I recently joined a trip to Malacca, specifically Malacca Town Centre, which is rich in culture and heritage, loaded with historical sites and ancient artifacts. I got to spend a whole day there but trust me, it's not enough! :)
I personally see Malacca as a 'tourist-friendly' city, loaded with backpackers from all around the world, a very colourful and pleasant sight for first time travellers. While the possibilities of having a sunburn and tanned skin is high in the noon, it gets very breezy, calm and cloudy in the evening. It's like a signal that the 'backpacking' adventure that starts since the early a.m. needs to be switch to a relaxing 'hanging out' mood. This is also the time when people starts filling in the kopitiams (traditional coffee house) and mamak stalls.
The journey took five hours due to jam en route (I am from Kuala Lumpur, it normally only takes two hours) but easy, i was travelling by bus. There is also always a faster alternative (i.e. flights) to get there.
As soon as I reach the drop-off point, its a pleasant sight of blue sky and colourful flowers. I get around just by walking, but hey, you can always hire a trishaw! Its cheap (ranging from 15MYR above) and its cool. It takes you round town and places you wish to go. They even personalized it.
Check this out: Here is my simplified list.
- Shop Dataran Pahlawan Mall and Mahkota Parade (they are just opposite each other)
- Eat The specialty of Malacca is asam pedas, make sure to try it! I like Restoran 35 and Banda Hilir :)
- Visit St.Paul's church, A Famosa, Maritime Museum, Stadhuys, Jonker Street
- Hire Trishaws and other rides
- See Scenery of Malacca Town (ride on Menara Taming Sari, it's just beside Dataran Pahlawan) Admission fee: 20MYR for adult and 10MYR for child
- Eat asam pedas (spicy chicken), cencaluk (fermented prawns), cendol (Malaysian dessert)
- Try A river cruise, street shopping and GETTING MARRIED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TOWN! (I came across three couples that day!)
Malacca is also a good place for a first time photographer, because basically you will not be in the limelight as you will see many (I mean a lot!) of people with their cameras hanging round their neck, ready for action.
I also learned from my friend that the people here stop their car to allow pedestrians to cross.
Overall, I recommend this place for first time travellers who wishes to travel alone. Good luck and Bon Voyage!