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The River Charm of Malacca August 5, 2016

The River Charm of Malacca

GPS waypoint: 2°11'51.2"N 102°14'44.4"E
Location: Malacca, Malaysia

Melaka River Cruise
Duration: 45 mins
Fee: MYR 16/adult
Boarding Area: Muara Jetty (Google Map)

River Towns
I'd been to many quaint river towns and they are all beautiful - Kampot, Battambang, Luang Prabang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, etc. But none has captured and capitalized more of its river charm than Malacca. It's the one thing Malacca has that Penang can only dream about (given their similarities). The Malacca River cuts right across the city with its quaint cafes, trendy restos and chic hotels lined-up along its river bank.

The River Charm of Malacca
riverside dining along the Malacca River

Then and Now
A few decades ago, Melaka River was one of the most neglected part of the city where the 'dirt was swept under the rug'. It was the underbelly of decaying shophouses propped by stilts on a smelly waterway. However, with the UNESCO designation of Malacca, the potential for increased tourism and a general wake-up call to tidy-up, many facets of the city were cleaned and restored. Malacca River was one such beneficiary.

Boat Ride
The boat ride takes you along the river where you see the art deco murals of some shophouses, the quaint cafes and restos, the 'cleaned-up' back-side of the city and some lizards and river fish. It all makes for a relaxing afternoon or night scenic ride.

--- TheLoneRider

gazebo and water mill cycling on the boardwalk bridge crossing with the Tangs complex in the background residential and commercial establishments lined up on the river bank
wide boardwalk for promenading the luxrious Case del Rio with its Sante Fe architecture riverside rope skipping people watching
water mill at night Malacca River at night tourist river ferry boutique hotels line up the river bank
afternoon stroll in the neighborhood along the river footbridge, construction and the Tangs complex dusk la artsy neighborhood
up close lamp post lighting along the river an evening cendol as the boats pass by slow-shutter as a boat passes

Google Map Malacca, Malaysia

tourist attractions in Malacca tourist attractions
  • Jonker Street Jonker Street - Jonker Street is the main tourism hub in Malacca. Friday and Saturday nights become animated with the night market
  • Dutch Square Dutch Square - Dutch Square is the most photographed area of Malacca. It's a cluster of red Dutch colonial buildings, built between 1660 and 1700 - Stadthuys, Christ Church, the fountain, etc.
  • Baba And Nyonya Heritage Museum Baba And Nyonya Heritage Museum - a glimpse into the privileged world of the Peranakans of Malaysia and Singapore. The Peranakans are the Chinese and Malays who intermarried back in the colonial days - their cultural fusion spawned a diverse and rich culture that defined an era
public utilities in Malacca public utilities
  • Melaka Sentral Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal - this is usually your drop-off point coming from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore by bus. You still need to board bus #17 to get to the main Malacca city center
    Jalan Tun Razak, Plaza Melaka Sentral, 75400 Melaka, Malaysia
    2°13'16.3"N 102°15'00.2"E
  • Pulau Sebang/Tampin Train Terminal Pulau Sebang/Tampin Train Terminal - this is usually your drop-off point coming from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore by train. You are still 40 kms away from the main Malacca city center (better to take the 2-hour bus ride from KL)
    78000 Alor Gajah, Malacca, Malaysia
    2°27'47.8"N 102°13'37.4"E
hotels in Malacca hotel
  • NOMAPS Hostel NOMAPS Hostel - newly constructed, newly opened, all new and clean, central location, 24/7 compli tea and coffee, compli use of washer/dryer, spacious kitchen/eating area
    11, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
    +60 6-283 8311 | 2°11'39.2"N 102°14'50.2"E
restaurant in Malacca cafe, tea house and restaurant bicycle for rent in Malacca bicycle rental
  • Rent a bike Rent-a-Cycle - bicycle rental, kids bike, mountain bike, cruiser bike, etc.
    53 Jl Hang Kasturi, Malacca, Malaysia - 2°11'46.7"N 102°14'53.1"E

Malacca FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is concentrated along the Jonker Walk area. Best to book your hotel within this area

How to Get to Malacca Sentral (bus terminal) from Kuala Lumpur by bus

  1. from Kuala Lumpur, take any local train or bus that would take you to the TBS ().
  2. inside TBS, go to the Ticket Counter and tell them you'll go to Malacca. You can choose a particular bus line otherwise, they will give you the next bus leaving for Malacca. With your ticket comes the Gate No. where you board your bus - it's like an airport when you take your flight.
  3. go to the Gate No. and look at the Departure board to see if your bus is there and if boarding is already allowed.
  4. Board the bus and it will drop you at the Malacca Sentral bus terminal in Malacca. Trip takes 2 hours. You are still far from the city center.
  5. take the local bus within the same terminal to take you to Jonker Walk, the main tourism hub of Malacca (below)

How to Get to Jonker Walk (city center) from Malacca Sentral (bus terminal)

  1. upon arriving at the Malacca Sentral, look for and follow the signs for the Domestic Bus area
  2. at the Domestic Bus area, look for Quay #17. That's where the bus is for Jonker Walk, MYR 2 | 10 mins

Malacca Cost Index

(US$1 = Malaysian Ringit MYR 4.031 = Philippines Php 46.97 as of August 6, 2016)
  • MYR 10.90 Daging Salai Masak Lemak Cili Padi (house specialty) at Mayang 8 Cafe And Restaurant Mayang 8 Cafe And Restaurant, local and Western cuisine
  • MYR 15.00 all-day American breakfast + coffee/boh tea at A & D Tea House A & D Tea House, aromatic tea and dessert
  • MYR 2 local bus fare from Malacca Sentral bus terminal to Jonker Walk in the city center, 15 mins
  • MYR 12/night cheapest bunk bed in a dorm room in a backpacker hostel, shared toilet
  • MYR 55/night bunk bed in NOMAPS NOMAPS Hostel, a flashpacker hostel with first rate amenities
  • MYR 8/day bicycle rental at Rent-a-Cycle Rent a bike
  • MYR 8 coffee in trendy cafes
  • MYR 1.5 coffee in kedai coffee shops (local eateries)
  • MYR 5 haircut on local barber shops (not touristy salons)
  • MYR 6/14kg washer load coin-operated laundromat
  • MYR 5.50/dryer load coin-operated laundromat
  • MYR 10 bus ride from TBS (Kuala Lumpur) to Melaka Sentral (Malacca)
  • MYR 2 bus ride from Melaka Sentral (Malacca) to Jonker area (tourist hub of Malacca) using #17 bus
  • MYR 175 1 liter petrol
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  1. Cool Climate of Cameron Highlands June 19-23, 2016
  2. Kluang

  3. Overnight in Kluang, Malaysia Aug 13-14, 2016
  4. Kuala Lumpur

  5. Funky Flow Yoga with Lora Lorenzo at YogaOneThatIWant Studios July 27, 2016
  6. Deja Vu Kuala Lumpur with Karine July 21-26, 2016
  7. Layover in Kuala Lumpur June 22, 2016
  8. The Kuala Lumpur Experience Jan 21 - Feb 20, 2015
  9. Police Harassment in Kuala Lumpur Feb 17, 2015
  10. Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur Feb 18, 2015
  11. Walking Tour of China Town Feb 5, 2015
  12. Breaking New Ground in Kuala Lumpur Jan 21, 2015
  13. Kuantan

  14. Goodbye and Thank You Kuantan Apr 13, 2018
  15. Visiting the Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque Apr 10, 2018
  16. Visiting the Pahang Art Museum Apr 3, 2018
  17. Beach Fun at Teluk Cempedak April 1, 2018
  18. Visiting the Kuantan Mini Zoo April 1, 2018
  19. High Intensity Interval Training Apr 1, 2018
  20. Fitness in Kuantan Mar 29, 2018
  21. Exploring Kuantan, Malaysia Mar 25-, 2018
  22. Hanging-Out in Kuantan with the Guangzhou 5 Mar 25-26, 2018
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  24. The 24-Hr Trip from Loboc (Philippines) to Gambang (Malaysia) Mar 15-16, 2018
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  28. The River Charm of Malacca August 5, 2016
  29. About Malacca July 28, 2016
  30. Penang

  31. Penang (Malaysia) Immersion May 27-Jun 19, 2016
  32. Exploring the Emergent Cafe Culture of Penang Jun 18, 2016
  33. Encounters with the Guru-Types of Penang Jun 17, 2016
  34. Overnight Camping at Turtle Beach Jun 10, 2016
  35. Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation in Penang Jun 10, 2016
  36. Daytrip to Batu Ferringhi Jun 9, 2016
  37. Savouring the Food of Penang May 27 - Jun 6, 2016
  38. Surreal Glow-in-the-Dark 3D World at Dark Mansion June 3, 2016
  39. The Animated Street Art of Penang Jun 3, 2016
  40. Exploring the Lush Greenery of Botanic Gardens May 29, 2016
  41. Up up and Away to Penang Hill May 28, 2016
  42. About Penang May 27, 2016

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Malacca Hotels

Hotels & Resorts

Bicycle Rental

Cafe & Restaurant

NOMAPS Hostel, Malacca, Malaysia
flashpacking hostel
11 Jl Tun Tan Cheng Lock 75200
Malacca, Malaysia
Rent-a-Cycle, Malacca, Malaysia
bicycle rental
53 Jl Hang Kasturi
Malacca, Malaysia
Mayang 8 Cafe And Restaurant, Malacca, Malaysia
Mayang 8
Cafe & Restaurant

local and Western cuisine
#189-GRD 05, Jalan Persisiran
Bunga Raya
Malacca, Malaysia
A & D Tea House, Malacca, Malaysia
A & D Tea House
tea | art | dessert
95 Lorong Hang Jebat
Malacca, Malaysia
The Coffee JAR, Malacca, Malaysia
The Coffee JAR
Beatles | coffee
#38´╝îLorong Hang Jebat
Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca, Malaysia

Hotels & Resorts
NOMAPS Hostel, Malacca, Malaysia
flashpacking hostel
11 Jl Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Malacca, Malaysia

Cafe & Restaurant
Mayang 8 Cafe And Restaurant, Malacca, Malaysia
Mayang 8
Cafe & Restaurant

House Specialty:
Daging Salai Masak Lemak Cili Padi
#189-GRD 05, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya
Malacca, Malaysia

A & D Tea House, Malacca, Malaysia
A & D Tea House
all-day breakfast
aromatic tea
art | dessert

#95, Lorong Hang Jebat
Malacca, Malaysia

Bicycle Rental
Rent-a-Cycle, Malacca, Malaysia
bicycle rental
53 Jl Hang Kasturi
Malacca, Malaysia