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Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
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ARTS & CULTURE
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HISTORY & HERITAGE
  Terengganu History
  The 19th Century
  The 20th Century
  The Age Of Commerce
 
  The Inscribed Stone
 
  Traditional Boat Building
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HANDICRAFTS
  Malay Handicrafts
  Batik, Songket & Silk
  Brassware & Wood Carving
  Mengkuang & Pandanus Weaving
  Keris (Blade) Making
  Rattan & Bamboo Product
  Traditional Wau / Kite Making
   
PLACES OF INTEREST
 
  Must Visit Places
 
ISLANDS HOLIDAYS
  Islands Of Terengganu
  Pulau Perhentian Island
  Pulau Lang Tengah Island
  Pulau Redang Island
  Pulau Bidong Island
  Pulau Kapas & Gemia Island
  Pulau Tenggol Island
 
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TASIK KENYIR (LAKE)
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KUALA TERENGGANU
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  Islamic Civilization Park
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  The Museum
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MARANG
  Overview
   
DUNGUN
  Overview
  Chemerong Waterfall
  Rantau Abang (Turtle Nesting)
   
KEMAMAN
  Overview
   
HULU TERENGGANU
  Overview
  Ajil Pheasant Park
  Berang River Safari
  Sekayu Waterfall (Must Visit)
   
SETIU
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KUALA BESUT
  Overview
  Lata Belatan Recreational Forest
  Lata Berangin & La Hot Springs
  Lata Tembakah Waterfall
 
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TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Bidong Island
 
 

BIDONG ISLAND

(Little Saigon)

Pulau Bidong Island (Little Saigon) In Terengganu.

 

The Pulau Bidong Island group comprises six islands and outcrops with fringing reefs. Main island Bidong was declared a UN refugee camp for the Vietnamese boat people and remained under the management of UNHCR and the Malaysian Police for over a decade from the 70?s to the 80?s. No visitors were allowed on or around the Pulau Bidong islands. The Vietnamese, in frantic bids to escape rule, utilized all available means to leave their country. They escaped in boats of any shape and size including barges, fishing boats, tugboats, river ferries and even in boats that were only slightly larger than the average rowboat you find on lakes in the park.

 
 

It boggles the mind to know how these people, cramped by the tens and hundreds, into little crafts, mostly unsafe for the sea, crossed the South China Sea in absolute desperation to find freedom. The ideal time to escape then was the period of the northeast monsoon (December to February) when the NE winds assisted their journey towards the Malaysian peninsula.

 

Winds mean waves, monsoonal waves. Hence many boats did not make journey?s end and thousands of refugees drowned. Of these, hundreds, maybe thousands are children. The Pulau Bidong Islands restriction has since been lifted. However, even with the withdrawal of this restriction, few divers venture there despite its proximity to the popular Redang Island.

Island Of Terengganu, Malaysia - Bidong Island / Pulau Bidong / Little Saigon.

Island Of Terengganu, Malaysia - Bidong Island / Pulau Bidong / Little Saigon.

 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Bidong Island
TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA