A sense of history
that echoes beneath the rich verdant landscape becomes evident as
you journey down the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia to the
states of Malacca and Johor Bahru.
Malacca is known for its historical prominence and its cultural
appeal. This was the country's historically richest state, having
attracted the interest of many who crossed her shores.
tales reek out of odd places in Malacca and the ruins of
fortresses and derelicts tell of her glorious past.
In reality Malacca was a gem in the crowns of her invaders who
held her for short periods only but she was a much coveted prize.
Malacca promises an eyeful for the visitor, it is the place where
those who are hunting for treasures of the past will be rewarded
if they look deep into its quaint shops for curios and antiques.
The rich, multi-cultural heritage of Malacca's people is reflected
in their unique customs and traditions, food, festivals, dances,
buildings and lifestyles.
So as you stop to ponder the ruins, or
bargain over some curio, don't forget to savor the food which is
distinctively her own.
Johor Bahru, meanwhile has an appeal that stretches beyond what
the eye can see of its fruit and oil palm plantations. The state
has huge stretches of wilderness, beaches and coral island which
are popular with advernture tourists.
This is the place to enjoy
the warm tropics, unspoilt coral islands and colorful water flora
Both Malacca and Johore have their own distinctive local cuisine,
handicraft and cultural attractions and still retain charming
heritage buildings of colonial and Anglo-Maly architecture of the
last century which are well preserved and deserve a look.