Malacca, Malaysia The cultural melange gave Old Malacca its singular, spicy Chinese-Malay cuisine and richly layered architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a Portuguese-era fortress, a Dutch city hall, Chinese cemeteries and shop houses, a sultan's palace and St. Paul's Church, where St. Francis Xavier served as a missionary. Best of all, Malacca remains off the beaten track, though it's an easy hop from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and the beaches of southwestern Thailand. Info: Melaka.net A Malaysian girl of Indian ethnic background performs at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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