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.

$136.01 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

$75 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.

$113.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Melaka Day Trip with Transfer from Kuala Lumpur

This private tour begins with your driver/guide picking you up from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur city center. Sit back and relax in the air-conditioned car as you ride down the highway. The journey will take approximately 2 hours. Enjoy the scenic views of nature on the way. A fascinating blend of Portuguese, Dutch and British influences have made Melaka one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. Your tour starts at St. Peter's Church and the pink Dutch administrative buildings that now house the Melaka Museum and government offices. Here experience the bustling square, heritage architecture and glitzy trishaws. Make a stop at Porta de Santiago (also known as A Famosa) which is what’s left of a Portuguese fortress, mostly destroyed when the British arrived in Melaka in 1641. It is the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. This site's rich historical background earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in July 2008. Your journey then continues with a visit to Jonker Street, where the best eateries can be found. You can stop for lunch to try out local favourites Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Ball, aromatic laksas or cendol – syrup-soaked shaved ice with scatterings of coconut, tapioca and green pandan noodles for a dessert. Another interesting place to explore is Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown which is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street. Once you are satisfied with the visit, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur city center.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Heritage Tour of Malacca from Kuala Lumpur

Start your day trip to Malacca (or Melaka) with transport by air-conditioned minivan from the Central Market Annexe in Kuala Lumpur. Set off with your guide and small group to this historically strategic crossroads between east and west. On the way, discover how the Sultanate of Malacca fell to the Portuguese in 1511 and became the first European outpost on the Straits of Malacca. Hear how the Dutch and British ruled over the centuries, while the port's key role in trade across Asia brought immigrants from China and India. On arrival in the World Heritage–listed town, see highlights such as the Baba-Nyonya heritage homes along Heeren Street, and learn how Chinese and Malay traditions merged to form what is known today as Baba-Nyonya culture. View Jonker Street's quaint storefronts, the Dutch architecture of the Stadthuys (or Red Square), and the sites of St. Paul's Church and the fort of A Famosa, both of which date back to Portuguese times. The city is host to Malaysia's oldest Chinese and Hindu temples as well as the country's oldest Catholic church. Taste the unique flavors of Malaccan snacks while exploring the old streets of the city where Malacca's traditional trades endure despite the city's rapid modernization. Your tour ends with drop-off in central KL.

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