With holidays dispersed throughout the year, you’re probably thinking of taking that long-awaited family trip! The question is, where to? One family favorite is none other than the heritage town of Melaka!
Gathering quite the status as a cultural treasure, we’ve listed down several spots to prove why it’s all worth the hype.
1. A’Famosa Resort
Who doesn’t love a good old theme park? Well, A’Famosa Resort ticks all the boxes for a splashing good time and some fun in the sun! Along with their Water Theme Park, Safari Wonderland and cowboy-themed Old West attraction, the resort itself is equipped with multiple facilities like a golf course and recreational park to satisfy everyone’s needs.
So, beat the heat by getting wet and wild with the fam during the day, and be sure not to miss the special Red Indian and firework show that happens daily at night!
Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Ampat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours daily
Contact Number: +606-552 0888
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2. Stadhuys Square
This next tourist hotspot takes the saying ‘painting the town red’ literally! It’s impossible not to notice the stark crimson appearance of the Stadhuys building that has been around in Melaka since the late 1600s.
Traveller’s tip: Get around Stadhuys Square in style by booking you and your family a trishaw tour. What’s better, they come in all sorts of designs that you can choose according to your liking!
Address: Bandar Hilir, 75200 Malacca
3. The Sultanate Museum
Sneak a peek into the origins of the local Malay culture when you step inside the majestic Sultanate Museum. You’ll be transported to Melaka in its prime era, back when it stood as one of the internationally renowned central trading ports. Also, here’s a great educational opportunity for your kids whenever they start to get restless!
Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Contact Number: +606-282 6526
4. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Melaka is a colorful state consisting of a myriad of traditions and beliefs, one of which is the Peranakan clan. More commonly known as the Baba and Nyonya, the unique marriage of Malay and Chinese ethnic groups into one is immortalized into this Peranakan home-turned-museum.
Experience the wonderful interiors of this lovely building and dive into the Peranakan culture that’s put on full display here.
Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 4.15 PM (Monday – Thursday), 10 AM – 5.15 PM (Friday – Sunday)
Contact Number: +606-282 1273
5. Melaka River Cruise
You’ve probably seen the famous Melaka River from pictures and postcards, but how about up close? Here’s your chance to take the family out for a 45-minute cruise (and a break from all that walking) through a beautiful scene.
Expect to embark on a river trail through vibrantly hand-painted murals, marvelous bridge constructions, and some of the town’s most iconic structures. Cue the cameras!
Address: Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 11.30 PM daily
Contact Number: +606-281 4322
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6. Melaka Bayou Lagoon Waterpark
One theme park might not be enough for the young ones, so why not get your fill at the Melaka Bayou Lagoon Waterpark? Besides A’Famosa Resort, this wet funland located in Bayou Lagoon Park Resort has generated a major fanbase for its adrenaline-pumping slides and gorgeous pools.
So round up the family for a chill swim or a cheeky water fight, and head over to this absolute water gem!
Address: Bayou Lagoon Water Park, 75450, Melaka
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 7 PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact Number: +606-233 0888
7. Melaka Zoo
Your kids will be jumping for joy at this one. What’s a family day out without a trip to the safari? Better yet, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the Bayou Lagoon Waterpark, hence, a convenient way to keep the fun marathon going!
The Melaka Zoo is not only open during the wee hours of the day, but extends its operations until after dark as well. With its Day and Night Safari attractions, you and your family will get a feel of the best of both worlds.
Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM (Monday – Thursday), 9 AM – 5 PM (Friday – Sunday)
Contact Number: +606-232 3900
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8. Magic Art 3-D Museum
Prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning illusions of grandeur once you set foot inside this 3-D art space! Indeed, it’s surprising how surreal these paintings mimic real-life nature and popular movie characters, so get your posing game on and start capturing lasting memories with the family.
Address: G13, G15 & G16, Bayou Square, Jalan Wakaf Utama,, 75450 Bukit Katil, Melaka
Operating Hours: 11 AM – 7 PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact Number: +606-233 0888
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9. Taming Sari Tower
Before you’re thinking it’s all for show, don’t underestimate this skyscraper monument just yet. Aside from its towering height of 110 meters above ground level, did you know that the Taming Sari Tower is the first and only gyro tower in Malaysia to date? In other words, this revolving contraption will take you for a spin high up in the sky, giving you a ride that you will never forget.
Address: Jln Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 11 PM daily
Contact Number: +606-288 1100
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10. Jonker Street
And finally, you can’t say you’ve been to Melaka without making one last mandatory stop at the legendary Jonker Street. Browse through the assortment of custom-made trinkets and food stalls lining up the entire path during the day.
Then, watch the streets burst into life when the sun goes down. At the Jonker Street Night Market, relish in some seriously tasty treats and live music performances to end your day on a high note! (The night market operates from 6 PM all the way to midnight from Fridays to Sundays only).
Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
So, what are you waiting for? Ring in the holidays and New Year with a family trip to Melaka together!
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