From oil palms to rubber trees, let us discover some traditional Malaysian activities before ending our excursion to the most important historic buildings of the city of Malacca.
What we will see
Oil palm plantation
Rubber tree plantation
Malacca: Porta de Santiago, Sultanate Palace, Straits Mosque
What we will do
Our excursion starts with a visit to an oil palm plantation. Currently, Malaysia supplies over 70% of the world palm oil requirements. The oil is widely used to fry chips and doughnuts and, thanks to technology, it is now also used in emulsifiers and numerous non-edible products such as soaps, detergents and other chemical by-products.
We then move on to a rubber tree plantation, where we can observe the rubber extraction procedure as well as the finished products. Malaysia produces almost 20% of the natural rubber worldwide. This material is much appreciated for its elasticity, flexibility, sturdiness, insulation capacity and for being air and water tight. It is used to make products such as tyres as well as many others that are less familiar.
Afterwards, we have the opportunity of admiring a traditional house, magnificent example of 19th-century local art and architecture.
We then head towards the Malacca city centre. Along the way, we see the Porta de Santiago, testimony to the Portuguese Era; the Sultanate Palace, reproduction of the 15th-century original and now home to the Cultural Museum; and the Straits Mosque, from where we can enjoy evocative views of the bay.