August 16, 2022

Cruise Along Melaka River

Melaka River flows across Melaka Town and end at Banda Hilir. At the river mouth (Banda Hilir) there is a small Jetty,Harbour Master’s jetty(Jeti Shahbandar) for Ferry from Melaka to Dumai (Indonesia). Naturally, Melaka river has a muddy river bed. As a result, the river produce strong mud smell with its grey mud color. Wastage from commercial area along the river also contribute to the river problem.

Well smell the mud no more with the Melaka River Development with its new water treatment plant and a barrage.4 kilometer from Hang Jebat Bridge to the river mouth (Banda Hilir), a route pavement also have been made with its lush greeneries landscape.

The ambition is to be like San Antonio River in Texas U.S or close to it. The total cost for the project is RM320 million(USD100milion) and it is divided into four phase of development.

Now the river have its own cruise manage by Melaka River and Coastal Incorporated (Perbadanan Sungai dan Pantai Melaka). Melaka River and Coastal Incorporated have 12 boat and can be used by tourist to cruise along Melaka River while enjoying its historic sceneries. The services open from 9 to 11.


Hi, I'am Asmaliana, I work at Tourism Melaka. I love my state, Melaka, the world heritage city by UNESCO. Don't Mess With Melaka.

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5 thoughts on “Cruise Along Melaka River

  1. I did sit on the river cruise – quite a nice ride. Even my tourists friends from Japan were very happy indeed – able to go through and see the old buildings that is so different from where they live 🙂

  2. The Memoir of Melaka River…

    The Malacca River or Sungai Melaka the main waterway traversing this historic town is slowly but surely losing its lustre. Its traditional role and function permanently deleted. After five centuries of receiving traders and sailors from all corners of the world, life around the river recently comes to a forcedly halt to accommodate a RM130 million Malacca River Beautification Project. At its core, the project clamors after the San Antonio Riverfront and just about everything there with no qualms about the historical value of Sungai Melaka.

    The project first launched in the new millennium was ambitious. High on the wish list is to stop the repeats of the Great Flood 1971, halt the local habit of turning the river into a favorite dumpsite, and rejuvenate river’s marine life. However as we approach the tail end of the redevelopment project, one will discover that in its place is a prettified riverfront, with an annoying similarity to Singapore’s Clarke Quay. Ask its advocators and they would argue that the river now is spotting a popular thoroughfare to reach different venues in the town, but probably more true for a largely tourist traffic and unfortunately little else for Malaccans.

    Aestically the so-called beautification project has cast a cement veil over parts of the historical river and it is no different from the canals found along the confluence of Gombak and Klang Rivers in KL. The rows of stilted shoplots in Kampung Ulu, Kampung Pantai and Kampung Jawa apparently were an eye sore for foreigners.

    Monitor lizards and the occasional kingfisher once found lazily around stilts and the Sumatran schooners unloading charcoals at the river banks are all but disappeared. Purple colored fishing trawlers once a common sight here when visiting Malacca is also history. Now the only motorized noise vibrating you get is from the state owned floating platoons cruising up and down the stream with paying human cargoes.

    In the early 2005, treasure hunters can still be found on its muddy banks when tides ebb scavenging for remnants of Malacca’s past. After all this water artery was the site where battles fought and history made. Judging by the men’s enthusiasm and the risk they willing to take, one reckon these must be very profitable outings. Today the men are long gone. Even the floric mudskippers too suffered the same aweful fate.

    Currently Phase II of the project is in full swing. (Apr 2008) A tidal lock opposite the Flor De La Mar’s replica is up and running, and thus ensuring that the river level is always ideal for the tourist platoons to sail the entire length of the river.

    Malacca would then claim the misnomer title of “Venice of Asia”. Even Parameswara and D’ Albuquerque would be strangers if they set their foot again here on the sungai. The same sungai that gave birth to a proud Malay Sultanate and ushered the waves of European colonialism to this part of the world.

  3. Create more activities..i.e water sports & what not..but 1st ;look at the safety along the river..if can..make it an international events..yearly.

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