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Malacca River (Sungai Melaka)
Malacca River (Sungai Melaka)

Malacca River (Sungai Melaka)

Melaka River, Melaka

The Basics

One of the best ways to take in the colonial architecture of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Melaka is aboard a Malacca River cruise sailing past picturesque riverbanks and beneath numerous landmark bridges. A typical day trip from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore might include such a cruise, as well as visits to the Dutch Museum, St. Peter’s Church, and Jonker Street.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A cruise on the Melaka River is a must for families and first-time visitors.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the river has little shade.

  • River cruises last about 45 minutes round-trip.

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How to Get There

If you’re not visiting the river as part of a guided tour, you can make your way there yourself by walking along Jonker Street until it meets the river.

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When to Get There

The best time to enjoy the Malacca River and other outdoor attractions is during the dry season—typically April, early May, and October. Plan your cruise in the morning or early evening to avoid the worst of the heat.

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Attractions to Visit Before or After Your Cruise

The departure point for Malacca River cruises is centrally located in the heart of the historic city. If you have some free time before or after a boat trip on the river, plan to spend some time visiting other nearby attractions, such as the Stadthuys in Red Square, Christ Church, the Maritime Museum, or Jonker Street (also called Jonker Walk).

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