The Melaka River Cruise is one of the latest attractions in Malacca. We had really been enjoying our walks along the river, so we knew that there would be nothing new to see if we took the cruise. Despite this, we decided that a sunset cruise along the river would be a perfect way to end a day of sight-seeing.
In the past, the river that flows through the city was an important route for transporting goods and commercial trade, but over they years as modernisation crept in, so did pollution and irresponsible management of its waters. After pumping in millions to rejuvenate the river, the authorities launched this river cruise to help promote tourism and provide a novel way of exploring the different parts of Malacca. The jetty is located just opposite the police station near the Dutch Square (Stadthuys) and tickets may be purchased at MYR10 per adult and MYR5 for children.
The boats depart every 30-45 minutes from morning till late night (11.30 pm) on a daily basis. On this river cruise, visitors get to observe the city surroundings by the riverside, including, but not limited to, old bridges, historical landmarks, modern buildings, traditional villages, museums, piers and other curious sights. It is recommended to take the river cruise at night, which is when most of the structures and buildings along with fountains are lit with colourful neon lights and bulbs. Leaving just before sunset meant we could view the river in the day and night 🙂 Smart
Waiting in line for the next boat to leave.
I went off walking to get some pictures of the Maritime Museum in the shape of a Spanish vessel. While there I was serenaded by a toothless man with a guitar. He asked me to sit down with him, and enjoy a drink (from an unlabeled bottle). Hmm… Tempting, but I better get (run) back to Justin.
“We are here!”
River side Cafe
These colorful boats are shaped like barges and ferry 20 plus people at a time. The boats are also shaded by a plastic roof and feature narration by a live guide-radio system explaining the various sights on tour.
From the boat, we had an opportunity to get some more great shots of the buildings and scenery from the river. The boat moved along quite peacefully, allowing us to shoot without much blur or shake.
Justin and I darted for the tiny little bench at the back of the boat as soon as we boarded. Everyone else pushed to get to the front of the boat, and they looked awfully cramped. We certainly had the best seats on board! 🙂
A small theme park along the river cruise in Melaka Raya.
“Melaka River Cruise”
This is a small tram line that runs near the river.
The last piece of truly interesting scenery was confined to a short stretch that looked oddly out of place in the concrete environment. Mangroves used to line the entire river and sustained a diverse range of wildlife such as birds, crustaceans and mammals. Today, development has claimed most of the natural growth along the river’s edge. Still, we did manage to see a monitor lizard bobbing it’s head out of the water. It looked like a baby crocodile.
The end of the cruise.
Posing on the dock 🙂
There was a big lightning storm in the distance (to the left in the picture). We could see the clouds moving, and we knew that a storm would be starting above us soon, so we headed for cover.