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Melaka or Malacca??

 UNESCO heritage city, Melaka. 

UNESCO heritage city, Melaka. 

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 Melaka River

Melaka River

A short journey across the causeway from Singapore to Malaysia on a 3 hour bus ride would get you to to Melaka or Malacca. It all depends on what language you refer to: 'Melaka' is in Behasa Malay or 'Malacca' in the English. I prefer the the Behasa Malay way since I'm in Malaysia.

In 2008, Melaka was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site as Melaka is Malaysia's oldest city along the Straits of Malacca and has a long history; the city was occupied by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British during the Colonial era. Melaka was seen as a strategic location to control trade in Southeast Asia due to it's narrow straits therefore resulting in many conflicts among colonial countries. 'Till today there are still many remnants of the Colonial era in Melaka such as forts, churches and various colonial buildings. 

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Melaka is a multicultural city with a demographic of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Eurasians. One unique sub group only found in Southeast Asia is the Peranakan people. Peranakan heritage and culture is still very much alive in Melaka. Peranakans are descendants of Chinese immigrants who have blended two cultures where they are ethnically Chinese but their culture and language are predominantly Malay influenced. Peranakan food is totally different from any food we have in Scotland and it is a cuisine in its own right. Paranakan food gets its influence from both Chinese and Malay food. If you ever visit Melaka I strongly recommend you visit Nancy's Kitchen for extremely tasty Peranakan food but do take note that they only open till 5pm on weekdays.

 Jonker Street, Melaka 

Jonker Street, Melaka 

 Cendols. 

Cendols. 

Jonker Street lays in the centre of Old Melaka and it is filled with historical houses along both sides of the roads. The area used to boast many interesting antique shops but now it has been overtaken by boutiques, cafes and restaurants. However, it is still possible to find random unique shops and beautiful architecture around the area. There is a really crowded night market on Jonker Street but it only takes place from Thursdays to Saturdays. The night market is mobbed with vendors selling all types of tasty street food, drinks and nicknacks. 

The sun can be scorching in Melaka and I personally recommend that you make many cendol stops to help you cool down. Cendol is a traditional dessert only found in Southeast Asia and is made of coconut milk, shaved ice and palm sugar.