Why choose a cruise to Malacca?

Malacca is perched on either side of the Melaka River. This former fishing village is now a compact, thriving city. It has a UNESCO-designated historic centre, with buildings bearing traces of Chinese, Dutch, English and Portuguese architectural styles. You’ll be captivated by the city’s fascinating history and cultural traditions.

On a Malacca cruise, you can also uncover the city’s modern side. Look out for gleaming new tower blocks and recently built ‘floating’ mosque. There are also several fun, contemporary attractions, including the Upside Down House, where rooms are decorated to appear upside down. What’s more, Malacca’s located on the coast, with some beautiful beaches only a short drive away.

A guide to Malacca’s hotspots

One of Malacca’s top attractions is the Taming Sari Tower. It’s Malaysia’s only gyro tower, standing at 110 metres high. Step onto the slowly revolving platform for an amazing panoramic view. You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Wander around Malacca’s historic centre, soaking up the sights. Marvel at the Dutch Square, a plaza surrounded by berry-red historic buildings. Stroll down to the crumbling, atmospheric A’Famosa. Once a huge fortress, it was built five centuries ago by 1,500 slaves; now, only the gatehouse remains.

Take a boat trip down the serene Melaka River, which bisects this beautiful city. As you sit back and relax, you’ll drift past buildings old and new. Many of the buildings lining the waterfront have been brightly painted with colourful street art. It’s a chance to see the highlights of the city, without tiring yourself out.

Head over to the city’s iconic Jonker Street in Chinatown. It’s lined with heritage buildings which house boutiques and art galleries, alongside local restaurants. Every weekend the street becomes a bustling, pedestrianised night market, selling local cuisine. Sample the quail-egg kebabs and glutinous chicken rice balls.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Malacca

The best time to visit Malacca

Malacca is a year-round destination, with temperatures averaging 28°C-29°C throughout the year. However, January and February are the driest months, and consequently most popular.

Visit in April/May for Vesak, a popular Buddhist New Year festival. It’s celebrated in Malacca with colourful street parades and stalls.

Did you know?

· Several scenes from Entrapment – the film starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones – were filmed in Malacca

· A traditional form of transportation are bike rickshaws, decorated in colourful flowers

· Try Malacca’s unique coconut shake, a blended mixture of coconut water, flesh and ice, only available at Klebang Beach