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Malacca, Malaysia - Cruise Port

Vibrant, colourful and authentic, the Malaysian city of Malacca is a diverse and interesting destination and a favourite for cruise excursions. Its history is rich and fascinating, with Malacca City being influenced by British, Dutch and Portuguese cultures. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll find impressive buildings and bustling markets as well as a monorail system, operational when the weather is clear.

Your cruise ship will dock close to the centre of the city, where you can easily begin your on-foot exploration. Alternatively, tour the best sights on one of the city's organised bicycle tours, or travel by taxi or a loud and colourful trishaw.

Sightseeing in Malacca City

Malacca's history has led to a remarkable fusion of buildings, including quaint Chinese houses and large European palaces. Almost all historic buildings have been painted red, including those standing at the edge of the Malacca River. One of the city's most recognised red monuments is the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower, in the very centre of Malacca's historic quarter, which was heavily influenced by surrounding Dutch architecture. Attractions on the island include an abundance of small museums, offering an insight into local life. There are also religious buildings including churches and temples, all of which provide excellent excursion options.

Bukit China

This is a large cemetery, with graves dating back to the Ming Dynasty in the 17th Century. It's a curious place, and a favourite with locals as well as visiting tourists. It's set on a hill, with a climb to the top offering rewarding views of the city.

Melaka Zoo

This animal attraction is one of the biggest and best in Malaysia. It's in a lovely forest location, where the exhibits have been designed to match natural habitats.

Padang Kemunting Sea-Turtle Sanctuary

A boat to the island of Pulau Upeh gives you the opportunity to visit this impressive sea turtle sanctuary, home of the Hawksbill Turtle. Between March and September you'll have the opportunity to see egg-layin and to meet the new hatchlings, though a visit at any time of the year is guaranteed to be memorable.

Shopping in Malacca City

Malacca is best known for its beautiful antique shops, of which you'll find in abundance throughout the city. In these shops, you'll be able to find beautiful collectables, pieces of art, decorative items and ornaments. Some things to look out for include Asian wooden masks, beaded shoes and handmade items of clothing.

The city includes a lovely chocolate shop and an American-style shopping centre with well-known retailers ranging from McDonalds and KFC to Sony, the Body Shop and Starbucks. For a more authentic shopping experience, take a walk to one of the city's busy markets where you can buy crafts, souvenirs and local foods. Night markets are also popular, starting at around 9pm.

Eating Out in Malacca

Many of Malacca's dishes feature coconut flavourings. Kaya is a coconut spread that's used to top waffles, and cendol is a coconut milk that's served with jelly noodles. A sweet tooth will be satisfied by grapes dipped in chocolate, or kiwi fruits dipped in caramel, whilst savoury dishes include radish cakes and chicken served with rice balls.

If you enjoy seafood, then you'll have no trouble finding food to suit your taste. Popular options include fishballs, crabsticks and prawns, which are often served as skewers and dipped into satay sauce. The local signature dish is asam pedas, which is a fish curry served in many local restaurants. For less adventurous cruisers, there's no shortage of omelette, burger and hot dog stands.

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