Two hours south of Kuala Lumpur is the historic port city of Malacca. Malacca is the heart of Malaysia. Islam started here for the Malays. This is where the winds switch directions every six months. Bringing the Chinese Traders down while carrying the European Traders home. Then they switch directions six months later. The Portuguese General came to trade and instead offended the Sultans Prime Minister by making an offering with his left hand, barely escaping with his life. While his soldier was captured. He sailed to India and requested reinforcements. Twenty Ships came and not only rescued the soldier but they destroyed and captured the entire city. Building a fort and ruling Malacca until the Dutch India Spice Company came and took it from the Portuguese with help from the locals. This was in 1511, and the Sultan fled out of Malaysia. Malacca has never had a Sultan since. Out of the 14 states in Malaysia, nine still have Sultans. Every five years they rotate as king of Malaysia. Later the Dutch gave it to the British who controlled it until the Japanese came during WWII. Then we bombed Hiroshima and Malaysia went back to the British until they received their independence in 1963.
Bus Station, boarding the bus in KL to Malacca for $4 each.
Murals on the wall inside our Hostel Nomaps.
What the inside of a traditional Chinese merchants home looked liked. The shop would be in the front. Office in the middle. Then the courtyard, followed by the kitchen. With the large one room bedroom upstairs. They were taxed on the width of their homes and had to purchase all materials from the trading company. So many homes were quite narrow but would go back really far. The wealthy Chinese families had homes that were doubled in width.
Nyonyas and Babas’ House. The Nyonyas and Babas were they wealthy children of the Chinese Traders that married local Malay women. They made their wealth by selling opium, prostitution, gambling, mobsters, and lending money. Leading them to own the largest banks in Malaysia today. Inter marriage was common until 1963, once the country declared independence it became illegal to convert anyone from Islam. So anyone marrying a Malay would have to convert to Islam or be subject to jail and even death. And if you divorce there is no returning to your original religion.
The only remaining gate of the Portuguese Fort.
Hotplate lunch in the mall. $4 each
All natural red bean buns sold at the night market. So yummy and cute! .75¢
Raindrop cake and passion fruit. Basically a clear jelly. $1.50
6 veggies on a stick with some weird fish cake cooked into them. $1.50
Ayurvedic Indian Banana Leaf Lunch. We must eat with our right hand only. $5 each with honey lemon chia drink. More than we typically spend but we had met the owner the night before and promised we would eat lunch there. He was a wise mystical man who told me exactly my personality just by me telling him my birthday. We actually adored him and his wife. And were sad we didn’t have time to try the blind reflexology massage they offered in their spa next door.
Sultans Palace and greeting room.
River Cruise. $5 each
Some murals painted on the buildings that line the river.
The most hideously obnoxious mode of transportation in Malacca. They are everywhere. Blaring pop music and all lit up at night. $10 for a one hour ride.
Fun sights walking around the historic area.
The two nicest people we met. They had a tiny little booth selling the only thing we purchased in Malacca.
Cute prop photo area in the museum during our 2 hour tour. So if my history is wrong in this blog then blame Eddie, sixth generation living in Malacca, our tour guide.
Beautiful hand beaded shoes by a UNESCO certified man and his wife. This is a dying art in Malacca done by the Nyonyas and Babas. $625 for a custom created pair.
Sunset view of the Masjid (Mosque) Selat Melaka.