Malaka: The Red City

Dutch influence in Malaysia

Inside the old town of Malaka
Inside the old town of Malaka

Landing in Kuala Lumpur, I skipped the capital for now and drove straight to Malacca.


Malacca, known locally as Melaka, is a historical city in Malaysia renowned for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant history. Situated on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, it played a pivotal role in the maritime trade routes of Southeast Asia. Founded in the early 15th century by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince, Malacca rapidly grew into a bustling trading port, attracting merchants from China, India, Arabia, and Europe.


The city's unique blend of cultures is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and festivals. Key attractions include the A Famosa fortress, built by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, and the Dutch Square, showcasing colonial-era buildings painted in vibrant red. The Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum offers insights into the Peranakan culture, a blend of Chinese and Malay traditions.


Malacca's historical significance was recognized by UNESCO in 2008 when it was declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it remains a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors with its historic sites, lively Jonker Street night market, and delicious local dishes like chicken rice balls and cendol. Two beautiful ways to explore the city are by rickshaw tour, offering a charming and colorful ride through the historic streets, or a cycling tour through the countryside and little villages, providing a more serene and immersive experience of Malacca's rural landscapes.


Tourist hotspot downtown Malaka

Church of Malaka

Rickshaws ready for a city tour

Through the hinterland of Malaka...

Learning about the community and Chinese influence....

Inside a palm oil plantation and learning about how palm oil is produced and the dark side of it...

Continuing through local villages

Next stop: Rubber Plantation

Learning about architecture in this part of Malaysia

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