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Terengganu Tourist Attraction

 

Hailed as the "Gem of the East Coast', Terengganu is a magical 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 most impressive natural sceneries.

 

Home to charming coastal villages and a wealth of traditional crafts, Terengganu beckons with a grace and beauty that is distinctly Malay.

 

 

Islamic Civilisation Park

Pulau Wan Man

 

Sprawling over 33ha, the Islamic Civilisation Park is one of the state's most distinguished attractions. Featuring impressive edifices and intricate craftsmanship, the park takes visitors on a spellbinding tour of the finest in Islamic architecture. Thepark's icon is the glittering masjid Kristal, a grand structure made of steel and glass. Take a stroll around the Monument Park, where visitors can view the replicas of 22 historical Islamic monuments found around the world. Among them are the Al-Hambra Citadel of the Rock in Palestine and Taj Mahal in India.

- This is the first theme park in the world to showcase Islamic architecture.

 

Monument Park opening hours:

10.00am - 7.00pm (Monday to Thursday)

 

9.00am - 7.00pm (Friday to Sunday, public / school holiday)

 

Last admission is at 6.15pm. The monument park is closed from 11.30am - 2.30pm on Friday

 

Terengganu State Museum Complex

 

Nestled amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, the museum offers a glimpse into the rich history of the state. It is touted as the largest museum complex in Southeast Asia, housing four main blocks, an adjacent Maritime Museum and five traditional houses.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm daily Closed from 12noon - 3pm on Friday

 

Pulau Duyong

 

Traditional boat building activities are the main draw of this island. Fine, seaworthy vessels are created by local craftsmen using traditional boat-making methods. The vessels are sold both locally and internationally. Pulau Duyong is also the venue of the Monsoon Cup Terengganu, a prestigious international sailing event.

- Watch how the skilled craftsmen build these boats entirely from memory, without the use of any blueprint.

 

Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah

 

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 Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah is situated at the estuary of Sungai Ibai, 5km from Kuala Terengganu.

 

Pulau Redang

 

Situated about 45km off the coast of Terengganu, Pulau Redang is the largest of the state's islands. It is famous for its picture-postcard views and fabulous dive sites. The most popular stretch is the 800m Long Beach. It has one large resort and many smaller chalets lining the shore. Further away on the northeastern coast is Teluk Dalam Kecil, a sheltered cove that houses a five-star resort. Berjaya Air, a private carrier, provides direct air links to the island. Alternatively, Redang is accessible by sea. The jumping-off points are the Shahbandar Jetty situated in Kuala Terengganu town or Merang Jetty, situated about an hour's drive from Kuala Terengganu.

Must do:

  • Go snorkelling at the Marine Park

  • Explore the 31 dive sites on the island

  • Take a walk along the breathtaking Long Beach

  • Play beach volleyball

  • Enjoy a jungle walk to see monkeys, squirrels and birds

- Terengganu has the longest coastline in Malaysia, stretching 244km. Go diving, swimming or simply work on your tan!

 

Pulau Perhentian Besar and  Perhentian Kecil

 

A dream come true for sun-seekers, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Kecil offer amazing views of sparkling white sands and clear blue waters. The excellent visibility makes these island a firm favourite among divers and snorkellers. Visitors have a choice of staying at Perhentian Besar (the larger island) or Perhentian Kecil (the smaller one). A 10-minute boat ride is all it takes to get from one island to the other. While Perhentian Kecil has a lively, upbeat atmosphere with plenty of chalets and chic beach cafes, its neighbour has a quieter ambience with comparatively larger resort and restaurants. Access to the islands is via a 45-minute boat ride from Kuala Besut Jetty on the mainland.

Must do:

  • Try island-hopping

  • Go- diving at Tokong Laut to see bamboo sharks\

  • Go on a banana boat ride or try canoeing

  • Enjoy the sun and sea breeze

 

Pulau Lang Tengah

 

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.

~ There are about 15 dive sites around Lang Tengah, all within 10 minutes boat ride from one another.

 

Pulau Tenggol

 

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 Tenhhol your dream holiday destination. Access to this island is via the Kuala Dungun Jetty.

 

Pulau Kapas and Pulau Gemia

 

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 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).

 

Tasik Kenyir

 

Sprawling 209,199ha, Tasik Kenyir is the site of Malaysia's largest hydroelectric dam. Tasik Kenyir is also an alternative gateway to Taman Negara, a magnificent national park. This entryway to Taman Negara is commonly referred to as the Tanjung Mentong entryway.

Tasik Kenyir's location on the fringes of Taman Negara makes it a thriving playground for small animals, snakes and birds. The rugged terrain, streams, water-falls, caves and submerged forests make it an exciting destination for eco-adventures and water sports.

At the southern end of the lake lie Gua Bewah and Gua Taat, two intriguing caves. The former was the site of archaeological discoveries with artefacts such as axes, tools and utensils dating back to the Neolithic age. Gua Taat on the opposite is smaller in size but contains interesting stalactite formations.

Visitors are advised to take note that fishing is only allowed at certain areas. Tasik Kenyir is located about 55km from Kuala Terengganu and the nearest town is Kuala Berang. Accommodation ranges from houseboats, lakeside resorts and floating chalets. Visitors can reach Tanjung Mentong through the two jetties in Gawi and Jenangor. The motorboat trip cuts across Tasik Kenyir in about 45 minutes.

Must do:

  • Explore the Taat and Bewah caves

  • Conquer the peak of Gunung Gagau (1,376m) for a view of the entire region

  • Go kayaking, canoeing or boating

  • Take a nocturnal tour to see wild animals and their footprints

  • Go mountain biking or rock climbing

  • Go angling to land a variety of freshwater fish

  • Visit the Herb Farm

  • Make a trip to the Lasir and Saok Waterfalls

  • Birdwatching

  • See elephants up close at the Sungai Ketiar Elephant Sanctuary

  • Learn more about fishes at the Kelah (Malaysian Mahseer) Sanctuary.

 

Chemerong Waterfall

Hulu Dungun

 

Hailed to be the highest in the country, the multi-tiered Chemerong Waterfall is truly a spectacular sight. It cascades some 305m along rugged cliffs and rock faces and plunges into a scenic pond. The vast size of this waterfall make is 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.

 

Firefly Sanctuary

Sungai Yak Yah, Kemaman

 

Take a cruise along Sungai Yak Yah (Yak Yah River) to view one of nature's most amazing phenomena. As night falls, the riverbanks turn into a grand theatre where hundreds of fireflies form a symphony of lights. This astounding natural attraction is sitated about 15km from Kijal. To go on a visitors can make arrangements with local tour operators.

~ Sungai Yak Yah has one of the largest firefly colonies in the country.

 

La Hot Springs

Besut

 

This tropical enclave is the site of hot springs, clear streams and a recreational forest Visitors often flock to this hot springs because of the purported healing properties of the natural sulphur here. La Hot Springs is also the gateway to the Gunung Tebu Forest Reserve. Caving, fishing, camping and jungle-trekking are among

 

Lata Tembakan Waterfall

Besut

 

Hidden in a thickly wooded area, the Lata Tembakah Waterfall is a refreshing getaway for nature lovers. Facilities include campsites, a suspension bridge, resting huts, changing rooms, children's playground and more. The waterfall is only about 30 minutes away from Besut. Chalets operated by the Forestry Department are available for overnight visitors.

 

Sekayu Recreational Forest

Kuala Berang

 

Sekayu Recreational Forest offers an invigorating glimpse into the wonders of the rainforest. The main attraction here is the seven-tier Sekayu Waterfalls. Resting huts are placed around the area, making it an ideal location for picnics and family outings. Chalets are available for overnight visitors. Sekayu is about 56km from Kuala Terengganu and 16km from Kuala Berang.

Must do:

  • Swim at the natural pools

  • Have a picnic under the forest canopy

  • Visit the Miri Zoo

  • Stroll along the orchard to see tropical fruit trees

  • Spot different species of birds at the Bird Park

  • Go jungle trekking

  • Visit the seven-tiered Sekayu Waterfalls

  • Walk along the picturesque hanging bridge across the river

 

Beach on The Mainland

 

Mainland Terengganu is the site of some beautiful beaches. Accommodation at the beach areas range from international-standard five-star resorts boasting traditional Malay architecture to chalets that cater to smaller budgets. Popular mainland beaches are Tanjung Jara, Batu Burok, Teluk Mok Nik / Monica Bay, Paka, Kijal and Kemasik.

 

Homestay

 

There are many homestay villages in Terengganu that offer a taste of the rural lifestyle. Mingle with the locals and enjoy a round of congkak with the children. Homestays can be found in the following villages:

  • Homestay Rhu 10, Setiu

  • Homestay Teluk Ketapang Kuala Terengganu

  • Homestay Pasir Raja, Dungun

  • Homestay Kampung Pulau Duyong Kuala Terengganu

  • Homestay Felda Selasih, Setiu

  • Homestay Kampung Buluh, Hulu Terengganu

  • Homestay Felcra Keruak, Besut

 

There's Much More in Terengganu

Do take the time to explore other places of interest in Terengganu. The capital city has several interesting spots that are situated near to one another. More natural attractions can be enjoyed around the state. particularly at Mang and Paka. Terengganu's long coastline gives rise to a number of beaches that are equally beacutiful.

Kuala Terengganu

  • Pasar Payang (Central Market / Bazaar Warisan)

  • Istana Maziah (Maziah Palace)

  • Bukit Puteri (Princess Hill)

  • Chinatown

  • Kuala Terengganu River Cruise

  • Traditional Food and Craft Comple

  • Batu Burok Recreational Park

  • Terengganu Waterfront

  • Masjid Abidin (Masjid Putih)

  • Planetarium, Terengganu Science and Creativity Centre

  • Turtle Alley

Marang

  • Marang River Cruise

  • Kelulut Beach

  • Kampung Jenang Traditional Village

Hulu Terengganu

  • Batu Bersurat (Inscribed Stone Memorial)

  • Agriculture Park

  • Lasir Waterfall

  • Saok Waterfall

  • Sekayu Herb Garden

  • Sekayu Agriculture Park

  • Sungai Ketiar Elephant Sanctuary

Besut

  • Balai Seni Ukiran (Traditional Woodcarving)

  • Bukit Keluang Beach

  • Dendong Beach

  • Air Tawar Beach

Kemanan

  • Telaga Simpul

  • Kemasik Beach

  • Marina Beach

  • Kijal Beach

  • Bakau Tinggi Recreation Park

  • Kampung Tuan Mosque

  • Jambi Mosque

  • Kemaman Recreation Park & Mini Zoo Jeram Penitis Waterfall

Dungun

  • Teluk Bidara Beach

  • Rantau Abang Turtle Sanctuary

  • Ma' Daerah Turtle Sanctuary

  • Paka Beach

  • Iron-ore Mines

  • Tanjung Jara Beach

Setiu

  • Penarik Beach

  • Setiu Wetland

  • Merang Beach

  • Gunung Tebu (Mount Tebu)

  • Lata Belatan Waterfall

 

Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

Traditional crafts, handmade souvenirs and beautiful fabrics are among the assortment of items that await avid 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:

  • Pasar Payang central Market, Kuala Terengganu

  • Noor Arfa craft Complex, Chendering, Kuala Terengganu

  • Sutera Semai Complex, chendering, Kuala Terengganu

  • Wanisma Tembaga, Kuala Terengganu

 

Dining

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:

Laksam - Akin to pasta, laksam is made of wheat and rice flours. It is then steamed and served with a gravy made of ifsh and coconut milk.

Nasi Dagang - 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 eatern 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 fat.

Satar - This interesting dish consists of succulent boneless fish marinated in spices. Satar is wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over a flaming charcoal fire.

Keropok Lekor - 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

Otak-otak - 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.

Nekbat - Rice lour and eggs are the main ingredients of this dessert. It is eaten with a pandan-flavoured syrup.

Laksa Terengganu - Rice noodles and a fragrant fish gravy make Laksa Terengganu a simple but highly satisfying dish.

Ketupat Sotong - Seafood lovers can try this unusial dish. Glutinous rice is cooked with thick coconut milk until it is fragrant and tender. It is then used as a filling in boiled squids. Finally, the cooked squids are lightly sweetened with palm sugar. Ketupat sotong is a popular teatime snack.

 

Transportation

 

Getting There

By Air

Malaysia Airlines operates direct flights from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to the Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu. The flight takes about 55 minutes. In addition, Firefly airlines flies from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang to Kuala Terengganu and Kerteh. Firefly also operates flights to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore. Alternatively, visitors can take the budget airline AirAsia from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal or LCCT. Thers terminal is situated in Sepang, about 20km from KLIA Main Terminal.

Self-Drive

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 Although driving along the scenic route is very pleasant, visitors are advised to practice caution when driving along rural villages and farms.

By Bus

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 Hentian Putra in Kuala Lumpur. The journey takes about five to seven hours. Tickets must be purchased early during festive periods and public holidays.

Getting Around

There are several interesting modes of transportation in Terengganu. Among them is the beautifully decorated Heritage Bus or town bus which plies the major tourist spots in the capital city of Kuala Terengganu. The bus operates on a hop-on hop-off concept. The starting point is at Taman syahbandar, where visitors can choose from the two routes available. Among the destinations serviced by this bus is the State Museum, Noor Arfa Craft Complex, Islamic Civilisation Park, Pasar Payang Central Market and the Floating Mosque.

In addition, there are also local buses and taxis that ply the main towns within the state. Visitors are advised to determine the rates before boarding the taxi.

Brightly-decorated trishaws are another attraction in Kuala Terengganu. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely ride while taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Hop on for a ride to Chinatown or the Pasar Payang Central Market. Fares will be determined according to distance, duration and number of passengers. Trishaw peddlers are mostly friendly and accommodating, so feel free to have a chat and determine the rates in advance.

There are two types of boast for visitors who enjoy river cruises - the gondolas and the local boat (bot penambang). While the pretty gondolas are suitable for sightseeing, the local boats enable visitors to travel together with the local folk.

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