Explore the cradle of modern Malaysia on a walking tour around Melaka, hearing tales of sultans, spices and empires at a crossroad.
We’ll trace the history of the area, from the Portuguese colonial days in the 1400s, driven by gold, glory and God, through the Dutch business empire, all the way to today’s Melaka, a city with UNESCO world heritage status. During the course of our walk, we’ll meet the Malay sultans and Portuguese viceroys that shaped its history. We’ll also take in the fragrant aromas that linger from the spice trade, and learn why Melaka was such an important piece on the global trading chessboard.
I’ll guide you to some of the key landmarks that remain from the Portuguese, Dutch and English occupations, including Porta de Santiago, St Paul’s Church, and the Stadhuys. You’ll find out the connection between the Melakan legend of the Indian Gooseberry, the Mousedeer and the naming of the city. We will also learn how the Dutch and Portuguese influenced the Malay language. I’ll also shed light on what it was like growing up in Melaka in the 1990s.
Let’s dive into this spicy melting pot of a city and get a taste of its diverse history. Allow at least 45 minutes to get the most out of the tour.