Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pulau Duyong, Terengganu

Pulau Duyong is an island located near the mouth of Terengganu River in Kuala Terengganu, East Coast Peninsular Malaysia. This island is well-known as a boat fabrication centre and its clients come from all over the world including Europe and America.

Literally translated from Malay, Pulau Duyong means Mermaid Island. It is believed that long time ago, mermaids laid here and that was how the island got its name.

Recently, as part of the government effort to boost tourism in Terengganu, a sailing event, Monsoon Cup, has been held and Pulau Duyong has been chosen because of its strategic location. Wide Terengganu River mouth as well strong winds during Northeast Monsoon from South China Sea offer a challenging venue for this event.

A resort cum tourist centre called Terengganu Heritage Centre has also been completed for tourists to enjoy beautiful scene here. The resort faces Kuala Terengganu town on the South bank while on the North bank, it faces colourful fishermen village. Direct to the East, tourists can see beautiful South China Sea especially during sunrise in the morning.

There is also a boat service connecting Pulau Duyong to Kuala Terengganu town. Tourists can use the service to go to Payang Market which is located at the jetty on Kuala Terengganu town side. There are a lot of local made products like silk, batik, brassware, jewelries and local dishes such as Keropok and Nasi Dagang.

Heritage Village is under construction.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Malacca, Malaysia

Considered as the base for modern Malaysia today, Malacca or called Melaka in Malay, has enjoy great success in its hundred years of history.

Malacca was founded by a prince from Palembang, Sumatra named Parameswara, who fled from attacks of Java and Siam. During his rest under a tree, he was startled to see his hunting dog was kicked by a white deer. Believing this incident would bring a prosperous years ahead, he decided to settle at the place and named it Melaka, taken after the tree's name.

Malacca was under its greatest success during the reigns of Sultan Mansur Shah and Sultan Muzaffar Shah, with his genious Prime Minister, Tun Perak and his valiant admiral, Laksamana Hang Tuah. Located strategically inside the Malacca Straits, Malacca was one of the important ports connecting Arabs and India in the West and China on the East. One the legacy left by the merchants who plied their trade in Malacca until today is intermarriage between local Malays and Chinese called Baba and Nyonya and intermarriage between Malays and Indian called Chitti Melaka.

However, Western powers were interested to take over Malacca due to lucrative spice trade as well as its strategic location to control ship movements in the strait. In 1511, Portuguese attacked Malacca under Alfonso d' Albuquerque. Dutch then took over Malacca in 1641.

In 1824 under Anglo-Dutch treaty, Dutch handed over Malacca to English and on the other hand, English handed over Bencoolen (locals call Bangkahulu or Bengkulu) to Dutch. This marked the modern maps of Malaysia and Indonesia today.

Today, Malacca remains as one of top tourist destinations in Malaysia. At Banda Hilir, there located A Formosa, a fort left by Portuguese as well as a building built by Dutch called Studhuys. There are also replicas of traditional Malacca Sultanate palace and Flor De La Mar ship.

Visit Melaka Tourism
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Friday, August 04, 2006

Putrajaya, Malaysia

Putrajaya is the new administration capital of Malaysia. Located in Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) area, Putrajaya has close proximities to Cyberjaya and KL International Airport. A dedicated highway connecting Putrajaya and KL is also being built for better connectivity between both cities.

Apart from majestic architecture of government buildings, there are also many other attractions here such as Putra Mosque, Dataran Gemilang, Botanical Garden, Perdana Putra Park and Taman Rimba Alam. You can also take a ride with cruise boat along the main lake here and enjoy spectacular view of Putrajaya.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Journey to Bali: Uluwatu

Uluwatu is another interesting place to visit in Bali. Uluwatu is located on top of a deep cliff facing the sea. Just like Tanah Lot, this place is very beautiful during sunset. Down under, series of waves are splashing rocks at the cliff leg. You can also fancy going for surfing here (for experienced surfers only!).

There is also a pura called Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Those who come here will be equipped with a yellow cloth in order to hinder off back luck. However, beware of monkeys here although they look calm. They can be agressive if being fed.

After enjoying the breathtaking sunset view on top of the cliff, you can also watch a Balinese traditional dance called Tarian Kecak which starts right after the sunset. The dance depicts the story of Ramayan epic. Instead of normal gamelan, the dance is backed by 150 men chanting the chorus.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Journey to Bali: Tanah Lot

It's a must to visit this place if a person comes to Bali. Called Tanah Lot, this is where is a small hill located very close to the shore. It will become an island during tide as the sea water will separate the hill from the mainland. On top of the hill, there is a temple for predominantly local Hindu which is known as pura. There are also very tame Holy Snakes here which you can touch, believed to bring good fortune.

The scene here becomes spectacular during sunset. Gloomy and red sky turn the surrounding into majestic and serene background with the pura as the silhouette.

Tourists can come here by tourist package or for those adventurous ones, may come by your own by hiring motorcycles.

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