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Melaka River walk
Melaka River

Malacca as one of the beautiful and historical places we visited in Malaysia is still in my list of places to visit again. Yes, I want to visit Malacca Malaysia again and visit the other places which we couldn’t see in our 3 days trip.(2 nights) On our first day we spent time around the Malacca Dutch square and Christ Church. Those red buildings fascinated us with historical backgrounds.

Melaka-River-Cruise

On the 2nd day we started our journey walking along the Melaka River. The river itself is not so beautiful scene for me; however it has some unique appearance with the buildings along the river which are mostly built in many years ago.

Melaka River
Melaka River

Sungai Malacca or Melaka River is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Those Europeans who travelled along this Melaka River started to call it as the ‘Venice of the East’ and it has historical importance in trading and other such activities.

Here are some of our findings along the Malacca riverside walk.Add these things to your Malacca attractions list when you prepare your travel plan to Meleka Malaysia.Because these are some of the must see Malacca attractions if you visit one day!

Melaka River Cruise
Melaka River
Melaka River Cruise

Cruise over Melaka River is one of the popular activities for many tourists; however we didn’t take river cruise. Instead we loved walking along the riverside. But, when we were walking along the Melaka River, we could see people who enjoyed river cruise.

Although we missed Melaka River Cruise on our previous trip to Malacca,I am eagerly waiting to try this experience in our next holiday to Malacca.

In Melaka River Cruise, you will travel by small boats along the Melaka River. This River Cruise will be about 45 minutes which covers the most of villages, churches and historic buildings along the Melaka River.

Melaka River Cruise Price range:   Adult = RM5.00 (Approximately $2)   Children = RM2.50 (May have changed now)

Beautiful Historical Buildings

Melaka River

You can watch beautiful architecture of buildings which were dated back to colonial era of Melaka. Most of These buildings are now converted to hotels or restaurants. However, these buildings added beautiful historical view to Malacca.

Fort of Malacca
Melaka Riverside attractions
Fort of Malacca

Fort of Malacca is at one end of the Malacca River and it faces the Dutch Square in another view. This Fort is one of the fascinating sites which we found in Malacca which was a great huge fort in Portuguese days.

Melaka Riverside attractions
At the Fort of Malacca
Malacca Sultanate Watermill
Melaka Riverside attractions
Malacca Sultanate Watermill

Located in the banks of the Melaka River, this Malacca Sultanate Watermill is considered as the largest watermill in Malaysia. Nowadays, it is not a functioning watermill. Instead this Melaka Watermill is a replica which reminds its proud history.

People watching
Melaka River attractions
Wedding Couple at Malacca

Well, this may not sound interesting for some of you 🙂 . But, we could actually watch and see the local life there among the many tourists. We couldn’t stay away from watching the wedding couples who had photo sessions in the historical places of Malacca.It seems Malacca is popular among locals as a photography location.

Maritime Museum of Malacca
Melaka River attractions
Maritime Museum of Malacca

The Maritime Museum of Malacca is another attraction we found in Malacca. However, this is at the end of our walk along the river.

This Maritime Museum is a huge   replica of the ‘Flora de La Mar’ which is a Portuguese ship. This Portuguese ship   sank off the coast of Malacca while they were heading to Portugese together with items which they plundered from Melaka. This Maritime Museum is also known as Muzium Samudera in Malay language.

You need to buy tickets to enter into the museum.

Dutch windmill at Melaka Town Square
Melaka attractions
Dutch windmill at Melaka Town Square

The Dutch windmill of Melaka can be a part of the attractions in Dutch square. But, we ended our riverside walk when we reached this windmill location. On one side of the street, there are plenty of street food stalls which you can try local delicacies. On the other side, it is red square or Dutch square.

We stopped near the Dutch Windmill and nowadays it looks like a garden area.

After a walk along the Melaka River, we visited the buildings and attractions of red square again. It was a fascinating tour to Malacca. I still have more memories to share from Malacca although it was a 3 day 2 nights trip.

You may like to read about the Malacca Hotel we stayed : The Emperor Hotel , Malacca

Till my next post about Malacca, please share your thought about Melaka, the historical destination of Malaysia.

Have you been to Malacca, Malaysia? If so what was your best attraction?

 

Exploring Malacca
Clock Tower and red buildings in Dutch Square

Malacca or Melaka which is a UNESCO heritage site full of attractions was in my destination list for a long time. Rich cultural diversity, proud historical buildings & footprints of colonial influence and of course the delicious food are the reasons to admire this historical state of Malaysia. Still this fascinating city is with colonial structures and remaining British, Dutch and Portuguese influence. If you were given few days to visit Malacca, you will first get lost because there are so many things to see in Malacca and admire. But, if you visit Malacca and to complete your trip in Malacca, you should first visit the UNESCO heritage site and see the attractions.

No, we were not there for 24 hours. Instead we spent 2 nights there and in this post I want to highlight the must see attractions in Malacca to make your holiday memorable even you left with 24 hours.

Exploring Malacca
Christ Church – Melaka

We started our journey from Christ Church Melaka which was built by Dutch. This beautiful red church is one of the landmarks in Malacca which anyone should see.

Exploring Malacca
Water Fountain – Melaka

Our next visit was to the attractions in Dutch Square which is just opposite the Christ Church. There is a beautiful water fountain at the centre of the area and there are beautiful red buildings around the Dutch square. This area is the best place to hire rickshaws which are decorated with colourful flowers.

In our visit to Melaka we saw lot of wedding couples who were taking photos with different poses. Most of them were wearing the traditional sultanate dresses.

Exploring Malacca
A wedding couple

Oliver the Bulldozer is one of the major attractions which were used before the 2nd world war. The buildings and structures are red painted and they showed the proud history of this Malaysia state.

Exploring Malacca
Oliver – The Bulldozer

We didn’t forget to read and learn bit of history on our first day in Malacca.

Exploring Malacca

Things to do in Malacca, Dutch Square   

Here are the main attractions in this small corner of the UNESCO Heritage site.

Including Christ Church Melaka, there are beautiful and historical buildings which you can see and explore in Malacca. A rickshaw tour will make your visit memorable and you can easily hire one parked near the red square .

Exploring Malacca

The bulldozer, clock tower and other buildings are the major attractions. Don’t forget to watch locals and their activities. Different cultural activities will make your visit exciting. We were glad to see wedded couples and their beautiful costumes.

Food in Malacca
Delicious food

Street food is another thing which you must not miss. Be sure to try different food during your stay because Malacca is a popular destination for Nonya food and other delicacies.

Where to stay in Malacca

There are lots of hotels in Malacca. So finding accommodation is not difficult. We stayed at Emperor Hotel ,Malacca ,which is in walking distance to major attractions.

How to reach Malacca from Singapore

If you don’t drive, then it is easy to travel by bus. There are buses which go to Malacca central and other major hotels from Singapore. You can easily book buses online to Malacca and then rest assured. In our trip to Malacca, we booked bus tickets from Busonlineticket and we didn’t face any problem. There are many buses departing from Singapore to Melaka and we booked our bus which is of Delima Express.

We could select our pick up point as we wished and reached there for the scheduled time. From Malacca central, we hired a taxi to the hotel. It was a hassle free tour.

Have you been to Malacca? Please share your experiences.

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