Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia: Wandering through the Kampong

Pulau Duyong is an island in the mouth of the Terengganu River on the outskirts of Kuala Terengganu, a small, provincial capital in North-Eastern Malaysia. The inhabitants are known for their boat-making skills.  We stayed at Awi's Yellow House during our time on the island in the summer of 2012 and we took walks around the neighborhood.

Welcome to equatorial suburbia...

Thanks to Susan Sydney for the picture.

No signs of human life during the charring midday heat.

A happy family at the threshold of their humble, pastel abode.

The same neighborhood after dark.  Despite the early hours, the streets were chillingly empty besides the occasional motorbike posse of perniciously bored teenage boys.  It's tough to be young and hormonal in a small, pious town... just ask John Cougar Mellencamp.

Thanks to Susan Sydney for the picture

 Across the river on the cityside in Kuala Terengganu, a waterfront park boasts a glade of electric trees. Civic psychedelia! Fluorescent infrastructure! 

In the city proper, one can behold the magical Masjid Terapung (the Floating Mosque).

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