Terengganu Tourist Attraction Information
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 gleam invitingly in the South China Sea. Kuala Terengganu is the charming capital of this state.
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.
Terengganu State Museum Complex
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.
Traditional boat building activities are the main draw of this island. Fine, seaworthy vessels are created by local craftsmen using traditional boat-making methods. The vessels are sold both locally and internationally. Pulau Duyong is also the venue of the Monsoon Cup Terengganu, a prestigious international sailing event.
– Watch how the skilled craftsmen build these boats entirely from memory, without the use of any blueprint.
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, situated about an hour’s drive from Kuala Terengganu.
- 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
– Terengganu has the longest coastline in Malaysia, stretching 244km. Go diving, swimming or simply work on your tan!
Pulau Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil
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 island a firm favourite among divers and snorkellers. Visitors have a choice of staying at Perhentian Besar (the larger island) or Perhentian Kecil (the smaller one). 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 resort and restaurants. Access to the islands is via a 45-minute boat ride from Kuala Besut Jetty on the mainland.
- 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
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 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.
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 Tenhhol your dream holiday destination. Access to this island is via the Kuala Dungun Jetty.
Sprawling 209,199ha, Tasik Kenyir is the site of Malaysia’s largest hydroelectric dam. Tasik Kenyir is also an alternative gateway to Taman Negara, a magnificent national park. This entryway to Taman Negara is commonly referred to as the Tanjung Mentong entryway.
Tasik Kenyir’s location on the fringes of Taman Negara makes it a thriving playground for small animals, snakes and birds. The rugged terrain, streams, water-falls, 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 advised to take note that fishing is only allowed 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.
- Explore the Taat and Bewah caves
- Conquer the peak of Gunung Gagau (1,376m) 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 land a variety of freshwater fish
- Visit the Herb Farm
- Make a trip to the Lasir and Saok Waterfalls
- See elephants up close at the Sungai Ketiar Elephant Sanctuary
- Learn more about fishes at the Kelah (Malaysian Mahseer) Sanctuary
Hailed to be the highest 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 make is visible even from afar. Visitors in search of milder forms of recreation can visit the recreational forest nearby. Chemerong Waterfall is situated in the Chemerong Forest Reserve, about 30km from Bandar Al Muktafi Billah Shah in Dungun.
La Hot Springs
This 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
Lata Tembakan Waterfall
Hidden in a thickly wooded area, the Lata Tembakah Waterfall is a refreshing getaway for nature lovers. Facilities include campsites, a suspension bridge, resting huts, changing rooms, children’s playground and more. The waterfall is only about 30 minutes away from Besut. Chalets operated by the Forestry Department are available for overnight visitors.
Sekayu Recreational Forest
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 and 16km from Kuala Berang.
- Swim at the natural pools
- Have a picnic under the forest canopy
- Visit the Miri 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