Malacca, or Melaka, is a more "traditional" city than Kuala Lumpur. The huge buildings have not yet been installed, even if the workings have already started ... Each nationality passing through this region has left its own imprint : Portuguese, Dutch, English ... Therefore, it is a city rich in architecture and history. Once a place of battles for spices, in 1985 Malacca became the historic city of Malaysia thanks to Dr. Mahathir. Nowadays Malacca is a city where the life standard is very good. The Malay, Chinese and Indian communities coexist peacefully. By the way, one of the streets in Malacca is called the Harmony street : there are mosques, Chinese and Hindu temples side by side. Melaka has approximately 100 000 inhabitants living on each side of the river which crosses the city, the Melaka River.
Do not hesitate to take a walk round the city with a driver of beca. Pronounced "betcha", this is the name given to the trishaws. The Maritime Museum : moored along the Jalan quay, the Maritime Museum narrating the Navy history is installed in a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese sailing ship. The museum traces the history of Malacca back to the XIVth century. It includes mainly models of boats but also antique maps. Open from Wednesday to Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., entrance fee of RM 2 for adults and 0.5 RM for children. The Sejarah Museum : an exhibition of objects, paintings and scenes of the life at that time. For purists, it is possible to stay in a traditional village, the Seri Tanjung Homestay. Hosted by the owner, the visitor participates in the tasks of daily life. 20 houses, with 40 rooms, are located 15 miles away from Malacca.
Malacca is a city that has many places to visit. It has some of the oldest temples in Malaysia. The Chinese Buddhist temple, Cheng Hoon Teng (translation : the temple of the green cloud) : built in 1646, this temple is decorated with mythical figures, animals, birds and flowers on porcelain and glassware. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple (built in 1781). The Masjid Kampung Hulu and Kampung kling Mosque. The church of St Paul : built in 1521 by Duarte Coelho, a Portuguese Catholic captain. It was called St Paul by the Dutch. The Christ Church : This church of Dutch architecture is very charming from outside but finally there is little to see inside. The St Francis Xavier church, the St Peter's Church.
Remember to take an anti-malaria treatment, if you go into the jungle. Mosquitoes are not many in the city. It is always recommendable to take a repellent to avoid mosquito bites. Even if you are accustomed to the sun, it is important to bring sun protection. Like many hot-spot destinations, you would not feel too strongly the heat from the sun during the day but you would bitterly regret it once the evening comes in ! The beaches are not the only place where the sun rages, it is also in the city.
You should know that during public school holidays, hotels and transport are rather busy. The Malays are not accustomed to point the finger at someone and might also be offended by this gesture. They use therefore their thumb to indicate one direction or another. As for hard bargain, the Chinese are quite fond of this practice, but do not play this game with the Malays. The prices are fixed, they may not appreciate your desire to bargain.
Here you can find all cuisines : Malay, Indian, Chinese, nyonya, seafood? But the place is also known for its Portuguese cuisine. It has managed to take advantage of culinary influences from Malaysia and India. Here is a list of some of the most famous dishes : the pasu kaemadu (fish cooked in the oven), the garing garing fretu (chicken fried with shallots cut into slices) and the fiery el diablo curry (chicken curry that is quite spicy !).
Like most major cities in Malaysia, Malacca has shopping centres, which sell Western brands. In the Jonker Street, you will find many shops selling offerings, but also antique and local crafts : antiques, traditional lamps, perfumed oils, calligraphy, bracelets? As for food, they sell very good sugar cane and honey.
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