Tourism Malaysia

Walk along the Riverside of Malacca (Melaka) River (photos sharing)

Before dinner, we strolling along the Malacca River just behind the Best Western Wana Riverside Hotel. The starting point was from the Musical Fountain (N2.20013 E102.24806), the musical fountain start to ‘Dance’ every evening from 8pm – 11pm, if I’m not mistaken…

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It was a cool evening and really relaxing walking…

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There was a bridge not too far away from us, it’s the Jambatan Pasar (Market Bridge). So we decided to cross to the other side of the riverbank…

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Once we crossed the bridge, there were many murals painted on the building’s wall…yes, many of them…

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If time allow, I would like to capture all the murals photo in the area…there were really nice and some of them reflected the culture of Malacca (Melaka). By sitting at the riverbank and admiring the murals was one of my enjoyment during the evening…

After the buildings full of the street arts, we came to a row of cafes and pubs, these are the nightlife area of Jalan Kampung Hulu of Melaka town. Well, it’s nice to have a cold draught beer while enjoy the cool breeze along the Malacca River…at least for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The cafe above was Not the only one but with full row of it…until the last shop was a Chinese Seafood Restaurant, the restaurant business was good while we passed by…I guess the seafood here must be delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

After the seafood restaurant, we reached the Hang Tuah Bridge, we decided to cross it again and back to the hotel because it was about dinner time…

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Standing on the bridge and looking around on the both riverbank, hmm…this was the ‘River’ which started the Malacca (Melaka) Empire during the 1600s…and also the began of the Tanah Melayu which is Malaysia today.

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Once we walk across the bridge, the row of pubs and cafes started to light up. Colourful and Nice!

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We stopped at the place where we started and the whole riverbank walk is around 3.6km (with the proper pathway), which I’m intend to do it in the near future. It was really nice and enjoying walk along the river, where I can slowly view on all the colonial buildings which build on half century ago…

Beside this scenery, it is also a Good place for long exposure photography! Which I’m going to try it on the late evening…

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Have you every try it? If no, please try it on your next visit to Malacca, you will like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Night River Cruise at Malacca (Melaka) River (photos sharing)

After our dinner, we continued our next itinerary – Nigh River Cruise on Melaka River. Tickets purchased from the Best Western Wana Riverside Hotel reception and we got RM1 discount on each ticket. The hotel has their own Jetty (N2.19970 E102.24829) just behind the building, it Only accessible for hotel guests. There are 3 times per day that the boat pick up passengers from the hotel’s jetty, please check with the hotel staffs for the timing.
Our previous Melaka River Cruise was on year 2008, that was on the day time, so we decided to try it on the night time again…

The first ‘colourful’ bridge appreared in front of us was the Hang Tuah Bridge…the boat went towards the north direction when it began…

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The lighting was so colourful during the night…then it passed by the ‘Eye of Melaka’…

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Honestly I like the colourful lightings reflection very much from the water during the boat cruise…

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When the boat almost reached the end up north, I saw this some kind of LRT station and the track was build along the riverbank, interesting! I will try it soon in the future…

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The boat made a U-Turn once it reached the end point and we were cruise down south again…

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The boat passed by a block of flat which lighted up with all the colourful florescent tube! This was the most colourful flat I ever seen in Malaysia!

Follow by few bridges that really look nice during the night…

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After the Market Bridge, there are many murals painted on the colonial buildings…

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The boat cruise through the colonial buildings and it reached the Popular Hard Rock Cafe of Malacca which is just operated few months ago…

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This nicely lighted pathway along the riverside and accompany with the Britsh Era colonial buildings…

The boat turn back and cruise towards the hotel’s jetty, that end our 45 minutes Night River Cruise on the Malacca River. It was a total different experience when taking the river cruise on day time and night time…I prefer the night cruise because of the colourful lightings…

Have you try it before?

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14 June 2013| last updated at 11:38PM

Sungai Melaka project a model for others

By Jason Gerald |

REHABILITATION: The once lifeless waterway has been turned into Malaccaโ€™s most lucrative tourism product

THE phrase “Everything began in Malacca” is not something which was just coined to attract tourism, but is in actual fact what this state has to offer to other states in Malaysia.

The birth of the nation is attributed to the glory of the Malacca sultanate in the 15th century, and Malacca is where the independence of Malaysia was first announced by the country’s founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj at the Dataran Pahlawan in Banda Hilir.

Malacca has been a benchmark for many developments in the country after the state was steered into becoming a developed state — recognised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — and is now spearheading the nation’s green technology initiatives.

And now, what was once famed as one of the busiest ports in the world, the Melaka River, is becoming a benchmark for the rehabilitation and beautification of rivers throughout the country.

Known as the Venice of the East in the 15th century, the waterway had slowly deteriorated and became one of the dirtiest rivers in the country till some 12 years ago.

In 2001, the state government, with assistance from the Federal Government, had embarked on the first phase of the Melaka River beautification project costing some RM200 million.

The first phase of the Melaka River rehabilitation project started at the tip of the river mouth to the Hang Tuah bridge which included the construction of two new jetties and an archway across the river.

The restoration and beautification project paid off handsomely, as now the once lifeless river has not only been revived but it has been turned into the most lucrative tourism product that Malacca has to offer.

The recent Sungai Melaka International River Festival created history when the Drainage and Irrigation Department director-general, Datuk Ahmad Husaini Sulaiman, said the State administration’s success in turning the river into one of the finest in the country, region and also the world would be the main point of reference for the revival and beautification of all rivers in the country.

The effort taken by the Malacca government in beautifying the Melaka River has not only managed to turn the river into a commodity for tourism but also helped in mitigating floods.

Under the 10th Malaysia Plan all rivers in the country were allocated RM3.47 billion for flood mitigation works, rehabilitation and beautification exercise. Melaka alone was allocated RM285 million.

In Malacca’s case, this money was not only used for flood mitigation works but also for the cleaning, beautification, and upgrading of the river system from the Sungai Melaka estuary right up to Malim.

This success of making Sungai Melaka into a living river is proposed to be replicated across the country.

Sungai Melaka is flanked by several delightful structures such as the Dutch or Red Square, traditional villages and other tourist attractions. In the second phase of its rehabilitation would start at the Hang Jebat bridge up to Batu Hampar, covering 5.2km.

The second phase would be divided into three main work packages; first would cover a 2.4km waterway from the Hang Jebat bridge to the Tun Razak bridge, followed by 1.2km from the Tun Razak bridge to the Melaka Sentral bridge, and the final package from the Melaka Sentral bridge to the Tidal Control Gate that stretches for 1.6km.

This would also include deepening the depth of the river, constructing walls and walkways along the river, landscapes, three water taxi stations at Taman Rempah and Jusco AEON, building unique bridges and beautifying the banks of the river.

Once the project is completed, the water quality of Sungai Melaka is expected to improve from class 111 barometer to class 11B by the year 2015.

The current success of the Melaka River rehabilitation and beautification project could also be seen through the Melaka River Cruise.

When the cruise started in 2006 there were only 56 visitors, but last year alone it attracted some 1.1 million passengers, and this year it is targeted that the Melaka River Cruise would attract some 1.4 million visitors.

Besides being a benchmark for rivers in Malaysia, the Malacca government is also aiming to work towards getting this event listed on the World Tourism Calendar of Events, similar to the San Antonio River festival in Texas, United States.

Read more: Sungai Melaka project a model for others – Columnist – New Straits Times