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Travelling Strait Across Pekanbaru and Malacca

With stunning riverside views and fascinating heritage sites; Pekanbaru, Indonesia and Malacca, Malaysia are two charming cities on opposite ends of The Strait of Malacca waiting for you to explore.

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Travelling Strait Across Pekanbaru and Malacca

With stunning riverside views and fascinating heritage sites; Pekanbaru, Indonesia and Malacca, Malaysia are two charming cities on opposite ends of The Strait of Malacca waiting for you to explore.

Since the 17th century, The Strait of Malacca has been the main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The strait stretches 890km between Peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Several major regional powers such as the Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British managed the straits during different historical periods giving both Pekanbaru and Melaka captivating pasts –the remains of which you can still spot today.


Pekanbaru and Malacca are beautiful anytime of the year, but if you’re trying to avoid the monsoon season the best time to visit is between April and October. You can still journey from Pekanbaru to Malacca by boat, each way will take from six to seven hours. A flight is shorter and takes only about an hour each way.

PEKANBARU

Pekanbaru is the capital of the Riau, Indonesia. The name ‘Pekanbaru’ means ‘new market’ when translated to English. The city is known for being exceptionally clean and is divided into 12 sub-districts, each with its own flare.

Things to do in Pekanbaru

Walk around the An-Nur Great Mosque


Completed in 1968, this magnificent structure is the city’s biggest mosque and can accommodate about 4,500 worshipers. Known as Indonesia’s Taj Mahal, its architectural styles include Malay, Turkish, Arabic and Indian design.

Visit the Sang Nila Utama Museum

This lovely heritage museum collects Riau-Malay items, including wedding costumes, traditional toys, musical instruments and other traditional artifacts.

Explore Muara Takus


This Buddhist temple complex is believed to belong to the Srivijaya empire. Its surviving temples and other archaeological remains are said to date back to the 11th and 12th century AD.

MALACCA

Malacca is the capital city of Melaka, Malaysia. Melaka is known as ‘the historic state’ of Malaysia. Malacca City was declared a cultural UNESCO world heritage site in 2008. The city’s architecture is a remarkable blend of Malay, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British influence.

Things to do in Malacca

Walk around Dutch Square


Marvel at the terracotta-red colonial Dutch buildings built between 1660 and 1700. Now a collection of museums, the Stadthuys originally served as the official residence of the Dutch governors and was used as a town hall throughout the British administration.

Go on a River Cruise


The Melaka River is where the city began and plays a key role in Melaka’s colourful history. Cruising along the river is a great way to see sights in comfort, without breaking the bank.

Stroll along Jonker Street

Jonker is the centre street of Chinatown. It was once renowned for its antique shops. Over the years it has turned in to a hotspot for clothing, crafts outlets, and restaurants.

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Images: GOASEAN, Audrey Septian Photography, and used under license from 123rf.com and Shutterstock.com

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