Melaka - Heeren Street - Where Millionaires Lived

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Heeren Street - Where Millionaires Lived

Sat, 25 Sep
(5 reviews)
Melaka Town, Melaka, Malaysia
30 mins

About the tour

Originally known as Dutch Village but ended up with the name Millionaires Row because it was the home to many wealthy families from the Baba community. Heeren Street is a short stretch less than two kilometers within the Melaka UNESCO Heritage Core area. The common features of most buildings are high roof, floors and corridors lined with intricate titles, teak front doors carved with family names or mottos in gold calligraphy. Most windows are also beautifully decorated with motifs while some homes even have decorated roofs with images of dragons, birds and flowers. The houses on the street are rather narrow and small when viewed from the outside but are long and spacious inside. Most of them have open courtyards to provide ventilation and light and some even have small wells to draw water or ponds to collect rainwater from the roof. The street was home to famous Melaka Babas who are pioneers in the tin-mining, rubber plantation, shipping industries and also the development of Singapore. Join me for this virtual walk and I will share with you with stories about this unique community, their culture, beliefs and the architecture of the houses along Heeren Street.

Meet Shaukani


My name is Shaukani Abbas. I am fulltime freelance registered English speaking guide based in Melaka, UNESCO World Heritage City since 1991. I grew up in Melaka and have lived here all my adult years. Guiding is all I do, to me it is a skill, it is an art, it is my passion. As a heritage activist, my mission as a guide is to share a good story of Melaka culture and history and promote responsible tourism. I hope to keep virtual tours going even after normal travel resumes. It’s really enriched my view of what travel can be. Because of the pandemic, everyone thinks this is the end of the travel industry, I think NO, this is the beginning of something new. As a senior tour guide in Malaysia, I received an awarded as Malaysia Best Tour Guide in the year 2010/11 by the Malaysian Government.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Melaka with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Melaka. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Naomi K.

16 September 2021

Learned a lot of “unusual” things (background info/behind the scenes).

Deborah M.

16 September 2021

Shaukani is very knowledgable, and has a lovely presentation manner, sharing many interesting facts & stories.

Marilyn 🌼 J.

16 September 2021

Very interesting tour with some lovely, quaint houses and beautiful buildings. Enjoyed the explanation of the Baba/Nonya clans. Shaukani is very good, knowledgeable and very friendly. Great tour, thank you.

Marina L.

16 September 2021

Very interesting and very positive experience. The guide is very good, knowledgeable and very friendly. It was a pleasure to spend a time with Shaukanl. Great job! Thank you

Maria K.

16 September 2021

Quaint houses and colourful buildings

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