The third smallest state in Malaysia bordering Johor and Negeri Sembilan, Melaka (or Malacca) is well-known for its rich heritage and culture. Its capital, Melaka city, is dubbed "Bandaraya Bersejarah" (Historical City) and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
Melaka lures droves of visitors to its namesake historic port city, where they are quickly steeped in an intoxicating multicultural world of heritage architecture and the alluring aromas of distinctive local cooking.
Under the Melaka sultanates, the city was a wealthy centre for trade with China, India, Siam (Thailand) and Indonesia, owing to its strategic position on the Selat Melaka (Malacca Straits).
Malacca has a rich seam of heritage and remains one of Malaysia’s most rewarding tourist experiences. Proud of its multicultural heritage, plentiful museums and assorted cultural attractions, Melaka is a tourist habitat par excellence.
- Lonely Planet