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Come and Experience the Treasures of Terengganu!!

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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 gleamed invitingly in the South China Sea. Kuala Terengganu is the charming capital of this state.


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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.


PLACES OF INTEREST


Islamic Civilisation Park ~ Pulau Wan Man


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Did you know that Islamic Civilisation Park is the first theme park in the world to showcase Islamic architecture? It 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. The park’s icon is the glittering Masjid Kristal (Crystal Mosque), 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 in Spain, Masjidil Haram in Saudi Arabia, Dome of the Rock in Palestine and Taj Mahal in India.


Address : 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Opening hours : 10am to 7pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am to 7pm (Fri - Sun, Public/School holiday)

*last admission is at 615pm and closed from 1130am to 230pm on Friday

Admission Fee : Malaysian ( RM15 Adult RM8 Child [age 7-12] )

                          Non-Malaysian ( RM25 Adult RM15 Child [age 7-12] )

                          * special rate for senior citizens & groups

Tel No : 09-6278888

Website : www.tti.com.my


Terengganu State Museum Complex


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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.


Address : Bukit 20566 Darul Iman, Terengganu.

Opening Hours : 9am to 5pm (Daily), Closed from 12pm to 3pm on Friday.

Admission Fee : Malaysian ( RM5 Adult, RM2 Child [age 7-12], RM1 Students in school uniform )

                          Non-Malaysian ( RM15 Adult, RM10 Child [age 7-12] )

Tel No : 09-6221444

Website : museum.terengganu.gov.my


Pulau Duyong


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Traditional boat building activities are the main draw of the island. A traditional skill that handed down from fathers to sons. Watch how the skilled craftsmen build these boats entirely from memory, without the use of any blueprint. The vessels are sold both locally and internationally. Pulau Duyong is also the venue of the Monsoon Cup Terengganu, a prestigious international sailing event.


Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah


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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 the high tide, it creates the illusion of a floating mosque. The Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah is situated at the estuary of Sungai Ilbai, 5km from Kuala Terengganu.


Address : Kuala Ibai, 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.


Pulau Redang


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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, 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


Pulau Perhentian Besar and Kecil


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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 islands a firm favourite among divers and snorkelers. Visitors have a choice of staying at Perhentian Besar or Kecil. 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 resorts and restaurants. Access to the islands is via a 45-minute boat ride from Kuala Besut 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


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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 is 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


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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.


Pulau Kapas


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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.


Tasik Kenyir


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Tasik Kenyir is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia and also Malaysia’s largest hydroelectric dam. It is alternative gateway to Taman Negara, a magnificent national park. This entryway to Taman Negara is commonly referred to as the Tanjung Mentong entryway.


The rugged terrain, streams, waterfalls, 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 allowed to do fishing 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 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 a land a variety of freshwater fish.

Visit 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.


Location : Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu.


Chemerong Waterfall Hulu Dungun


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Hailed to be the highest waterfall 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 makes it visible even from afar. Visitors can visit the recreational forest nearby. Chemerong Waterfall is situated in the Chemerong Forest Reserve about 30km from Bandar Al Muktafu Billah Shah in Dungun.


Address : Hutan Simpanan Pasir Raja, 23000 Dungun, Terengganu.


Firefly Sanctuary Sungai Yak Yah, Kemaman


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Take a cruise along Sungai Yak Yah to view one of the 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 situated about 15km from Kijal. To go on a cruise, visitors can make arrangements with local tour operators.


La Hot Springs Besut


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The 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 the popular activities.


Location : Sungai Peng 22010 Jerteh, Terengganu.


Sekayu Recreational Forest Kuala Berang


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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 and16km from Kuala Berang.


Must do :

◆ Swim at the natural pools

Have a picnic under the forest canopy

Visit the Mini 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.


There are actually many more places of interest in Terengganu that you can explore. 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 Marang and Paka. Terengganu’s long coastline gives rise to a number of beaches that are equally beautiful.



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