Pulau Duyung, Terengganu is located at the mouth of River Terrengganu and is renowned as one of the most well known boat building areas in Terengganu. Pulau Duyung, Terengganu is actually a small jetty where local villagers arrive from across the estuary from a little river islet called Pulau Duyung Besar to unload their produce to sell in the main market.
Pulau Duyung, Terengganu is well connected to various parts of Terengganu state either by boat or by road. The local riverboat charges a nominal fee of 50sen or so to ferry people from this jetty to the islet. Every morning a number of villagers come to this jetty to unload bunches of bananas and baskets of chempedak fruit, a very pungent but delicious fruit, to be sold in the local market. Apart from these common village produces, local handcraft items are also brought to be sold here.
Apart from the vendors coming to Pulau Duyung in Terengganu, a number of daily workers and tourists also come here. Tourists who wish to cruise around this place can rent a bicycle and peddle their way through the rusty streets of this place. Bicycle is the most common means of transportation used here by people who work in nearby areas.
For those who have water sickness can arrive at Pulau Duyung, Terengganu via the highway. However, the old-fashioned way of travel to Pulau Duyung by riverboat is the preferred option of most tourists. Pulau Duyung is also easily accessible via the Sultan Mahmud Bridge or the Kuala Terengganu waterfront by boat.
Traditional boat building is still thriving at Pulau Duyung. On a trip to this place you can see boats being made by skilled boat builders who employ various skills which have been passed down to them from generation to generation. A unique aspect about these builders is that they work entirely from their memory and experience, without any set plans. Apart from boat building, Pulau Duyung is also renowned for its dried and salted fish and fish crackers industries.
Enjoy your trip to Pulau Duyung, Terengganu!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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