Melaka enjoys a strategic location on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, along the historic Straits of Malacca, covering an area of 1,650 sq km. It was founded by a Sumatran Prince named Parameswara and thereafter flourished under the Melaka Sultanate. The state was known as the Venice of the East when it was the centre of spice trade in the region. Today, it is home to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Melaka. This capital city invites you to experience the old world charm of buildings and architecture inherited from centuries of Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, and to witness the various customs and cultures of its people. Visit Historic Melaka means Visit Malaysia!