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A state with a proud and rich heritage, Melaka attracted traders from all over the world. Now a UNESCO World Heritage City, Melaka maintains much of the old world charm through its building and architecture inherited from the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Melaka is a popular day trip about two hours drive south of Kuala Lumpur.

1. Porta De Santiago or A' Famosa Fortress

Built in 1511 by Portuguese admiral, Alfonso d'Albuquerque, Porta de Santiago, or A'Famosa, was badly damaged during a Dutch invasion. Fortunately, Sir Stamford Raffles intervened in 1808 to save what was left of it, which is the structure we see today.

A Famosa

2. Stadhuys

Its salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges make Stadhuys an imposing relic of Dutch rule in Melaka. Once residence of Dutch governors and officers, it now houses the Museum of History and Ethnography.

The Stadhuys

3. Melaka Sultanate Palace

A replica of a 15th century palace in Melaka, it was built based on descriptions of it provided in the Malay Annals, a literary work chronicling the history of the sultanate in Melaka. The palace serves as a museum to display exhibits relating to Melaka's culture.

Sultanate Palace

4. Maritime Museum

Housed in a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese vessel that sank off the coast, the Maritime Museum offers a pictorial display of Melaka's history.

Maritime Museum

5. Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

The museum's architecture is typical of the 19th century Baroque-style homes of wealthy Chinese families. Inside is a mix of Chinese rosewood furniture mixed in with Chinese, Victorian and Dutch designs, this longish residence has a courtyard that admits sun and rain.

Baba Nyonya Museum

6. Jonker Street

Now also known as Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street is a haven for many artefacts, antiques and relics of a bygone era. Many antique collectors flock to this place for just that reason. Jonker Street is also home to many a hawker stall that serves delectable delights.


7. Melaka River Cruise

Take a 45-minute cruise along the Melaka River and immerse yourself in the architectural wonders that has hardly changed for centuries.


8. Sunset Cruise

Savour the beautiful panorama of Melaka city at sunset from the Straits of Melaka. It is a one-hour cruise that takes you along the city's coastline.


9. Savour local delights

Food in Melaka is as rich in variety as its cultural heritage, offering a plethora of Portuguese, Nyonya and Chetti food.