Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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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

 

map and location of Pulau Duyung



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