25 Interesting Things To Do In Malacca, Malaysia

When we were in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia… we made the decision to visit one of the sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. And, that place which is about 150km South East of KL, is Melaka. 

Now, you may also see this town being spelt as Malacca too. So, which is the correct spelling? Technically they are both right. Yet, the spelling as “Malacca,” is the Anglicized version of the town’s name.

Technicalities aside, in 2008, Melaka in combination with George Town… was given the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage status. And, that’s primarily because it could demonstrate centuries of exemplary trading and cultural relations… between the West and East via the Straits of Malacca. Thus, when exploring Malacca… we did find that it had a different atmosphere and environment than in KL.

So, we invite you to join us as we highlight 25 interesting things to do in Malacca.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

When exploring Melaka, you’ll notice that there are many temples. Yet, one that is significant in this town is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. And, that’s because this Chinese temple is said to be the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia… founded in the mid-1600’s.

Bukit Cina (Chinese Hill)

Bukit Cina is a hillside area in Melaka… which is home to several of the town’s important landmarks. And, it’s only about 1.5km from the central area of town… thus, is easy to get to even on foot. 

Bukit Cina houses one of the biggest Chinese graveyards outside of China… covering over a whopping 250,000 m2, and over 12,000 graves.

Now, we did walk up and around the hill. And, having seen previous photos of the area… it was a contrast to what we saw. Unfortunately, in several areas, it did look unloved and not tended to well. 

Even so, when climbing up the stairs to the top you can witness different views over Malacca. Plus, there’s the Eng Choon Communal Ritual Tomb. Then, near the base of the hill, there are miniature crafts of sites in Melaka.

So, when you’re at Bukit Cina, there are other landmarks to see as well, and these include…

Poh San Teng Temple

This Chinese temple is at the base of Chinese Hill. And, it was built under the order of Kapitan Chua Su Cheong in the late 1700’s. Thus, it would be a key place where people could worship the many Chinese who passed on… seeking fortune from trading endeavours in Melaka. 

When you’re exploring the temple, inside the rear is a display outlining the history. Plus, there are several laidback kitty cats roaming the temple.

Next to this temple is another significant landmark…

The Sultan’s Well

In an enclosed area next to the Poh San Teng Temple is the King’s Well… also known as Hang Li Po Well.And, while it may not look like anything magnificent… the history surrounding this well is interesting. 

It’s said that Sultan Mansur Syah built this well for his Chinese wife, Hang Li Po. And, throughout the time that they had it… the well was always full of water, even during severe droughts.

Yet, in the 16th and 17th centuries, different factions would poison the water in the well. And, it wasn’t until the earlier part of the 17th century… that the Dutch would realize the importance of the well. Thus, they built the wall around it.

Melaka Warrior Monument

Nearby the Sultan’s Well is this monument…

The Melaka Warrior Monument was built to honor the the thousands of Chinese… who lost their lives in the 1940’s, for opposing the Japanese occupation. It’s said that the death of these Chinese people were horrific and brutal. Thus, their bravery is recognized through this memorial.

Eat To Your Heart’s Content 

One of the great things in Melaka, is that there is so much tasty food to try. From Western to local cuisine, there’s something for everyone. And, it’s so cheap to eat some of the food here. 

For example, a bowl of this delicious dumpling soup noodles was only 6 MYR. That’s about 1.40 Euros / USD $ 1.50 / GBP 1.20)… astonishingly cheap!

Dutch Square 

One of the most popular things to do in Melaka, is to take a trip to see Dutch Square.

It’s often times also known as Red Square… and that’s because the buildings within are painted red.

For almost 200 years from the mid 1600’s… Malacca was under the rule of foreign powers. And, one of the most prominent as the name suggest, were by the Dutch.

Now, within Dutch Square are these amazing landmarks…

Stadthuys

Built in the mid 1600’s, this was the former office of the Dutch Governor and his Deputy. Yet, over time it became a school, where free education was given. And, nowadays it houses the History and Ethnographic Museum.

This building is said to be one of the oldest standing Dutch buildings in Asia… with the historical colonial architecture.

Christ Church Melaka

This quaint Anglican Church in Dutch Square… is said to be the oldest functioning protestant churches in Malaysia. Originally built in the mid-1700’s, this church was white. Yet, in the early 1900’s it was re-painted in the red color that you see today… while still retaining the Dutch colonial architectural style.

Queen Victoria’s Fountain

This pretty fountain forming a centrepiece in the Red Square was built in 1901… in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee for Queen Victoria. It is one of the oldest and functioning British fountains in the whole of Malaysia.  

Melaka Clock Tower

Another of the landmarks in Dutch Square with the same red coloring… is the Melaka Clock Tower. It’s also known as Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower.

And, it’s said that it symbolizes the love of family… of which the Chinese Philanthropist Tan Beng Swee, had a desire to build in Melaka. So, his son had the 15m high clock tower built in the 1880’s. And, it’s said this clock has never stopped working since its inception.

Check Out the Elaborate Trishaws

Now, while you’re in the Dutch Square area and surrounds… you’ll do a double take as you see these trishaws with mind blowing decorations. All of them have theming which of course, attracts the children. 

You’ll need to pay for a ride on the trishaw. And, foreigners will pay more than locals. We don’t recommend you ride one unless you enjoy listening to LOUD music. Even so, you’ll know when the trishaws are approaching… as the music will be BLARING! 

See Melaka at Night Time

We recommend that if you have time, spend more than a day trip to Malacca. And, if you can, plan it so that you’re there over a weekend… as it is more vibrant with lots more nightlife activities. 

Not only will you notice the town is filled with lots of tourists and locals… be careful of the many trishaws that will roam around the streets. As night time is extremely busy with them hooning round!

Make sure you stop along the Tan Kim Seng Bridge at night time. And, that’s because the trees are lit with a rainbow of bright and beautiful colors. It truly does look magical.

One of the top things to do in Malacca is this…

St Paul’s Hill

Sitting atop St Paul’s Hill, is the oldest church building in Malaysia built in 1521. The Church of Saint Paul was said to have been built by Portugese nobleman, Duarte Coelho… to thank the Virgin Mary for saving him from death, in the South China Sea.

And, other additions to the original church include the prominent St Francis of Xavier statue… as well as the bell tower. Now, one key thing you’ll note when wandering through the church is… there’s no roof for the most part of it.

While walking up St Paul’s Hill… make sure you stop to check out the wonderful views of Malacca too.

A Famosa

The Portuguese ruled Melaka for some time since the early 1500’s. And, one of the many remaining structures is the A Famosa Fortress ruins. Now, you may be thinking that fortresses are normally large. And, this fortress was much bigger than what you see today. 

Yet, as a result of battles the fort was severely damaged… with the British said to have seen much of its destruction in the early 1800’s. Even so, the magnificent structure that remains today, is historically significant.

Nearby A Famosa fort is this landmark…

Proclamation of Independence Memorial

When looking at it, you wouldn’t think it was a memorial… and maybe a key royal or government building instead. Yet, this building was formerly the Malacca Club… which was established in the late 1800’s, by the British Colonials for social activities.

Over time, the government had taken control of it, thankfully to restore it. Then, converting it into a museum with historical exhibits. At the time we were there it wasn’t open. Yet, it sure does look grand on the outside… especially with its striking gold domes.

Taman Bunga Merdeka  (Coronation Park)

When exploring Malacca… we found that there wasn’t a lot of beautiful green spaces places to chill out in. So, if you’re wanting to hang out in some greenery, then head on over to Coronation Park. 

It was given this name to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II… taking the throne in June of 1953. 

These manicured gardens have some seats where you can relax. Plus, while you’re chilling out, you may also catch a glimpse of some models of different forms of transport… including bulls and carts! These are from the Melaka Historical Vehicle Park adjoining it.

Melaka Street Art 

One of the best things to do in Melaka, is see the stunning street art. And, one of the areas that we recommend… is along the riverfront where many of the bars are.

Plus, if you head down Jalan Tukang Besi, a side street off the Malacca River… you’ll also see some bright and colorful artworks.

Bastion Middleburg

Nearby the riverfront is a fortress type structure that looks like this…

And, this 17th century structure is where the remains of the Middleburg Bastion was that was an addition by the Dutch… after taking over the original fortification from the Portuguese. When you head up to the Bastion, there are reconstructions of canons too.

Yet, if you’re lucky enough, when you take the stairs up to the Bastion… you’ll see some amazing artwork from a local artist.

Kampung Kling Mosque

This mosque built in the mid-1700’s… surely is different from many others that we’ve seen due its architectural style. It combines designs and materials from several different cultures.

For example, the original building structure was done by Indian Muslims with wood. Then, it includes Portuguese style tiles, a Victorian chandelier, Corinthian columns… as well as Chinese design carvings, to name a few.

If you don’t mind going through an abandoned development, then put this on your list of things to do in Malacca…

Melaka Straits Mosque

To get to this Mosque, you’ll need to go through an abandoned off-shore development area… by the name of Melaka Gateway. From what we saw, some of it did have potential to be magnificent and luxurious. 

Yet, when we were going to the Mosqye by foot, it was like a ghost town. We hardly saw anyone except for some cars passing by.

The Malacca Straits Mosque is also known as the floating mosque… as it appears to be floating on water when the water level is higher. It’s said that to build the mosque, 10 million Malaysian Ringgit was spent! 

On a sunny day, the man-made beach area around the mosque looks brilliant… with the contrast against the bright blue sky, and glistening golden sand.

Jonker Walk

One of the most popular streets in Melaka is Jonker Walk, also known as Jonker Street. This is the main thoroughfare going through Malacca’s Chinatown area. And here, there are heaps of cafes, restaurants and shops… selling souvenirs, antiques, right through to clothes.

Yet, what you should do is experience Jonker Walk at night time…

Jonker Street Night Market 

If you’re after a vibrant atmosphere on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights… make your way to the Jonker Street Night Market. When it gets really busy, you’ll have to patient to walk through the street… as tourists will be cramming to see the many stalls on offer, and try the street food.

Now, this is something we highly recommend you do in Malacca…

Watch the World Go By on the Malacca Riverfront

Make sure you stroll along the Melaka Riverfront… and stop by at one of the many bars along there. We spent several late afternoons and evenings there… watching people take selfies in front of the Wall Art, and by the river.

Plus, there were many boats that would pass by… with lots of kids waving and smiling, as they flew past us.

The drink prices don’t vary that much between the bars along the riverfront. Yet, to give you an idea of beer prices… you can get 660ml bottles of beer around 22 MYR each (about 4.80 Euros / USD $5.20 / GBP 4.20). 

Or, if you’re after the smaller bottles of beer at 325ml… that can cost around 13 MYR each (about 2.85 Euros / USD $3.10 / GBP 2.50). Thus, not as cheap as many other parts of South East Asia.

Christ the Redeemer Statue at the Portuguese Settlement

Now, this was a difficult one to decide if we should put in the blog of things to do. So, we did some research on the area, where it did sound interesting… as it’s a home for the community of Kristang people. And, this is a mix of Portuguese and Malay people… deriving from the time of the Portuguese rule.

While historically this Portuguese Settlement is significant… there isn’t much to see around the area. Even so, one of the most defining attractions is the Christ the Redeemer Statue. Yet, it wasn’t all roses though, with controversy surrounding this statue. 

Erecting an 8m high statue is one thing. Yet, making it and without getting approval from the council was another matter… especially considering Malaysia is a Muslim dominant country.

Yet, in the end, Christ the Redeemer Statue remains today. And, is an important landmark for the Portuguese, particularly around Christmas.

So, there you have it, 23 interesting things to do in Malacca. And, there’s plenty more! As we said earlier, if you can… do more than a day trip here. With lots of places to visit in Malacca, as well as many yummy foods to eat… one day won’t do it justice!

Thus, plan your itinerary wisely and have an awesome time!

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Review Of The Ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Fraser Business Park

Accommodation: Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park

Location: 1, Jalan Metro Pudu 2, Fraser Business Park, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Loyalty Program or Deals Used: ALL Accor Live Limitless

Research and Booking

One of the main reasons for staying at this Ibis Styles hotel, was that we saw a promotion with ALL Accor… where we could get some hefty bonus points. And, as we were already going to be in KL… it’d be a no brainer to take advantage of the offer, to easily earn more reward points quickly.

Now, as part of the promotion… we could earn a minimum of 2,000 Accor bonus points, or even more. And, at the time of writing… we could redeem 2,000 points against participating hotels, for the value of 40 Euros. 

So, that was a bonus, considering we were looking for some short-term accommodation. 

We do need to let you know, that at the time… we had ALL Accor Platinum Status. And, that would mean we’d get extra, great perks that most others don’t have access to… including free breakfast, early check-in and late check-out.

Thus, make sure you remember this, because if you choose to stay at this hotel… these are not standard inclusions.

The Location of the Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park

As the hotel name suggests, this Ibis Styles Hotel is in the Fraser Business Park precinct. Its location is about 5km South of the Petronas Twin Towers in a straight line. So, in the scheme of things it’s not that far from the main KL attractions.

Now, after hearing that it’s in a Business Park, you may be imagining a complex full of grand high-rise buildings… with some pretty green areas dotted throughout.

Yet, when we were getting closer and exploring the vicinity, it wasn’t like this. Fraser Business Park is a small area, boasting several hotels, residences and offices. Yet, it’s by no means glamorous, and without parks to relax in.

Later on we’ll explain what else is around the hotel… to help you decide if it’s somewhere you’d like to stay.

What Room Did We Choose?

As with many of the Ibis and Ibis Styles Hotels… the choice of room types are less, in comparison to others. And, for our 6-night stay, we would stay in a Standard Room with Queen Size bed.

In the description of the room on the Accor website it had, “Trendy and Comfortable.” Well, we would be the judge of that… LOL! Plus, it would include free wifi, safety box, kettle, coffee, tea and more.

The size of the room according to the hotel is about 24m2… so from our perspective not big. Yet, in the description…. it said that the room would also include a day bed. So, it’d be interesting to see if we felt cramped or not.

Now, the total price that we paid for 6 nights in this room type, was 914.36 MYR. So, that’s about 198 Euros / USD $215 / GBP 175. Did we think it was worth the amount that we paid? Keep reading to find out!

Checking into the Ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Fraser Business Park

We took a Grab car to get to the hotel. And, while there were signs on the road pointing to the hotel’s entrance… it felt like we were going around in circles!

And, after some twists and turns, we made it the main lobby entrance of the hotel. The first impressions were that the area was huge. And, overall it did look plain. Yet, to spruce up the area a little… there were huge bright and colorful panels in a mix of yellow, aqua and purple. 

So, after arriving at the hotel check-in counter… the staff member was very efficient in checking us in.

As part of our ALL Accor Platinum Status, we would also get free buffet breakfast. So, the staff member gave us breakfast passes… of which we’d need to hand over before entering the breakfast room. That did seem to be old fashioned to us. Yet, we’ll reveal the importance of these breakfast vouchers soon. 

In addition to these, we also were given 2 free drink vouchers. Then, within minutes we would be rapidly on our way up to our room. 

Our Ibis Styles Hotel Room

As we said earlier, we would be staying in a standard queen room. So, when we were making the booking, we also put in some special requests including… a room on a higher floor, away from the lifts and an early check-in. And, all those requests we got, which was great.

Now, once we opened the door to our room, this is what we saw…

So, it did look similar to what was on the hotel’s website. And, it was handy to have the daybed to chill out on. There was also a useful full length mirror… which again was surprising for a hotel of this calibre.

There was also a big desk, chair, small fridge, kettle, tea, coffee, glasses and mugs… as well as 2 complimentary bottles of water that would be given daily. 

In the area where the safety box was… there were a couple of fresh unused pair of hotel slippers. We never use hotel footwear where it’s not in fresh packaging! Plus, in that area there were a variety of coat hangers… as well as a luggage storage area, opposite.

The air-conditioning was powerful and was working well. Much needed in hot and humid KL!

The Bathroom

After opening the door to the bathroom, the first feeling was it’s small! On one side of the bathroom was the shower.

And, opposite that was the toilet and basin area. 

The amenities in the bathroom included toothbrushes, soap, cotton buds, hairdryer… as well as a 2-in-1 liquid hair and body soap in the shower. 

The bathroom did feel a little pokey, yet it did the job. Make sure you don’t go swinging your arms around in the shower area… as you could hit them against the wall and end up with bruises!

Now, while the room was compact, it did have the essentials and was CLEAN.

Breakfast at the Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park

Remember how we were saying earlier, that we were given breakfast passes? Well, the first morning we went to breakfast… we thought that everyone would have to give their vouchers to the staff upon entering.

Yet, as we were approaching the restaurant, as soon as we began to pull out our breakfast passes… the staff immediately ushered us to a different area. And, what we found out was that there was a separate breakfast area for ALL Accor Members. 

Now, we weren’t sure if that was for elite members or for every level of membership. Even so, it was a more quiet and pleasant environment… in comparison to the main restaurant area. Plus, the surprising thing was… we weren’t expecting a separate area to eat, in a hotel of this type. 

And, when we saw people who were trying to enter WITHOUT a pass… they were directed to the main breakfast room. Oh, you have to love elite status!

It was spacious, and felt comfy while having a relaxing breakfast. Every day there’d be different choices of food. And, on some days there’d be a chef making freshly made omelettes to order. 

Surprisingly there were many choices, and was more than enough to fill up on. Plus, we did enjoy some of the curries, as they were so flavorsome.

Now, one stand out thing about breakfast was the staff. They were polite and attentive, even during busy times. The food was replenished often too, which was great. And, we have to give credit to the food and bev manager there… as he was managing everything efficiently.

Amenities at the Ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Fraser Business Park

When we saw other people’s reviews about this hotel, there were photos of a pool. And, we thought that this would be great to take advantage of… especially with the stifling KL humidity.

Yet, after speaking with the staff at the check-in counter… they did confirm that their hotel does NOT have a pool. The pool is only for use for people in the adjoining apartment complex. Plus, there’s a sign on the pool fence gate that states this. 

We could’ve snuck in, but not worth the hassle of a potential squabble. We instead took comfort in the air-conditioning in the room!

We never had the need to use them, but there are internet stations that guests can use for free…

There are also tables and chairs set up outside the front of the hotel. And, we did see many people using them.

Now, at one stage we did sit out the front… and that’s because the power had gone out. Thus, the elevators weren’t working. And, we didn’t see any points walking up many flights of stairs… to sit in a sweltering hot room without air-conditioning.

Sadly, the power was out for a couple of hours. Yet, it was a pleasant surprise that while we were waiting outside… the staff would bring complimentary bottles of water for us. That was an unexpected and generous gesture. We did joke that ice cold beers would’ve been even better!

Going to the Abyss

Now, you may be wondering what we mean by this?

Well, we do enjoy keeping fit as we eat, drink and travel around the world. The more calories we burn, the more we can eat and drink right? Ha, ha, ha!

So, we did discover that there is a gym in this Ibis Sytles hotel. Yet, the thing is, the staff don’t mention it on check-in. Plus, there’s no clear signage showing where it is. It’s not even listed in the directories within the lifts! Strange.

The gym is on the same level as where you can get breakfast. So, instead of going towards the restaurant, go in the opposite direction… and there’ll be a door. Then, after opening the door you need to veer right, and keep walking all the way down a long corridor.

It was so quiet walking down this corridor, and appeared darker. Plus, it felt like we’d been walking forever, until we finally saw a sign for the gym!

Even so, most of the equipment is in good condition. And, that may be because few people know about it, so it rarely gets used. But hey, that was great for us as we could work out in peace… because each time we would use it, there was no-one there.

What’s Around the Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park?

If you’re after a vibrant environment, then this is not the area to hang out. In saying that, there was a nightclub nearby. And, it was like they were open every night until late. Thus, if you’re a light sleeper and don’t have earplugs… you may not have the best sleep. On the other hand, if you can’t beat ‘em, then join them!

There are a few 7-Elevens, mini-marts and a supermarket… within a few minutes walk of the hotel. So, it’s easy to get snacks, drinks, essentials and so forth. Plus, if you’re after a meal… there are some restaurants within a comfortable walking distance too. 

Around a 10 minute walk via a skywalk, is the Chan Sow Lin LRT train stop.

Now, it’s convenient having this nearby… as we made use of it to get around and see some the KL attractions. For example, it would only be 4 stops to get to the KLCC area… which was less than 20 minutes on the train. 

Now, to get to the Chan Sow Lin LRT station… we had to go through an abandoned shopping centre! 

OK, it may sound creepy. Yet, as we were wandering up and down the different levels, it didn’t feel that bad. And, every now and again we saw a security guard walking around.

The funny thing was, although there were only a handful of shops operating… the air-conditioning was on in the shopping centre, plus there was free wifi. Didn’t make sense to us!

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We Drink Eat Travel Wifi Speed Test

As per usual, we always test the wifi speeds at every accommodation we go to. Even though places advertise certain speeds… we’ve found that it’s not always the case. Sometimes surprisingly better, but usually inferior than we’re led to believe.

Now, at this Ibis Hotel in KL… the download speed was 4.86mbps and the upload was 4.43 mbps. So, from our perspective it was slow and deficient for our needs. Even so, it was good enough to check emails, social media, or to do basic internet surfing.

Our Final Thoughts About the Ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Fraser Business Park

We chose to stay at this hotel as it fit in with our plans for KL. Yet, one of the main reasons was to boost our loyalty points with the ALL Accor Program.

Now, while there’s nothing that exciting around the hotel… it’s not the worst hotel that we’ve stayed in. Positives are that the staff were efficient and attentive. And, overall the hotel was clean throughout. 

While the room did feel compact… it did have a day bed to relax, as well as many essential amenities that we weren’t expecting.

As ALL Accor members, we had our own separate breakfast area… away from the hoards. So, we could eat in a relaxing and peaceful environment.

While the hotel doesn’t have a pool… the air-conditioning in the room was powerful and cooling. Plus, it does have a gym, and each time we went… no-one else was working out at the same time. Furthermore, the equipment was in good condition.

It was convenient having public transport close by within walking distance… so it was easy to get to KL Central. There are also a few mini-marts and even restaurants within walking distance… where we could happily feed our bellies, and get supplies.

Yet, the rooms were on the smallish side for us, and the wifi speed wasn’t that great… at less than 5mbps up and down. So, while there are many positives… for us, we’d only stay here again for a short stay, if we had a need for it.

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Here Are 12 Interesting Things To Do In Putrajaya Malaysia

When we were staying in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia… there were lots of things to do and see here. Yet, outside of the main touristy area of KL, we did discover that there are other places to go… that is, if you have the desire and time to travel further out.

So, as we were staying in KL for several weeks… we found a place that did look interesting for a day trip from KL. And, one place that we decided to check out was, Putrajaya.

Putrajaya is where the administrative federal territory of Malaysia is located… about 30km South of Kuala Lumpur. Thus, many government corporations and offices can be found here. Yes, it may conjure up images of dull, concrete buildings.

Yet, it was surprising to discover that… Putrajaya is also known for being one of the biggest wetlands areas in Malaysia. Plus, one of the main tourist attractions in Putrajaya is the Pink Mosque… where heaps of tourists come to see this magnificent site.

Even so, it was great to find… that there are many other fascinating places to see while here. That’s why, in this We Drink Eat Travel blog… we’ll run through 12 things to do in Putrajaya. Yet, before we start… we’ll share with you how we got to this interesting city.

How To Get From Putrajaya, From Our Experience

For us, one of our Airbnb accommodations that we stayed in was in Seri Kembangnan… which is about 15km from the centre of Putrajaya. So, the most efficient and easy way for us to get there… was via a Grab car. 

So, for a 15km Grab ride using their app, it only cost us 21 MYR. And, that’s about USD $4.80 / 4.50 Euros / 3.95 GBP. Now, in our eyes that’s very cheap!

Plus, when we were researching other ways, that was the most convenient for us. Furthermore, it would be quicker than catching the public transport. Well, we at least made sure to avoid the peak traffic times anyway. So, in the end, it only took about 15-20 minutes.

It was hot and humid the day we were going. So, being in air-conditioned comfort from door-to-door was a bonus! 

Now, most tourists would be staying in KL rather than in Selangor. So, if you’re coming from say around the Petronas Twin Towers… then it’s about double the distance from where we were. Thus, making it about 30km to get from there to Putrajaya.

And, if you weren’t planning on using Grab, or a similar rideshare car service from that area… you’d need to take multiple forms of public transport to get to Putrajaya. 

Plus, you have to factor in… that it could take at least 2 hours to get to Putrajaya from the Petronas Towers area. Or, it could even be up to 3 hours depending on the traffic conditions! 

Yes, it would be cheaper than taking a Grab or taxi. Yet, you just need to weigh up if time or budget is more important for you.

So, if you plan on getting there via public transport for just a day trip, plan your itinerary wisely… especially when you see what you could do there. And, with that… let’s kick off the first landmark on our list of things to do in Putrajaya.

Putra Square (Dataran Putrajaya)

Our Grab driver dropped us off at the exact location we put in as our destination… which was in Putra Square. This gigantic ring-shaped area is popular for holding events… as well as having several important landmarks surrounding it. 

Now, when we got to Putra Square it was around 9:30am. And, there were some tourists but it wasn’t chock full.  

Yet, at around 10am many bus loads of tourists came flocking in. And, one of the things that they’ll do, just like we did… is take photos in front of the huge Putrajaya sign.

We had to wait at least 10 minutes before we could get a photo without anyone in it! In hindsight, that was the first thing we should’ve done. Yet, there is reason why we didn’t. 

And, that’s because we made our way straight to one of the most prominent attractions in this area… the Putra Mosque.

Putra Mosque (Pink Mosque)

Built in the late 1990’s… this mosque also goes by the name of the Pink Mosque. And, that’s because the granite material that was used to build the mosque… has a rose color. Plus, this striking color not only dominates the outside of the mosque… the interior mirrors the same captivating pinky color too.

And, it sure does looking majestic, especially when looking at it from afar. Plus, there are some lovely views to witness, when you stroll around the Pink Mosque.

Now, there are strict clothing rules that every person must adhere to. Yet, don’t worry if you aren’t wearing the correct attire… as the security will provide you with a robe, which has a hood. And, this is given during your visit for free.

Yet, if you’re not keen on wearing this re-usable robe… then make sure you cover exposed skin. Plus, for females your head and hair must have a covering too.

When Paul put his robe on, the staff were having a joke with us… and saying that he was like a character from Harry Potter! Yes, the robes do make you look like a wizard.

Even so, with all those formalities aside… the Putra Mosque sure is a magnificent site to witness. And, when we went to visit… the security told us that just before we came, staff had taken down scaffolding that was covering the mosque. So, it was our lucky day!

Perdana Putra

On the other side of Putra Square is Perdana Putra… which houses the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as other government divisions. Unfortunately, during our visit… this building did have scaffolding surrounding parts of it.

Even so, it sure did look grand, with its 6-storey high stone building… contrasting with the green color of the onion domes and windows.

Tangga Putrajaya Steps

One of the top things to do at Putrajaya that we highly recommend is… the Tangga Putrajaya Steps. When you see it from across the road… it sure does look like a colossal amount of steps to walk up. 

Yet, take your time walking up this 200-metre long staircase. And, that’s because along the way… there are some pretty features to stop by and check out. Be wary that when walking up the steps, there isn’t much shade.

And, remember to turn around to look at the magnificent view of Putrajaya from the steps. 

Secret Garden Putrajaya

Now, when you reach the top of the Putrajaya Steps… you’ll come to an area that’s known as the Secret Garden.

So, while it’s a place you can chill out in during the day… at night time it becomes a brilliant display. 

The garden is drenched with colorful, stunning rainbow color neon lights… that showcases the Secret Garden and its features. So, if you want to see a sparkly, magical garden display at night… extend your day trip, or spend a night in Putrajaya.

If you want to be in touch with nature and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in Putrajaya… head on over to the Botanical Garden. So, when we went there was no entrance fee. And, surprisingly with every other landmark we went to see in Putrajaya… they were all for free.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden (Taman Botani Putrajaya)

The garden area covers just under 100 hectares, thus it’s one of the largest in Malaysia. And, in the complex are several different sections you can explore… including the Vine Garden, Floral Garden and the pretty Lakeside area.

Now, we had read about others recommending visiting the Moroccan Pavillion. Yet, when we were there is was undergoing renovations. So, we hope that when you go there, you’ll be able to experience its beauty.

Putrajaya Boulevard (Persiaran Perdana)

When you’re at Putra Square, you’ll notice a wide and long street that looks to be endless. This is the main road covering about 5km through Putrajaya… which has plenty of space for pedestrians and road traffic. 

Thus, if you’re wanting to walk the entire boulevard, make sure you allow a lot of time! During the middle of the day when we were walking down the boulevard… it was like a ghost town. As there were hardly any people around. 

And, we guess that it was because the humidity and heat in the middle of the day would turn people off… as there’s no shade from the sun. We were just the crazy ones who chose to do it. Yet, there are some stalls along the way, where we could quench our thirst.

Now, while you’re strolling along Putrajaya Boulevard… there are some sites along the way to check out.

Perbadanan Putrajaya

This huge silver looking structure that will catch your eye, while walking down Persiaran Perdana… is the Putrajaya Perbadanan. And, while it’s a structure you wouldn’t go into to visit as a tourist, as it houses corporate offices… it does look striking on the outside. 

Similar to the Secret Garden, if you want to witness a light-filled display… come here at night time to see the buildings from a different perspective.

So, while you’re in the area, opposite this is another gigantic building…

Mahkamah Persekutuan Malaysia

This huge structure is the Federal Courthouse of Malaysia… of which its history dates back to the mid-1900’s, when Malaysia and Singapore were still one nation. Yet, over time when Singapore was to become its own country… the court system underwent changes too.

During our visit there, scaffolding was covering a part of the front of the building. So, it was a bummer… as we were wanting to take pictures of this grand courthouse. Even so, we could use our imagination… and look beyond the scaffolding to admire its beauty!

Now, the Putra Mosque is one of the main attractions when visiting Putrajaya. Yet, if you have the time… you should put this on your list of things to do at Putrajaya.

Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin / Masjid Besi

This is known as the Iron Mosque… which is the second largest after the Pink Mosque in Putrajaya. And, the reason for it having this name… is because about three quarters of the mosque was built with steel. 

It certainly is a contrast to the Putra Mosque. And, like the Pink Mosque, strict clothing regulations are in force here. Yet, rather than the maroon color robes… you’ll be given blue ones here. Plus, the feeling is different with its open-air environment… and the mesh structures surrounding the mosque.

Now, we do recommend that to see the Iron Mosque from a different perspective… head on down to the waterfront. And, while you’re by the water, you’ll most likely see this next landmark…

The Millennium Monument

Built in the early 2000’s… the striking gold Millennium Monument stands at a height of just under 70 metres. And, it’s said that the design of this monument was based on Malaysia’s national flower… the hibiscus. Yes, we guess we can see some resemblance!

Putrajaya Lake

When you’re strolling around town, you’ll no doubt pass by Putrajaya Lake. This man-made lake covers an area of around 400 hectares… and its completion was in the early 2000’s. These wetlands are an important part of Putrajaya… including providing a habitat for flora and fauna.

And, at certain times throughout the day… a massive fountain will explode from the depths of the lake, with a picturesque display.

So, there you have it, 12 things to do in Putrajaya that we could fit in a day trip. Now, there are other things to see… yet we trust that some of these will help to fill your itinerary when you go.

Now, just before we finish up, here’s a way to start your day trip to Putrajaya…

Kick Start Your Day Trip to Putrajaya With a Feast

Before you begin exploring, if you want to start your day with a feast… then head on over to the Le Meridien Putrajaya. You can find this in the IOI Resort City area… where there are several luxury hotels, as well as a huge shopping mall.

There are many different cuisines you can try from Chinese, Japanese… through to Western continental breakfast items. They’ll also prepare freshly squeezed juices on request… as well as cook eggs to order in a variety of ways.

Now, if you happen to be vegetarian, the choices are far less. Yet, you won’t leave hungry.

We did notice that there were lots of families at breakfast. And, we did discover that there was a roving clown in the restaurant during breakfast!

So, if you have kids, then this will help keep them amused. And, that’s because the clown makes those fancy balloons… by twisting them into all sorts of designs and characters. We’re sure that he’d make a balloon for the “kids who are young at heart” too!

For 1 adult, the breakfast was only 68 MYR… which is about 14.50 Euros, USD $15.60 or GBP 12.30. So, that is an extremely cheap price for a 5-star buffet breakfast! And, by the end of it you’ll be chock full, with lots of energy to see the attractions.

Whatever you decided to do, we hope you enjoy your time in Putrajaya!

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