Melaka, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is no doubt charming. Its historical gems are among the best in the region, attracting travellers around the globe. But besides historical sites, Melaka actually has more to offer that make it ideal for family vacation.
Here are our picks for places you should visit with your family this coming year-end holidays.
This revolving tower enchants travellers whether during a bright, sunny day or dark, cold night. At the top-most elevation of 80 metres, travellers can feast their eyes over the stunning view of Melaka city. Among major landmarks that can be spotted are St. Paul’s Hill, Maritime Museum, Dataran Pahlawan, Malacca Straits Mosque and Besar Island.
Price: With MyKAD – MYR16.10 (Adult), RM10.45 (Child) / Without MyKAD – MYR21.80 (Adult), RM14.20 (Child)
Operation Hour: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Daily)
Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Tel: +6 06 288 1100
What other better way to start your tour of Melaka than taking the Melaka River Cruise? From Melaka River Square Jetty or Spice Garden Jetty where travellers can purchase cruise tickets, travellers can hop to several iconic spots along the route such as Stadthuys, Jonker Street, Water Wheel, Kampung Morten, Kampung Hulu Mosque, beautiful old bridges and more. Best to experience the cruise during sunset or at night.
Check the ticket price HERE.
Operating Hour: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Daily)
Address: Jalan Laksamana, 75000 Malacca
Tel: +6 06 281 4322
3. The SHORE
The SHORE is more than just a shopping mall. There are a few attractions within this building worth visiting with your family such as The SHORE Oceanarium, The SHORE Sky Tower, The SHORE 3D Interactive Park and The SHORE Toy Museum. It is definitely convenient to visit so many attractions all under one roof!
Address: The SHORE, Pinggiran @Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, Melaka, 75100 Melaka
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4. Warisan Kereta Melayu Tambak Bugis
If you find glimmering trishaws overrated, then try riding on bullock carts! In the olden days, bullock carts were the main mode of transport. It is hard to experience the ride nowadays since almost anywhere else in Malaysia has abandoned it for motorised and mechanised vehicles.
To experience this bullock cart ride, travellers need to go to Telok Mas, which is half an hour away from Melaka city centre by car. The bullock cart riding experience would take around an hour and a half, bringing travellers to various parts of the kampung (village). You could also try donning traditional Malay attire, rubber-tapping and tasting traditional delicacies like tapai and ubi kayu. Talk about living like the locals!
Price: MYR40 per head (minimum 15 persons, prior reservation is needed)
Address: Warisan Kereta Melayu Tambak Bugis, KM 10, Jalan Tambak Bugis, Telok Mas, 75460 Melaka
Tel: +6 019 756 3341 / +6 012 765 3341
5. Perkampungan Hang Tuah
Literally means Hang Tuah Settlement, this place is interesting for you to learn about the aspects of the local Malay culture like the types of food, attire, architecture, legends and folklores. You can even get involved in a mock Malay traditional wedding at the Balai Adat (‘cultural pavilion’) either as guests or betrothed couple. Travellers also get to learn and play traditional games like congkak, chapteh and batu Seremban, as well as trying on traditional clothes.
Entrance Fee: MYR3 (adult), MYR2 (senior citizen) and MYR1 (children)
Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Monday – Sunday)
Rest Hours (Friday – 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Address: Balai Adat, Perkampungan Hang Tuah, Kampung Duyong, 75450 Melaka
Tel: +6 06 292 6340
Make your family trip educational by visiting this 11-acre sanctuary to meet and greet thousands of colourful butterflies. There are more than 20 species of them here, including rare species like Black and White Helen, Malayan Birdwing and Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing, which is Malaysia’s national butterfly. Travellers and their family should also visit other parts of the sanctuary such as Kampung Buaya (Crocodile Village), Snake Garden, Bird Aviary, Lizard Territory, Emu Ranch, Bugs Kingdom, Koi Garden, and Tarantula Cave.
Entrance Fee: MYR22 (adult) and MYR16 (child 3-12 years old)
Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (daily)
Address: Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Tel: +6 06 232 0033
Dubbed as the largest water theme park in Malaysia, this place is perfect for a wet, fun-filled family day! Be sure to experience all of the sections within this park such as the Arabian Village, Kids Adventure Pool, Family Raft, Wave Pool, Big Ice Cream, Hula Hula, High Speed Ride and more!
Entrance Fee: MYR30 (Adult) / MYR24 (Child)
Operating Hour: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. (Saturday & Sunday) / 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (other days except Tuesday)
Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, Melaka, 78000 Alor Gajah
Tel: +6 06 552 0888