TERENGGANU 丁加奴   .   BIDONG ISLAND

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It is located in the northeast of Kuala Terengganu city and Merang town. It can be reached by boat for approximately 40 – 50 minutes.

Bidong Island served as a transit point for Vietnamese refugees during the Vietnam war during the 70′s. Bidong at that time only had the capacity to accommodate for 4,500 refugees, however during the peak season the island sheltered almost 40,000 people. Long houses, schools, workshops, post office, church,temple, tailors, hair salons, bakery, noodle shops, sundry shops were among the basic things built to ensure a better living condition. The locals even named the beach as Pantai China-China Beach, the famous counterpart in Vietnam hence why Bidong is also known as Little Saigon.

In 1999, the island was opened to tourism as there still were many remnants and ruins left behind on the island. Tourists were allowed to see the remnants as well as go for a snorkeling or dive to explore the corals and marine life around the island. In 2003, a group of former boat people who have resettled in other countries made a trip back to this island. Many came back with their spouses and children. For many this island will forever remain a bitter part of their history.


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