Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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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Kampung Morten, Villa Sentosa

address: Villa Sentosa, 138 Kampung Morten, 75300 Melaka
kampung-morten-melaka-villa-sentosa4.jpg, Remaining village of traditional Malay houses in the middle of the city, located in a bend of Melaka River north of the city centre
Villa Sentosa at night
Remaining village of traditional Malay houses in the middle of the city, located in a bend of Melaka River north of the city centre

Getting to Kampung Morten
Kampung Morten is located about 15min walk north of the historic city centre. You can enter it from bridge over Melaka River just opposite the Majestic Hotel.
The Panorama hop-on hop-off bus also stops nearby (stop 12 red line, stop 13 blue line)

Villa Sentosa
Villa Sentosa is a one of the traditional Malay wooden kampung houses (built in the 1920s) in the Kampung (Malay for village) that is open to tourist as a privat livingmuseum. While there is no entry free, the owner will ask for donations.
more information from the owner: Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim, phone.: 06-282 2988
Opening Hours
Daily : 9am - 5pm (closed 1pm - 2pm)
Friday : 2.45pm - 5pm
 

view from Sungai Melaka
view from Melaka River (from the Melaka River Cruise boat)


Kampung houses at night
peaceful Kampung Morten with its Kampung houses at night


Kampung Morten



video documentary of Villa Sentosa and Kampong Morten:



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Melaka River Cruise
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The Melaka River Cruise is 45min boat ride on Sungai Melaka with audio commentary. The cruise offers new perspectives of the historical city centre, Chinatown, Kampong Morten and other places in Melaka. ... more
Hotels in in Melaka
HOSTELS
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Voyage Guest House

Guesthouse located in the heart of Chinatown

River View Guest House
Guest House located in the heritage zone of Melaka facing the Melaka River
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Dutch Square (Red Square)
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Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh
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Bukit Teresek, Taman Negara
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