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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca is a birthplace of Malaysian culture, a once great trading port at various times ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British as well as local sultans. It’s an attractive place that’s capitalized (even over-capitalized) on its heritage status, packaging up its atmospheric Chinatown and historic districts neatly for tourism. Starting with the landmark Stadhuys, Asia’s oldest Dutch building, move on to quickly inspect the old Portuguese fort Porte de Santiago and the ruined St. Paul’s Church before checking out the Sultanate Palace and Maritime Museum. The heart of Chinatown is Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly ...

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca is a birthplace of Malaysian culture, a once great trading port at various times ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British as well as local sultans. It’s an attractive place that’s capitalized (even over-capitalized) on its heritage status, packaging up its atmospheric Chinatown and historic districts neatly for tourism. Starting with the landmark Stadhuys, Asia’s oldest Dutch building, move on to quickly inspect the old Portuguese fort Porte de Santiago and the ruined St. Paul’s Church before checking out the Sultanate Palace and Maritime Museum. The heart of Chinatown is Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly Jonkers Street, along which a lively night market happens every Friday and Saturday. If you don’t fancy walking, take a seat in one of Malacca’s famous tricked-out trishaws. To find out more about the city’s mixed Malay Chinese Peranakan community drop by the Baba-Nonya Heritage Museum. Less touristy than Chinatown is Kampung Chitty, home to the offspring of Indian traders and Malay women, while Kampung Hulu contains the oldest functioning mosque in Malaysia. From the Eye on Malaysia, a giant Ferris wheel, you can get a bird’s eye view of the city. Re-energize on Malacca’s wonderful Nonya cuisine which includes coconut milk and lemongrass flavored laksa, pineapple tarts and satay celup, a fondue-style dish.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Avoid September through November, the wettest months.