Perahu Payang orPerahu Kolek are built specially for river and coastal area. In the past both are use only in fishing activities, and as a transportation from village to village.
The Perahu Payang (drag-net boat) is the largest traditional Terengganu fishing boat, named due to the usage of payang (drag-net) netting. The Payang boat is normally used for deep sea fishing activities operated by 15 crews on board. Measuring at 14.2 meter long, 2.27 meter wide and 3.10 meter high, the Payang boat is propelled using wind power blowing on its two sails thrusting it forward into the sea.
In the past, these boats were mostly found in Setiu district, especially along the Kuala Setiu Coastline. However, the boats were also used in other districts along the coast from Kuala Setiu until Kuala Kemaman.
For those that wish to experience sailing with Perahu Payang and Perayu Kolek then you are in luck. There are many people that provide service such as river cruise that can be found at Jeti Shahbandar near Pasar Payang and TTI River Cruise at Taman Tamadun Islam, Pulau Wan Mam
The river cruise takes you on scenic tour upriver, to Seberang Takir fishing village, the Duyong Island where you can also to visit renowned traditional boat making there, dock at the Islamic Civilization Park for a close view of the grandiosity of the new Crystal Mosque - the first in the country - and awe struck with replicas of world famous mosques.
The river cruise also takes you further upriver to the State Museum for an educational heritage visit. Or just sit back and let your boatmen take you on a lazy round trip of the Terengganu River, watching the world goes by.
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