Fancy a ride in a traditional fishing boat?

Last update: 04/01/2020

KOTA BHARU, Jan 4 -- Visitors to Kelantan now have the opportunity to take a ride in a traditional and colourful fishing boat known as 'perahu kolek' along the Pengkalan Datu river, while taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Mohd Asri Husin, chairman of the Pengkalan Datu river basin heritage association (WASPADA), said the boat ride was introduced three months ago to give tourists an opportunity to be exposed to the traditions of the local community.

The ride will last for about one hour along a six-kilometre stretch which features attractions such as a Chinese settlement, floating market, Masjid Ar-Rahman Pulau Gajah (mosque) and Pulau Nami (Nami island).

At the same time, visitors will also get to see local residents harvesting juice from the nipah palm and the habitat for mudskippers, a type of freshwater fish known locally as 'ikan belacak'.   

The boat ride costs RM10 per person and is available every Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

Currently, one traditional boat ('perahu kolek') with a capacity for 15 to 25 passengers is in use, along with a fibre boat that can accommodate up to five passengers, while more boats will be added if demand requires, Mohd Asri said.

The introduction of the boat ride has been well received, and is part of WASPADA's contributions towards the Visit Malaysia 2020 and Visit Kelantan 2020 campaigns, he told reporters today after attending an event in which 40 participants dressed in traditional Malay attire took a six-kilometre ride along the Pengkalan Datu river, in the traditional boats.