Experience the unmatched natural Beauty in the Malaysian state of Terengganu! Situated along the east coast of the peninsular, this Malaysia state boasts many long stretches of beach, exotic tropical islands, lush jungles, quaint fishing villages, dazzling waterfalls and many more destinations.
The East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia have always been famed for its long stretch of unpolluted beaches and even so in Terengganu, home to the longest coastline in Malaysia. The panoramic, untouched beaches of Terengganu spans 244km from the District of Kemaman in the south, along the scenic coast up north to the District of Besut, overlooking the South China Sea. Simply, breathtaking scenery, the dazzling clean and powdery white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters in Terengganu’s islands are well known. It is heaven for those seeking a good time in the sun, sand and sea.
One Of The Most Beautiful Island In The World
Tourists to the state of Terengganu should never give her spectacular islands a missed. Famed for their tranquility, white sandy beaches and pristine waters, these islands have been luring visitor from all over the world. Namely Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Tenggol with its array of resorts offers facilities for an unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience. These less commercialize islands are good spots to just sit back, unwind, relax and as an escapade from the stresses of the urban lives.
The Most Well Preserved Marine Park In Malaysia
The Malaysia’s most well-preserved marine park is situated right here in beautiful Terengganu. All of the island in Terengganu is gazettes as a marine park. The Pulau Redang Marine Park Malaysia is made up of the marine waters surrounding the 9 islands of the stunning Pulau Redang Archipelago. The Marine Park aims to maintain a commitment to the conservation of the marine resources while managing the public use of the park as a livelihood resource and for recreational activities. Lying within the Indo-Pacific Region, the Pulau Redang Marine Park boasts and amazing diversity and variety of marine fauna. Currently over 500 species of coral and about 3000 species of fish call this marine park home. Visitors can also engaged in various activities like snorkeling, diving, camping, boating, jungle-trekking and bird-watching.
The Largest Man-Made Lake In South East Asia
Tasik Kenyir or Kenyir Lake is located in the interior of Terengganu and spanning over 260,000 hectare, bordering Kelantan in the west and Pahang in the south. This immense lake also serves as another gateway to Taman Negara. What were once river streams, hilltops and highlands, the construction of the Sultan Mahmud Hydro-electric Power Plant has risen the water level, creating about 340 islands, 14 waterfalls, numerous rapids and rivers. It is home to a large variety of flora and fauna, abundant species of freshwater fish and exotic wildlife. Its lush tropical rainforest remains untouched since the dawn of time is perfect paradise for activities such as jungle trekking, obstacle courses, wildlife observation, kayaking and angling.
Richly Endowed With Malay Heritage & Culture
Being influenced by an extensive and diverse history of culture and heritage, maintaining cultural and trading relations with Islamic Civilizations, the Chinese, Indian, Majapahit and the Malacca Sultanate, Terengganu remains a rich tapestry of Malay heritage and culture which is ever present in this society and continues to influence much day-to-day way of life. The people are content with their slow paced lives, accepting modernization yet maintaining traditional activities as favourite pastimes. Traditional culture activities such as Malays Silat (Malays martial arts), Sepak Raga (a ball game using a rattan ball), Main Puteri (a traditional medicinal treatment) and Ulek Mayang dances which remains entrenched deep in their way of life. It’s the traditional values of the locals that are always ever willing to give a helping hand to visitors, assisting in whatever need they require.
The Biggest Cengal Tree In The World
The forest reserves of Terengganu are rich with flora and fauna. In the vast Pasir Raja Forest Reserve, near the border of National Park, stands the world’s largest Cengal tree. Cengal trees are mainly used for building purposes due to its remarkable quality and durability. This particular cengal tree however, verified by the Malaysian Books Of Record, is estimated to be around 1300 years old and its diameter measures up to 16.75 metres. At a towering 65m, it also stands majestically above most other trees.
The Highest Waterfall In Malaysia
Terengganu is famous for her numerous waterfall and rapids. However, there is another recently discovered waterfall, lesser but yet as majestic and stunning. Chemerong Waterfall, situated 30km away from Bandar Al Muktafi Billah Shah and it thunders magnificently down a 305m slope. The Chemerong Waterfall offers yet untouched, diverse riches of nature and wildlife. With its basic facilities at its base, the jungle trekking to the waterfall offers an adventure not to be forgotten. Worth the effort, the coolness and the thundering sound of the waterfall soothes the most weary travellers.
The Largest Museum In South East Asia
As the largest museum in South East Asia, located in a hilly area of Bukit Losong, Terengganu’s State Museum houses century’s worth of historical artifacts and artworks. The museum itself is an impressive architectural feat with majestic complexes covering a vast area of 27 hectares next to Terengganu River. Inside, the museum prominently displays Terengganu and Malaysia’s rich and colourful heritage in its many galleries including the Islamic Gallery, the Royal Gallery, the Crafts Gallery and many others. At the main entrance, the original Batu Bersurat (Inscripted Stone) of Terengganu is located as a prove of one of the earliest Islamic influence. In addition to that, Terengganu’s old places and old traditional boats are also displayed in the museum’s compound.
The Oldest Traditional Boat Making In Malaysia
The boat makers of Terengganu have always been famed for their skills in building traditional boats that withstand the test of time. Their acquired skills are passed from older generations. The building of traditional boats doest not require plans or blueprint, which is something unique, yet still capable of injecting intricate details and great precision into their works. Today, this boat makers and their traditional Malay craftwork are still surviving and continue to be part of Terengganu’s rich and vibrant heritage of arts and crafts.
The Finest Songket and Silk Producers In Malaysia
Songket is a work of art where gold and silver is interwoven with colourful threads to create cloth of incomparable quality and beauty. Today, Songket graces many traditional Malay clothes as well as on crafts like bags, cushions and home decorations. In Terengganu, the art of weaving songket is alive and continues to impress visitors and tourists with their exquisite elegance.
The Finest Wood Carving In Malaysia
For many decades, Terengganu craftsmen have taken pride in their woodcarving skills. As one of the oldest crafts in Malaysia, wood carving has also been the specialty of Terengganu craftsmen and their artworks are often praised for their exquisite beauty. Most of the carvings are inspired by the rich local flora as well as the beautiful Islamic arts. Besides being used as decorative items, these woodcarving also posses practical purposes on houses, palaces and furniture. The quality of these wood carvings from Terengganu enables the to stand the test of time.
Will be the warm reception that greets every visitor to Terengganu. A state on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, Terengganu is destination of natural attractions and the charms of the old world of tropical beaches and rainforest, and also of traditional and culture that are well and truly alive.
Terengganu is located at the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. To the north there lies the Kelantan state, then neighbouring with Pahang at the south. Terengganu today covers 12,995 square kilometers and comprises of seven districts: Besut, Setiu, Kemaman, Dungun, Marang, Hulu Terengganu and Kuala Terengganu. Terengganu hold the charms and splendours unique from other states in Malaysia. Until today, though rapid development and modernization slowly adapts to the way of life, yet it is as if time stood still as she retains all the rustic and idyllic charms so different from other places. Terengganu is also home to diverse and close-knit society, where people are friendly, ever willing to help and warm with strong morals and values. People different races shares the bonds of neighbourhoods, shares the likings of local food and particularly speaks the same local dialect. The capital of Terengganu is the coastal city of Kuala Terengganu, which is also the royal capital. The state is also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Iman (“Abode of Faith”).
The discovery of offshore oil in gas in 1974 has granted Terengganu a significant change to its economic, technology and social structure. At current production, the oil and gas reserves are estimated to last for another 13 years and 41 years respectively. Terengganu has enjoyed considerable development over the past 30 years with its rapid industrialization and growing economic activity after the discovery of these reserves. One of Terengganu’s main industries is oil. There are huge petrochemical complexes near Paka and Kijal, involving many joint ventures between the Malaysian national oil company, Petronas, and foreign multinationals.
Tourism and fishing are also major industries in Terengganu, a state with a long coastline that is well known within Malaysia for local foods including Keropok Lekor, which is made primarily from a combination of dough and pounded fish, fried and served with hot sauce. Agriculture also remains important in this developing state, with many fresh bananas, rambutan, durian, watermelons, and various other fruits and vegetables available in season. Before this, farming and fishing were the main economic activities for the state. Even so, 45% of its land is still covered by lush pristine forests and rivers also home for some very old Malaysia traditional culture whose practices and customs have been handed down the generations.
The 225 km of coastline is not only making Terengganu the state with the longest coastline in Peninsular Malaysia but also contributing to the state GNP. As a holiday destination, Terengganu is a never-ending journey of discovery with its rich and exotic culture, breathtaking wonders of nature and endless potential for adventure.
CULTURE & RELIGION
Due to its history background and geographical location, Terengganu receives cultural influences from the neighbours in the north: Kelantan and Thailand. Though it is conservative Muslim state, the general public is still enjoying the freedom of worship. However, beer or alcohol is not widely available in certain places especially Malay own shops. Always remember that while in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Most of the offices start the week on Sunday and the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.
HIS MAJESTY & HER MAJESTY
Traveling domestically to Terengganu is convenient as it is easily accessible from all major cities and all parts of the country by air and road.
An excellent network of roads provides easy access to any destination within the state. Terengganu is also linked to Singapore, Thailand and the rest of the peninsula by a system of tolled and un-tolled highways equipped with amenities such as rest areas, restaurants, souvenir shops and surau’s (prayer rooms for Muslims). Singapore is five hours south while Thailand is just two hours north on the scenic East Coast Highway that passes through countless pretty fishing villages and by empty beaches. The recently completed East-West Expressway that links Kuala Lumpur with the East Coast now cuts the travel time from 4 hours to a comfortable 2.5 hours. From Kuantan city on the East Coast, it’s less than an hour up the coast to reach Terengganu.
- Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu (approx. 455 km)
- Singapore/Johor Bharu to Kuala Terengganu (approx. 562 km)
From Malaysia: Both the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines and the budget carrier, Air Asia, fly directly to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur twice daily. Its only takes about 45 Min journey from KLIA. Berjaya Air operates flight from Subang Airport (Kuala Lumpur) to Redang Island (flight journey 1 hour). From Singapore: There is no direct flight to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore. Travelers must fly via KLIA. If flying via KLIA from Singapore too costly, consider flying from Senai Airport in Johor with Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia, This is cheaper option but takes much longer time due to land transfer from Singapore to Senai. Traveling time is about 2 hours. Air Asia will start a bus service soon from Singapore to Senai. Currently, the passengers will have to get to Senai airport by bus via Larkin to Senai.
No railway available to reach Terengganu. If you are using train (Kelantan), you must take a taxi / bus / charter or rent a car to get here. Usually some are coming from Thailand or Singapore Train, they are visiting Perhentian Island that is a shortcut to Besut jetty. The journey from Kelantan to Besut Jetty takes only 45 min – 1 hour journey. But from Kuala Terengganu to Besut jetty, it will be 2 hour journey. Keretapi Tanah Melayu train (KTM) service is available from economy class to comfortable sleeping berth from Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru/ Singapore to Tanah Merah, Wakaf Bahru and Tumpat in Kelantan region. Passengers can stop at Tanah Merah station which is the nearest point to Kuala Besut jetty, about 45 minutes by taxi and 90 minutes to Merang jetty.
TOWN BUS – With Original Identity
Operated by Government-owned transport company – RapidKT – the bus will take you to splendid tourism sites in the state capital of Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, namely The State Museum, The Noor Arfa Craft Complex (NACC), Islamic Civilisation Park or Crystal Mosque (TTI), the infamous Keropok Lekor Losong, Central Market, The Floating Mosque – the list is endless. Just HOP ON the bus and HOP OFF at your destination for a small fare. Be on a lookout for this buses, you will not miss it for the design will stand out prominently on the road! You can get this bus at Tanjung Bus Terminal in Kuala Terengganu.
Since 1920s, the town bus of Kuala Terengganu has gone through rapid changes. Widely used by locals and never failed to take you to your destinations. Just make sure you are on the right bus. The Kuala Terengganu Town Bus Terminal is easily accessible to Town Centre and business area.
A 15-minutedrivefromthe Airport to town of Kuala Terengganu in our very- owned airport limo will take you through Pulau Duyong over Sultan Mahmud Bridge overlooking The Crystal Mosque. The Limos has been given a re-imaging exercise by The State Government by using our very own Malaysian-Made cars, Proton Waja and Proton Wira. You will not miss the Blue Red stripes of our Limos.
Kuala Terengganu Taxi Terminal is just opposite the Town Bus Terminal. Some taxis are for long distance interstate journeys, some for inter-districts and some for short distances. Most of the taxis owners are association members so you will not miss the ticketing kiosk because the terminals are managed by associations. Just get your changes correct… in Malaysian Ringgit! Never board unlicensed taxis. There are many of them lurking around!
The history of trishaws in Terengganu dates back to 100 years ago introduced by Chinese immigrants. What originally a part of daily business activities of the small Chinese communities, the trishaw business was wrapped around Malay predominate communities some 50-60 years ago. Still part of the daily activities of some Malays, the trishaws of Terengganu leapt to a big change when the Government of Terengganu introduced Human-Powered Electrical Trishaws where battery – operated motor is attached to the bicycle mechanism. Take a sightseeing tour of our Chinatown with our trishaws or park your vehicle at the car park and ride a trishaw to the Central Market… It?s an experience you will never forget.