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THE WONDERS OF PULAU DUYUNG, TERENGGANU

 

Terengganu, situated on the east coast of Malaysia, is well known as the cultural state of Malaysia, rich in practising traditions, a seafaring history and platefuls of delicious cuisine.

In the state capital of Kuala Terengganu, a riverside city facing the South China Sea, you will find a village community that lives among a maze of inlets and islands such as the one at Pulau Duyung.

Pulau Duyung – literally, Mermaid Island – is not short of wonders as its name suggests. The small village surrounded by rivers is just a 10-minute drive from the city of Kuala Terengganu. In this calm oasis of shady trees and labyrinth of narrow lanes, ordinary village folk, fishermen, event artists and talented craftsmen call it home and welcome visitors into its sanctum.

Artisan boatbuilders

Accessible by road or by boat, the area is well known for its boat-making heritage. At least three main boatmakers remain much sought after on the island, namely, Pak Lah, Pok Awi and Hassan Ali. The craftsmanship of these fine carpenters is much in demand not only among Marang fishermen, but also by boatmen from around the world including Italy, Denmark, Australia and Algeria.

Touted as a vanishing legacy, the result of modernisation, vanishing forests and lack of interest by the younger generation to learn the trade, boatmaking is very much alive in their hearts. It is believed that there are only three boatbuilding yards on this island when just a few years ago, there were a thriving 38!

Working without any physical plans, these craftsmen rely only on their decades-long experience and skills taught to them by their forefathers. Traditional methods and local materials, such as the tree bark of the gelam tree for caulking and water-proofing the vessel, are used. Throughout the year, domestic and international tourists seek out these artisans in their boatyards to admire how they turn sturdy cengal timber into fine handmade boats that cut through the rough South China Sea effortlessly.

Today, these old hands still take in orders to build entire 40-foot boats by hand. You may want to book a handmade yacht once you see their skillful handwork, but mind you, the waiting list is a few years long, and the price is not for ordinary sailors!

Art for the times

Art lovers will be enthralled with the existence of the relatively new Pulau Duyung Gallery in the area, which is as much a cultural commune as it is an art gallery.

Modest in size but not short of talents, the jetty-front gallery organises exhibitions and conducts art workshops, as well as houses many works by local artists.

One of their core successes was in organising the Duyung Art Festival from 2015 to 2017. The festival has since been regarded as the force that connects and welcomes people through culture and arts.

Their previous exhibition entitled “Postcards to Duyung” in 2017 attracted participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Australia, France and Sweden to exhibit about 800 postcards made from original art works. The upcoming one held until January 2019, “Duyung: Kenangan Lalu Mengusik Jiwa” (“Memories of Old Duyung”) is a nostalgic look at Duyung Island in the 1990s and earlier through photographs, artworks and oral expressions.

Built to Last

Among the collection of wooden houses in the area, one building stands out for its unique architecture, the Duyung Old Fort.

Built originally in the 1920’s by the owner and local leader Dato’ Biji Sura, the building curiously combines Malay traditional wooden architecture with European influences. Marvel at the sturdy pillars with Greek and Egyptian influences, the tendrils of Islamic motifs cut into the wooden lattices on the verandah, and the thick walls surrounding the building, believed to have been constructed of bricks and cemented with a concoction of fine sand, lime, honey and egg white.

Within the wall is a complex of houses interconnected in various styles of the Terengganu architecture such as the gabled roof, the five ridge roof, and the Dutch roof. Elements such as rain-water harvesting through ingeniously simple architectural planning, and how the morning light casts shadows through the woodcarvings, are just some of the admirable features to be admired.

In 1986, though, a big flood destroyed much of the house but the Terengganu State government took the effort to restore it to its original glory and opened it as a heritage museum under the auspices of the Terengganu State Museum.

The entrance is free, but do not expect a full-fledged museum as you enter. The display is modest, but enough to give you a glimpse into the lifestyle back in theolden days.

Note: Pulau Duyung is accessible either by the water taxi, car or the Heritage City bus. The water taxi departs from Shahbandar Jetty with the crossing taking less than 10 minutes.

Duyong Art Gallery
Venue:           GP 5, Pulau Duyung Kecil, 20100 Terengganu
Email:            [email protected]
Tel:                 +6019 6340214

Entrance fee: Free

Duyung Old Fort
Open:             Every day except Friday
Time:             9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Fee:                Free
Address:       Pulau Duyung Kecil, 20100 Terengganu
Contact:        National State Museum
Tel:                 +609-622 1444

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13 Day 12 Night Grand Peninsular Self Drive Tour

Day 1 ARRIVE KUALA LUMPUR

Distance: 70 Kms (1 hour by car)

Meals: None

Drive Guide:

No pushing for a day

Remarks:

Arrive during Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Flight TBA

Meet hail by a motorist and send to hotel.

Day 2 KUALA LUMPUR

Distance: 0 Kms (0 hour by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

No pushing for a day

Remarks: 24 hours Hop on Hop off pass included

Breakfast during hotel

Stroll by a collateral city of Malaysia for a sightseeing tour. The brew of complicated and aged design creates an heterogeneous atmosphere that can be frequency found anywhere else in a world.

Day 3 KUALA LUMPUR – CAMERON HIGHLAND

Distance: 205 kms (3-4 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

After removing proficient with a rented car, expostulate out of Kuala Lumpur by a North South highway to Cameron Highlands.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

The rented automobile will be delivered to your hotel by AVIS in a morning.

Enjoy a series of stops along a approach to Cameron Highlands. Suggested stops embody a Royal Selangor Pewter factory, Batu Caves, Tapah, and Lata Iskandar waterfalls. In a dusk after your attainment during Cameron Highlands, revisit a Night Market if a continue permits.

Day 4 CAMERON HIGHLAND

Distance: 0 kms (0 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Drive around Cameron Highlands for your possess exploration.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

Take your time in your scrutiny of Cameron Highlands. Remember to wander by a farms and markets.

Day 5 CAMERON HIGHLANDS – KUALA KANGSAR – PERAK – PENANG

Distance: 259 kms (4 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Head down from Cameron Highlands towards Penang. The expostulate will take we by a state of Perak. Enjoy a perspective of a Straits of Malacca as we opt for possibly a Penang Bridge or a Penang Ferry Service to get to a island.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

Along your drive, we are suggested to stop during Kuala Kangsar, a stately city of Perak. Other attractions that competence take your imagination along a expostulate embody Kellie’s Castle, Orang Utan Island during Bukit Merah, and a Cave temples around Ipoh. During a night after nearing during Penang Island, we competence also wish to take a expostulate to Batu Feringghi to check out a night market.

Day 6 PENANG

Distance: 0 kms (0 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Time to expostulate around Penang Island and suffer a sights.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

Design your really possess expostulate around debate of Penang Island. Pick from a many extraordinary sights that a island has to offer, including Cheong Fat Tze Mansion, Penang Hill, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Khoo Kongsi, Kek Lok Si Temple and many more.

Day 7 PENANG – BANDIND ISLAND – KOTA BHARU

Distance: 337 kms (4-5 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Bid Penang Island goodbye and start your expostulate eastwards along a East-West highway to Kota Bharu. The track includes some overwhelming scenery, generally Banding Island, that is during a centre of a outrageous synthetic lake.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

Stop for lunch during Banding Island and admire a exhale holding perspective there. At Kota Bharu, remember to revisit some of a city’s attractions, like a State Mosque and State Museum. Most of a sights will be sealed for Friday, Saturday and Fasting month between 20 Jul – 18 Aug 2012.

Day 8 KOTA BHARU – KUALA BESUT – PERHENTIAN ISLAND

Distance: 55 kms (1.5 hour by car, 1 hour by boat)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Drive around Kota Bharu before streamer to Kuala Besut for a vessel float to Perhentian Island. Park a automobile during a protected parking area circuitously Kuala Besut jetty (parking fees approx. MYR 5-10 per day).

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

Before withdrawal Kota Bharu, compensate a revisit to a famous Siti Khadijah Market located in a heart of a city, where we can find all kind of internal products in market. When we strech Perhentian Island we can relax in a sun, go windsurfing, snorkelling or only swimming.

Day 9 PERHENTIAN ISLAND

Distance: 0 kms (0 hours)

Meals: Breakfast

Driving Guide:

No pushing for a day

Remarks:

Breakfast during resort

Spend your day enjoying a healthy beauty of Perhentian Island. Set adult a snorkelling outing or only spend an whole day underneath a object in a sand.

Day 10 PERHENTIAN ISLAND – KUALA BESUT – KUALA TERENGGANU

Distance: 114 kms (1 hour by boat, 2.5 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Driving Guide:

Depart Perhentian Island by vessel and bound behind into a automobile for a outing to Kuala Terengganu.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

While we make your approach to Kuala Terengganu, it is advisable to make a stop during a standard fishing encampment circuitously Marang to see how fishermen traditionally routine a accumulation of dusty food products. During your scrutiny of Kuala Terengganu, remember to check out a State Museum, Bukit Puteri, Istana Maziab and also Duyung Island. Note: Most of a sights will be sealed for Friday, Saturday and Fasting month between 20 Jul – 18 Aug 2012 in Kelantan and Kuala Terengganu.

Day 11 KUALA TERENGGANU – KUANTAN

Distance: 178 kms (3-4 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Driving Guide:

Depart Kuala Terengganu and conduct to Kuantan, a collateral of Pahang. In a afternoon, we competence wish to expostulate to a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Kemaman.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

During your expostulate to Kuantan, we competence wish to stop during Cherating Beach during one of a villages to observe their normal approach of life. Later in a afternoon, if we select to expostulate to a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, and if it is between Jul to mid-September, we get a possibility of watching a Leatherback Turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs during a circuitously beach during night.

Day 12 KUANTAN – MALACCA

Distance: 349 kms (5 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

As we leave Kuantan, we can revisit Lake Chini, a famous lake in Malaysia that has several legends compared to it. Besides this, we can also revisit an Orang Asli allotment to get to know how they lived off a land. Then expostulate by a South Highway to Malacca.

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

Highlights of a day embody a revisit to Lake Chini and a revisit to a Orang Asli settlement. In Malacca, we can expostulate around to check out a birthright buildings like a Porta De Santiago, a Dutch Square and compensate a revisit to Jonker Street in a evening.

Day 13 MALACCA – KUALA LUMPUR / KL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Distance: 144 kms (2 hours by car)

Drive Guide:

Depart from Malacca and conduct to Kuala Lumpur. You can dump a automobile off during possibly downtown Kuala Lumpur during a categorical run of Crown Plaza Mutiara Hotel, or during Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where we ensue to belligerent building retard D during a AVIS reserved parking brook and dump a automobile keys off during a automobile let office.

Meals: Breakfast

Remarks:

Breakfast during hotel

Enjoy your expostulate behind from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur.

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