With less than RM100 in your pocket, you can explore the many wonders of Melaka! Make maximum use of your precious travel money by following the trail beautifully set out here. Discover the charms of this UNESCO World Heritage City and be thrilled by its priceless culture and rich history — all without stretching your budget.
1. ST. PAUL’S HILL
Where: Jalan Kota, 75000 Melaka
Aside from a breathtaking view of the city and its coastline, a walk up St. Paul’s Hill will give visitors a sense of Melaka’s history. When the Portuguese colonized Melaka from 1511 to 1641, a fortress named A’Famosa was built here overlooking the river. The fort was critical in maintaining Portugal’s colonial foothold in the Far East but a seven-month attack by the Dutch just about destroyed the entire fortress. All that’s left today is the entrance façade and the structure of a church at the top of the hill.
2. JONKER STREET
Food price: From RM3–RM10
Where: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Jonker Street or Jalan Hang Jebat is the vibrant heart of Melaka City, where old town houses and shophouses are transformed into cafés, pubs, craft shops, souvenir shops and boutiques. It’s a definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. There are antique shops offering authentic artefacts and relics dating back hundreds of years as well as a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Jonker Street is liveliest at night, especially during festive seasons. It’s also famous for hawker food stalls which dish out local delicacies like asam laksa and cendol, to name a few.
3. MELAKA WONDERLAND THEME PARK & RESORT
Ticket price: RM37.90
Where: Lot PT17178, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Take a break from historical monuments and indulge in a fun-soaked adventure at this water theme park. You will find 16 attractions, ranging from high-speed rides such as the Tornado Chaser and Kamikaze Racer to family-friendly attractions like the Adventure Island (multiple-level play structure with 8 slides) and 1 Big Wave Pool (a beachfront complete with its own waves), all set amidst 360 hectares of recreational forests.
4. MENARA TAMING SARI
Where: Jalan Merdeka, Banda Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Melaka’s famous gyro tower stands at a height of 110 metres, providing a 360-degree panoramic view. Its name and design are based on Keris Taming Sari, the mythical weapon believed to possess mystical powers belonging to the legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. Attached to the tower are a series of commercial outlets including a restaurant, café and souvenir shops.
Where: Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka
Characterized by its red walls, the Stadthuys was once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers. The building is a fine example of Dutch woodworking and masonry, and presently houses a museum complex. On display are traditional bridal costumes and relics which chart over 400 years of Melaka’s history. The exhibits are well laid out and offer detailed explanations of how the artefacts played their part in Melaka’s glorious past. Built in the mid-17th century, the Stadthuys is the oldest remaining Dutch building in South East Asia. Wander inside to marvel at the architectural features and wealth of historical details.
6. UPSIDE DOWN HOUSE GALLERY
Where: G12 & G14, Jalan PM 7, Plaza Mahkota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Opened in 2014, this fun art gallery gives a whole new meaning to whimsy! Being in it is like entering a topsy-turvy parallel universe, where nothing makes sense but in a good way! One thing for sure, there are endless photo opportunities to be had here. The interior is laid out like an ordinary, fully furnished house but apart from that, there’s nothing normal about it! You’ve just got to experience it to believe it.