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How to Spend 1 Day in Melaka

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How to Spend 1 Day in Melaka
One of multicultural Malaysia’s most colorful cities, the port of Melaka (Malacca) boasts more than 600 years of history. A UNESCO World Heritage Site for its blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences, the city delivers Hello Kitty trishaws, ruined churches, fusion food, and more. Here’s how to enjoy one day in Melaka.

Morning: Historic Melaka
Start the day by exploring Melaka’s historic center. Not a lot remains of the 16th-century Portuguese A’Famosa Fort, but the Porta de Santiago gate gives an idea of its scale. Amble up to the atmospheric ruins of St. Paul’s Church, first built in 1521. Stop to admire the Stadthuys, the center of government for Dutch colonists a century or so later, then cross the river to Jonker Street, with its seductive shops. Don’t miss Harmony Street, named for the three religions that meet here. Visit the Hindu Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar Moorthi Temple, the Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and the Malay Kampung Kling Mosque.

Afternoon: Watery Wanderings
Discover Melaka’s signature fusion cuisine, Peranakan or Nyonya food, over lunch at a restaurant—or go deeper with a hands-on cooking course. Next, learn about the Chinese-Malaysian culture that created the cuisine as you tour the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. Board a glitzy trishaw, decked out in pink or glitter, and capture the signature Melaka selfie as you zip around the old town. Then soak up scenic shophouse landscapes on a Melaka River cruise; choose an amphibious vehicle for extra thrills. If time permits, explore the Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, a re-creation of a Portuguese trading ship.

Night: Show Spectacular
As sunset comes around, head up high for a view across the city. The Menara Taming Sari is a rotating viewpoint that rises 262 feet (80 meters) into the air for 360-degree views. Alternatively, opt for the Shore Sky Tower, with an observation deck 535 feet (134 meters) above the city. Next, discover Melaka’s rich history at the ultramodern Encore Melaka theater, where a cast of around 200 perform a song-and-dance extravaganza atop a rotating stage. Round off your evening in classic style, by snacking and grazing your way through the Jonker Street Night Market. 
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16 Hrs Melaka Flexible Day & Night Car Tour from SingaporeDay Trips

16 Hrs Melaka Flexible Day & Night Car Tour from Singapore

Explore the highlights of Malacca (Melaka) with the benefit of a private full-day tour from Singapore. Your guide customizes the itinerary to your interests, with possible destinations like Red Square (Dutch Square), Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and Afamosa Fort, and time to check out the vendors on Jonker Street. Travel in comfort to this UNESCO World Heritage Site in an air-conditioned private vehicle that can accommodate six passengers.
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Private Tour: Historical Malacca Trip from Kuala Lumpur Including LunchDay Trips

Private Tour: Historical Malacca Trip from Kuala Lumpur Including Lunch

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Join a private guide for a personalized tour of Malacca on this full-day trip. Learn about the former Portuguese, Dutch and British colony during the drive from Kuala Lumpur. You’ll have lunch and explore Chinese and Hindu buildings in the World Heritage–listed town located on the Straits of Malacca. Round-trip transport is provided by private minivan from your hotel.
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Private Tour with Local Host : Historical City Of MalaccaDay Trips

Private Tour with Local Host : Historical City Of Malacca

Experience the historic city of Malacca, a busy former trading town with a mix of Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, Indian, and British influences with this day trip from Kuala Lumpur. You'll get to see many of the city's prettiest attractions, including handicraft markets, temples, and churches, and get the chance to sample traditional Baba-Nyonya cuisine, unique to the city.
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Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Tour Tickets

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Journey back to 19th-century Malacca with a visit to the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance, then gain an insight into Baba Nyonya culture and heritage on a 45-minute guided tour of the historic building.
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Authentic Peranakan and Malay Cuisine in a Local Home in MalaccaDining Experiences

Authentic Peranakan and Malay Cuisine in a Local Home in Malacca

Malacca’s restaurants may serve Peranakan and Malay dishes, but choosing them from a menu won’t teach you as much as cooking them. Book this private cooking class at a local’s home and gain insight and cooking and food styling tips you’d never get from just eating out. Meet your host—a passionate cook—and create a Peranakan or Malay starter or main in her kitchen before enjoying them for lunch.
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