Singapore

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Melaka, house entrance
Melaka
house entrance
Melaka, Jalan Tukang Emas
Melaka
Jalan Tukang Emas


Excellent alternative online resources:

Wikipidia:Melaka



Malacca: the city that best gives a sense of Malaysia’s past

Article from the Telegraph newspaper: Along with its sultry climate, atmospheric Malacca boasts an intriguing history, unusual food and a lively nightlife, says Rhymer Rigby. ... more

Malaysia vs. Singapore

Entertaining story from guest author Maik from his Blog "Wah Lau". He is a german guy who developed quite some affection for the whole range of Asian diversity. Being based in Singapore, he went for a trip to nearby Melaka in 2006 and reflected about the differences between Malaysia and Singapore and what people think of each other, prejudice or not? ... more

Georgetown and Melaka just became Unesco world heritage sites

On Monday, July 7, 2008, the historic city centre of Melaka and Georgetown, Penang with their mostly Chinese shophouses and colonial buildings were just been added into the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. Therefore, Malaysia now has four sites on the list, the other two being Gunung Mulu National Park (Sarawak, tropical karst area) and Kinabalu Park (Sabah, highest peak in South-east Asia). ... more

Things to Do & See
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Dutch Square (Red Square)
The Dutch Square, also called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Melaka river is a good starting point for visiting the old part of the town. ... more
Chinatown
Melaka′s chinatown has a very peaceful atmosphere especially at night. Almost all houses are still in tact and painted colourfully. ... more
St. Paul’s Church
The ruin of St.Paul′s Church is located on top of St.Paul′s Hill and was one of five churches in the fortress complex A Famosa on the hill that was built by the Portuguese in 1521. ... more

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Restaurants & Food Courts
Medan Portugis / Portuguese Settlement
To the west of downtown Melaka, the Portuguese descendants - Kristang - founded their own settlement in the 1930s. Have an interesting evening trip to Medan Portugis to have a feast in the various Portuguese seafood restaurants. ... more

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Transport
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Melaka Sentral
Main bus terminal for long distance buses in Melaka located 4km north of the city centre. ... more

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Shopping
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Jonker Walk
A street in Chinatown with many antiques, textile and handicraft stores as well as galleries. On weekend nights the street is closed for traffic and turns into a lively night market ... more
Dataran Pahlawan
Dataran Pahlawan is a shopping mall near A Famose with a Carrefour hypermarket and Golden Screen Cinemas ... more

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HOSTELS
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Apa Kaba Home&Stay
Homestay, Melaka
Homestay / Guesthouse in a village (kampung) area, 5min away from the heritage zone ... more
Old Town Guesthouse
Guesthouse, Melaka
family-run guesthouse located near near historical Bukit Cina ... more
Cyclamen Cottage
Hostel, Melaka
Hotel in a colonial architectural style building villa built in 1937 located a few minutes north of the city center ... more

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Hotels in in Melaka
HOSTELS
in Melaka
Majestic Hotel Melaka
Boutique heritage hotel close to Melaka River and Kampung Morten, north of the town center
Tidur Tidur Guesthouse and Hostel
Budget Guesthouse in the back of an design studio in the heritage zone of Melaka