Go or No-Go: Top Melaka attractions you must visit (and those you shouldn’t bother with)

Go or No-Go: Top Melaka attractions you must visit (and those you shouldn’t bother with)

Of course you’re not going to miss out on any of Melaka’s breathtaking sights and rich heritage, but with the numerous major tourist attractions that the historical city proudly boasts of, where can you go to get more out of the city? So many destinations, so little time!

Here comes Traveloka to the rescue. Check out our handpicked popular tourist attractions in and around Melaka – from historical quarters, night markets, museums, gardens and more. We tell you which attraction is worth going to and which one is overrated – now, go or no-go?

1. Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

What was once the home to four generations of the Chan family is now the well-maintained Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. Take on a journey into the residence of the wealthy Baba Chan Cheng Siew during the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. Marvel at the richness of the culture – its elegant decor, lavish costumes, intricately-embroidered silk, jewelery, silverware and more.

 

Our verdict: Go!

 

Admission fee: RM16 (adult), RM11 (child)

Operating hours: 10am to 5pm

 

2. A’Famosa Resort

A'Famosa
Credit: A’Famosa Resort Facebook

Want to indulge in water slides and mind-blowing rides? Or watch the amusing animal shows at Safari Wonderland? Or experience the cowboy lifestyle at Old West? Take your pick, A’Famosa has it all! A word of advice, tickets bought online are relatively cheaper.

 

Our verdict: Go!

 

Admission fee: Safari Wonderland – RM43 (adult), RM32 (child) | Water Theme Park – RM32 (adult), RM26 (child) | Old West – RM32 (adult), RM27 (child)

Operating hours: Safari Wonderland – 9am to 5pm | Water Theme Park – 11am to 7pm | Old West – 6pm to 12am

 

3. Magic Art 3D Museum

Magic Art 3D Museum
Credit: Magic Art 3D Museum Facebook

Always wanted to go to Iceland? Or does your heart call for an Egyptian adventure? Experience these and more with friends and families at Magic Art 3D Museum which offers eight zones of 3D art segments for some photo-taking fun. However, we are not sure if the rather small two-storey museum is worth the admission fee. Plus, the museum is about a 27-minute drive from the city.

 

Our verdict: It’s a no-go for us, though families with young kids or a group of friends may enjoy it for a one-time experience.

 

Admission fee: MyKad holders – RM22 (adult), RM18 (child and senior citizen) | Foreigners – RM28 (adult), RM22 (child)

Operating hours: 10am to 7pm

 

4. Jonker Walk

Jonker Walk
Credit: KYTan

By day, Jonker Street may seem laid-back with centuries’ old pre-war shophouses and quaint, Instagrammable cafes. But, when the clock strikes 6pm on a Friday night, that’s when the street comes to live. From a distance, the vibrant and colorful market looks like a mini festival. Soak in the lively atmosphere of the weekend market and find everything unique – antiques, handicrafts, clothes and of course street food!

 

Our verdict: Go!

 

Admission fee: Free

Operating hours: 6pm to 12am

 

5. Stadthuys

Stadthuys/Red Square

The massive bright terracotta-red historical quarter boasts colonial Dutch architecture with substantial solid doors and louvered windows. A complete delight to walk through, take yourself into a journey from the past to present Melaka. Attractions nearby are aplenty. If your legs start to give out from all the walking in the museum, opt for a ride on a trishaw decked with colorful fairy lights and loud music blaring from the speakers.

 

Our verdict: Go!

 

Admission fee: MyKad holders – RM5 (adult), RM2 (child) | Foreigners – RM10 (adult), RM4 (child)

Operating hours: Monday to Thursday – 9am to 5pm | Friday to Sunday – 9am to 8.30pm

 

6. Taming Sari Tower

Taming Sari Tower

Taming Sari takes pride in being the first and only gyro tower to date in Malaysia. The revolving structure of Taming Sari Tower takes you on a 360-degree panoramic view of Melaka. Although you will get to see a bird’s eye view of the town, we are not too sure if the price is worth the 7-minute ride.

 

Our verdict: No-go! If you’d love to “fly” across Melaka, opt for paragliding instead. The experience is worth every cent.

 

Admission fee: MyKad holders – RM17 (adult), RM11 (children) | Foreigners – RM23 (adult) and RM15 (children)

Operating hours: 10am to 11pm

7. Melaka River Cruise

Melaka River Cruise

A Melaka River voyage takes you through the inner corners of the historical city that you may otherwise easily miss out. As the boat leisurely cruises for approximately 45 minutes on the splashing waters, the tour guide tells the story of the old shophouses and landmarks along the way.

Tip: The best view is at night!

 

Our verdict: Go!

 

Admission fee: MyKad holders – RM13 (adult), RM6.50 (child), senior citizen (RM10) | Foreigners – RM18 (adult), RM10 (child)

Operating hours: 9am to 11.30pm

8. Melaka Zoo & Night Safari

Melaka Zoo & Night Safari
Credit: Papa Annur

Although the zoo is well-kept and clean, the Night Safari tour was quite a disappointment to us. Because there was barely any lighting around the zoo at night, we had to rely solely on the tour guide’s torchlight to see the animals. Some of the cages were empty while other animals looked malnourished. By the time our tram ride arrived, we were ready to leave the zoo.

 

Our verdict: No-go! Perhaps the day zoo is worth a try for those who are keen to get up-close with animals. Alternatively, Melaka Bird Park and Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary are sure to delight.

 

Admission fee: MyKad holders – RM17.80 (adult), RM7.10 (child), RM7.10 (senior citizen) | Foreigners – RM23.70 (adult), RM17.80 (child)

Operating hours: Day Zoo – 9am to 6pm | Night Safari – 8pm to 11pm

9. Melaka Botanical Garden

Melaka Botanical Garden

Free yourself from the the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to Melaka Botanical Garden. The lush greenery is part forest reserve and part recreational park. Rent an electric buggy or a bicycle to get around the massive garden. Even better, walk or jog on the paved trails. The highlight of the day is a congratulatory sign to mark a certain mile in your walk. Yay for mother nature!

 

Our verdict: Go!

 

Admission fee: Free

Operating hours: Monday to Thursday – 9am to 5pm | Friday to Sunday – 9 am to 6 pm

10. Maritime Museum

Flor de la Mar

A replica of Flora de la Mar, Maritime Museum restores the impressive Portuguese ship and showcases Melaka’s trading history in the golden age. The museum houses an abundance of model ships from different time periods, reading material on the historical city and famous legends such as Hang Tuah as well as ancient currency.

 

Our verdict: Go!

 

Admission fee: RM3 (adult) and RM1 (child and student)

Operating hours: 9am to 5pm


Whether it’s your first time at Melaka or not, the quaint historical town is a place you’ll want to keep coming back to. If you like the idea of exploring a beautiful, colonial town brimming with history, Melaka is the place to go. Get the best promotions on Traveloka and book your Melaka-venture now!

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