MELAKA – MUCH MORE THAN CHICKEN RICE BALLS
Melaka is a wonderful mix of modern living and centuries’ old heritage, with the tagline ‘Don’t Mess With Melaka’. It is a small state but has plenty to offer. The city can be deemed sleepy compared to the bustling Kuala Lumpur, but we aren’t one to complain – it is a place for weekend escapes, as its religious sites, interesting museums and quiet alleyways lead a slower pace of life and a reminder of how great Malacca was (it was once dubbed ‘Venice of the East’ at its peak).
See all sides of Malacca with our pick of things to do when in this UNESCO World Heritage city, and while public transportation is a little scarce, most hotspots are within walking distance from each other, so invest in a pair of good walking shoes and start exploring!
First and foremost is the A’Famosa Water Theme Park. With the scorching heat theses days, this water theme park is the best place to cool down. With cool pools, spine-tingling slides, awesome attractions and tantalizing treats, there’s something for everyone. So what you waiting for, splash away in ‘The Largest Water Theme Park in Malaysia,’ as you begin your thrilling water escapade!
The next best place to visit with the “fam-bam” is the Upside Down House Gallery. Why? Because recently everyone has been instagraming all that 3D art gallery designs, so why not try an upside down one instead. This is definitely a great place for snapping amazing and unique pictures as the props are all placed upside down creating a whole new dimension. With all the gravity-defying props, it will sure leave tons of laughter for the whole family.
Looking for a safari escape instead? Well then, there is the A’Famosa Safari Wonderland. A weekend escape at a zoo, why not? The A’Famosa Safari Wonderland, will leave you feeling the thrills as you walk into the land of chanting animals ‘see the ferocious fangs of a tiger and touch docile rabbits, all in one place. Ride on horses, camels and elephants. ‘Walk Through’ among pretty flamingos, amusing raccoons and the dino ancestors, the emu and the ostriches. Even touch and feed monkeys, that will surely leave an unforgettable experience.
The A’Famosa Old West Cowboy Town is another great place for the weekend. The night has only just begun when you step into ‘Old West’ – a totally old western feeling will come alive at these moments. It’s time when you come face to face with its rustic buildings, antiques, cowboys and cowgirls, red Indians, country songs and stunt shows. Old West features a wide variety of outlets where entertainment is the name of the game such as restaurants, disco, beer garden, shopping village, game centre, bowling alley, children theme park and funfair. There is so much to do and enjoy, fascinating shows, stunning performance give you limited fun, laughs and joy.
5. Duck Tours
Deciding to see the Melaka city instead? Then there is the Duck Tours to be enjoyed. On land then on sea then back to land, this adventure ride will give you a glimpse of all the best sites in Melaka. Melaka Duck Tour is intended to offer something new and different altogether for its visitors. The Melaka Duck Tours allow visitors to experience and view what Malacca has to offer on land and sea by touring the city with the amphibious vehicle. It is definitely something for the whole family to enjoy.
The perfect weekend activity if you are looking to try out something new. Melaka Stars Archery’s mission is to introduce the unique and exciting sport of Archery to all. That in mind and the more than 10 years of technical experience and know-how led them to develop the ultimate Indoor Archery experience. So if you are looking to have a try at something new, check up on the Melaka Stars Archery. Whether aiming on fun & focus for the family or going solo, with Archery its rest assured you’ll be on target.
Yo-ho-ho! The Melaka Pirate Adventure is a walk-through indoor attraction that lets you experience the pirate life in the famous Bahtera Melaka ship, which was constructed to-scale for more realism. Here, there are not only fun props to take pictures with, but also, become a pirate for a day as you travel back in time with history and costumes that will surely excite anyone when men ruled the high seas.
Fancy dipping into a cool pool to beat the city heat? The Melaka Wonderland is a unique water theme park features 11 attractions, namely Tornado Chaser (1st in Malaysia), Lazy cum Crazy River, 1 Big Wave pool, Adventure Island and is surrounded by 360 hectares of natural recreational forest. Melaka Wonderlands exclusive attractions promise unlimited fun, taking every visitor on a thrilling ride and breath-taking view of a natural forest.
Another fun family weekend thing to do in Melaka is to take a visit to the Melaka Night Safari. The ever popular Night Safari will be enhanced to give you a unique opportunity in observing the behaviour of nocturnal animals in their natural habitats. With more than 100 animal species, the 150-acre Animal World Safari promises great fun and excitement. This is the only safari park in Malaysia, where you can see wild animals like tigers, lions and sunbears close-up in the open as the truck stops right next to them. But before you get to meet the lions, you have to pass through the rough and bumpy Jungle Area and cross Crocodile River.
10. Melaka Zoo
More than 1200 animals of 215 species can be found at the Malacca Zoo. It is the second-largest zoo in Malaysia behind the National Zoo of Malaysia. Malacca Zoo was the first zoo in Malaysia to exhibit the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros. It also houses overseas as well as local beauties such as the white rhinoceros, Asian elephants, red panda, Malaysian gaur, the serow, the squirrel monkey, the molurus python, the grey wolf, the Mongolian wild horse, the green tree python, the giraffe, the blue-and-yellow macaw and also the Indochinese tiger as well as the Malayan tiger. So why not, take a weekend break and visit these exotic animals at the Melaka Zoo.
11. Malacca 5D Art
An optical illusion happens when the eyes perceive images that differ from objective reality, such as the sloping lines of the café wall illusion, the size-distorting Ebbinghaus illusion, and when an makes glasses disappear. See through sleights of hand with the Malacca 5D Art, a 5D art studio with over 5 themed zones featuring floor-to-ceiling optical illusion murals. Pose and snap photographs with a variety of props and themed backgrounds, granting you every right to show off on social media.
And then lastly, there is the Melaka Thousand Tales Of Adventure. Be absorbed in to mysterious voyages, as you brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime as you join Sinbad, the swash buckling sailor of the seven seas and captain of Nomad, on a perilous adventure to defeat the evil Shaman and his army of ghouls to save the world. This adventure is designed perfectly for the whole family. Surely an adventure that is not to be missed while in Melaka.
And there you have it. Why Melaka has more to offer than just chicken rice balls. Melaka is definitely a great place for a weekend escape either with friends or family. So the next time you are in Melaka, be sure to visit all these new places, rather than the same old Jonker Street, or the Hard Rock Hotel and the malls.