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Short Getaway Places Near Kuala Lumpur

Anyone wants to know the destinations to visit in Malaysia, the information given is usually the capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL), the islands of Penang and Langkawi, the historical city Melaka and the jungles of Borneo in East Malaysia. With the exception of Melaka which is only a two-hour drive from KL, the other places require driving around four to five hours or a flight time of two hours or so. Depending how much time one has in Malaysia, the aforementioned places might not be doable especially if one has only two or three days at hand. However, we, as

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Guide to Melaka – Comments From a Local

I have been wanting to write this post for a very long time – a post on the top things to do and see in my hometown, Melaka. However, I have been hesitant because there is a lot of content posted about Melaka and publishing another listicle post on this historical city might not make a huge difference. Many friends and acquaintances have asked me about what should they do, where should they stay and what food should they eat in Melaka. To be honest, I’m not an expert about my hometown. When I’m not travelling, I go back to

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Timez Hotel Melaka – Review

Most of you are aware that my hometown is in Melaka (Malacca) and that I come back to Melaka regularly to visit my parents who still live in this historical city. When I was invited to stay at Timez Hotel in October, I jumped at the opportunity because firstly, I seldom get to stay in a nice hotel in my own hometown, and secondly, I was able to bring a guest. So, I brought my mom along for this staycation with the intention of having a mother-daughter bonding session especially when I had just returned from Europe a couple of

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Harmony Street and Melaka River Cruise

Throughout the course of history, the Melaka River had helped to transform Melaka (or Malacca) into a strategic trading point between the East and West for nearly 700 years attracting merchants, traders and travellers passing through who made this former port their home, blending in their respective heritage and traditions with local culture. As a result, Melaka became a huge melting pot of cultures, and it is now one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse cities in South-East Asia. ***** Just across the Melaka River and the Stadthuys is the city’s most touristy area – Jonker Walk – where

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8 Historical Truths About Dutch Melaka (Malacca)

While A’Famosa Fort in Melaka (Malacca) was the symbol of what was left behind by the Portuguese, the historical structures representing Dutch rule that still stand today in the heart of the city are Stadthuys and Christ Church. I had wondered as to why the legacies of Dutch rule in Malacca were not as conspicuous compared to Portuguese rule even though the Dutch were in Malacca for 184 years compared to the Portuguese of 130 years. There were reasons why this was so – firstly, Malacca was already declining as the Portuguese did not successfully maintain the glory and prosperity

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Portuguese Connection to Melaka (Malacca)

The Portuguese connection to Melaka that most Malaysians know is the small fishing village called the Portuguese Settlement which has been popular among tourists for its seafood restaurants and during Christmas when residents decorate their houses with Christmas trees, decorations, lights and Nativity displays. However, the present generation of Malaysians and tourists in general are not aware that the Portuguese Settlement is a thriving community of residents who were descendants of inter-marriage between the Portuguese colonisers and the local Malay population in the 16th and 17th centuries. The descendants are called Portuguese-Eurasians or “Kristang” in Malaysia; majority of them are

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