The Malacca River, also known as the Melaka River in Malay was once known as the Venice of the East by Westerners. It cuts the Malacca town into two and joins up with the Straits of Malacca. It was an important trading port between the Europe and Asia during the 16th Century. The river flows through the span of time and in the present day, serves as a popular tourist attraction where the Melaka River Cruise, Malacca offers a tranquil and informative ride down the River.
Lined along both sides of the river, are classic colonial buildings and old shop houses. The buildings offer a glimpse into the life and settlement along the river during the early days. Various historical bridges also stood across the river through the span of time. The Tan Boon Seng Bridge is perhaps the most famous bridge. During the Portuguese colonialization of Malacca, the Portuguese controlled the bridge in efforts of cutting communication between the North and South of the River. This cause Malacca to be divided into two, which inevitably lead to their defeat. The Chan Boon Cheng Bridge is known for its painful past. During the Japanese invasion, soldiers placed severed heads of their victims at the foot of the bridge as a reminder of their dominance and act of deterrence for an uprising.
Further down the river, you will be greeted with buildings painted in bold street art. The shop houses and buildings are coloured from top to bottom in bright murals. The drawings are done by local artists and graffiti painters depicting anything they wanted to express. It is the perfect location to take unique and colourful snapshots. You will also get to see many landmarks down the river, including a pirate ship, the Malaysia Ferris wheel and a royal windmill.
Opening hours of the Melaka River Cruise, Malacca
The Melaka River Cruise, Malacca leaves from the Muara Jetty outside the Quayside Heritage Centre (Jalan Laksamana, 7500 Malacca) The ride is about 45 minutes long down a nine kilometres stretch of the Malacca River. The ferry can carry between 20 to 40 people, and it cost RM15 per adult and RM7 per child. It is open daily from 9 am to 12 am.
Love the Melaka River Cruise, Malacca? We found four other attractions that are perfect for the whole family. Take a look at the Melaka River Cruise, the famous Jonker Street, the Mini Malaysia & Mini ASEAN Park, the Melaka Zoo & Night Safari, and the A’ Famosa Resort to find more about each place!
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