Melaka where it all began!
Founded some 600 years ago, Melaka (or Malacca as it used to be known) is where the history of Malaysia began. The city is rich with historical and cultural attractions and is easy to get to, being located on the main highway that bisets Peninsular Malaysia, only 120 km south-east of Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur and 250 km north-west of Singapore.

A visit to Melaka is a must for foreign and local tourists. Places of interest include mausoleum of the legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah, Hang Tuah's Well, the mausoleum of Tun Teja ( a princess at the centre of the Hang Tuah legend), the replica of the Melaka Sultan's Palace, A Famosa (the remains of the Portuguese fort), The Stadthuys (the Dutch administrative complex), St. Francis Xavier's Church and a variety of Museums.

Chinese who came to Melaka and adopted Malay customs and language were known as Baba and Nyonya and traces of their heritage (known as Peranakan) can be seen in Chinatown as well as at the Baba and Nyonya Heritage museum. The adventurous may visit the well of Hang Li Poh ( a princess from China who married the fifth ruler of Melaka) and then walk-up Bukit China (Chinese Hill)  to get a panoramic view of the historic city.

Another main attraction of Melaka is the variety of food including Nyonya, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Chitty and Portuguese cuisine, in addition to the always delightful Malay cuisine.

To experience heavenly holiday bliss, travellers can also enjoy a tropical island getaway at Pulau Besar and Pulau Upeh by taking the frequent boat services to the islands.
Revised 2007