Hailed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, Melaka (formerly known as Malacca) is a city in Malaysia that holds a lot of historical value.
Most of the historical elements have been eroded by time but there are some relics and remnants that are still being preserved to this day.
Despite the city being much smaller than Kuala Lumpur, this is not to say that the city doesn’t have something exciting to offer the foreigners.
They will especially love the fact that the people here are quite hospitable and you can also have the services of a truly lovely girl escort as well.
This article will serve as your guide to some of the most fun and inexpensive things to do in the city of Melaka.
Get Your Morning Coffee
That being said, the Malaysian staple breakfast is Roti Bakar or the Butter Kaya Toast. You can pair this with some Telur Separuh Masak which just translates to soft-boiled eggs and you are pretty much good to go.
Of course, you can get all of this at one of their amazing Kopitiams or local coffee shop for foreigners.
Visit Some Historical Sites
There is a reason why UNESCO deemed this place as one of the world’s heritage sites and that is thanks to its rich historical background. Fortunately, foreigners need not pay anything if they want to learn a piece of Melaka’s history. Some of the most noteworthy historical places you can visit are:
- Red Square- Otherwise known as the Dutch Square, you can see a lot of Dutch-inspired buildings here. There is a reason why it is called the ‘Red’ Square and that is due to the fact that most of the buildings here are painted red.
- Cheng Hoon Temple- The Cheng Hoon Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It is located in the busy Jonker Street but the temple grounds are quiet and apt for worship.
- A’Famosa Fort- This Portuguese port was established way back in 1511.
Try Some Asam Pedas
Considered as the signature dish of the Minangkabau and traditional Malays, Asam Pedas is a spicy and sour fish stew that is great for lunch. This is perfect when paired with some fragrant white rice.
Travel Back to the 1920s
Head to Nyonya Memoirs to take a trip to memory lane. This place is fashioned in the same way as to how the early Peranakans lived their lives.
Have Dinner at Medan Ikan Bakar Parameswara
There is a vast array of seafood that you can find in Melaka and if you are planning to have seafood for dinner, head over to Medan Ikan Bakar Parameswara.
This is like a seafood market/restaurant that serves some amazingly fresh and delicious seafood dishes. And, the good thing is that it isn’t pricey at all!
Go Bargain Hunting
The last item on your Melaka itinerary would be to find some bargains at the Jonker Night Market. It is located in the middle of Chinatown and you can find a variety of different stalls that sell you pretty much anything that you can think of (except illegal things, of course).