Top 10 Travel Hacks for an Offbeat Experience in Melaka!

Veer off the touristy grid and let’s traverse to paths less trodden.

When planning your travel itinerary, what do you do first? Ask Mr. Google of course! Now that you’ve gleaned all the info that you need, maybe for once, you’d want to break free from the norm and visit locations in Melaka which are not so congested with hordes of tourists. Go on… try it. It’s a hot travel trend… we bet our delicious cendol on it! And we know you’ll have heaps of fun exploring these somewhat off-kilter places.

 

#1           Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm

 

What?

Fruit picking, local fruit sampling, mini zoo, mini museum, herbs garden, camping, kayaking, biking, fishing.

Where?

Pusat Latihan Pertanian Sungai Udang, 76300 Melaka.

When?

Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.

Admission:

Adult – RM 4.00, Children – RM 2.00.

 

More details here and here.

 

Even kids can enjoy some fruit picking time.

 

 

 

Delicious local fruit for you to sample like durian, rambutan, pineapple, etc.

 

 

Take in the tranquil surroundings by gliding on the lake with a kayak.

 

 

It’s fun to interact with the animals at the Mini Zoo.

 

 

Go ahead and pitch a tent. Nothing beats the outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

#2           Turtle Conservation and Information Centre

 

What?

Interact with Hawksbill Turtles and Painted Terrapins, turtle hatchery tour, turtle egg hatching watch.

Where?

Padang Kemunting, 78300 Masjid Tanah, Melaka.

When?

Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays), 9am – 5pm.

 

Admission:

FREE.

 

More details here.

 

A rescued Hawksbill Turtle getting some TLC

 

 

It’s so exciting to catch some hatchlings wanting to come out of their shells!

 

 

You can do it! (A released hatchling heading to the ocean)

 

 

 

 

 

#3           Muzium Kapal Selam (Submarine Museum)

 

What?

Inside look of a submarine, tour of entire submarine, view displayed jet fighters and uniforms within compound.

Where?

Dataran 1Malaysia, Klebang, 75200 Melaka.

When?

Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5.30pm.

Admission:

Adults (13 years and above) – RM5, Children (6-12 years) – RM2.

 

More details here.

 

The impressionable FS Ouessant Agosta 70 submarine after an extensive makeover.

 

 

Area leading up to the torpedo room.

 

 

Crew bunk beds – Looks cosy, doesn’t it?

 

 

“Giant squid approaching! Ahead Flank Cavitate!”

 

 

Climbing the ladder to open that hatch is very tempting.

 

 

Once jetting across the sky, these decommissioned jet fighters are now relics that provide historical value.

 

 

Take a break from the heat while marvelling at the jet fighters.

 

 

 

 

 

#4           Mystical Pulau Besar

 

What?

Daytime trail through abandoned resorts and a golf course; tranquil beach front, hiking through the jungle, mystical tombs and locations.

 

Where?

Pulau Besar (off the coast of Melaka).

 

When?

Monday – Sunday, 8am – 8.30am.

 

Admission (Return speedboat ride):

Adults – RM15, Children (above 4) – RM11, Children (under 4) – RM4.

 

More details here and read more about it here.

 

Aseania Resort – abandoned yet somewhat maintained. Would you dare to explore?

 

 

Ghost town golf, anyone? (Looks like a scene from Alice in Wonderland)

 

 

This would make a “spirited” pool party.

 

 

The only place serving decent food and drinks on the entire island.

 

 

What’s left of Gua Yunus – named after a legendary martial arts guru who spent some time in this cave.

 

 

A path leading to the exciting unknown.

 

 

Batu Belah (Split Boulder) – the myth of a warrior with a black tongue who split this boulder with just one tongue- lashing.

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Porto Historia Night Market

 

What?

Quirky knick-knacks, novelty food, hipster paraphernalia, henna hand-art, hand-made accessories, street buskers and lots more.

 

Where?

Jalan KLJ 10, Taman Kota Laksamana Jaya, 75200 Melaka.

 

When?

Friday – Sunday, 7pm – late.

 

Admission:

FREE.

 

More details here.

 

Stalls with surprising finds.

 

 

Clothing to cater to all gender and age!

 

 

Take a break from all that bargaining with these yummylicious drink concoctions.

 

 

How to rock your beard the hipster way.

 

 

Remember to get yourself some henna art.

 

 

Accessories found in various types of display.

 

 

 

 

#6           Bukit Beruang (Bear Hill)

 

What?

Leisure hike to the top of the hill for a spectacular view of Melaka.

 

Where?

Jalan Teratai 3 Taman Bunga Raya Malacca (Behind Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah).

 

When?

Monday – Sunday, dawn to dusk.

 

Admission:

FREE.

 

A garden respite complete with hammocks.

 

 

Calves of steel in the making.

 

 

So that you won’t get lost.

 

Keep the bear happy and clean!

 

 

Part of the fun – a climb with rope assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

#7           Sunday Flea Market

What?

Unique antiques, vintage pop-culture stuff, nostalgic second-hand goods, accessories, etc.

 

Where?

Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Melaka.

 

When?

Sundays, 9am – 3pm.

Admission:

FREE.

 

These would make for really awesome home décor pieces.

 

 

Every item tells a story, so take your time examining each piece.

 

 

The heydays of black and white photography.

 

 

This flea market exudes a relaxed, old world charm which you just have to experience.

 

 

 

 

 

#8           Taman Botanikal Melaka (Malacca Botanical

                 Garden)

 

What?

Botanical Garden stroll, self-driven buggy ride, Prehistoric Park, Forestay, zip lining, hiking, camping, Book Village library, etc.

 

Where?

Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka.

 

When?

Monday – Sunday, 24 hours.

 

Admission:

FREE.

 

More details here and here.

 

Driven or self-driven buggies with a range of car façade models.

 

 

Your zen moment starts right here.

 

 

Fauna and flora greeting you at every turn.

 

 

A Dimetrodon looking for its next meal.

 

 

Extremely thrilling zip lining @ Sky Trex.

 

 

Spend a night at one of these Forestay chalets. If you dare…

 

 

Knowledge and Mother Nature in one awesome place (Book Village within the gardens).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9           Muzium Setem Melaka (Melaka Stamp Museum)

 

What?

Stamp collection from Melaka and abroad; and history of local postal system.

 

Where?

Jalan Kota, 75200 Melaka.

 

When?

Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5.30pm.

 

Admission:

Adults (13 years and above) – RM3, Children (6-12 years) – RM2.

 

More details here.

 

A philatelist’s idea of a mini-heaven.

 

 

 

Stamps at every corner. Even those from the Colonial British days.

 

 

Examples of postal uniforms worn throughout the decades.

 

 

Wonder if millennials know what a post box is?

 

 

 

 

 

#10         Uptown Pahlawan Walk Night Market

 

What?

Souvenirs, local products, local snacks, clothing, accessories, shoes, etc.

 

Where?

Dataran Pahlawan, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka.

 

When?

Friday – Sunday, 7pm – 2am.

 

Admission:

FREE.

 

 

Choices and more choices of souvenirs.

 

 

Something different and less congested to visit.

 

 

Hand-crafted local key chains. Perfect as souvenirs.

 

 

Survey till the end, then make your purchase on the way back.

 

 

Fancy some local perfume oil?

 

 

 

 

We know that travel is the best form of education. So, take this master class of under the radar experiences for a deeper and more fulfilling adventure!

 

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