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1. Melaka Zoo, Ayer Keroh
Melaka Zoo is situated at Ayer Keroh, approximately 13 kilometres from downtown Melaka. It is the second largest zoo in Malaysia. The zoo's total area is approximately 54 acres.It has in its possession at least 1,200 animals from more than 200 species. Melaka Zoo opened its door to the public in 1963. The major attractions of Melaka Zoo are the Malayan Gaur, Serow and the Malayan Tiger. In line with the current zoo development, Melaka Zoo adopted an open concept and maintains the natural green environment. Melaka Zoos role is as a centre for wildlife research, conservation breeding, zoo education center and a popular tourist destination.
The Taman Mini Malaysia cultural park is located a few kilometres outside of Melaka, near the town of Ayer Keroh. If you have an interest in traditional architecture and ways of life, this is a great place to go exploring. Each of the homes represents the architectural style of the 13 states in Malaysia and is furnished with various items, arts and crafts which depict the culture of each state.
Inside each house, you can find a range of genuine handicrafts originating from each state or county. The life-like figures 'inhabiting' each charming home on stilts are garbed in their respective traditional costumes. Other attractions in the park include weekly cultural shows and traditional games. Basically, this is an opportunity to see all Malaysian architecture and heritage in a short all-encompassing outing. And it's a nice break from the hustle and bustle of nearby urban Melaka.
The river was the main artery of trade for Melaka in its heyday when it was bustling with traders from all around the world. Some buildings from that era still stand majestically by the river, which is also lined by old villages, or kampungs, and modern day buildings. The 45-minute cruise is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.
• Enjoy the beautiful riverside view
Openinghours:9.00am-11.00pm(depending on water level)
This museum was set up in honour of a Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral called Cheng Ho or Zheng He. This famed explorer made seven voyages of exploration, leaving his mark in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia between 1405 and 1433. Five of these voyages brought him through Melaka, a port he is said to have founded. These voyages made a significant impact on Melaka's regionally important role in history. As a confidante to the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Cheng Ho had a weighty influence on Chinese International Relations of the day.
The Portuguese admiral, Alfonso D’Albuquerque, built Porta de Santiago or A’Famosa in 1511. However, this fortress was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion in 1641. Fortunately, Sir Stamford raffles, a British official, intervened in 1808 and saved what remains of A’Famosa today. this famous landmark is located near St. Paul’s Church.
Admission is free.
Tel: 06 288 3599
6. Stadthuys, Melaka Tengah
The Stadthuys is the most imposing relic of the Dutch rule in Melaka. it features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers, it now houses the Museum of History and ethnography. next to it is Christ Church, a Dutch reformed Church that was constructed in 1753.
(Museum of History and Ethnography)
9.00am - 5.30pm (weekday)
9.00am - 9.00pm (weekend)
Admission fee: RM5 Adult, RM2 Child
Tel: 06 284 1934
7. Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum, Melaka Tengah
This building is typical of the 19th century Baroque style homes of wealthy Chinese families. Furnished with Chinese rosewood furniture with a mix of Chinese, Victorian and Dutch designs, this longish residence has an interior that opens into a courtyard that admits sun and rain. This museum was the ancestral home of three generations of a Baba nyonya family and is situated along Jalan Tun tan Cheng Lock.
Opening hours: 10.00am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Admission fee: RM8 Adult, RM4 Child
Tel: 06 283 1273
8. Melaka Sultanate Palace, Melaka Tengah
A replica of a 15th century palace in Melaka, this museum mainly displays exhibits that are related to the culture of Melaka. other items include a huge diorama depicting a sultan’s court as well as clothing, weapons, stone inscriptions, musical instruments and photographs.
Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Admission fee: RM2 Adult, RM0.50 Child
Tel: 06 282 7464
9. Jonker Street, Melaka Tengah
Jonker Street or Jalan Hang Jebat is interspersed with antique shops selling an interesting array of authentic artifacts and relics. Some date as far back as 300 years and can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Located in the older section of the city, Jonker Street is popular among bargain hunters and antique collectors.
• Go antique or souvenir shopping at the various shops
• Visit the Jonker Street Weekend night Market
• Sample numerous hawker food at the stalls along
Jonker Street Weekend Night Market
Opening hours: 6.00pm - 12.00am (Friday - Sunday)
Tel: 06 284 8282
10. Maritime Museum, Melaka Tengah
The Maritime Museum is housed in a replica of the Florde la Mar, a Portuguese vessel that sank off the coast of Melaka. The museum has pictorial displays of the history of Melaka, beginning from the Sultanate of Melaka in the 14th century to the pre-independence era. inside the museum are models of ships, authentic maps, charts and old iron chests that were once used to store precious cargo.
Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm (weekday)
9.00am - 9.00pm (weekend)
Admission fee: RM3 Adult, RM1 Child
Tel: 06 283 0926
11. A’ Famosa Resort, Alor Gajah
The star attraction in Alor Gajah, the A’Famosa resort boasts several themed attractions, which include the A’Famosa Water World, A’Famosa animal World Safari, A’Famosa Cowboy town and a children’s theme park. this resort is situated just off the north-South expressway.
• go for tube and raft rides as well as high speed slides
• observe savannah animals from safari trucks
• Watch the Red Indian show and animal Musical Parade
• try exciting rides and games at the Children’s theme Park
Tel: 03 2781 8888
12. Eye On Malaysia Malacca, Melaka Tengah
The eye on Malaysia Melaka affords visitors a panoramic view of the historic Melaka City and the Straits of Malacca. The world’s largest portable viewing wheel, it stands at 60m and has 42 gondolas. the wheel is located in a 4-acre leisure park at the mouth of the scenic Melaka river in Kota Laksamana 2, Banda Hilir.
A 360 degrees view of Banda Hilir and its environs awaits you at the 110m high taming Sari tower. the name and design of this tower was inspired by the taming sari dagger, the legendary weapon owned by the Malay warrior, Hang tuah. this tower is only a few minutes away from the dataran Pahlawan Megamall and Mahkota Parade Shopping Complex.
• Take a ride up the taming Sari tower
Opening hours: 10.00am - 11.00pm
Admission fee: RM20 Adult RM10 Children
Tel: 06 288 1100
14. Sunset Cruise, Melaka Tengah
Melaka’s latest attraction, the Sunset Cruise gives you the unique opportunity to savour the beautiful panorama of Melaka City at sunset from the Straits of Malacca. this one hour cruise takes you along the city coastline as well as nearby islands. For further enquiries, contact Seafarer explorer.