Located strategically in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula in the bank of Strait of Malacca, which has been famous for centuries as a culture haven of various nations in the world, no wonder if Malacca was entitled as one of the UNESCO World Heritage city. Here tourists can see and interactively feel the cultures from the origin countries that gave colors such as Portuguese, British, Dutch, Chinese and its own Malay culture, which entirely formed a wonderful harmony.
Because of its fame, my husband and I took a weekend getaway to the beautiful Malacca some time ago. Of course we took the cruise along the river that divides the city, one of the ‘must have’ lovely things when travelling to Malacca. Even a Hollywood star Sean Connery once took several scenes here for the movie Entrapment.
The boat departed from Muara jetty, next to Quayside Heritage Centre. It is close to the Maritime Museum that is easily recognizable by Flor De La Mar, the big replica of a Portuguese ship . From here the boat took us upstream as far as Taman Rempah or Spice Garden jetty where the boat turned around and brought us back to Muara Jetty again.
Along the river we can see the heritage civic district at the foot of St Paul’s Hill, the residential and commercial district of Heeren Street and Jonker Street, past historic buildings, old warehouses, interesting mangrove stands, churches, and villages.
Do you see the name of the bridges in blue? (‘Jambatan’ means Bridge)
But the interesting part of taking the cruise was seeing the name of the bridges along the river that came from the various cultures. The names of Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, or Datuk Mohd Zin surely came from the Malay history. How about Kampung Jawa or the village of Javanese? Or Kampung Morten, a ‘kampung’ or a village named after the British Land Commissioner, FJ Morten, who had contributed to the opening of the village? And Chan Koon Cheng bridge, we can easily identify the origin culture, although it is located in front of the church of St. Francis Xavier.
The cruise itself last about 45 minutes from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 a.m daily.
Admission Adult RM15 Child RM 7