Malacca is a very old town in Malaysia, it is full of history and full of culture! We spent two days there back in September last year, and we loved every single bit of it! Malacca was ruled by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British, so it has lots of fascinating traditions.
In the Malay language, Malacca is spelt as Melaka. It got its name from the Melaka tree, which grows a small, green fruit called the Melaka fruit. Melaka started off as a tiny fishing village in 1402, and then turned into a very important trading harbour in the region and beyond.
In 1511 Malacca was conquered by the Portuguese, who left behind lots of monuments such as the Church of St. Francis Xavier and A Famosa, a ruined fort with only the front gate left after the rest was destroyed in 1806 by the British.
Later, in 1641, the Dutch overthrew the Portuguese and took over Malacca, where they built the Red Square, or the Dutch Square, as it is also known.
Last, but not least, came the British, who were given Malacca by the Dutch in the Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1824 in exchange for Bencoolen in Sumatra.
We did many things in Malacca and one of our favourite activities was the Melaka River Cruise. The boat we took went along some of the smaller parts of the Malacca River (Sungei Melaka). We went on it at night, so we got to see everything when it was lit up with multi coloured lights; it was truly enchanting! On the cruise, we also saw Casa del Rio, a 5 star hotel set on the bank of the Melaka River.
One of the things in Malacca that you can’t miss, are the crazy trishaws! They are decorated with Hello Kittys, lights, lots of bright colours and sometimes they even have loud music! You can get a ride or a tour of the city on these, but unfortunately we didn’t go on them.
Here are some of the places we ate at in Malacca:
Geographer Cafe – a converted old house
Nancy’s Kitchen – served traditional Nyonya food
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