When the Portuguese captured Melaka in 1511, they immediately call for the defence of the town. An enormous stone fortress was built to protect the newly acquired possession against any potential threats from the surrounding Malay kingdom. They also built churches within the walled city. But when the Dutch VOC captured Melaka from the Portuguese in 1641, they repaired the walled fortress. But it was the British East India Company, who demolished the walled fortress. Why? Join me in this virtual tour and have a glimpse of the remnants of the Portuguese past and its surrounding. We will visit the ruins of the Portuguese St Paul's Church and the iconic and most photographed landmark in Melaka - Porta de Santiago, the only part of the walled fortress which is still standing and some British built buildings in UNESCO Heritage Core Zone of Melaka.
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.
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 45 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.
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.
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.
25 September 2021
Wonderful tour with Shaukani of Melaka in Malaysia. The tour was of the Portuguese Remantnts in the UNESCO Heritige site. Shaukani is a very good guide who made the tour interesting by giving us lots of information and he also made it very enjoyable. Thank you.
Elaine (Coffs-Australia)🇳🇿 T.
25 September 2021
As always .. great commentary.. humour .. explanations and communicates with us all .. I am a follower.
25 September 2021
A wonderful tour. So interesting and I learned so much!
18 September 2021
Enjoyed Shaukani's knowledge, stories and happy , friendly style. Good interaction with all the Heygoers.
Sayuri/HeyGo Guide Brazil K.
11 September 2021
It was a good view of Portuguese Heritage - for me it was special as we also had Portuguese Colonization in Brazil. Hope the best for Shaukani on Heygo.