Malacca (Melaka) is just an hour and a half outside Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur. It’s famous for its colonial history, Dutch, Portuguese and British heritage as well as Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, and for being a UNESCO World Heritage site. A fascinating city and state, Malacca also has several tours every visitor to the area should take. These top three Malacca tours will give you an overview of where the present day country of Malaysia started – right here in Malacca.
Malacca Overnight Package Tour – One of the most popular tours to and in Malacca is the Malacca Overnight Tour, which sets off from Kuala Lumpur, just an hour and a half away, and heads to Malacca where you’ll spendtwo or three nights in Malacca, depending on your preference.
The tour leaves Kuala Lumpur and drives along the main highway until arriving in Melacca. After check-in at a local Melacca hotel (and there are many hotels to choose from), you’re free to wander around the city for the rest of the day, with recommendations from staff for restaurants for lunch and dinner.
The following day after a buffet breakfast, a half-day Malacca Town tour is included in the package. Here, you’ll see Duth Square, the most famous area of Malacca, with its 17th century clock tower, churches and flower-covered cyclos. From Duth Square, you travel to St. Paul’s hill for the old Portuguese cathedral ruins and graveyards. Jonker Street and its trendy cafes, restaurants and shops follows, with a stop off at a Chinese temple and a local Muslim mosque. Finally, you’ll finish your tour at a Malay product center, where you can buy a few souvenirs to take back home for friends and family. Evening meal is on your own and, the following day (on the two night tour), you’ll be driven back to Kuala Lumpur with even airport drop-off included in the price if necessary.
Malacca Duck Tour – On the Malacca Duck Tour, you’ll climb aboard a 38-seater duckmobile (an amphibious craft), where you’ll drive along the streets of Malacca and see the Porta de Santiago, Sultanate Palace, the Independence Memorial Museum and Mahkota Parade. At Pulau Melaka, the duck tour will enter the ocean where it becomes a boat. You’ll sail on the ocean, past the Floating Mosque Masjit Selat, and along the Straits of Malacca until you arrive at the site for the new Eye on Malaysia.
The Malacca Duck Tour is the most popular tour in the area as it’s a unique way to see the city, so booking ahead is recommended. You can get individual tickets or, if you’re going as a family, get the family package as it’s cheaper.
D-Paradise Day Trip – D-Paradise is a fascinating day trip. An eco-tourism spot, D-Paradise, Tropical Fruit World and Aboriginal Village is a resort, a spa and a tribal village that features more than 800 species of tropical fruit, the largest collection in the world.
The D-Paradise Day trip starts at your hotel in Melacca, where you’re picked up by a D-Paradise van. Driven to D-Paradise resort, you’ll start off your day with a welcome drink and fruit sampling. Afterwards, you’ll be given a tour of D-Paradise then eat lunch at the resort restaurant. With menus loaded with fruit dishes, this will be one of the healthiest meals you’ve ever eaten.
After lunch, the Aboriginal Village theme park is waiting. You’ll learn jungle survival skills, see the world’s largest crab, visit an ostrich farm and a crocodile farm, then experience a cultural show put on by local native peoples and a handicraft lesson.
A superb evening meal follows then, to finish off your day, you’ll go night-time jungle trekking with the natives. You couldn’t ask for a better day trip. No wonder it’s one of the top three tours in Melacca.
Malacca Overnight Package Tour
Malacca Duck Tour
D-Paradise Day Trip