Cruising Along Melaka River through the historic city…
Melaka River Cruise now easily turn to be the top tourist destination if visiting Melaka. With the total number of about 60,000 tourist using the river cruise every month, the Melaka State Government have new plan for it. The plan is to extend the boat route until the Melaka Sentral – among the biggest and comfortable bus terminal in Malaysia. So what the catch? There is a river beside Melaka Sentral, if the River Cruise Route is extended until the Melaka Sentral, tourist that are using the bus or taxi can directly get a water taxi and rides through the Melaka river to go to other part of the town like Banda Hilir.
Usually Old Town are build near to a river and from there the town grow bigger like we have now.The example is like Malaysia capital Kuala Lumpur that have rivers flow along the city. It’s good to utilize the rivers to be a tourist spot because we will strive to make it a better river – Clean and safe.
River that cut through the town got many stories to tell…
Read the news below about the Tourism Ministry support Melaka State effort:
Thursday March 25, 2010
Minister backs extension of Malacca river cruise
By ALICIA YEOH firstname.lastname@example.org
MALACCA: Efforts by authorities to tap Malacca River’s potential as a tourism product by extending its river-cruise route has received the support of Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
Dr Ng took the cruise to see for herself the results of the state’s decade-long RM320mil effort to rehabilitate and beautify the waterway.Besides the many features and landmarks along the 4.5km cruise, she said the river’s unique ecosystem and fauna were attractions particularly to foreign tourists.
“It may be common for locals to see monitor lizards swimming in the river’s mangrove swamps or birds on the nipah trees.
“To foreign tourists, such sights are captivating as they are not found in their countries,” she told reporters here after the cruise from Taman Rempah recently.
Melaka River Cruise is managed by Perbadanan Pantai dan Sungai which has 40 ferries plying the river from Jalan Quayside to Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama.Each month, 60,000 tourists use the cruise to sightsee.
The state recently proposed an extension of the cruise to Melaka Sentral, the state’s main bus and taxi terminal.Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the extension would allow the state to develop a water taxi service to ferry passengers from Melaka Sentral to the historic city’s centre.