|: : Introduction to Melaka : :
Welcome and thank-you for visiting. We at MelakaHotels.com
have put together this information more as a primer for the
first or second time visitor - certainly 'old Melaka (or Malacca)
hands' will already know most of this material. That said,
this should get most people off to a good start. If you are
looking for more information on Melaka there are any number
of good guide books (check out the Footprints, Insight Guide
or Rough Guide series). BTW, if you are one of those 'old
Melaka hands' and you think we missed something, don't hesitate
to drop us an e-mail.
Melaka, also known as Malacca, is both a city and a state.
The city of Melaka is the capital of the state of Melaka and
one of thirteen states in the Federation of Malaysia.
Covering an area of 243 sq. kilometers with an estimated population
of just over 180,000 at last count (early 2007), Melaka is Malaysia's most fascinating and
historically important city. This is where present day Malaysia
first came to the attention of the world in the 15th century.
Melaka is often referred to as the heart and soul of Malaysia
and being a bit off the beaten track it has managed to retain
its unique charm and relaxed lifestyle.
In addition to the abundance of historical sites Melaka is
one of the best value for money destinations in Asia that
makes it one of the best family vacation destinations anywhere.
The government has long been promoting Bahasa Melayu as the
National Language in an effort to promote national unity,
even so almost everyone in Melaka speaks near perfect English
- so much so that even if you do speak Bahasa Melayu (or even
Bahasa Indonesian) most folks will reply to you in English.
Quick travel facts:
Total population of Malaysia is approximately 21 million persons.
Local time in Melaka is GMT + 8 hours.
Electricity is 220-240 volts A.C. at 50 hertz.