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Pulau Duyung Besar

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Just next to Hotel Seri Malaysia is a small jetty where local villagers arrive from across the estuary. Pulau Duyung sits at the mouth of River Terengganu and is now accessible by boat or by road. The local riverboat charges a nominal fee of 50sen or so. Villagers unload their produce to sell in the market. Bunches of bananas and baskets of c(h)empedak fruit (a very pungent fruit but delicious!) are common produce. Others unload their bicycles for cruising around town or used as transportation to work nearby. Another way to get to Pulau Duyung is via the highway but many travellers prefer the old-fashioned way of travel by riverboat.

 

At P.Duyung, there are a number of small villages. Evenings are the best time to go as the young children come out to play on the banks. With their kites, they have their inter-village competitions.These kids fight for the reign, to be the 'king of kites'. There is a lot of strategy involved, sneaky tricks and all sorts of espionage going on..

One sneaky way of winning the game is by modifying their kites. The older boys would smash used light bulbs and grind them into fine glass powder. Then they dip the kite string into a glue paste and coat the string with the glass powder. Once up in the air and the string taut, these specially modified kites are used as instruments of destruction. As the kites come together, entwining each other in a tussle, the fine glass is sharp enough to cut through the opponent's kite string - the kite breaks off and floats away as the owner and his group of friends run off to catch the fallen star. The winner keeps the loser's kite and so on it goes.

At Pulau Duyung, traditional boat building is still thriving. Pakcik Haji Abdullah and his group of highly skilled craftsmen have been building these sturdy, seaworthy boats for the Marang fishing fleet for a long, long time now. And amazingly, the boats were built entirely from memory without the use of plans. Not only is he well known in Malaysia, Pakcik even has orders from foreign sailing enthusiasts who have heard about his skills within the international sailing community. However, he laments over how difficult it is now to build a good, sturdy boat and that is owed to the disappearing jungles of Terengganu. In the early days of his career, he could stroll into nearby jungles, pick the largest 'cengal' tree (a hardwood timber also known as ironwood) that is most suitable for building the hull; and cut it down without a second thought.

Now, much of the nearby primary jungle is gone and if there were any cengal trees left, it would be protected and after all, it's too heavy a price to pay for the timber. Yet he continues his work, meticulously putting finishing touches to the beautifully handcrafted vessels, ready to hand them over to the owner where each boat will continue the legacy of Haji Abdullah, Terengganu's finest boatbuilder.

There is a pleasant outfit near Pakcik's place where you can stay for as cheap as RM15 per chalet per night. The set up is basic but its atmosphere, which blends perfectly into the fabric of village life, mesmerise visitors. The owners of the sea facing chalets, believe in the beauty of living with the surrounding, providing the traveller a true feeling of living among the locals. But don't worry if you are unable to find the place, ask anyone on Pulau Duyung and they will be able to direct you to Awi's yellow house. It's best to walk around Pulau Duyung rather than drive. If you get lost, just ask the locals for directions.

Hashim who lives right next to Awi's place makes beautiful wooden models of the old trading ships that used to ply the Thailand - Malaysia - Indonesia. One boat model takes him approximately 2 months to complete. Hashim works on the wood whilst his wife sews the sails. Hashim loves the sea and in his younger days, worked as a sailor aboard many ships. One ship that he sailed on was a 'Pinis Gobel' in the early 80s. Many of his boats are modeled after that trading boat.

These boats are no longer in use except for a few that are used for tourists' cruises in Thailand. However, there are 2 examples of the 'Pinis' parked by the river in the grounds of the Losong Museum and is worth a visit, just to learn more about these hardy vessels that used to ply the South China Seas. Hashim works on his models for the love of it and will take time to share his passion with anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Terengganu's maritime.

There is a nice 'palace' in Kota Lama (Old town) built almost entirely of timber. For years, the palace stood derelict, overgrown and forgotten, facing the inevitable doom of erosion exarcebated by the salty sea air. Then one day, it was decided that the palace be rebuilt as it would have been during its glory days. Only the brick and cement foundation is of the original. With the help of historians; local craftsmen got together and reconstructed the timber structures of the palace. Although it is empty inside but the reconstruction gives a good idea to the local architecture of the era. The decorative, perforated wood panels on the top of solid wall panels provide good ventilation and also allows light to seep into the otherwise dark interior. This kind of wood carving involves piercing techniques known as tebuk terus (direct piercing), tebuk separuh (semi piercing) and tebuk timbul(embossed piercing). The wood craftsmen of Terengganu are renown for handcrafting such designs. If you're interested in Malay architecture, the best place to go when in Terengganu is the museum at Losong. The typical architecture of a malay abode entails a porch at the entrance. A balai besar or audience hall became the meeting room where guests and subjects were granted audience. The kitchen, the bedrooms, the wash area, and the dining room have been reconstructed with corridors connecting the rooms. You are required to sign the visitors' book and they don't mind if you leave a donation for the short tour conducted. However, you will not get much out of the tour as the guides speak little English and they hardly know much about the place. But they are extremely helpful in guiding you through the dark rooms and corridors, opening windows for light to come through.

Kuala Terengganu & Surrounding Day Tours ~ Terengganu

 

Tours
(ex - Kuala Terengganu)

Hrs

Day of Operations

Departure

Min adult

Include

Rate (Nett)

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Kuala Terengganu City Tour *Itinerary

5

Daily

11.00

-

2

Transportation, driver / guide

from
125

from
75

Terengganu Countryside Tour *Itinerary

5

Daily

10.00

-

2

from
129

from
75

Cemerong Waterfall & Pasir Raja Trip *Itinerary

9

Daily

8.00

-

2

from
139

from
90

Sekayu Waterfall & Terrapin Conservation Centre Trip *Itinerary

5

Daily

11.00

-

2

from
129

from
75

Fireflies Night Trip & Penarik Fishing Village Trip *Itinerary

5 1/2

Daily

-

17.00

2

from
165

from
110

Candat Sotong/Squid Jigging Trip *Itinerary

3

Daily

-

1800

6

from
229

from
229

Kenyir Lake Day Tour *Itinerary

5

Daily

10.00

-

2

Transportation, driver / guide

 

from
220

from
140

Rantau Abang Hidden Treasure Day Trip *Itinerary

4

Daily

-

7.00

3

from
129

from
75

Kapas Island Day Tour *Itinerary

5 1/2

Daily

9.30

-

2

from
175

from
108

Bidong Island Day Trip *Itinerary

7

Daily

8.00

-

2

from
255

from
232.50

Tenggol Island Day Trip *Itinerary

6

Daily

9.00

-

10

Land/boat transfer, lunch, snorkeling trip with equipment

230

161

Please Note:

~ The seat-in-coach can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
~ Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Terengganu town centre
~ For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KT, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
~ Services of an English Speaking Driver / Guide
~ Touring by air-conditioned car, van or coach (depending on the group size)
~ Rates are inclusive of entrance fees where applicable
~ Child age between 4-11 years old
~ Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
~ 100% cancellation charge applies for NO SHOW OR CANCELLATION within 48-hrs
~ In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the local operator reserves the right to alter, amend or withdraw the package anytime with or without prior notice.
Redemption Instructions :
~ 24 hours prior to travel date, please call our local tour representative (during working hours) to reconfirm your booking details. Pick up time is required 30 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

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