Malacca River Cruise

Malacca River Cruise

Cruise along the historical Malacca River to experience the city from a different angle.

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Malacca is one of the many cities around the world which offers its very own river cruise, taking visitors on an exploration of the city from the Malacca River. In the past, the river played an integral part in the formation of this historical city. After it ceased to become the main trading port for Malacca, the years of development took its toll on the river and the surrounding areas. It was then that the state government decided to carry out the Malacca River Beautification Project, to be executed in four phases, to bring back the river's former glory. The state government dedicated a lot of effort into cleaning the river as well as maintaining and restoring the properties and areas surrounding the river. In the past, the river was dirty and muddy; definitely not an asset worth displaying to the visitors of Malacca. The river has now evolved into a major tourist attraction, offering a rather unique view of the city.

Going on the river cruise is another interesting way of seeing the city, if traipsing around town by foot is not your cup of tea. The trip prompts visitors to imagine how the river might have looked in centuries past, with large ships cruising down the river, traders selling their wares along the riverbank to people from a land far away. Visitors who wish to board this 45 minute long cruise may do so from the Malacca River jetty located near the Dutch Square or the Spice Garden, located at the Hang Jebat Bridge. The boats are comfortable, with the bigger one being able to accommodate 40 people and the smaller one 20 people. Some of the many bridges that the cruise will pass through include the Tan Kim Seng Bridge, which links the two sides of the Malacca river, the Cathay Bridge, the main link for passengers coming from the former bus terminal, and the Ghost Bridge of Malacca.

Along the way the boat will also pass through the Maritime Museum, which is a replica of the Flor de La Mar, the Portuguese ship that Alfonso de Albuquerque traveled in after his successful capture of Malacca. Kampung Morten, a typical Malay village that has managed to preserve its culture for centuries, is another highlight of the cruise. With many fine examples of traditional Malay architecture, the village provides a striking contrast to the modern city that surrounds it.

Response from tourists has been splendid, judging by the smiles on the faces and the enthusiastic waves from passengers as their boat passes by other fellow tourists. It is definitely a unique experience not to be missed.