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“Malacca River Cruise” 5 of 5 stars
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Malacca River
Melaka, Malaysia
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Ranked #9 of 61 Attractions in Melaka
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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“Malacca River Cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

First, Malacca (for its history and atmosphere) is a 'must do' if you are in Malaysia, about 1.5 hrs from the City centre. When in Malacca, the 'river cruise' is a 'must do'. Much better in the evening/night because of the beautiful lights. If possible, a guided river cruise will give you the history of the sights. So, I recommend getting to Malacca early...do the sights and 'JONKER STREET'..River Cruise...then back to JONKER STREET for dinner/side street pubs etc...Enjoy

Visited September 2013
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“Look out for the wall murals!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Revisiting Melaka after more than 10 years threw up several pleasant surprises. It has grown AND grown up! Its vibe is distinct and now that it has attained UNESCO World Heritage site status, its history has suddenly become sexy!

A slow boat down the Malacca river was delightful. The walls of the buildings are now a canvas for Melaka's street artists. Enjoy the splashes of colour set amidst 100 year old shop houses and malay kampongs.

Before you get excited about having spotted a crocodile, keep calm. Those are just monitor lizards lolling about lazily in the water and on the river banks.

The boatman turned on the recorded commentary as we headed back to the embarkation point. We could hardly make out what it was saying, above the roar of the boat engine.

A guide, or an animator, able to bring the script and river alive would have make the whole experience perfect!

Visited December 2013
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“good for monitor lizard spotting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

A pleasant river trip but I preferred it when you could hop off at different stops and get back on the boat again to continue your journey

Visited December 2013
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“Worth taking a river boat trip but rather smelly!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The river looks beautiful, especially at night but work to clean up the river and the smell is needed. The river boat trip at just RM15 a person is definitely worth it to see the beautifully painted buildings further up the river and spot a bar to go back to later in the evening.

Visited January 2014
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“Walk it at night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

You may see lots of people doing night cruises, but the walk is more fun/scenic. Lots of lights, great views, and peacefully quiet. Grab some food at a riverside cafe, or a nice Tiger or two. The path meanders for quite some time, until you get to a mini-amusement park. Cap off all that walking with a foot massage on Jonker street (open late!)

Visited December 2013
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