Terengganu is located almost exactly in the middle of the east coast of our peninsula with an area of 12,995 square kilometers and a sunny coastline of 225 km in length. Out in the South China Sea, beautiful tropical islands lie in the blue water.
There is also a rich underwater life there and that is what made Terengganu a destination for divers too. There is also a small but very attractive range of culture, arts and crafts.
Kuala Terengganu, the capital of this state, lies on the banks of the Terengganu River.
Terengganu Tourist Attractions
The central market
This market is located directly on the banks of the Terengganu River and, in addition to the usual goods and handicrafts, also offers a wide variety of foods: Terengganu’s best specialties are fish and fruit according to the season as well as many local delicacies. Photo fans should visit the market in the morning to capture the colorful image on film. One request: if you take photos of people, ask them for permission beforehand.
Batu Buruk Beach and Cultural Center
The city beach of Kuala Terengganu takes its name from the village of Batu Buruk, which was once located here and is now part of the city for a long time. The large Pantai Primula Beach Hotel is also located here and the annual Beach Festival takes place in the immediate vicinity. This also includes the beautiful cultural center of Terengganu, which is very close by, where tradition is cultivated every Friday. Old games and hobbies are shown in the afternoon from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Terengganu State Museum
This very beautiful museum is located on a hill in Jalan Cherong Lanjut and shows a collection of Chinese porcelain with Islamic sayings, old manuscripts from the beginning of the Islamic period here as well as prehistoric artifacts from the Stone Age.
The Maziah Palace
On the so-called Bukit Puteri near the city of Kuala Terengganu is the city palace where the festivities of the Sultans of Terengganu take place: the lordly birthdays, weddings, the award of medals and many other official occasions. The bright paintwork and the design build a bridge from the old to the new.
The village of Rhusila
In the small town, which is only 10 km from Kuala Terengganu, there are still many craftsmen who specialize in weaving baskets and mats.
The Suterasemai Silk Center
At Kuala Ibai, not very far from Kuala Terengganu, you can visit an important pioneer institution in Malaysia. It is the “Suterasemai Silk Center”, which offers a glimpse into silk production from spinning and weaving to all processes of processing. Here you can buy magical silk batik, hand-painted or printed. A showroom displays an abundance of very valuable works, mostly of a very high artistic standard.
Bukit Keluang / Dendong Beach Park
This is a beach area north of Kuala Terengganu that is visited by many local families. The good coastal road there makes the drive easy and the 140 km from Kuala Terengganu is quickly forgotten.
Rantau Abang and the turtles
The warm and grainy sand on the beach of Rantau Abang is one of the ideal places for the giant leather-necked turtles to lay their eggs and hatch their young. There are very few places in the world where endangered animals come to the beach.
Treat yourself to a visit to the visitor center in Rantau Abang and see the documentation on these primeval marine animals.
This turtle reserve was created to save these rare marine animals from extinction. Of course, any disturbance of the animals is strictly forbidden here, as is the collection of turtle eggs for whatever purpose.
The Tanjung Jara Beach Hotel
If you dream of peace, timelessness and silence, then you will find it just 60 km south of Kuala Terengganu. There is the enchanting Tanjung Jara Beach Hotel on the cape of the same name, which was built almost entirely of wood in the style of an old Malay palace and is surrounded by a lush, spacious park. Soon after its completion, it was awarded the coveted and valuable Aga Khan Award, which is only given to particularly extraordinary, environmentally friendly hotel buildings. Beach activities and water sports are plentiful, excursions can be easily organized from here and a boat safari on the Dungun River is nice and full of experiences.
The adventure park of Sekayu
This is more of a popular picnic spot for Malaysians, in the middle of the hinterland and almost 35 miles to the west of Kuala Terengganu. There are nice resting places at small waterfalls and jungle streams and a jungle path for a trip to the well-organized “Green Hell”. Fruit lovers can get exotic fruits directly on the plant for just a few ringgits.
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