Since the arrival of the Europeans at Melaka, the place has grown in prominence as a trading port. At its height numerous ships were docked at the Port of Melaka. Due to its strategic location in the straits of Melaka, its proximity to India and China, it came as no surprise that a lot of ships came to call on this port. Although as the centuries went back, Melaka eventually lost its prominence as an international trading port to upstarts like Singapore, which arguably has a better location, Melaka only reverted to its easy going lifestyle only to be woken up by the hordes of tourists which grace its streets these days.
The Sungei Melaka flows straight into the Straits of Melaka and is no doubt witness to centuries worth of trading. Along its banks near the tourist information center is a restored fortification which is a reminded me of similar Spanish fortifications in Intramuros in Manila. The bridge across the Sungei Melaka was full of tourists for some reason so I took a look. There were two large lizards on the steps and it seems that they have made it their home. I guess this proves how clean the river is now. I just hope the lizards don’t go out an wander into the streets.