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Malacca Activities

What to Do in Malacca

Malaysia's 'Pearl of the Orient' carries a natural beauty and cultural splendour like no other place. Its name comes from the Malay translation of betel nut - 'Pinang'. Every year, thousands of visitors come here to experience the unique cultural heritage and scenery. It is also a very cosmopolitan city, perhaps the second busiest in the country after Kuala Lumpur.

Malacca's history was official recorded when the Sultan of Kedah ceded the state (then under his control) to Francis Light of the British East India Company in 1786. In exchange, the Sultan was promised British military protection from the Siamese by the crafty Light who had, in fact, no such backing.

When the Siamese invaded, there was no help rendered to the Sultan. He attempted to retake Malacca back in 1790. The attack was unsuccessful and Malacca continued to remain under British control with an additional strip of mainland added in 1800. The Sultan was paid 10,000 Spanish Dollars per annum in return.

Through the decades, Malacca flourished as a centre for trade of tea, spices, china and cloth. It remained under British rule until it became part of Malaysia in 1957 during Independence Day.

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Malacca Activities

Thins to do

10 Things to do

From great local food to interesting sights and shopping, see all sides of Malacca with our pick of things to do when in Read More...

Jonker Street Activities

Jonker Street Activities

Back when Kuala Lumpur was a malaria-ridden swamp and Penang was yet to become the ‘Pearl of the Orient’; Melaka was one Read More...

Ayer Keroh Activities

Ayer Keroh Activities

Situated on the outskirts of Malacca, about 15 km east of the town, Ayer Keroh – also known as Air Keroh – has quite a Read More...

Malacca City

Malacca City Activities

Malacca – a small and friendly area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 – features many eye-catching sights Read More...

Alor Gajah Activities

Alor Gajah Activities

Alor Gajah doesn’t have much in the way of exciting attractions and activities. In fact the most notable attraction here Read More...

Tanjung Kling Activities

Tanjung Kling Activities

Tanjung Kling used to be a beautiful beach but is nowadays a shoreline littered with construction equipment and mounds Read More...

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