Terengganu, where Nature embraces Heritage…
After Kota Bharu, Kelantan, which is our 1st destination to East Coast, we then traveled to Kuala Terengganu, the largest city as well as the state and royal capital of Terengganu state, Malaysia.
There was only one street, called Kampung Cina (Chinatown), when Kuala Terengganu was founded. And then Kuala Terengganu was given the city status on 1st January of 2008 with the population of almost 300,000 and the number is still growing…
For those who wish to enjoy the real summer paradise at the beach, I think Terengganu can be your best choice! Why? Terengganu has some of the most beautiful offshore islands in the world like Redang Island (one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia, and was the film shooting spot for the Summer More More Tea in 2000), Perhentian Island, Lang Tengah Island, Kapas Island and others.
Too bad I didn’t get to go there this time… Honestly, I’ve never been to any one of them yet! But according to the feedback from my friends who have been there, they said Redang Island is the most beautiful island in west Malaysia. (Go and find out yourself!)
But along the way from Kota Bharu to Kuala Terengganu, there are some nice, beautiful, peaceful and picturesque beaches that worth to pay a visit. If you’re driving, you can stop by wherever you want along the coastline where you find is nice to pay a visit.
If you wish to find the turtle trails, you can have a short stay at Rantau Abang or Cherating beaches. There, you can have the opportunity to visit the turtle conservation center, which is a center for research, education, conservation and conservation-tourism activities related to the marines turtles in Malaysia. And if you are lucky enough, you may have the opportunity to watch the turtle laying eggs along the shore. (But it depends on the season)
Well, when talking about Terengganu, I’m sure all of you will only think about those beautiful beaches and the islands. How many of you have been to Kuala Terengganu? The heart of Terengganu… Now, let me be your guide, introducing to you, Kuala Terengganu, where nature embraces heritage.
2 days and 1 night stay in Kuala Terengganu is enough to explore Kuala Terengganu. Crystal Mosque and The Islamic Civilization Theme Park is a must-visit place for all visitors who’ve been to Kuala Terengganu. The Islamic Civilization Theme Park displayed us some of the world’s famous Islamic miniature architectures like Al Hambra Mosque in Spain, Kuff Shariff Mosque in Kazan Russia,Taj Mahal in India and others.
After that, pay a visit to the Terengganu State Museum which is situated alongside with The Islamic Civilisation Theme Park. Terengganu State Museum, rated the largest museum in Malaysia, consisting of 4 blocks of huge buildings. The Maritime Museum is also located within walking distance from the main museum. There are 5 traditional real houses which are placed on the compound behind the main museum.
The main attraction of the museum is the Terengganu Inscription Stone, which is the proof that Terengganu was the first Malay state to receive Islam, as attested to by a stone monument dated 1303 with Arabic inscriptions found in Kuala Berang, the capital of the district of Hulu Terengganu. The other attractions are petroleum gallery.
The Petroleum Gallery is one of the main revenue generator for the state. It shows the history of petroleum in Malaysia and the model of the first oil rig which was located off the coast of Terengganu in South China Sea.
Don’t leave Kuala Terengganu without keropok lekor Losong! It’s a local delicacy which is made primarily from a combination of dough (sago flour) and pounded fish mainly from mackerel and sardines, fried and served with hot chilli sauce for afternoon tea. You can get it at the Losong Village which is located at the junction just before the state museum and The Islamic Civilization Theme Park.
Shopping at Kuala Terengganu…
The best place to shop is the Central Market where you can get all kinds of souvenirs there. Get use of your bargain skill to grab the nice and beautiful batik at reasonable price here. I found that we got the cheapest and yet the most beautiful batik here in Central Market.
After that, you can have a leisure walk or have a trishaw ride along the China Town which is located not far away from Central Market. Experience the environment of the earliest street in Kuala Terengganu.
Well, that’s all from Kuala Terengganu! Next destination… Kenyir Lake, the largest man-made lake in Malaysia…