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Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

This lively state capital, bordered by the Terengganu River and the South China Sea, is the largest town in the state and has progressed from a sleepy fishing village to a bustling, colourful centre. Most sites of interest are along the town's waterfront, including Chinatown, where the betting shops do a lively afternoon trade. The Central Market is a multi-level complex with a fish, fruit and vegetable market, along with textiles and handicrafts. Beautiful views of unspoiled beaches may be seen from the hilltops overlooking this bustling town.

Beaches - Terengganu is a land of beautiful long sandy beaches with a coastline of 240km facing the South China Sea, which is an attraction to beachcombers, fishermen and leatherback turtles alike. The water is a clear blue and the beautiful Perhentian Islands lay offshore.

Rantau Abang - This beach is located 60km south of Kuala Terengganu and is one of six places in the world where the leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, from May to September. These giant turtles, up to 2.5m in length and weighing some 375kg are quite captivating and the best time to observe them is on full-moon nights and when the tide is highest.

Bukit Keluang - This beach lies approximately 140km north of Kuala Terengganu and is a wonderful place for swimming, snorkelling and wind surfing. It has a long stretch of white, sandy beach, and offers one of the most breathtaking views of the South China Sea. There are several cliff-side caves which can be reached by walkways and which make interesting exploration.

Penarik - The beaches here are noted for gently sloping sands and shallow sparkling waters. A great place for swimmers and sunbathers.

Paula Redang Island - This is considered one of the prettiest islands in Malaysia, and is designated a marine reserve. The island lies some 50km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu and can be accessed by boat from Merang. The island has white sandy shores, and clear waters with good visibility makes it a great diving site. There are vast areas of coral reefs where the table coral formations in mature coral gardens are a breathtaking sight. There is interesting and colourful marine life and certain areas are noted for the large numbers of sea cucumbers on the ocean floor. Many activities can be enjoyed here, including swimming, snorkelling, canoeing, and jungle trekking in the heavily forested landmass. Cross-island transport is not well developed and boats are the only means of getting from one point to another on the island.


Pulau Perhentian - Situated 21km off the coast of Terengganu, the Pulau Perhentian Marine Park consists of two islands: the larger Pulau Perhentian Besar and the smaller Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Both islands are surrounded by virgin jungle and palm trees on white sandy beaches. The warm blue waters contain colourful coral gardens. The islands are ideal for relaxation, and for the more active there are facilities for swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, wind surfing, sailing and canoeing. The journey to this spectacular region takes about one hour by boat from Kuala Besut.


Marang - This peaceful fishing village lies 15km south of KT, and offers the perfect image of an idyllic getaway. It has wooden houses, and a beach fringed with gently swaying coconut trees with a beautiful lagoon, where you may see fishermen mending their nets.


Sungai Ceralak Waterfalls - There are two waterfalls here, the first known as Jeram Solo is about 12m high, while the second at 24m is called Jeram Padang. The area has attractive trees and various species of wild flowers. The surrounding hills provide a scenic backdrop for photographers. Getting there is an adventure in itself, requiring a boat ride from Kuala Jengai and then a jungle hike and river crossing to get to the waterfalls. Another route uses logging trails and jungle tracks.


Manjung Mentong - This National Park can be accessed from Terengganu by taking a boat ride across Kenyir Lake to the Tanjung Mentong Ranger Station. Exciting trails lead through lush tropical rainforest where numerous species of wildlife can be observed.


Tasik Kenyir (Lake Kenyir) - Asia's largest man-made lake lays 55km from Kuala Terengganu and covers an area of 269sq km. It is also the site of Malaysia's largest hydroelectric dam.

When the area was flooded with water, most of the hills were above the water level, resembling some 340 man-made islands. Surrounded by lush tropical jungle, the Kenyir Lake is a popular retreat for nature lovers, anglers, photo enthusiasts and fun seekers. There are facilities for fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating and jungle trekking. The lake has a wide variety of freshwater fish such as Baung, Toman, Kelisa and Lampam.