Jonker Street is the heart of Melaka's Chinatown and a hunting ground for souvenirs and antiquities. Items offered range from mass products via crafted arts to real (and fake) antiquities from past centuries. Beside that, Jonker Street still has many preserved houses from the Dutch colonial era. The old architecture and the shop decoration are worth seeing, even if you do not want to buy anything. For those looking for food and drinks, there are also restaurants, shops and food stalls to be found as well.
P.S.: Please note that if you buy real antiquities, you may have to fill out a declaration in order to export it. Please ask the antiquity dealer for the required paperwork.
Hi,you can try Portugese settlement or Umbai for seafood.Both are not far away,though Portugese settlement is the closer of the two.It is about 10-15mins drive away from Mahkota Parade.Other places for food include Melaka raya,Jalan Bunga Raya(rem to try the famous char siew rice/go before 1pm),Jalan Laksamana(open air dining/big kopitiam there and opp has a cluster of steamboat restaurant and Bei Zhan is also there/nearby is also the famous Donald n Lily nonya restaurant),can try the tau huay and claypot rice at the food court in Mahkota parade(3rd Flr),Fong sushi restaurant at Jonker walk is a gd deal,Bunga raya porridge,Pan & Wok restaurant and Nadaje at Jalan PM3 opposite Mahkota hotel.For night markets,there is one at Jonker walk in the evening every fri,sat n sun.I think there is also one on Tue at kampung Lapan,though not sure in morning or evening.Can also catch a movie there esp on wkdays when the tickets are cheaper.Enjoy ur trip.
Although it is fairly easy to get around and see things by yourself I was feeling lazy and did one tour.
I used Malacca Mudskipper Best Tours (what a name!) and they were great. As a single female I rate my trips/tours by the attention I am - or am not - given. These guys were respectful and no harassment at all.
I did an all day tour called "Mount Ophir, high princess waterfall trip"and really enjoyed the day. We went to a rubber plantation (OK), the Mt Ophir Ledang waterfall (really good when I was there after rains), A charming Hindu temple, Tangkak Town (interesting place), an oil palm plantation (OK) and then finished off at an old house with really interesting architecture and history.
There were lots of snacks along the way too.
Wear shorts and gear which can get wet on this tour or take a change of clothes as you are sure to get wet at the waterfall.
I enjoyed it and I recommend the riverboat tour on the Melaka River, because it is pleasant and fun.
Tours depart from the bank of the river right behind the Tourist Office in the Town Square, they cost just few RMs and they last about thirty-forty minutes. See picture attached for visual representation of what I saw.
The funniest part of the tour was the comment of the speaker. At the end of the tour, when we were heading back to the jetty, the guy you see in one of the pictures managed to goodbye us by saying "thank you and goodbye" in about thirty languages; no kidding. After the first ten, we, the crowd on the boat, began to laugh but we couldn't even imagine what was still yet to come; it was hard to believe he seemed to never run out of new languages to goodbye us. It was really fun.
Don't have great expectations from the ride; what you are going to see (pictures attached are a genuine representation) is interesting but nothing impressive, by the way my experience is of a pleasant and fun half and hour.
I arrived in the city of Malacca by ship from Port Klang. Since the port of Malacca is too small we had to go on anchorage off the coast. Our tender service brought us ashore. Arriving at the coast and entering through the channels it almost appeared as if the Dutch planned to build something similar to the “grachten” in Amsterdam, water ways that were used as main transport roads.
Situated in Banda Hilir Melaka and it is a very historical place especially in the area thats relates to the process of independency of Malaysia.
This is where Tunku Abdul Rahman Al Haj (Malaysia 1st Prime Minister) announced that the British Government had agreed to grant Malaysia (Malaya at that time) independence. The annoucement being made in 1956.
Why here in Melaka that Tunku choose to made his 1st annoucement? This is because Melaka was the first state that being colonized.
Now, a massive upgrading of the field (Dataran) is taking place and soon this will become a commercial centre with many carparks, exhibition hall, cineplexes, shopping arcades, departmental stores, international clubs and etc.
Chinatown is another highlight of Melaka. It is situated on the westside of the river. The streets are lined with temples, mosques, Chinese Peranakan shophoues and antique shops. There are a lot of Chinese temples in this area of town, obviously. The most important and also the oldest is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple dating back to 1646. All building materials used here have been specially imported from China. On the inside the temple is just beautiful. Walk in and take the time to absorb the atmophere.
For some fresh air you can walk up to Bukit China. This area is about 25 hectares and is the largest Chinese graveyard outside of China. There are about 12,500 graves here. Most aren't in a very good state though. There are many trees here and there is a cool breeze. Just walk to the top and enjoy the breeze and the views.
This British villa was built in 1911 and is now a museum charting the history of of Malaysia's progression to independance. There is not so much to see inside the building but if you want to know more about this subject, there is a lot to read inside!