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Malaysia
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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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Mangosteen

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Mangosteen
the queen of fruit with juice and sweet flesh

People call Mangosteen the queen of fruit as a the counter-part of Durian (the king of fruit). Often Mangosteen and Durians are sold at the same stall. Whereas Durian is heaty and has a controversial taste, Mangosteen is sweet and cooling and the taste is appreciated by most people.



Mangosteen on Wikipedia:

The Purple Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), colloquially known simply as "the mangosteen", is a tropical evergreen tree, believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The tree grows from 7 to 25 m (20-80 ft) tall. The rind (exocarp) of the edible fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe. Botanically an aril, the fragrant edible flesh can be described as sweet and tangy, citrusy with peach flavor and texture.

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Durian

the king of fruit, loved by locals, hated by most travellers - native to Malaysia and Indonesia

Jackfruit

native fruit, largest tree-borne fruit in the world

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