Malacca is one of Asia's most characterful and historic treasures. Due to its location on the Straits of Malacca, the city became Southeast Asia's greatest trading port back in the 15th century. Although no longer such an important trading hub, the rich blend of culture stemming from the medley of Chinese, Islamic, Indian and European traders that passed through is very evident to the visitor, with many fascinating temples, mosques, churches and other architectural gems.
Once the sights of Malacca have been taken in, food lovers are able to get stuck into some of the tastiest and most interesting food in Malaysia. The Baba Nonya cuisine found in Malacca has developed from many years of fusion from the original dishes of the Chinese immigrants using local Malay spices and ingredients. When the strong Portuguese influence in the 15th and 16th centuries is considered, you may not be surprised to also find many Portuguese restaurants in Malacca. Outside the town of Malacca, there are local fishing villages, green forest-covered hills and some great beaches.