Malacca, which is known as "The Historic State" in Malaysia, is located in the country's southern region.

It was named after the Melaka tree, a tree where according to legend, its founder Parameswara was resting under when he witnessed a particularly brave mouse deer pushing a hunting dog into the river.

Malacca was first colonised by the Portugese before being ceded to the British, and the colonial influences can still be seen today in its architecture.

In 2008, the historical city centre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located just a three-hour drive away from Singapore, it is no wonder that the city is a popular destination for for those looking to spend a long weekend. Not to mention that the low value of the ringgit against the Singapore dollar makes it a travel destination that provides more bang for your buck.

Here are some recommendations on where to stay and places to hit up when you’re in town.

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