Malacca’s nicknamed ‘The Historic State’, and this tour reels off a bunch of the region’s most iconic sights. To kick things off, you’ll drive through the city to the aptly named Dutch Square. The colonial architecture here’s a deep shade of red, and a windmill and bright flowerbeds are a nod to the former European settlers. Next, you’ll learn about a different set of predecessors at the ornate Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum – which tells the story of Chinese-Malay ancestors. Pay a visit to the Cheng Hoon Teng temple – the oldest temple in the country – in Malacca’s old town. Things wrap up with a final dose of culture, courtesy of the Villa Sentosa – a living museum which offers a snapshot of how a Malay family lives. Once you’ve had a good nose around, you’ll head back to the port.
Age-old architecture’s the starting point for this trip, as you pay a visit to Malacca’s berry-red Dutch Square. Pose for pictures in front of the colonial ring of buildings, and bag a souvenir or two from the surrounding shops. Next, you’ll take to the water on a boat trip along the Malacca River. Hop off a little way along, and you’ll have a chance to visit one of the city’s highest points – the Menara Taming Sari. When you reach the top of this needle-like tower, you’ll have panoramic views across the rooftops. Back at ground level, you’ll make a stop at the ruins of A Famosa – an ancient fort built by the Portuguese. And we’ve saved the best for last – a chance to see the modern Malacca Straits Mosque. When the tide comes in, this orange-domed structure looks like it’s floating on the surface of the water.
This tour’s topped and tailed by a couple of major religious landmarks, with traditional stop-offs wedged in between. You’ll start with a visit to the white-and-green Al Azim Mosque in the city’s northern reaches. After you’ve snapped a photo or two of the grand exterior, you’ll make tracks for Mini Malaysia – a cultural park that celebrates the country’s 13 states. Different houses showcase the various styles and traditions of each region, so you’ll get a flavour of life outside Malacca. The nation’s oldest Chinese temple, Cheng Hoon Teng, is next on the to-see list, before you head to the remnants of an ageing Portuguese fort. To finish off, you’ll plot a course for St Paul’s Church. This hilltop relic has stood tall for centuries, and offers sweeping views of the skyline.
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