After humble origins as a fishing village, the town of Malacca grew to become one of the most important and influential trading ports in South East Asia, all way before Penang and even Kuala Lumpur were of any significance. Unfortunately as Singapore steadily gained prominence, so Malacca lost favour and slowly turned back into a sleepy backwater.
- Learn about Malacca’s colonial history
- Visit the oldest Chinese temple on the Malaysian Peninsula
- Wander through Fortress Porta de Santiago, built more than 500-years ago
- Take a boat trip down the Malacca River
However on account of its rich history of European settlements with the Portuguese, Dutch and British all having ruled here, the city is full of fascinating colonial architecture which resulted in it being awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2008. It also boasts a wonderful diversity of peoples and cultures, which manifests itself in its friendly ambience and some of the finest food in the country.