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Melaka Travel Guide, Malaysia

MELAKA, MALAYSIA -OVERVIEW

The third smallest state in Malaysia is Melaka or Malacca. It is located on the Straits of Malacca. The state of Johor lies to the south of Melaka, while Negeri Sembilan in located in the north of Melaka. The capital of Melaka is Malacca town. Melaka is headed by the Governor, though earlier, Melaka was one of the oldest Malay Sultanates. Melaka is located on a central position on the Straits of Malacca. The capital, Malacca town, is located between Kuala Lumpur in the north and Singapore in the south, and is well- connected with highways and roads. Malacca town does not yet have a railway connection, but has a domestic airport terminal.

Tourism and manufacturing are the two most important industries of Melaka. There are at least 500 companies from the United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore in 23 industrial estates that are engaged in producing various products like electronic and computer components and hi-tech weaponry.

History says that Malacca was founded by the Srivijayan prince of Palembang, Parameshwara in around 1400. He founded his empire in the strategically positioned location on the Strait of Malacca. He converted to Islam in 1414 and came to be known as Raja Iskander Shah. During his reign, Malacca became a major international port. He was succeeded by his son, Sultan Muhammad Shah, in 1424. Malacca saw the infiltration of the Siamese and the Chinese, who mingled with the local Malay people and therefrom grew a rich cultural heritage. Malacca also played an important role in the spread of Islam in the surrounding region. Malacca also saw European invasions. The Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British ruled and controlled over Malacca. From 1826 to 1946, Malacca was under the control of the British. It was first under the rule of the British East India Company and later remained as a Crown Colony. Finally, it became part of the Malayan Union, later known as Malaysia.

The center of Malacca town has been recently enlisted in the World Heritage Sites list. The varied influences have left back a number of popular historical attractions, including a number of churches and museums.

Melaka is well- known for its cuisine. Some of the famous local dishes are ikan asam pedas, sambal belacan and cencaluk. The Nyona-Baba cuisine is a mixture of Chinese, Indian, British, Malay, Portiguese and Dutch styles of cooking. Most of the dishes in this cuisine are spicy in nature.

   
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    travel tip by alvingb posted more then 30 days ago
    This satay restaurant is very famous for serving authentic Malay food known as satays. Satays are meat usually chicken, beef or mutton that is placed on small bamboo skewers and are grilled and it is served in peanut sauce. They are like...
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    Trishaws are popular among tourist in Melaka. This would be one of the best ways to go around the place and look at the various attractions around. Furthermore there will always be ample trishaws around and often they will approach...
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    travel tip by Photoguy posted more then 30 days ago
    A’Famosa is a great place to visit as it has beautiful structures and architectures that was built in 1511 when the Portuguese conquered Malacca. It was built to help the Portuguese ward off all forms of attacks. This place is...
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