Today we were off to the seaside town of Malacca, or Melaka as some prefer it and you want to be
Malacca was seized by the Portuguese in about 1510. It is complicated, but by 1641 the Dutch were in control of Malacca, although they weren't terribly interested in it and diverted much of its trade to Java (Indonesia). In time Malacca became more important with trading and to export tin mined in Malaysia. By 1824 Britain was in control and there was a wealthy local Chinese population in the cosmopolitan settlement.
I think Malacca is about one hour's driver from KL, the way Manny drives, much less.
The old Chinese? part has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. I suspect UNESCO is behind the cigarette smoking ban on the streets and open bars/cafes in the historic area. For mine, it is pity they didn't ban cars and their exhaust fumes which surely do far more damage to buildings.
Peter, the Stadthuys.
Hotel Puri once. Above the tiles the roof is open to let in cool air and rain. I think it now blocked off by glass.
A short distance on were the remains of A Famosa Fort. The fort was built on a hill top by the Portuguese in the early 1500s. It was renovated by the Dutch and they placed the date on the structure, 1670. When England took over, they decided to demolish the fort and almost completely did if not for the late intervention in 1810 by Sir Stamford Raffles of Singapore. Above is taken from the main structure looking down at the only remaining gate, Porta de Santiago.
We stopped at a McDonalds for an ice cream on the way back to KL. After freshening up, Manny returned and we ate hawker food at an area near our hotel. More damn noodles.