Melaka – Malaysia

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The city of Melaka is divided into the new and old sections. The older part of the city is fairly compact and has many historical and cultural attractions tucked into the nooks and crannies of its narrow streets.

Most of the remnants of Melaka’s glorious past lie within the Town Square and waterfront area near the river.

Just above the Town Square is St. Paul’s Hill (Bukit St. Paul) which is the site of the original Portuguese fort of A’Famosa and St. Paul’s Church.

There is a sign-posted heritage trail which visitors can follow to visit all the historical places in the old part of town. The new section of Melaka lies across the Melaka River and is mostly built on land reclaimed from the sea. It consists of modern shopping centres like the Mahkota Parade and is a bustling food and entertainment district.

Outside Melaka town, there are a some nice beaches, two excellent offshore islands with resorts and a golf course. The Air Keroh district is close to the North-South Expressway and has many recreational theme parks.

Perched midway in the Straits of Melaka, is a state that is abundantly rich, not just in natural resources but also history and folklore. Melaka is where it all began.

Founded by Parameswara in 1396 who named his sultanate after the “Melaka” tree, Melaka has provided the stage on which the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English played their roles in shaping history.

Today, Melaka posesses a charm that is all its own. Hail a trishaw for a ride along little streets that wind through a colourful mishmash of architectural styles. Cruise along Melaka river, then walk along hillocks that have tales to tell, of warware and treachery, romance and heartbreak.

Its historical influences have bequeathed Melaka with a delightful mixture of people and cultures, all of whom contribute to the charm of this city. Melaka is also a treasure trove of activities and nature pursuits. Those seeking quality healthcare or education can also rely on Melaka’s excellent facilities. And as a MICE destination, this historical city is without a doubt unbeatable.

When Penang was known only for its oysters and Singapore was just a fishing village, MELAKA had already achieved worldwide fame. Under the auspices of the Melaka Sultanate, founded in the early fifteenth century, political and cultural life flourished, helping to define what it means to be Malay. The town grew rich by trading spices from the Moluccas in the Indonesian archipelago and textiles from Gujarat in northwest India. A levy on all imported goods made it one of the wealthiest kingdoms in the world and it gradually expanded its territory to include Singapore and most of east-coast Sumatra. Yet, beginning in 1511, a series of takeovers and botched administrations by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, caused the subjugation of the Malay people; Melaka’s modern-day authorities are still working towards reversing the city’s decline.

Legacies of all phases of Melaka’s past remain in the city, constituting the main tourist sights. Of these, the most interesting are the ancestral homes of the Baba-Nonya community, a new racial mix also known as Peranakan that evolved from the sixteenth-century Chinese merchants who settled here and married Malay women. For a one-stop introduction to the city’s history, watch the English-language Sound and Light Show on Padang Pahlawan (daily 8.30pm; 1hr; RM10)

The Stadthuys (1650) was the official residence of the Dutch Governor. It now houses the Historic Museum and Ethnography Museum which has many traditional bridal costumes and relics on display. Nearby, one will also find the Christ Church built in 1753, another fine example of the Dutch architecture.

The Stadthuys

Situated in Melaka city.

The Dutch Square is famous for its red-painted buildings. It has a display of many unique Dutch mansonry and architectural skills. The Stadthuys, in the Dutch Square, was built in 1650, it is a typical Dutch building with a clock tower. It was once an official home to the Dutch Governors. It has been preserved in its original Dutch architectural form. It is also a historic museum and houses some interesting display of traditional bridal costumes and relics, and others. There are within the square, the Queen Victoria’s fountain built in 1901 and Melaka Clock Tower built in 1886.

Infocraft Centre

Infocraft Melaka is the handicraft promotion centre where quality products such as batik, canes, bamboo, ceramics and other wares are carefully selected as exhibits based on workmanship and design. Made by local craftsmen, the products can be purchased as souvenirs. The centre also has an archive corner to enlighten visitors on the subject local handicraft.

Jonker Street

A definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artifacts and relics. some dating as far back as 300 years, can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly known as Jonker Street, is known worldwide among famous antique collectors as one of the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques.

Maritime Museum

The Museum is constructed after ‘Flor De La Mar’, the Portuguese ship that sand off the coast of Melaka on its way to Portugal. With its hull laden with invaluable treasures seized from Malacca, the ship was doomed from existence had it not for the efforts to revive its symbolic significance to Melaka’s heritage.At the museum, visitors can get a closer look at Melaka from the famed Malay Sultanate of the 14th century to the Portuguese era, the Dutch era and the British era. There are exhibits of foreign ships that had once called at the port of Melaka during the height of its maritime hegemony.

St. Francis Xavier’s Church

St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary to the East, arrived in Malacca in 1545 and served the sick and the children there. He left shortly afterwards, but came back to the town in 1547, when a military victory was attributed to him. He travelled to many countries and stopped by Malacca whenever he was around the region. His fame spread far throughout Asia.

In 1574, the saint died in a ship before he could reach China, a place that he was anxious to Christianize. People found his body perfectly incorrupt, and sailed it to Malacca. People in Malacca were in deep mourning at the funeral. On the day of the funeral, the saint, after his life on earth, performed a miracle and stopped a plague that had been causing many deaths every day.

The body of St. Francis Xavier was later shipped to Goa in India, after parts of the relics were stolen or taken by different people. Today, most of his remains still rests in the Basilica of Bom-Jesus in Old Goa. He is the patron of the Indies and is called “the apostle of the East”.

The present St. Francis Xavier Church was completed in 1856.

St. Francis Xavier’s Church

Perched midway in the Straits of Melaka, is a state that is abundantly rich, not just in natural resources but also history and folklore. Melaka is where it all began.

Founded by Parameswara in 1396 who named his sultanate after the “Melaka” tree, Melaka has provided the stage on which the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English played their roles in shaping history.

Today, Melaka posesses a charm that is all its own. Hail a trishaw for a ride along little streets that wind through a colourful mishmash of architectural styles. Cruise along Melaka river, then walk along hillocks that have tales to tell, of warware and treachery, romance and heartbreak.

Its historical influences have bequeathed Melaka with a delightful mixture of people and cultures, all of whom contribute to the charm of this city. Melaka is also a treasure trove of activities and nature pursuits. Those seeking quality healthcare or education can also rely on Melaka’s excellent facilities. And as a MICE destination, this historical city is without a doubt unbeatable.

GENTING

2,000 meters above sea level, Genting Highlands, a magnificent city on the hilltop, is but a mere 50km from Kuala Lumpur. It offers a cool respite from the hustle and bustle of the city capital. Crisp invigorating mountain air complemented by majestic scenery spreads out before your eyes. Lush green tropical rainforest shrouded in a veil of perpetual mist makes it hard to believe that you are just minutes away from the sweltering equatorial heat and the ever dusty city. Here, consistent temperatures between 16 and 23 degrees provide natural air conditioning.

Genting Highlands Resort offers the bountiful harvest of nature together with a staggering potpourri of international standard facilities. Besides the cool air and scenic surroundings, this hilltop city also houses the country’s one and only casino. However, one should not underestimate its value as this casino has been featured in many films produced by Hong Kong, Taiwan, and even Hollywood. Besides the casino, this hilltop resort also has a theme park of its own and an entertainment center.

Casino de Genting

Malaysia’s very own gaming paradise is one of the leading and more famous casinos. It boasts of the latest modern gaming facilities. In successfully courting lady luck, many a winner has walked away with broad smiles on their faces (despite the fact that many Chinese believe its building structure, which is rumored to symbolize that of a coffin, carries bad luck).

A staggering choice of slot machines and table games beckon the strong hearted. Those who prefer a little exclusivity can become members of the International Room and enjoy the privilege of gaming in privacy and plush surroundings. Special guests of the casino are treated to the VIP room.

Frills and Thrills on the Hills

A fantasyland of wild and thrilling adventure awaits the bold at both the indoor and outdoor Theme Park. There are seemingly endless choices of amusements to entertain people of all ages. In the wild outdoors, whoosh down a roller-coaster perched at the edge of the mountain! Dive, plunge, and escalate on the Corkscrew. Take the tranquil Boat Ride, Monorail, Skyway, Main Train and Antique Cars around the man-made lake and enjoy the ingenious landscaping. Adventure through the Jurassic age in the Land of That Time Forgot, speed around the Grand Prix Circuit, venture into the Pirate Train, and try the many, many other attractions…

Genting Theater Restaurant

Treat yourself to international shows from all over the world at the Genting Theater Restaurant. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner while feasting your eyes on pretty dancers from Las Vegas, mysterious magicians, and world famous singers. Party goers can boogie all night long at the Big Rock Disco Café.

Golf and Horse Riding

For the avid golfer, the cool air pushes you further to accept the challenge of finishing the course. Many pleasant alternatives such as horse riding and trekking also beckons to those who wish to soak in the wealth of the tropical rainforest.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands, only fifty kilometers (less than an hour) from Kuala Lumpur, is the most developed hill resort in Malaysia. At 2,000 meters above sea level, it offers a cool respite from Malaysia’s capital city combined with all of the excitement, luxury, and entertainment of an international resort destination. In fact, many Malaysian people head for Genting Highlands specifically for its nightlife. There are international dinner shows and discos, while the world-class Casino de Genting offers Blackjack, Baccarat, Keno, French Bull, Roulette, Tai Sai and slot machines.

The resort also includes two theme parks, both with dozens of amusement rides and attractions suitable for the entire family. In addition, the Awana horse ranch offers equestrian activities, rides for children and lessons for beginners. For golfers, the Awana Golf and Country Resort offers a challenging 18-hole, par-71 golf course.

Accommodation includes the Genting Hotel, the Theme Park Hotel, the Resort Hotel, and the Awana Golf and Country Resort.

Getting to Genting

By Car: Genting Highlands can be reached from Kuala Lumpur via the faster Karak Highway or the slower old Pahang Road (Route 68). The latter passes by Mimaland, which may be a good place to stop by before proceeding to Genting Highlands.
By Bus: The Genting Express Bus leaves every hour from the Puduraya Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur. Genting also offers limousines, coaches and helicopter services for charter.

Genting Highlands is in Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.

[edit] Understand

A self-proclaimed City of Entertainment, Genting is as close to Las Vegas as it gets in Malaysia – which isn’t actually all that close. The primary draw is that Genting is the only place where you can gamble legally in Malaysia, but there’s also a theme park to keep the kids amused. As a plus, being located up in the highlands means it’s cooler than the steamy lowlands.

[edit] Get in

Genting Highlands is 40 minutes from Kuala Lumpur on the Karak Highway There are frequent buses from Puduraya bus terminal and KL Sentral train station (RM7.30-7.50 [approx. USD$2] ), including a ride on the Skyway gondola. For details, check Genting Getting There, [1].

[edit] See & Do

  • Casino de Genting, [2]. The only legal casino in all Malaysia, offering all the usual games plus a selection of Chinese favorites. Open 24 hours daily, but you must be at least 21 and not a Muslim. A dress code also applies, prohibiting T-shirts, shorts and sandals.

  • Genting Theme Park, [3].

[edit] Buy

  • First World Plaza, in First World Hotel, [4]. Malaysia’s self-proclaimed highest shopping mall, divided into six kitschy themed zones from Malaysia to Switzerland and with an indoor theme park to boot.

[edit] Eat

Local as well as western cuisine and fast food. A wide variety is available but prices tend to be somewhat higher than even major cities like Kuala Lumpur. Most are ‘halal’ to cater for the large number of muslim visitors and natives.

[edit] Drink

There are several cafes such as Starbucks Coffee and Coffee Beans & Tea Leaf available in Genting Highlands.

[edit] Sleep

With 10000 rooms to choose from, there are usually plenty of beds at Genting. However, demand is highly seasonal and the hotels fill up fast in November and December, when additional surcharges may also be levied.

  • Theme Park Hotel, [5]. Over-the-top French-themed castle-village-hotel notionally modeled on the 16th-century village of Colmar in Alsace, France, complete with drawbridge. It stands 2,600 feet above sea level on 80 acres of natural forestland.

  • First World Hotel, [6]. This three-star monolith with the gaudy exterior paint is the biggest in the entire world (as certified by Guinness World Records), with 6300 rooms in two towers. A self-contained StarWorld Casino, with no direct connection to the original one, is located here. Rack rates from RM240 for two although rooms are smaller than you would expect from a similar class standard hotel.

  • Genting Hotel, [7]. One of the earliest to open in the Highlands, this 5-star hotel offers a wide range of entertainment and recreational facilities such as heated indoor swimming pool, 10 restaurants (including the award-winning The Olive), and a large karaoke center. Rates from RM235 nett (low season).

  • Highlands Hotel, [8]. The Highlands Hotel,located adjacent to the Genting Hotel, boasts over 932 exquisite rooms, impeccable service, fine food and entertainment that is bound to make your stay more pleasurable. Members & Invited guests only.

  • Resort Hotel, [9]. The Resort is a four-star hotel adjacent to the Genting Hotel with its own section of the Casino and three F&B outlets. Standard low season rates from RM160 ne

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