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Melaka (or Malacca in English) is the third smallest state in Malaysia. Dubbed "The Historical State", its capital is also called by the same name and has the honour of being listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The state sits on the south-western coast of Peninsula Malaysia, directly across Indonesia's Sumatra, separated by the Straits of Malacca. It is divided into 3 districts namely, Central Melaka, Alor Gajah and Jasin.
Melaka has a domestic airport at Batu Berendam, 10km from town. Oddly enough, no Malaysian domestic flights operate to that airport, except for one Indonesian airline. However, Melaka is accessible by bus, car/taxi, train (to the nearest railway station at Alor Gajah District), and ferry.
The Peranakan (also known as Baba Nyonya or Straits Chinese) and Portuguese culture is evidently strong in this laid back town, thanks to its rich multicultural history.
Popular historical places of interests includes Fort A Farmosa, built by the Portuguese in 1511, Christ Church constructed by the Dutch in 1753, and the Gothic architecture Francis Xavier Church built by a French priest, just to name a few.
Best place to shop for souvenirs and antiques is Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat), a famous open air night market during the weekends.
Other than the sight-seeing, like many other Malaysian destinations, food is always a huge draw for many. Melaka is the place to sample authentic Peranakan and Portuguese-Eurasian cuisine like Devil Curry, Ayam Pongteh and not forgetting the popular Chicken Rice Ball.