After we have a quick and untroubled entry across the border in to Malaysia we arrive three hours later in Melaka. Melaka is a an old trading port. Everyone has tried to conquer it in the past and everyone has left their mark (and their culture). As mentioned earlier I have no concept of Malaysia so am surprised to find that it is such a multicultural place. Having been influenced by the Dutch, Portuguese, French, British, Chinese, Arabians, and India you can imagine the contrast of not only people but architecture. There is Buddhist temple across the street from a Chinese one dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy which is down the street from a Dutch post office. It’s crazy.
We take a walking tour and then a trishaw ride when our guides are funny and informative. We learn about the spice trade from centuries ago from our 11 year veteran guide Kamil and sample some of the herbs from his garden that he has picked for us. I really liked this particular inclusion in our trip and hope that our next port is as friendly as this one. Keep in mind we have been reminded five tomes today to be careful of bag snatchers here.