Malacca
Malacca, MalaysiaMalacca, MalaysiaMalacca is one of the oldest Malay sultanates, it was a major port along the legendary spice-route, and its harbor bristled with the sails and masts of Chinese junks and spice-laden vessels from all over the hemisphere.  It was captured by the Portuguese, 1511 and occupied by them for well over a century. Later the Portuguese were replaced by the Dutch and then the English but to be honest even though this European heritage is often brought up in various tourist brochures it appears to this observer to have a much stronger Chinese flavor if anything.

In either case I found the city to be quite picturesque. I had decided to visit Malacca on the spur of the moment and took a bus from Singapore. The buses come in different configurations but a common thread is plush reclining chairs with built in massagers. Each has its own TV set where you can watch current if not first run movies should the scene outside prove less picturesque.

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