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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Melaka River Cruise

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Our first stop in Malacca: We headed for the river Cruise, the moment we set foot there around 1pm. Our concern was the weather which has been unpredictable these days and it might shower anytime though I thought a night river cruise would sound even more alluring as we could see light bulbs strung everywhere on new and old heritage buildings as well as on trees that lined the 4.5 km stretch of the river.

I still remember our last trip to Malacca was with my elder brother's family 7 years ago.  Ian was still an infant then.  Other than the red square, it didn't seem appealing to me, the river in particular, which was in a sorry state with garbage half buried in muds at low tides and the stench smell from the stinking river was simply unbearable. Yucks..

Things have changed this time when we were there, from bad to good if not better.  We were impressed by the amazing transformation.  From a river which was once muddy and choked with floating garbage, it has been transformed into a beautiful river and throughout the boat ride, we can see beautifully lined pedestrian pathways built alongside the river.

I shall let the pictures do the talking now.

We embarked from Taman Rempah, a good choice as it's lesser crowd here compared to the one near maritime museum.

The options/package offered

While boarding the boat, we were told by a friendly staff that by paying for VIP tickets of RM20 (adults) and RM10 (children), we got unlimited one day hop-on hop-off rides.   Didn't sound convincing to me though as there were only two embarkation/disembarkation points.

The route of the boat ride

The waiting area

While waiting for the boat ride

Enjoying the boat ride and the view, not choppy and thrilling like the ones we had in Bangkok on the long-tail boat but still... good.

Monorail train rides over a stretch of 1.6 km alongside the river from Taman Rempah to Tamming Sari, the revolving tower, another tourist attraction.  Started operating on 20 Oct 2010, two days before we were there. We didn't go on this either.

The water mill

Tamming Sari from afar, didn't go on this one as we had a similar one at Ocean Park, HK few years ago.

Another on-going hotel project, looks like a huge hotel to me

Wanted to stay here, our 3rd or 4th choice before the first two, but all fully-booked. :(

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Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

Melacca is a place that I wish so much to visit, but we need to drive 6 + hours to reach there. The distance has in fact stopped us from going there. May be one day we can go and stay in the Casa Del Rio. Who knows?

November 9, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Annie Q said...

yes..agree with you, Melaka had change a lot, compare to i go there 5 or 6 years ago. But this time i didn't explore a lot places like you. I would love to try this river cruise out next time if we go to Melaka again.

November 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah! They must have restored the river. Come to Kuching next - go on the Sarawak River cruise... Air Asia sale going on right now - get the cheap air tickets for 2nd half of next year. Personally, I think Kuching is nicer than Malacca...but I haven't been for a number of years, so dunno now.

November 9, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger smallkucing said...

next round that I go to Melaka, must take this ride

November 9, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Mommy to Chumsy said...

wow so much to see along the river. we didn't go on the river cruise though Ashley kept asking for it...hehehhe

November 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Alice Law said...

I have yet take the boat ride in Malaka, thanks for sharing! I'm sure to bring my kids there on our next Malaka trip!^-^

November 11, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger CathJ said...

Oh interesting.. I never tried this before..

November 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Mommy Ling said...

Wow..this is SYIOK!! I saw this when i dropped by Malacca last yr but that time was peak season...finding a parking also a problem

November 16, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

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