The first mention of the Malaysian state of Melaka dates back to 1400 AD. According to one legend, the city of the same name was founded by Sumatran prince; later, smaller settlements began to appear around it. The main occupation of the locals was trade. Today, the region of Melaka occupies a vast territory on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. The capital is Malacca City, which has been a major trading center for many years.
The cultural center and capital of the state is Malacca City; it will be a real gem for fans of excursion tourism. Conditionally the city is divided into the old and new parts; the capital's … Open
Tourists are attracted by cities and towns of the state; each settlement differs with unique customs and culture. There are many distinctive communities across the state, where the Portuguese and Chinese live. Locals revere their customs and traditions passing them from generation to generation. There are also architectural landmarks, including the Stadhuis built by the Dutch, Porta de Santiago fort, original houses of local residents and historical monument.
A lot of historical and architectural monuments are located in the metropolitan area. The must have excursion program should include St. Paul's Church, the Town Council, Fort St. John and Heroes Square. In evenings, the square hosts colorful laser shows and concerts. Among the cultural institutions, the Art Museum opened in one of the beautiful old palaces is notable. Shoppers certainly have to stroll along Jonker Street, but don’t look for upmarket shops and boutiques, as the city is rich in antique and souvenir shops. Bargaining is common at local markets; sometimes it helps reducing the price for several times. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Most entertainment places, which attract tourists, are located in the state's capital. Shoppers would be fond of small towns, as there are pretty interesting markets and handicraft shops. … Open
One of the favorite pastimes of travelers is walking on carts pulled by water buffalo. This is a wonderful way to relax and get acquainted with landmarks. The cuisine of Melaka deserves special attention; gourmets will find a lot of interesting dishes in local restaurants. In addition to exotic delicacies of the region, you can find Chinese and Portuguese treats, as mixing of cultures is reflected in culinary traditions. Not far from the capital there is the town of Air Keroh; it would be interesting to spend a few days there. There is a butterfly farm, a large zoo, an aquarium, a crocodile farm, a golf club and many other entertainment venues in it.
In Melaka, there are excellent conditions for beach recreation. There is the picturesque Tanjung Kling Beach in the immediate surroundings of the capital. It is covered with soft white sand. The beach is surrounded by lush palms and other exotic plants. This picturesque beach is perfectly suitable for peaceful recreation, as well as active entertainments. There are water sports centers and well-equipped camping sites. In the vicinity of the coast, there are a lot of hotels, restaurants, interesting stores, and shopping malls.
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Fans of recreation in a peaceful atmosphere will be charmed by sandy Tanjung Bidara. It is one of the most secluded coastal zones in the region. There are not so many people at the beach even in the middle of the tourist season. Actually, the coast is very clean and excellently equipped for recreation. There are several comfortable cafes near it.
The picturesque Pantai Cahaya Bulan Beach has attractive advantages too. It is located not so far from Kota Bharu. The resort infrastructure at this coast started to be actively developed several decades ago. Today, there are a lot of hotels and restaurants in different price categories. Even the most demanding tourists can vacation here in comfort. They can stay in one of the modern upscale hotels.
Traditional cuisine of Melaka slightly differs from classical Malaysian. The main treat is rice; skilled chefs cook it in various ways: stewed in coconut milk, stir fried with vegetables, … Open
Besides comfortable beach recreation, the guests of Melaka have many prospects for good sightseeing tours. One of the main historical symbols of the colonial period is the Famosa Fort. This historical monument has been partially preserved to this day. At one time, this fortress was built by the Portuguese to protect the new territory from pirates and other conquerors. Today, you can see the gate and several old cannons in the territory of the fortress. You can take a sightseeing tour around the entire historic district. Many people aim to visit this historical monument at sunset to admire the setting sun.
In the capital, there is the very interesting History and Ethnography Museum where you can see the multifaceted collection of exhibits. Here, you can also see archaeological artifacts found on the territory of the region, masterpieces of local masters, and unique handmade gifts.
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Sightseeing in Malaysia: things to see
Taman Negara National Park remains the largest park in the country. Its total square exceeds 440 thousand hectares. These are true dense jungles, the age of which, according to biologists, exceeds 130 million years. Gunung Tahan Mountain is located right in the centre of the park. The mountain range has become the favourite place for numerous alpinists. Besides exotic plants, you will see various species of rare animals in this region. There are more than 250 species of birds, not to mention other animals. Gua Telinga Cave has become a true palace for thousands of bats. Walk through a narrow tunnel, and you will enter a spacious cave, which ceiling is completely covered with these night animals.