Malacca - a unique must see holiday destination
The Malaysian city of Malacc now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must see for any holidaymakers looking to explore charming city steeped in cultural and historical significance. From its antique shops, to the local cuisine there a lot to experience in Malacca.
Malacca, Malaysia has long served as one of the main ports along the Spice Route and while its significance as a trade hub has dwindled its importance to the Malaysia and the region has not. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca is one of the region’s top holiday destinations, particularly for those travellers visiting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Oozing charm and mystery, Malacca has a lot to offer those holidaymakers looking for a unique city to discover.
With its narrow back lanes, it is no surprise that Malacca is a city best explored on foot. From experiencing the cafes and bars that line the Malacca River to the 1748 Masjid Kampung Kling and the 1645 Chen Hong Temple, a casual stroll through the streets can prove to be very rewarding. Of course those who would prefer a more relaxing way to explore Malacca can opt for a city tour on one of the many ornate trishaws that can be found on the central Red Square or a boat tour of the Malacca River.
Antique lovers can get lost in the many boutiques that can be found in Malacca. Lacquered furniture, Chinese porcelain, ivory topped Malacca canes, paintings and beaded sandals are just some of the treasures that can be found in Malacca. After a long day, visitors can treat themselves to a taste of the local cuisine. Dining options are varied and range from fine dining at the Majestic hotel’s Melba at the Mansion to more casual dining at the heritage Portuguese settlement and street food on practically every corner. In Malacca there is something to satisfy every taste bud.
According to recently released figures, 2016 was a strong year for Malacca’s tourism sector. The city had a 53.77 per cent increase in the number of holidaymakers booking trips to Malacca when compared to the previous year. Officials are keen to continue building on this success with the 2017 target set at 16.75 million visitors, 500 000 more than in 2016. In an effort to attract greater numbers of travellers, the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is said to be considering enlisting Bollywood superstar Rajinikanth as the Malacca’s tourism ambassador, a role currently filled by fellow Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
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