After visiting Kuala Lumpur, I drove to Malacca (also spelled Melaka). Asking around, I discovered a rich history of the port town. In the early 15th century, Malacca developed as a commercial hub and served as a melting pot for traders from Arabia, Persia, India, and China. I imagined old markets with silk, camphor, porcelain, spices, sandalwood, pepper, and gold. The good fortune of Malacca attracted the Portuguese who sought to control the region and gain power over rival kingdoms. The Dutch then overtook the city, expanded the fort, and added infrastructure to the site. By the 1800s, the British had taken control of Malacca and the city was incorporated into the Straits Settlements. I really enjoyed learning about all this history and exploring the city. I visited several temples of different faiths, walked through streets filled with artwork and colorful murals, and took an evening cruise down the canal. Next stop Singapore! Thanks for watching.