme Park
Start off your holiday with a splash! Head over to A’Famosa Water Theme Park where various fun water activities await you. If you’re in the mood to relax, go on a soothing tube ride along the lazy river or relax on the sandy beach. If you’re looking for something more thrilling, there are plenty of waterslides to try out including a high-speed seven-storey slide! After all that fun and excitement, enjoy a scrumptious lunch.
3 PM: Check-in to your hotel
Check into your hotel and take some rest before heading out to explore the exciting nightlife Melaka has to offer. There are various hotels (e.g. Hatten Hotel Melaka, Hatten Place Melaka) and cosy homestays (e.g. The Nest House) to choose from that are close to major attractions.
6 PM: Indulge in shopping and enjoy local street food at Jonker Street Night Market
This hip and happening night market is open Friday to Sunday from 6 PM up to midnight. Enjoy delicious Melaka street food including satay celup, coconut shake, nyonya popiah, and fried quail egg. After savouring the various street food, shop around for goodies such as clothes, souvenirs, and accessories.
9 PM: Go for a relaxing river cruise
Enjoy a 45-minute cruise along the Melaka River. This is a great way to take in the beautiful sights of Melaka. Along the way, catch a glimpse of iconic landmarks such as the Stadhuys and marvel at stunning murals that depict the city’s rich heritage and culture.
10 PM: Return to your hotel
Get a restful sleep for another awesome day tomorrow!
9 AM: Check-out of your hotel and head for breakfast
Head over to Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls to enjoy one of Melaka’s signature dishes. Savour a hearty breakfast of tender steamed chicken with chicken rice balls and chilli sauce on the side. This is a must-try when you’re in Melaka!
10 AM: Visit historical sites from the Portuguese and Dutch colonial era
Explore historical sites in Melaka, namely:
- A’Famosa – a fort built by the Portuguese in the 1500s
- St Paul’s Church – a historic church building that resides atop St Paul’s Hill built by the Portuguese in the 1500s
- The Stadhuys – a building complex renowned for its red exterior and clocktower built by the Dutch in the 1600s
- The Maritime Museum – a replica of the Portuguese ship ‘Flora de La Mar’
These sites are a must-visit for history enthusiasts!
1 PM: Enjoy delicious nyonya cuisine for lunch
Melaka is renowned for Nyonya or Peranakan cuisine that combines Chinese, Malay, and other influences. Head over to Nancy’s Kitchen, a popular local restaurant that serves classic dishes such as laksa nyonya, chicken/pork pongteh, and nyonya chap chai.
2 PM: Marvel at the wonders of wildlife at Zoo Melaka
As the last stop, visit Zoo Melaka, the second largest zoo in Malaysia, for an incredible wildlife adventure! This zoo houses over 200 species of animals including monkeys, deer, lions, elephants, and many more. Walk around the zoo and marvel at the majestic creatures that surround you. You can even get up close and personal with some animals and feed them!
4 PM: Have a safe journey back home
Words by Vidhya Sathyamoorthy
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