Welcome to Melaka

In the 15th century, Melaka was one of Southeast Asia's greatest trading ports. Over time it lost favour to Singapore, but this slowdown in trade protected much of the ancient architecture of the state capital, Melaka City, from falling foul of development. The historic centre was crowned a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008, kick-starting a decade of renewal. Modern Melaka swaggers once more, with visitors pouring in to experience the bustling weekend night market, heritage architecture and famously glitzy trishaws.

The rest of the state is a patchwork of forests, farmland and often deserted beaches. There's a generous scattering of family-friendly attractions in the smaller towns of Alor Gajah and Ayer Keroh.

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$70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Day Trip to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur

Your personalized day trip starts with pickup at your hotel lobby in the morning. Depart for the heart of Malacca City and your first landmark: Stadthuys. Explore this well-preserved building dating back to 17th-century Dutch traders. Then take in a panoramic view of the city and surroundings from the top of St. Paul’s Hill, site of St. Paul's Church. After a break for lunch (own expense), follow our guide on foot down Jonker Street in Chinatown. You'll find many antique shops, clothing and craft outlets, and restaurants where you can taste authentic Malacca desserts such as chendol, shaved ice mixed with coconut milk, palm sugar, red beans, and green jelly.  Visit the fortress of A Famosa, considered among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia. Your guide also makes a stop at Cheng Hoon Teng, a Chinese temple that incorporates elements of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Conclude your tour with the return trip to Kuala Lumpur and drop-off at your hotel.

$135.03 Day Trips & Excursions

A'Famosa Animal Safari Park and Putrajaya Tour with Dinner

Our driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya around 10am and head to A Famosa Animal World Safari located in Melaka. Enjoy 1.5 hour driver and passing by local villages, food stalls and palm plantation.Upon arrival, exploring the animal safari that well planned and caters for family especially for children. If you are lucky, you will see an elephants standing inside the safari entrance and the kids will get super excited. After having some fun with the animals at the park, we will drive to Putrajaya. We will visit some notable landmarks for photography, such as Putra Mosque, Prime Minister & Minister Offices, Putra Square and Palace of Justice. We will drive pass Prime Minister Residence and Sultan of Selangor Palace before head for dinner.5 course dinner will be served at a restaurant set right beside the Putrajaya Lake. Enjoy your set dinner that embraces resort-style dinning in Polynesian architecture amidst the lush greenery of Taman Botani. Our driver will transfer you back to your hotel safely after the tour.

$80 Cultural & Theme Tours

Historical Malacca Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Melaka’s history began in 1403 with the arrival of Parameswara, an exiled Hindu Prince from the Kingdom of Sri Vijaya in Sumatra. He assumed the title of Raja Iskandar when he embraced Islam and became the first ruler of this new kingdom which marked the early beginnings of the Sultanate of Melaka.In time, Melaka gained prominence as a vibrant maritime trading centre and was coveted by several foreign powers.The Portugese led by Alfonso’d Albuquerque conquered Melaka in 1511 and colonized it for 130 years. The Dutch then came in 1641 and ruled for 154 years. They were followed by the British in 1824 who ruled until the country gained its independence.Places of Interest: • Porto de Santiago / A’ Famosa – built 1511 – Gateway of Portugese fortress • St. Paul’s Church – built 1521 – where St. Francis Xavier was once buried • St. Peter’s Church – built in 1710 – the oldest Christian Church still in use in Malaysia • Stadhuys – built 1641 to 1660 – pink colored Dutch administrative buildings • Christ Church – built 1753 – A well preserved example of Dutch masonry. • Cheng Hong Teng – built 1645 – oldest known Chinese temple in the peninsula • Kampung Kling Mosque – one of the oldest mosque in the country • Hindu Vinayagar Temple – built 1781 • Jonker Street / Heeran Street – Place where you can buy antiques or gift • Malacca River Mouth • Portuguese Settlement, Sultans Well, Bukit China and Traditional Malay House

$71.30 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Night Tour from Kuala Lumpur With Firefly Watching and Dinner

Malaysia’s capital offers many possibilities to experience the smells, tastes, and feelings of modern Malaysia. Visitors can see a glimpse of what makes Malaysia such a multi-versed tourism destination, yet exploration further away often gives visitors a feeling of the traditional side of the country. This evening exploration of the Selangor province, with its laid-back capital, is one example of what you can expect when venturing away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. Your driver/guide will meet you at your hotel lobby around 4 p.m. for a shared tour out of Kuala Lumpur and toward the state of Selangor. This easy drive takes around one hour to reach Kuala Selangor. This is a diverse town, where authentic rural life still plays an important role, and where income out of fishing and farming comprises the majority of the region’s revenue. Besides this, large parts of the state and surrounding Kuala Selangor are now used for the in-demand palm oil and rubber cultivation industry. Head up to Bukit Melawati, overlooking the Strait of Melaka; once the home base for two forts, this is the perfect spot to get a panoramic view of the landscape and see ships coming and going. You might also get the chance to see the sliver leaf monkeys roaming around freely. Don't miss the chance to try out the area's delicacies for yourself, in a region where fish and seafood are caught in abundance. Dinner will be served at one of the leading seafood restaurants in Kuala Selangor, before heading upstream to watch thousands of fireflies twinkling in the dark along the thick mangrove trees. The boat will sail up from Kampung Kuantan, crossing parts of the Selangor River estuary — the best place to start this mesmerizing trip of flickering lights in the darkness. Return back to the pier, where your driver will be waiting to bring you back to Kuala Lumpur. Tour ends with drop-off at your hotel at approximately 10 p.m.

$52.70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Historical Melaka

Tour Highlights: St. Paul's Hill (A'Famosa) - The Portuguese colonized Melaka from 1511 to 1641. The first thing they did was build a fort overlooking the river, calling it A'Famosa.  As Melaka was the centre of struggles between super powers of the time, and suffered the constant threat of attack, the A'Famosa fort was critical in Portugal maintaining its colonial foothold in the Far East.  Within the fort walls were housing and food stores, a castle, a meeting room for the Portuguese Council and five churches. A seven-month attack by the Dutch just about destroyed the entire fortress, leaving only the entrance facade and the structure of a church at the top of the hill. Stadthuys - Built in 1650 as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and his officers, The Stadthuys is a fine example of Dutch architecture of that period. It is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East.  An outstanding example of colonial Dutch architecture, this edifice now houses the History Museum and Ethnography Museum.Jonker Walk - Take a stroll along the "Antique Row" locally called Jonker Street, a haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters.  Authentic artefacts and relics can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery.   Cheng Hoon Teng Temple - It is a premier historical monument that has survived the ravages of time.  It remains the fines of Chinese temples in Malaysia – a fact underscored by an UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration.  The temple ranks among the most significant in Southeast Asia, being central to the spiritual aspirations of the Chinese community in historic  Melaka. · Lunch at a Peranakan restaurant (Baba & Nyonya cuisine) - About the renowned Baba & Nyonya cuisine: The 'Straits Chinese', also called the Baba and Nyonya, are Chinese of noble descent who have adopted much of the Malay culture into theirs.  This has been a gradual process lasting over 400 years since the great Chinese explorer Admiral Cheng Ho first brought Chinese settlers to Melaka.  Over the centuries, the Baba & Nyonya has developed a distinct and highly interesting culture that is unique to Malaysia's west coast, particularly Malacca.Return to Kuala Lumpur in the early evening.

$5.56 Cultural & Theme Tours

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Tour Tickets

The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is located in Melaka, a World UNESCO Site. The house is a combination of three terrace lots that were acquired by the Chan family in 1861. Four generations lived in the house before it was opened as a museum in March 1985. The name of the museum is derived from the term Baba, an honorific manner of addressing a Straits-born gentleman and Nyonya which addresses a Straits-born lady.We welcome you on a journey into late 19th-century and early 20th-century Malaya. Meander through the home of Baba Chan Cheng Siew (1865-1919) whose eclectic taste offers a glimpse into the richness of the culture and the opulence that was  fashionable in many pre-World War II Peranakan homes.Today the museum is still managed by the family. Our vision is to bridge communities to Malaysia’s history Peranakan identity and culture. By preserving this house for visitors and students we hope to honour the Peranakan spirit, keeping it alive for many generations to come!

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