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One of Malaysia’s smallest states, Melaka (or Malacca) has an important place in the country’s history. Home to one of the first Malaysian sultanates, it features a fabulous, replica sultan’s palace in the capital – Melaka City.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this sprawling city is a fascinating mix of architecture, including temples, mosques and churches dating back to Dutch and Portuguese colonial periods. Alongside more modern structures - such as Masjid Selat (also called the Malacca Straits Mosque) just offshore by Melaka beach - are ruins of A Famosa fort, wooden fishing boats, and traditional buildings in the Kampung Morten area, by a sharp bend in the Melaka River.

The city is also a rich mix of Asian nationalities and the Chinatown hotels near Jonker Street weekend night markets are particularly popular.

Melaka Airport is in the northern Batu Berendam suburb, and to the east is the Malacca International Trade Center in the small town of Ayer Keroh. Surrounded by lush greenery, this town also houses Melaka Zoo and the Taman Mini Malaysia and Mini ASEAN theme parks, featuring cultural events and reconstructions of housing styles typical of the Malaysian regions and south-east Asian countries.

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