Travels in Malaysia and Indonesia

Matt Welsh

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Melaka, Malaysia

Since we had a few days to kill before our flight back home, we decided to head down to Melaka, a port town on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, about 3 hours by bus from Kuala Lumpur. Melaka (also known as Malacca) is famous as one of the main trading cities during the colonial period from the mid-1500's until the late 1800's. It was ruled in turn by the Portuguese, then the Dutch, and finally the British, and there are many landmarks scattered around the town.

This is a view of the Dutch-built Christ Church and Stadthuys in central Melaka. These buildings could not look more out of place in a Southeast Asian city!

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