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Terenggganu Darul Iman

myMalaysiabooks shares with you the best of the state of Terengganu, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.


Welcome to Terengganu....

Fishing jetty, Malaysia         The state of Terengganu, located on the east coast of West Malaysia (Malaysian Peninsular) is blessed with a long sandy coastline of about 225; dotted with quaint fishing villages, beach resorts and islands in the South China Sea. The capital Kuala Terengganu, stands on the bank of the Terengganu river.


     Though Terengganu is a rural state, it boasts many heavy petroleum-based industries (mainly at Kertih). Off-shore oil installation off its coasts supports Terengganuís economy today. This somewhat quiet state is known for her striving fishing industry and traditional crafts such as batik.  With a long coastline of beautiful beaches (facing the south China Sea) and several islands, its a place to enjoy cheap and fresh seafood, fishing, swimming and beach activities. Enjoy a delightful stay at these quaint fishing villages and get great keropok (Malaysian fish and prawn chips) here.

     Terengganu is linked by road and air to other parts of Malaysia. You can fly here by AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines from KLIA.


Brief facts

Location: North-eastern state in West Malaysia

Land Area: 12,955 square kilometers

Capital: Kuala Terengganu

Population: About 1 million (90% Malays, the rest mainly Chinese and Indians)

Government of Terrengganu   Location map in Malaysia


Where to go and what to eat


Kuala Terengganu is a coastal town that has many delightful sights. A small town compared to Penang or Johor Bahru, yet its market strives with activities. Stroll along the waterfront and see fisherman and fishmongers bargain over the price of fish.

   Visit the Central market and you will certainly get fresh sea food and a wide selection of Malaysian chips - keropok, Malaysian kueh (cakes).


Heritage Sites of Terengganu

Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu, established by the Chinese community in the late 19th century. The buildings have been declared a heritage site by the United Nationís UNESCO.

Terengganu State Museum - which houses century old artifacts and artworks of Terengganu's rich and colourful heritage.
It is located in Bukit Losong, Kuala Terengganu. The museum complex is itself a heritage building of unique architectural styles of old Malay palaces.

Keropok Lekor, fish keropok of Terengganu



Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah - the floating mosque, is a famous landmark in Kuala Terengganu. The masjid (mosque) is situated on a 5-acre of reclaimed land in Kuala Ibai, with its foundation built in the lagoon of Sungai Ibai.


More at Government Tourism website:

Islands of Terengganu

Pulau Redang is located off the coast of Terengganu. Pulau Redang Marine Park is made up of a group of islands namely Pulau Redang, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Kapas. The water surrounding these islands is teeming with marine life and is a haven for divers. Redang offers you many sea-sports and other activities- scuba diving, snorkelling, jungle trekkingg, etc.

   Located off the coast of Terengganu, you can fly to Kuala Terengganu and travel by road to Marang, a fishing village 15km north of Kuala Terengganu. A 45-minutes boat ride takes you to Pulau Redang. Check out Berjaya-air (local airline) for flights to Pulau Redang.

Pulau Perhentian Besar is 21 km off the coast of Terengganu, easier reached by speedboat from Kuala Besut, Terengganu. The Perhentian islands (P. Perhentian Besar & P. Perhentian Kecil), which means 'Stopover Islands' in Malay, is Terengganu's northern most marine park. The island itself is a place for nature lovers and those who enjoy swimming diving, deep sea fishing or sailing.

Hotels in Perhentian Islands

Pulau Kapas is a small island renowned for its emerald waters and sandy beaches.

Fishing Villages      Terengganu is know for its products from the sea. Fishing villages dots the long coastline and are a captivating sight.  Be sure to visit Marang a fishing village in a lagoon, where you will see a fleet of fishing trawlers and many fishing activities. Marang is also wher you can take a ferry to Pulau Redang.  Or pay a visit to the small quaint fishing village of Kijal and enjoy the beauty and solitude of a country lifestyle.

Other stops

Penarik - heritage Malay houses

keropok - Malaysian chips ketupat

What to eat in Trengganu

Nasi dagang - steam rice cooked with coconut milk and taken with fish curry.

Keropok lekor - steam fish rolls cut and deep-fried. The keropok is crisp on the outside and soft inside, eaten dipped in chilli sauce.

Pulut lepa - glutinous rice with fish filling.

Terengganu laksa - rice noodles with coconut fish gravy

other food to try includes tropical fruits, nasi lemak, keropok, etc.


How to get there

By air  

There are daily flights from KLIA on Malaysia Airlines to Dungun, Kuala Terengganu.

Fly by Firefly from Kuala Terengganu to Singapore from July 14 2009

By road  

You can travel by road from Kuala Lumpur, through the states of Selangor and Pahang to Terengganu. Follow the scenic coastline of the state that passes through kampongs or fishing villages.

The East West Highway from Grik, Perak also link you from Kedah and Perak to Terengganu. (see state of Kelantan)

more at Malaysia Transport Page

 Where to Stay

Looking for hotels in Terengganu? Search and compare hotel rates in your choice currency, from multiple popular websites before booking. Promotions are often available during non-peak seasons (not public holidays or school holidays).

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Recommended hotel for a Kampong stay!

Terrapuri Heritage Village Penarik

Terrapuri (The Land Of Palaces) is a conservation and restoration project of Terengganu Malay Traditional house, at Penarik, Kuala Terengganu.

The boutique resort features 29 hundred years old Classic heritage Malay Houses. The resort layout is inspired by the 17th century Terengganu Palace.

Terrapuri consists of 20 exclusive restored villas of traditional Malay house, a gallery and a beach house.

Penarik, an hourís drive north of Kuala Terengganu, a site that sits on a narrow spit of land by a river and nearby is the South China Sea. Just off-shore lie the islands of Pulau Redang, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Bidong

Terrapuri Boutique Hotel, Terengganu, malaysia 

(photo website of terrapuri)

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