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Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Pulau Duyung

address: Pulau Duyung, Sungai Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu
boat-building-material-Pulau-Duyung-Kuala-Terengganu.jpg, An island located in the river just opposite Chinatown at the river mouth of Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River) with Malay Kampungs, traditional boat making and resorts
An island located in the river just opposite Chinatown at the river mouth of Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River) with Malay Kampungs, traditional boat making and resorts

Pulau Duyung (or Pulau Duyong) consists of kampungs (villages, mostly inhabited by Malay) that showcase traditional Terengganu architecture, Duyung Old Fort (Traditional Malay palace), traditional boat making workshops, resort, food outlets and so on. In 2005, the very first Monsoon Cup – international yacht racing – was being hosted here, and it has been an annual event ever since.

How to get to Pulau Duyung
One can get to the island either by riverboat / ferry, or car or  the Heritage City bus.  The riverboat / ferry departs from the jetty just at the south of Chinatown (next to Hotel Seri Malaysia) or Shahbandar Jetty (next to Pasar Payang). The crossing takes less than 10min. When you arrive at Pulau Duyung jetty, walk to the left in between the Kampung houses to find the master boat makers and watch them at work. The Heritage City bus (departs from MBKT bus terminal in KT) and cars access the island the island from the "Pulau Duyung" exit on Sultan Mahmud Bridge Highway, the main bridge crossing Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River).

Links:

Pulau Duyung Information (journeymalaysia.com)


Pulau Duyung
view across Sungai Terengganu from Chinatown towards Pulau Duyung with the reclaimed Pulau Warisan in the foreground


boat building
the art of tradtional boat making is declining but can still be found on Pulau Duyung


fishing boats
fishing boats


river taxi
the river taxi commutes between downtown KT (in the background) and Pulau Duyung


kampung
Kampung (village) scene


kampung house
old traditional wooden kampung house on stilts

 



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