Malacca is a relatively smaller state compared to the bustling city life of Kuala Lumpur. But, despite its modest land area, Malacca or Melaka is a place where you can find a lot of historical and heritage sites.
The presence of the different heritage sites in the area prompted UNESCO to deem this place as a world heritage city.
Even though this place pales in comparison when compared to its bigger sibling (Kuala Lumpur), there are still plenty of things you can do here. And do not worry, if you are traveling alone, you can still get a companion since you can still find girl escorts in the city.
With that said, here are some of the best things that you can do in Malacca:
Visit the Taming Sari
The first one on the travel itinerary is to visit a place high enough that will provide you with some of the best overlooking views of the city.
Head on over to the Menara Taming Sari located in Banda Hilir. This is a gyro tower that provides anyone brave enough to go to the top with a 360-degree view of the entire state.
You can ride the elevator up top and it only lasts 7 minutes per trip. You may have to conquer your fear of heights though as the tower is somewhat taller than other structures in the metro.
Shop Local Products
Even though you can find plenty of different bars and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca is actually the go-to place for people that want to taste really delicious foods. In fact, most of the food products that you can buy here are exclusive to Malacca and you definitely have to sample what they have on offer.
You can head on over to San Shu Gong if you want to buy some bean biscuits and durian chocolates or you can go to Tan Kim Hock to sample some delicious coconut candies, as well as some Dodol.
Learn the Art of Batik Making
Creating Batik is an art form in itself but if you want to learn how it is made, you can actually enroll in many workshops that you can find in the state.
Batik, for those of you who do not know, is actually some intricate art. Fortunately, learning it is easy since the people that are going to teach you are proficient in speaking the English language.
Sample Some Peranakan Dishes
If making complicated Batik art made you hungry, then I definitely recommend that you try some Peranakan dishes. Malacca, as locals would say, is the home of the Peranakan which, for those of you who do not know, are descendants of 15th-century Chinese Immigrants.
Peranakan dishes are basically Chinese foods that are cooked using Malaysian techniques. I suggest that you sample some fish dishes in some of the many Nyonya eateries you can find in Malacca.
Have Fun in Jonker Street
Jonker Street in Malacca is one of the liveliest places in the state. Here, you can find plenty of different tourist spots, including museums, antique warehouses, restaurants, bars, and many more.
I really love the hawker food stalls and restaurants that you can find in this infamous street, mainly because they provide a whole lot of dishes inspired by many cultures.
Take a Cruise Down the Melaka River
The Melaka River is quite huge and taking a cruise would mean that you can get to see what the city has to offer. People really love the many different houses that the cruise passes by. Be sure to bring a good camera with you to maximize your time.