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Straits of Malacca

The Straits of Malacca or Malacca Straits is a tapering stretch of water between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It is named after the Malacca sultanate that ruled over the archipelago between 1400 and 1511.

Straits of Malacca

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If you were to sail along the Malacca Straits, you would be enchanted by some very beautiful towns. On the Malaysian side of the straits, top spots includes Malacca which is a World Heritage Site, Penang Island the Pearl of the Orient with its conlonial old-town and tantalising hawker food, and Langkawi Island blessed with white sandy beaches and natural beauty.

As for the Indonesian side, you will find Palembang (the capital of the ancient Srivijayan empire), Acheh (the birth place of Islam in Indonesia), and Jambi (which has the historically important ruins of an ancient Buddhist education centre).

There is something entralling about the Malacca Straits that needs to be witnessed for a truly enriching travel experience.


Often called “the historic state” Malacca is the third smallest state in Malaysia. Perhaps the highlight of Malacca’s culture, is the prevalent Portugese influence in the state, making it a popular destination for tourists who like to soak up some rich heritage, colourful history and delicious fusion food.

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Penang is renowned for its natural beauty. With beaches, food, culture and heritage, and several parks and places of national importance, the Malaysian state has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Penang - straits of malacca

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An archipelago of more than a hundred islands, Langkawi was given the World Geopark status by UNESCO. It also plays host to the world’s most picturesque beaches – Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok to name a few.

Langkawi - straits of malacca

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Travellers love Palembang, and with good reason. With a plethora of sites to visit and a number of landmarks to marvel at, the capital city of South Sumatra in Indonesia is probably one of the best places for recreation.

Palembang - straits of malacca


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Thought to be the place where the spread of Islam began in Indonesia, Acheh is a province in Indonesia which was famous for its powerful kingdoms that ruled its lands. Its rich heritage and culture makes it a must-visit for all tourists and travellers.

acheh - straits of malacca

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Jambi, a province in Indonesia, is known for its natural beauty and historical importance. The ancient Muaro Jambu temple site located in Muaro Jambi district has even been recognised as a World Heritage Site.

jambi - straits of malacca

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