Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest

A travel photo contest has been launched by Tourism Malaysia called #beautifulMalaysia where participants can upload photos that depict anything beautiful in Malaysia via popular social media platform Instagram.

This travel photo contest under the hashtag #beautifulMalaysia will run for 6 weeks beginning 15th June till 20th September 2015 and the rationalization behind this is that any time of the day, there is always something happening around Malaysia, especially with so many festivals and events taking place around the country.

This contest will highlight and discover the beauty of Malaysia through the eyes of those who have experienced, but also for them to share their own version of a beautiful Malaysia via this travel photo contest.

To join this contest, please visit official beautifulMalaysia website:

The duration of the #beautifulMalaysia contest will be 12 weeks from 15th June 2015 to 20th September 2015 and it is open to entrants worldwide, aged 13 years and above.

To enter, participants simply need to submit a photo that best encapsulates the beauty of Malaysia in any of the following categories: places, festivals, food or shopping.

Participants can opt to post the photo on Instagram by including the hashtag #BeautifulMalaysia, or upload directly on to the campaign website. Photos will then be compiled, moderated and displayed in the contest gallery.

Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest

Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest – Photo by W.Steve

For the Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest, there will be one grand prize and three consolations prizes up for grabs each week. The photos will be judged based on creativity and relevance to the campaign, and the best photo of the week will be picked by Tourism Malaysia. Grand prizes include a GoPro Hero 4, iPad Air 2, Canon EOS 100D DSLR Camera and OPPO Find 5 Smart Phones.

Special Campaign Postcards

To further promote the #BeautifulMalaysia campaign, Tourism Malaysia will also be releasing specially designed #BeautifulMalaysia postcards that will be placed at selected airports around Malaysia. The winners of the contest will also have their winning photos displayed on the postcards at the end of the campaign. You can also get more information from the official website of Tourism Malaysia.

There are plenty of tourist attractions in Malacca and the fact that the city is a UNESCO heritage site, every street and corner became an attraction for visitors. People that have visited Malacca would tell you why it is one of the best places to visit in South East Asia. Whether you want to go for fun, foodie venture, historical tour or natural beauty, Malacca is one of the best stations in Malaysia.

Best 10 Malacca Tourist Attractions

There are plenty of Malacca attractions for tourist to visit see. We have compiled list of the best 10 Malacca tourist attractions, which should not be miss.

1. Melaka Wonderland Theme Park

For fun lovers, Melaka Wonderland Theme Park is the best Malacca tourist attraction. You would find one of the best theme park of Asia in here. It is located in the area of Ayer Keroh. You would not feel any less entertained than any of other theme parks. The clean blue water in the ponds and pools will wash away your worries and you would never regret putting Melaka Wonderland on the top of your list. Slide, twirl, jump and get thrilled in Melaka and be a cheery child again!

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2. The Stadthuys

When back from Malaysia, you will surely like to tell your buddies that you actually visited a seventeenth century building; The Stadthuys in Melaka. It is one of the Malacca tourist attractions for history lovers while not the only one. It is said that it is the oldest structure of Dutch architecture that survived in Melaka. The colonial time structure lives in the shape of gigantic walls, wide windows and heavy doors. The reddish brown, wooden-iron structure is the place to visit if you want to see oldest Malacca buildings.

Among all Malacca tourist attractions, this one should not be missed. The picture of The Stadthuys can be seen in plenty of postcards in Melaka as well.

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3. A Famosa Fort

Can’t tell if your picture with A Famosa Fort where a cannon on your right will be most liked or the one with the cannon on your left. But the A Famosa Fort trip is going to be fun and your buddies will love to comment on your pictures at A Famosa Fort. Reason? The fort got history, sight, location and architecture. It is sixteenth century building that survived only enough to tell you where the fort stood. A Famosa Fort reminds of the Portuguese rule in the country. The only thing the fort misses till today is; A picture with you.

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4. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Probably among the first Chinese to enter Malacca, and introduced a culture that will mix with Malay’s to give birth to a unique and celebrated culture of Chinese-Malays or the Baba Nyonya. The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is one of the finest depiction of culture of the Chinese Malay people. You would love to see the art, architecture, furniture, style and bridal rooms of the culture that are still saved in the museum.

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5. Melaka Zoo

I love the way my Chinese friend calls it an animal garden. The Malacca Zoo offers same species of animals you would not find anywhere else in the world. There are no two headed dogs or four headed snakes. What makes Melaka Zoo Ayer Keroh specialty is to offer an environment where animal moves freely and yet providing safe environment to the visitors as well. Seriously, I don’t like talking to animals with them behind the bars. Animals are no prisoners! You would love the stalls in the zoo too and will certainly appreciate a guided tour.

For animal lovers, Melaka Zoo is a must visit tourist attractions in Malacca.

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6. Bukit China

The China Hill in Melaka is home to a number of graves of Chinese ancestors in Malaysia. At first sight, you won’t believe that it is a graveyard. The reason is that the greaves are spread at an area and the graves are not simply pile of rocks. They hold memorials of the ancestors. There are around 12,500 graves. People jog here since the scenery is good and the area is green and fresh.

7. Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary

Malacca Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary is a serious endeavor. You will find here the cutest parrots, the most colorful big size butterflies and the haunting thick snakes. The sanctuary also called Taman Rama Rama, offers you view of the best crocodiles in the town! A Must visit if you doubt it and again a must visit Malacca attractions if you believe it.

8. Jonker Walk

If you have been to Malacca before then you probably took a walk in the famous Jonker Street once or twice. You also bought something from the street or ate from one of the local restaurants. The street is so popular among the tourists that the local authorities have made an attraction by the name of Jonker Walk. If you are visiting Malacca then you should experience Jonker Walk in the famous Jonker Street.

The street became live mostly past sunset and that’s the best time to visit this local attraction. There are plenty of stalls on both side of the street selling various stuff. You will find a lot of souvenirs as well and the local food.

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9. Menara Taming Sari

One hundred and ten (110) meters tall tower, the Menara Taming Sari Melaka is a great Malacca tourist attractions for those that love to see how the city looks at a glance. The Tower offers a 360 degree view allowing you to see different places, their locations and distances. Operational since 2008, the tower is visited by most of tourists at night because the city turns into a very mystical place at night as seen from above.

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10. Maritime Museum Melaka

You would find another Melaka attraction a little ahead of the Stadthuys. It is the Maritime Museum that offers you model of ship that does not belong to this century. You have probably seen such ships in movies but here you will come to know that this model is Portuguese and the ship is replica of ship that sank in the coast of Malacca. This model is 34 meters high and 8 meters wide. The Museum preserves the history of Malacca, particularly its maritime history.

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Please let us know what do you think of best 10 Malacca tourist attractions list. Share your experience by adding comments below.

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Melaka is one of the favorite travel destination in Malaysia among tourist due to it’s rich culture heritage. There are many Melaka attractions popular among tourists. For family kids, there is no better place to visit in Melaka then the Melaka Zoo.

Melaka Zoo is the second largest zoo in Malaysia with 54 acres of land. The largest zoo in Malaysia is Ulu Klang National Zoo, Zoo Negara. The zoo is located near Lebuh Ayer Keroh, a highway in Ayer Keroh town. At the Melaka Zoo, the visitors can find more than 215 species of animals. Melaka zoo was established since 1963 by Melaka state government, but the zoo has been privatized from the year 2013 onward.

If you are visiting Melaka with your family, one of the recommended things to do in Melaka is to visit the zoo of Melaka.

Melaka Zoo Night Safari

Melaka Zoo is now known under the name – Melaka Zoo and Night Safari. The zoo was a wildlife rescue base and opened to the public only since 1987. Animal exhibit is not the only aim of the zoo, but the new management encourages animal breeding and conservation by providing wildlife education program.

Zoo Animals

At this zoo, the animals are exhibited in spacious enclosures as opposed to the caged enclosures. Every year, over 4, 00,000 visitors come to the Melaka Zoo. The visitors to the zoo is mainly from Melaka and neighboring states aside from the tourists. There are more than 1200 animals in this zoo, which includes reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds. The main attractions of this zoo are Malayan Gaur Oxen, Malayan Tiger, Serow, Malayan Sun Bear, and Sumatran Rhinoceros. Melaka Zoo allows people to adopt animals. The night safari allows the visitors to see nocturnal animals in their own habitats.

Melaka Zoo Animals

Adoption of Wild Animals Program

The adoption scheme of the Melaka Zoo allows ordinary people, corporate bodies and private companies sponsor any wildlife animal in the zoo. The sponsored money is used to meet the cost to maintain the animals. The funds sponsored is deposited into the trust fund of Melaka Zoo. The fund is used to meet the requirements of animals such as additional food, to improve the enclosures and medication. The sponsorship of the animals can be renewed every year. The sponsor can either change the animal or continue to sponsor the same animal.

You can adopt an animal at a cost of RM 100 per year. The sponsors of animals can enjoy certain privileges in the zoo. The sponsor can enjoy a free entry to the zoo. The sponsor can take the photo of the adopted animal along with the fact sheet. The zoo also provides an adoption certificate. Kids also can adopt an animal at an annual cost of RM 50 per year. The kids also can enjoy the same privileges as that of the adult sponsors.

Major Attractions

Some of the major attractions of the Melaka Zoo are mini safari, zoology museum, reptile house, and multi-animal show, interact with elephant, elephant rides, pony rides, tram ride, night safari, night fishing, and big cat’s complex.

Conservation of Endangered Species

Melaka Zoo is working hard for the conservation of endangered species by breeding them successfully. Some of the species that are bred successfully are Panthers, Serows, Sambar Deers, Tigers, Barking Deers, Tapirs, and other such species. The Melaka Zoo also exhibits endangered species such as Malayan Gaur and Sumatran Rhinoceros.

Zoo Opening Hours

The opening hours of the Melaka Zoo are from 9am to 6pm. The sale of the zoo entry tickets will be closed at 5.30 pm. Night safari is available on Friday and Saturdays, and the eve of school holidays and public holidays. Night safari will be from 8pm to 11pm. The night safari ticket sale will be closed by 10.30pm.

Entry Ticket Charges

Admission for children below the age of 3 is free. Special tickets can be purchased for groups, students and corporate. The charges are applicable for both day zoo entry and night safari. For Malaysian adults of the age group or 13 to 59, the charge is RM 16.90 and for children of Malaysian origins of the age group of 4-12, the rate is RM 6.80. Malaysian senior citizens have to pay RM 6.80 per person. Foreigners have to pay different rates. A foreigner adult has to pay RM 22.50 and foreign children have to pay RM 16.90 to enter the zoo premises.

Facilities in the Zoo

Food and beverage outlets are located within the zoo premises. Enjoy the tasty dishes that range from local Malayan food to western at these outlets. Ice-creams are available at the ice-cream kiosks. From the souvenir shop at the zoo, the visitors can purchase various collectible souvenirs. On the premises, the visitors can find restrooms, baby changing area, lost found, locker, first air station, and parking area.

If you are planning a day out with kids in Melaka, then a trip to Melaka Zoo should be on your to-do list. Kids can learn about various species of animals birds in a day while roaming around in the Zoo. Share your story of Melaka Zoo or a snap taken by adding comments below.

Address: Jalan Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Phone: 1300 22 3000