Michael Hughes and Ger White
Fri 9 Dec 2011 04:29
We've been moored in the very smart and protected Admiral Marina in Port Dickson for the last 5 days or so. Port Dickson itself is no great shakes--though fine for some provisioning, getting local phone cards and internet dongles etc.
But on Wednesday we had a long day trip to Melaka, which is a "must see" town--a UNESCO world heritage town with so much to see and do within its ancient core that we really should have spent a few days there.
We left the marina at 0900 and left Melaka to return at 2100--sore feet but very content. Melaka was at one time the major port/trading centre between China and the West. Before invasion by the European nations, they were allied with China to prevent invasion from Siam.
Since the end of the 15th century, it was occupied by a succession of European interests, attracted by its strategic positioning in the Straits--first the Portuguese, ultimately defeated by the Dutch, and finally by the British during the French revolution. It became independent with the rest of Malaysia in the sixties.
Add in the original Malay people, a major influx of Chinese to work, a deliberate policy of intermarriage by the Portuguese and an influx from India--mainly Tamil--has produced an incredible pot-pourri of cultures, architecture history etc. And all walkable.
A great day out!
We now look forward to Ger's arrival tomorrow--after which we'll be heading on North.