Back in 2008, the state of Melaka, Malaysia, was listed by UNESCO as one of the world’s heritage sites. The main reason why this Malaysian state was included on the list was the fact that the place is riddled by many historical sites; dating back a couple of centuries ago.
For those of you who do not know, Malaysia was actually colonized by three different European entities: The Portuguese, Dutch, and British.
Because of these powers, some of the structures that still remain standing to this day are those that are made using some foreign architecture.
Anyway, aside from the amazing historical places you can visit, there is plenty of things that you can do in this modest Malaysian state.
Do not worry, you can still party during the night along with some gorgeous girl escorts if you want. In this article, I will highlight some of the things that you can do that are fun that doesn’t require a lot of money at all.
1. Set Sail at the Maritime Museum
Okay, you’re not really going to set sail on an actual ship that is specifically made to go on a voyage to the great seas, but you are actually going to visit a museum that’s built as a replica of a Portuguese Vessel.
The Maritime Museum is a naval museum that is relatively close to Christ Church and it is where you can find exhibits of the Portuguese colonization period back in the day.
Aside from historical information, you can also find some Portuguese staples, including porcelain, silk, spices, textile, and many more.
2. Live the Peranakan Life
The Peranakans are borne from Chinese descendants that have come to Malaysia back in the 15th century. Not only are there a lot of Chinese people in the country, but the influence translates to the food and other cultures in the nation as well.
That being said, you can experience the Nyonya life in the 20s by going to Nyonya Memoirs where you can wear some lovely sarong kebayas and clogs for a cheap price of only RM10. Experience the life in the old town at an inexpensive price!
3. Sample Some Seafood
Head over to Medan Ikan Bakar Parameswara (I know, the name’s a mouthful) to sample some seafood dishes at very affordable prices. If you go to Kuala Lumpur and eat seafood, you will no doubt spend a lot of money.
But in this place in Melaka, not only can you find seafood for cheap but they are also guaranteed fresh as well. And let me tell you, fresh seafood tastes great!
4. Eat Inexpensive Lunch
One of the lunch staples in the city is known as the Asam Pedas which is a sour and spicy fish stew dish that is usually accompanied by some fragrant white rice and ice tea.
This dish can be eaten in select restaurants across the city and you definitely have to sample this one if you are in Melaka.
5. Find Inexpensive Items at the Jonker Night Market
Although you can find plenty of hawker food stalls in Jonker Street, you can also find plenty of different shops that offer knock-off or inexpensive items. You can find plenty of souvenirs here for your friends and family back home.