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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

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

Chinatown Melaka

address: city centre Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
melaka-malacca-lorong_hang_jebat.jpg, Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.
Chinatown at night
Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.

Jalan Tukang Besi
Jalan Tukang Besi, also called "Harmony Street" because of the presence of a Hindu Temple, Chinese temples and a moque in close proximity along this street
photo: Google Street View, 2015

Chinatown is part of the historical city centre of Melaka which is a listed Unesco World Heritage site:

» Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Chinatown streets from Bukit Cina to the area around Jonker Walk (Jalan Hang Jebat). Jonker Walk is closed for traffice during the weeken and turns in to a very busy street market.
The immigration of the Chinese started all the way back in the 16th century. A portion of the Chinese immigration intermarried with local women which lead to the Peranakan (Baba and Nonya) culture.



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