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 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
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
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
Go on a River Cruise
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.
Malindo Air flies from MALACCA to PEKANBARU 7x weekly. Book your flights online at
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