Faces of
Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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.

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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, Melaka at night
Melaka
Melaka at night
Melaka, Lorong Hang Jebat
Melaka
Lorong Hang Jebat


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

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

In Melaka on bicycle

Katja and Waldemar were on the road in Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand and Sri Lanka on bicycle with their 2 children. They stayed in Melaka for 6 Weeks and live at the Sama Sama Guesthouse. This a long story about life in Chinatown, buddhist and Hindu processions and a smoke attack after 2 cases of Dengue Fever. For more Stories and Information visit their website 39Grad (german) ... 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
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Chinatown Melaka
Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night. ... 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
Old Town Guesthouse
family-run guesthouse located near near historical Bukit Cina
Jalan-Jalan Besi
Guesthouse / Hostel in old Chinatown run by the same management as nearby Jalan-Jalan Emas