Meet at the lobby @ 09:00 hours and proceed to Villa Sentosa which is located on the banks of the Melaka River. It is also known as the Malay Living Museum as it exhibits the typical lifestyle of a rich Malaysian family in the early 20th century and showcase a traditional Malay house setup. It’s an
opportunity to wander through a genuine kampung house and witness the tradition and culture of Malaysia. One of the interesting facts is that this traditional Malay house was constructed without using a single nail.
Continue to A’Famosa which is one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia built around 1511. The Portuguese colonised Melaka from 1511 to 1641. The first thing they did was build a fort overlooking the river, calling it A'Famosa.
As Melaka was the centre of struggles between super powers of the time, and suffered the constant threat of attack, A'Famosa fort was critical in Portugal maintaining its colonial foothold in the Far East. Continue to Stadhuys that was built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a fort which belongs to the Portuguese. Next, visit the St Paul's Church which is the church ruins that sit on the top of the St Paul's Hill.
A stop at the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum transports you to a time when women peered at guests through elaborate partitions, and every social situation had its specific location within the house. The captivating museum is arranged to look like a typical 19th-century Baba-Nonya residence. Next stop is the Maritime Museum or the Flora de Lamar is a replica of the Portuguese ship which sank in the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal. The replica is a staggering 34 meters in height and 8 meters in width. The main focus of the museum is the maritime history of Melaka and the golden ages of Melaka’s Sultanate as the Emporium of the East. The museum has myriads of exhibits of articles such as porcelain, silk, textile and spices used by the seamen of the yesteryears and even come sunken treasures hauled from Diana, another shipwreck. Relax and take a step back in time as you take a 45-minutes boat cruise that pass by historic buildings, old warehouses, interesting churches and villages.
Come lunch time, savour tender Hainanese chicken rice ball that is served with poached chicken. Chicken rice balls is one of Melaka’s most celebrated dishes. The steamed rice is shaped into golf ball-sizes and served alongside the chopped chicken. To give the meat an extra kick, you can dip the meat into the sweet and sour chilli sauce.
Meet at the lobby for departure at 19:00 hours for satay celup (steamboat satay). Satay celup is one of Melaka’s signature dishes, hence, no trip is complete without savouring a taste! Satay celup is a dish where raw or semi-cooked meat and vegetables on skewers are dipped into a hot pot of thick, spicy peanut sauce and eaten with sauces that are similar to the satay sauce, however, made with a variety of different ingredients. With 80 types of skewered seafood and vegetables to choose from, such as chicken, fish balls, cuttlefish, mushrooms, vegetables, quail's eggs, shrimps, and fried bean curds – there is something for everyone.
Overnight on a bed-and-breakfast basis in *** Swiss-Garden Hotel Melaka***