Malacca (or Melaka) is one of the best cities in Malaysia that locals and foreigners can visit. That is because there are a lot of historical hot spots to discover and local foods to eat that are definitely worth your time.
Although most of the things here require you to pay money (like getting some gorgeous girl escorts, for example), there are some things that you can do that are actually free of charge.
In today’s article, I will go over some of the free things to do in Malacca.
Walk Along the Malacca River
The Malacca River is actually quite important and that is because of the fact that most of the shipments of the European powers that colonized this place traverse to this body of water.
Although Malaysia is free now, you can walk along the riverbank to explore what Melaka has to offer. You will find many buildings that are colorful and filled with street art and perhaps you can spot a nice place to eat afterward.
Most of Malacca’s historical sites can be visited and accessed for free. Let’s start the journey by heading to Red Square. Also known as the Dutch Square, you will always know if you’ve arrived at the right place simply because most of the buildings here are colored red.
Inside the square, you can find some iconic places including the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower, Stadthuys, and Christ Church.
Visit the Portuguese Community
If you want to learn more about Portuguese culture and history, head to Medan Portugis or the Portuguese Village.
The perfect time to visit the said village is during the holidays since you will find it teeming with Christmas trees and decors.
Melaka is also filled with a lot of Chinese temples that you can visit for free, including the Geok Hu Keng Temple, Poh Sang Teng Temple, and the infamous Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.
The last temple I’ve mentioned actually happens to be the oldest Buddhist temple in the metro. It is situated in Harmony Street (which is aptly named, given how peaceful this temple is).
Padang Kemunting Sea Turtle Sanctuary
Although not really inside the city, the Padang Kemunting Sea Turtle Sanctuary still warrants a visit since this is a usual tourist attraction.
Located 30 kilometers north of the city, you can find a great beach that serves as a sanctuary for the majestic Hawksbill Turtle.
You can find out more about these creatures and you can even see them roaming around the sanctuary as well.
Jonker Street Night Market
Your journey to Melaka will not be complete without heading over to the Jonker Street Night Market. This place is filled with a lot of bazaars, antiques, electronics, and of course, some street eats! Although you are not really forced to buy anything here, you can actually just look at what the sellers are offering every night.
If you do get hungry just by looking at the delicious foods that you can come across, you can buy them at really affordable prices anyway.