Hailed as the ‘Gem of the East Coast’, Terengganu is a marvellous destination steeped in culture and heritage. Its long coastline offers sweeping vistas of aquamarine waters fringed by white powdery sands. Away from the shores, lie a cluster of islands that gleam invitingly in the South China Sea. Kuala Terengganu is the charming capital of this state. Meandering rivers lit by the glow of fireflies, cascading waterfalls and sprawling lakes form some of the state’s picturesque natural sceneries. Home to charming coastal villages and a wealth of traditional crafts, Terengganu beckons with a grace and beauty that is distinctly Malay. Come and experience the treasures of Terengganu!
Pulau Redang is the state’s largest island, lying approximately 45km off the coast of Terengganu. Pulau Redang is cited as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. This marine park contains hundreds of coral species and thousands of colourful marine species, including manta rays, stingrays and reef sharks. The island also boasts 31 spectacular dive sites which include two World War II wrecks and a black coral garden.
Lying just off the edge of Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian is a world-famous scuba-diving paradise. Comprising two main islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil, the islands’ natural beauty is legendary with lush rainforests and pristine sandy beaches. Its superb water visibility and spellbinding underwater scenery make it a popular destination for snorkelling and diving.
Lake Kenyir, an alternative gateway to Taman Negara, is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia. It is also where the country’s largest hydroelectric dam is located. A thriving habitat for a variety of small animals, its challenging landscape of rugged terrains, rapids, waterfalls, caves and swamp areas make it an ideal venue for a variety of outdoor activities. Enjoy a holiday on board a houseboat, go canoeing, fishing, jungle trekking or camping.
Pasar Payang 2 is Kuala Terengganu’s central market. The market offers a variety of fresh local produce, traditional snacks, textiles, handicrafts, trinkets and more. The nearby Waterfront Heritage Bazaar is another must-visit for visitors to Terengganu as it boasts an interesting selection of shops selling all kinds of local handicrafts and delicacies.
Established by the Chinese community in the late 19th century, Kampung Cina was once a major centre of commercial activity in its heyday. Today, the quaint streets of the 200-year-old village are lined with souvenir shops, restaurants that serve some of the best traditional fare, a place of worship as well as a variety of other stores.
Featuring the finest aspects of Islamic architecture, the Islamic Civilisation Park in Pulau Wan Man is one of the state’s premier attractions. The gleaming steel- and- glass structure of Masjid Kristal (Crystal Mosque) forms its centrepiece, while its awe-inducing Monument Park features replicas of the world’s most famous Islamic buildings such as Palestine’s Dome of The Rock and India’s Taj Mahal.
Uptown Kontena is hipster hangout by the beach, where you can dine, relax and listen to some music. The area features a cluster of eateries called Dapo Pata, made from shipping containers that are repurposed and refurbished. Interestingly, Dapo Pata means ‘beach kitchen’ in the state’s local dialect. A hit with locals and tourists for its casual ambience and variety of food, Uptown Kontena is abuzz with people from 5pm until 2am. Savour a variety of delectable food and take in the cool night air.
A brand-new prestigious landmark in Terengganu, the iconic drawbridge spans Sungai Terengganu, connecting Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Nerus. Completed in 2019, the structure has four 15-storey high towers and sky bridges which are illuminated by night.
Pulau Kapas lies a short distance off the coast of Terengganu. A tiny tropical paradise, the island is home to a variety of both hard and soft corals, amongst which reside rich marine life. The island is known for squid fishing at certain times of the year. Pulau Gemia is a privately-owned island with a solitary boutique resort. It is the place for a quiet holiday with activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, jungle trekking and beach games. The island is just 15 minutes away from the mainland. The jumping- off point is Marang Jetty (not to be confused with Merang Jetty which is the staging point to Pulau Redang).
Built in 1994, the mosque showcases a combination of Moorish and modern architectural elements. It is dubbed as the ‘Floating Mosque’ for its unique design. This mosque is built on a submerged platform. When the water level rises during high tide, it creates the illusion of a floating mosque. The mosque is situated at the estuary of Sungai Ibai, 5km from Kuala Terengganu.
A hidden gem, Bukit Maras is located about 20km away from Kuala Terengganu. The hill overlooks the state’s airport, paddy fields, rivers and orchards. The hilly terrain makes it a paradise for hiking, climbing and tandem paragliding.
Touted as the largest museum complex in Southeast Asia, the Terengganu State Museum Complex comprises four main blocks with the Maritime Museum situated next to the main building complex. Learn about the state’s rich history and cultural heritage or view rarely-seen vintage vehicles. Within the museum’s grounds are life-size replicas of Terengganu’s traditional dwellings.
Teluk Mak Nik, sometimes referred to as Monica Bay, is an important nesting ground for green turtles. Located by the beach, the turtle sanctuary houses a hatchery where visitors can learn more about conservation efforts and view newborn hatchlings. Not surprisingly, the main activities here are turtle watching and helping to release turtle hatchlings back into the wild.
Hailed as one of Terengganu’s best-kept secrets, Lang Tengah is a smaller, more secluded getaway located between the islands of Redang and Perhentian. From the time you arrive, the magic of Lang Tengah will enchant you – the waters are crystal clear, the view stunningly beautiful and the atmosphere totally peaceful. There are only three resorts on this island, giving visitors total relaxation and lots of privacy. Access to this island is via the Merang Jetty.
Hailed as the highest waterfall in the country, the multi-tiered Chemerong Waterfall is truly a spectacular sight. It cascades some 305 metres along rugged cliffs and rock faces and plunges into
a scenic pond. The vast size of this waterfall makes it visible even from afar. Visitors in search of milder forms of recreation can visit the recreational forest nearby. Chemerong Waterfall is situated in the Chemerong Forest Reserve, about 30km from Bandar Al Muktafi Billah Shah in Dungun.
The well-sheltered bay at Pulau Tenggol is home to mature coral gardens, making it a delight for reef lovers. Being the farthest island from the mainland, the nutrient-rich waters of Tenggol are home to a kaleidoscope of colourful corals and marine life. Enjoy a stay at any of the three beach resorts here and make Pulau Tenggol your dream holiday destination. Access to this island is via the Kuala Dungun Jetty.
Traditional crafts, handmade souvenirs and beautiful fabrics are among the assortment of items that await shoppers. Fabrics include songket (a silk brocade) as well as batik. Aside from the traditional sarong, batik is also fashioned as pareos, beach wear, bags and scarves. The keris or Malay dagger is a unique item available in pewter and brass. Watching how these traditional weapons are made is a fascinating experience. Among the popular shopping spots in Kuala Terengganu are:
Terengganu offers an array of delectable culinary delights. As in other states, rice is the staple food. Food is reasonably priced and visitors have a wide range of delicacies to try out. As the state is situated close to the sea, seafood plays a prominent role in its culinary scene. Fresh ingredients are said to give Terengganu’s food its lip-smacking taste and distinct fragrance. Try these authentic local favourites:
Akin to pasta, Laksam is made of wheat and rice flours. It is then steamed and served with a gravy made of fish and coconut milk.
A great treat for rice lovers, Nasi Dagang is a satisfying, delicious meal made of rice and glutinous rice, cooked with rich coconut cream. The aromatic rice is eaten with a tuna curry and a vegetable pickle. Nasi Dagang literally means travellers or traders’ rice, as it was often taken along by traders who travelled far.
This interesting dish consists of succulent boneless fish marinated in spices. Satar is wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over a flaming charcoal fire.
A fried snack, keropok lekor is a thick, chewy cracker made of ground fish meat. Keropok lekor is best eaten with its special chilli dip.
Slices of mackerel or prawns are marinated in a coconut and spice paste. They are then cooked over a charcoal fire. Otak-otak can be eaten as a snack, or together with rice.
Rice flour and eggs are the main ingredients of this dessert. It is eaten with a pandan-flavoured syrup.
Rice noodles and a fragrant fish gravy make Laksa Terengganu a simple but highly satisfying dish.
Seafood lovers should not miss this unusual dish. Ketupat sotong or stuffed squid features boiled squids filled with glutinous rice cooked with thick coconut milk. The cooked squids are lightly sweetened with palm sugar. Ketupat Sotong is a popular teatime snack.
Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air operates direct flights from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to the Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu. The journey takes about 55 minutes. In addition, Firefly also provides services to Kuala Terengganu. Alternatively, visitors can take the budget airline AirAsia from KLIA2.
The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu covers a distance of 455km via the East Coast Expressway. Visitors can see panoramic views of the countryside and stop at waterfalls, coastal villages and orchards.
Express buses to various towns in Terengganu are easily available from Kuala Lumpur and other parts of the country. Visitors can board the buses from Kuala Lumpur. The journey takes about five to seven hours. Tickets must be purchased early during festive periods and public holidays.
|Pulau Redang||Merang Jetty and Syahbandar Jetty||Kuala Terengganu|
|Pulau Lang Tengah||Merang Jetty||Setiu|
|Pulau Bidong||Merang Jetty||Setiu|
|Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar||Kuala Besut Jetty||
Although the island is situated
in Terengganu, the jumping-off
point (Kuala Besut Jetty) is
situated near to the neighbouring
state of Kelantan. The drive to
Kuala Besut Jetty from Kota Bharu
only takes about half an hour
|Pulau Kapas||Marang Jetty||Marang|
|Pulau Gemia||Marang Jetty||Marang|
|Pulau Tenggol||Kuala Dungun Jetty||Dungun|
|For more information, contact:|
Tourism Malaysia Regional Office East Coast:||
+609 567 7112 / 7115 / 7116
|Tourism Malaysia Tourist Information Centre (Kuala Terengganu)||+609 6309433 / 9093|
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