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Captivating Kuala Terengganu

Malaysia’s Kuala Terengganu has a mass of sticky black oil to thank for its transformation from rambling fishing village to buzzing capital. But a shiny new city status award is not the only thing this place has gained in recent years, with sites like the grand new Masjid Kristal mosque and gargantuan Losong Museum meaning tourism now rivals oil in terms of raking in the cash.

The influence of the Chinese traders who originally established Kuala Terengganu can still be seen and tasted in Chinatown. But if side-street fish stalls aren’t your thing, relax and enjoy the white sands and swaying palms of the beaches, sample some authentic Malay cuisine or jump on a boat and cruise down the Terengganu River. Exhausted yet? Good – there’s not much to do after nightfall.

Kuala Terengganu’s Top 10

10. Pantai Batu Buruk The silver lining of this too-dangerous-to-swim-in beach is that it’s awesome for watching kites.

5. Chinatown A smaller (but considerably more authentic) version of any old Chinatown – bustling, smelly and exceedingly tasty.

9. Sutera Semai Centre Watch weavers hard at work in Malaysia’s primary silk-weaving centre.

4. Pasar Payang Eat, drink and shop at this bustling central market, all in the name of cultural immersion.

8. Istana Maziah You generally can’t enter the Sultan’s Palace, but something this colossal still affords a pretty decent look from afar.

3. Bukit Peteri This hill and historical fort is still a popular shooting spot, but we’re talking cameras rather than cannons these days.

7. State Museum If this isn’t one of the world’s biggest museums, it’s definitely one of the most complex.

2. Masjid Kristal They weren’t kidding around when they named this stunning structure ‘Crystal Mosque’.

6. Pulau Duyung Don’t try this at home – these impressive boats are built entirely from memory.

1. Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah A floating mosque is definitely a sight to behold. Who cares if it’s only an illusion?

Kuala Terengganu History

  • Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah - The breathtaking floating mosque in Kuala Terengganu is situated in the stunning lagoon of Sungai Ibai.
  • China town - It was once the hub of commerce and trade. It helped shape the economy of the present Kuala Terrenganu.
  • Pura Tanjung Sabtu - It was once the retreat of the late Sultan Saitan Abidin III.
  • Terengganu State Museum - The architecture itself is definitely Malaysia. The museum is built on stilts and showcases the rich history of Terengganu.
  • Butik Puteri - A historical hill that was also a fortress from 1831 to 1876. You can also see vintage cannons and weapons here.

Kuala Terengganu Art & Culture

  • Desa Craft - It houses songket, brassware, batik and hand-woven items.
  • Sutera Semai Centre - This is one of the oldest Malay silk weaving centres.
  • Istana Maziah - This is the location for royal ceremonies, birthdays and weddings.
  • Pulau Duyung - See the amazing craftsmanship poured into boat building in Kuala Terrenganu.
  • Batik - Witness how this intricate and delicate art of cloth painting is done.

Kuala Terengganu Shopping

  • Central Market - It is a one-stop shop for everyone. You can get almost anything here, from fish to clothes to produce.
  • Malaysian Handicraft Centre - If you are looking for indigenous products in Kuala Terrenganu, this is the place to visit.
  • Bazaar Warisan - Take some souvenirs for your loved ones back home. This is the best place to score for souvenirs.
  • Kasut You - It’s the biggest shoe store on the east coast with many designs from which to choose.
  • Sutera Songket - You can get beautiful batiks here and very cheaply, too. You can also try to make your own design of Batik paintings if you wish to.

Gay & Lesbian Kuala Terengganu

  • Hotel Grand Continental - A gay- and lesbian-friendly hotel overlooking the stunning South China Sea.
  • Primula Beach Resort - Gay- and lesbian-friendly accommodations along the secluded pristine beaches of Kuala Terengganu.
  • Cukai - The nightlife region of Kuala Terengganu, the bars here are open until the wee hours of morning.
  • Golden Dragon - Who never gets tired of Chinese food, especially something with a hint of Malaysia?
  • Tropix Bistro - A must-visit place in Kuala Terengganu for nightlife lovers.

Kuala Terengganu Outdoor

  • Redang Island - This is truly a magical place that never fails to enchant both locals and visitors to Kuala Terrenganu.
  • Rantau Abang - The largest species of turtle, the leatherback turtle, nests here every year.
  • Lata Tembakah - A majestic waterfall lies in this ambrosial rainforest. 
  • Bewah Cave - There are hundreds of bats here and amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations. 
  • Murang River Cruise - A river cruise along the picturesque Terengganu River. 
 

Kuala Terengganu Sport

  • Catch the astounding Monsoon Cup, which is the finale of the World Match Racing Tour.
  • Go jungle trekking and camping in Kuala Terengganu’s lush forests.
  • Canoe or kayak along Sungai Terrenganu or Lake Kenyir.
  • Don't miss the chance to scuba dive or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Terengganu.
  • Experience 4WD adventures in the rugged terrains of the states.

Kuala Terengganu Events

The Terengganu Masters Golf Invitational is July’s most popular way to ruin a good walk.

If you come in September, be prepared to ruin your diet – the Malaysia Fest celebrates the culture and food of the region with gusto.

We’d suggest just watching October’s Perhentian Island Challenge, an outdoor adventure race that involves running, swimming and obstacle courses.

The Sultan’s Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge in November attracts riders and horses from all over the world, kicking off under a giant horseshoe in Endurance Park.

The Monsoon Cup takes place in late November or early December. As one of the world’s premier sailing events, it’s like Formula 1 on the water.

When To Go

With a tropical climate, the majority of the year is both hot and humid.

The driest month is April, but May and June also provide some respite from the rain.

The wettest months in Kuala Terengganu are November and December.

Getting Around

The best way to get around Kuala Terengganu is by bicycle rickshaw.

Ferries are also a good way to reach different areas of the city.

While taxis do exist, you may think otherwise if trying to hail one from the street. Get your hotel to book in advance instead.

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