Visitors to Melaka UNESCO Heritage Site, do not realize that Melaka was made up of two parts during the Dutch colonial period. One was enclosed by the fortress, while the other was the town across the river. The fortress surrounding the city was destroyed during the British colonial period, served as a means of defense for the main town while the town across the river served as a place of residence and trade for different communities living there. In this virtual walk, you will see how old Dutch policy being imposed on buildings along the streets of Jonker and Heeren Streets. We will visit the historic Dutch Square, where the well preserved Stadthuys buildings still stand and which is salmon pink in color. Build by the Dutch VOC as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and as its administrative building. It is the oldest Dutch colonial building in South East Asia. Next will be the Christ Church, which was once a Dutch Reform Church. The other two iconic landmarks, the Town Clock Tower and Victoria Fountain are also located within the historic square. I will also share some of my past experiences while growing up inside the heritage site, which tends to be hilarious.
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.
29 July 2021
He is a guide full of knowledge!
29 July 2021
A very interesting stroll around the Dutch built area with lots of information about the architecture and the different influences including Chinese and British. Learnt a lot. Loved seeing the plants, cat and lizard!
Sue (UK) H.
29 July 2021
Great tour - thank you. Very informative and very interesting - and the monitor lizards were a bonus!
David and Wendy h.
29 July 2021
Thankyou for a very interesting tour with great explanations. The monitor lizards were a real bonus at the end. This what you get with live tours!! The pace and content of this tour were just right. I liked the view from the top of the stairs where you had the contrast of the old square with the modern buildings behind it in the distance.
24 July 2021
Great tour in the charming and beautiful Melaka. Shaukani has lived his entire life in Melaka so his knowledge of the city and its history is limitless. Tour is informative and interesting.