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Welcome To Terengganu

Terengganu used to be one of Malaysias poorest states until oil and gas were discovered off its coastline not too long ago. There are huge petrochemical and gas processing plants and supporting petroleum based industries near Paka and Kerteh, involving many joint ventures between Petronas, the Malaysian national oil company and foreign multinationals. Agriculture and fishing are still major industries while tourism is fast becoming a major economic contributor in Terengganu, a state with 244 coastlines. The State today is a melting pot of old and new, set against the backdrop of Terengganus traditional poise and beauty, where progressive change is meshed with values that have been held dear for generations. With the present government gearing ahead to create an impressive state to visit, an immense opportunity awaits investors. Terengganu is endowed with unmatched natural beauty; having the longest coastline of wonderful beaches, the lush tropical rainforests, a hidden paradise unmoved by time and stunning tranquil emerald islands which its waters turn magnificently golden hues at sunrise. Terengganu is also rich with myriads of customs and traditions, upheld through generations and visible in its way of life, its arts and handicrafts, its traditional culinary and its heritage. Terengganu is in a league of its own as a vibrant tourist destination. Terengganu is truly a tropical gateway. In the land where nature embraces heritage, it will indeed revitalize your senses. Welcome to Terengganu and discover splendours of Nature, the diversity of Tradition and the fascinating Heritage. There is absolutely no other place like Terengganu.

How Terengganu Got Her Name

Many legends surround the origins of Terengganu; none providing clarity but each adding to its mystery instead. Version 1: It was associated with the discovery of a fang (taring) of an unknown species by a group of neighbouring royal hunters. Unable to identify the species, it was mentioned that the bountiful hunt was at the place where Taring Anu (Fang of an unknown species) was found. Version 2: It was associated with the discovery of a very bright rainbow (Ganu) on the horizon off the coast by a neighbouring royal fleet. It was mentioned that the place of ,,Terang Ganu (Bright Rainbow) was a very prosperous trading post. Version 3: Terenggan River has two branches, one that goes further inland and another one goes downstream to the river estuary. It was mentioned that trade flourishes in the estuary of ,,that Terenggan (Terenggan nu) which attracts traders and hence the name. HISTORY Terengganus location along the main ancient sea routes attracted traders from the four corners of the world. With archipelago of islands as a shelter from vicious monsoon winds, it was little wonder that Terengganu became a trading post. Terengganus history predates the establishment of the Melaka Sultanate. Straddling the ancient trade routes, it was, according to records from the Chinese merchants and other seafarers from as early as sixth century, under the influence of Srivijaya and traded extensively with the Majapahit Empire, the Khmer Empire, the Arab, the Indian and of course, the Chinese. The name Terengganu was mentioned as Teng-Ya-Nu by a Chinese scholar, Coo-Cu-Fei in his book Ling-Wai-Fai-Ta in 1178AD. He mentioned a

place named Foloan which was identified as Kuala Berang, the capital district of Hulu Terengganu. Another Chinese historian, Cao-Ju-Kua did not miss Teng-ya-nung when he authored Cu-Fan-Cih in 1226AD. In the year 150 AD, Ptolemy, a renowned Greek scholar mentioned in his journal of two important trading post in the east coast region of the Golden Chersonese (Peninsular Malaya) which was identified as Kole and Perimula. Both believed to be ports of call for coastal traders. Kole was said to be in Kemaman while Perimula was believed to be Kuala Terengganu. Terengganu was the first Malay state to accept Islam, as attested to by a stone dated 1303 AD engraved with Arabic inscriptions found in Kuala Berang. The Inscripted Stone (Batu Bersurat) discovered by Sayed Hussein Ghulam Al-Bukhari in 1902 at Kuala Berang bore the word Terenkanu inscribed in Jawi, an Arabic Romanized version. The inscribed stone tablet or famously known as the Batu Bersurat of Terengganu constitutes the earliest evidence of Jawi writings based on Arabic alphabets in the Malay Peninsula. The stone is also the testimony the acceptance if Islam as the official religion in Terengganu, earlier than the date when Parameswara embraced Islam in Malacca. The archeological finds at Bewah and Taat caves in Hulu Terengganu were carbon dated to be from the Hoabinhian era circa 14,00010,000 years ago. Terengganu was inhabited well before the turn of the first millennium.

FAST FACTS Geography & Climate Terengganu is situated in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. To the north lies the Kelantan state while the state of Pahang borders to its south. Terengganu covers a land area of 12,995 sq km with 244 km of scenic coastline overlooking South China Sea. With an equatorial location at 4 degrees 45 north and 103 degrees 0 east, Terengganu boasts a fine tropical climate, with uniform temperatures averaging from 23-33 degrees Celsius and a mean humidity of about 90%. Rainfalls are copious, accounting to Terengganus lush rainforest and vegetation. Generally two seasons are distinguished: the rainy/wet season and the dry season. The wet season starts November until February, with the onset of the northeast monsoon in Peninsular Malaysia. Other months are dry season with occasional wet weather. State Capital Kuala Terengganu, the heritage waterfront city, is strategically located on the banks of the Terengganu River. Administrative Districts Kuala Terengganu, Kemaman, Dungun, Besut, Dungun, Hulu Terengganu and Setiu. Population Terengganu has a population of approximately 1,094,300 consisting of 95% Malays and the rest comprising of Chinese, Indians and other ethnics. Working Days Government offices and banks working days are from Sunday to Thursday and the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.

GETTING THERE Air The newly upgraded Sultan Mahmud Airport is situated approx. 18 km north of Kuala Terengganu city centre. Taxis and car rental desks are available at the arrival hall. The mezzanine level has a variety of souvenir shops and cafes. Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly Air operate daily flights to the Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Low Cost Carrier Terminal and Subang Airport respectively. The daily Firefly and Berjaya Air flights from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur and Singapores Seletar Airport offer a convenient and time saving way to visit Terengganu. Berjaya Air ply direct route to Pulau Redang both from Subang in Malaysia and Seletar Airport in Singapore. Road Terengganu is accessible via intercity expressway networks from all major towns and cities in Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. The new East Coast Highway and the Simpang Pulai Highway via Tasik Kenyir offers a convenient and scenic journey. Driving by car with friends or loved ones can be pretty much an interesting trip. Aside from the greeneries that can be seen through out your journey, the fresh air and unpolluted countryside can offer a captivating experience. Once you get to Terengganu road, the beautiful beaches and blue waters welcomes you. Travelling from the south through the Segamat Highway offers an exciting trip as well. Luxury doubledecker coaches, taxis and rental cars are available from all major cities in Peninsular Malaysia.

GETTING TO THE ISLANDS Terengganus islands are accessible by boat from several jetty points on the mainland. Pulau Perhentian Kuala Besut Tourist Jetty - (2 ½ hour drive up north from Kuala Terengganu). There are ferries, speedboats and wooden boats available daily with morning departures start as early as 8.00 am. The return ticket to the island is RM70.00 per person. There are water taxis available for shuttles between Perhentian kecil and Perhentian Besar at reasonable rate. Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah a) Merang Tourist Jetty in Setiu ­ (1/2 hour drive up north from Kuala Terengganu) b) Shahbandar Tourist Jetty in Kuala Terengganu Speedboats ply daily regular services from Merang Jetty while ferry service caters both islanders and tourists with daily departures from Shahbandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu. The return ticket from Merang to Redang is RM90.00 per person while to Lang Tengah is RM100.00 per person. Ferry ticket costs RM100.00 per person return. A private carrier Berjaya Air operates direct flights from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur and from Seletar Airport in Singapore. It provides fast and convenient way for a weekend gateway in Pulau Redang without the hassle of land and sea transfers. Pulau Kapas and Pulau Gemia The entry point is the tourist jetty in Marang town, a mere 20 minutes drive south of Kuala Terengganu. The speedboat rides takes just 10 minutes. No wonder as Kapas is the nearest island to the mainland. Boat, tours and accommodation services are available at the jetty. It costs RM40.00 per person for a return trip by speedboat to either Gemia or Kapas Island. Pulau Tenggol Kuala Dungun Jetty is situated 1 hour scenic coastal drive south of Kuala Terengganu. The journey to the island takes approximately 45 minutes with speedboat that costs RM120.00 per person.

Getting to Kenyir Lake Taxis are available either from Kuala Terengganu Airport or from the taxi terminal in Kuala Terengganu city. The journey takes approximately 1 hour to reach Pengkalan Gawi Jetty. Alternatively, there is daily direct bus service from Hentian Putra in Kuala Lumpur to Pengkalan Gawi Jetty.

KUALA TERENGGANU As the state capital of Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu is strategically located at the Terengganu river mouth, overlooking the open South China Sea. Kuala Terengganu used to be a port of call for barter traders from the neighbouring region as well as from other parts of the world. Local traders barter gold dusts, brass wares and local products in exchange for the much needed salt, rice and other daily commodities. Some traders anchored at the port just to seek shelters from the unpredictable monsoon winds. Admiral Zheng Ho and his armada were believed to have anchored in Kuala Terengganu to get freshwater supplies and other amenities for thousands of his sailors. Visits by Captain Alexander Hamilton in 1720AD, W. Medhurst, a Christian missionary in 1828 AD and George Winsor Earl in 1833AD wrote in their logbooks that the Chinese community traded gold dust and pepper with their Chinese counterparts who sailed in their vessels from the mainland China. With the restructuring and the proclamation of the township into a waterfront city with a tinge of traditional infrastructures, Kuala Terengganu is set to become a hub for tourism as well as other developments. An East Coast Corridor will be developed in tandem to lure more tourists and investors alike. Kuala Terengganu has an abundance appeals and attractions. There is Pasar Payang Central Market, a bustling centre of activities, the historic Kampung China, the state muzeum, handicraft centre, the famous ,,keropok lekor in Kampung Losong and the picturesque fishing village in Seberang Takir. Other attractions are the dotted cottage industries of songket weaving, batik ,,chanting (hand drawn) and block imprints, the traditional boat making, the traditional foods and recreational beaches of Pantai Batu Buruk, Pantai Teluk Ketapang, Pantai Chendering and the famous Monsoon Cup venue of

Pulau Duyung. Each attraction offers glimpses of unique blend of local tradition and rich cultures, heritage and the beauty of nature, plus the warmth of its people, all in its developing capital of Kuala Terengganu.

TAMAN TAMADUN ISLAM

(ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION PARK)

The park is a colourful mosaic marked by 21 exquisite miniatures of famous mosques and monuments showcasing the grandeurs of Islamic arts and architectures. The island is divided into two zones. Zone 1 housed the 21 miniature mosques, monuments, souvenir shops, restaurant and a recreational lake. Audio Visual presentations and signage of the heritage and history provides interesting information for visitors. Zone 2 housed a commercial centre, a convention centre, a main square and an Islamic concept garden. Tucked at the tip of the island is the glittering Crystal Mosque. Majestically constructed with crystal shine glass and steel overlooking the scenic Terengganu River, it is the iconic splendour and pride of Terengganu. The breathtaking view of the park with its colourful lightings of the mosques and monuments seen from the Terengganu Bridge is picture perfect with panoramic background, especially during sunset that add to the lustrous colour of nature at its best. It only seems natural that the magnificent Crystal Mosque, with its foundation in the water provides a floating illusion. The close proximity to the water provides reflections to the glass walls, minarets and domes, thus creates a prismatic and radiant exterior. The luminescent exterior reflects charm and the vibrant heritage and idyllic nature that surround it. PUSAT KRAFTANGAN

(HANDICRAFT CENTRE)

A must visit for handicraft enthusiast; the Terengganu Handicraft Centre boasts diverse wares that Terengganu is famous for. From hand woven baskets to pandanus (mengkuang) mat weaving, from wood carvings to songket weaving, brassware as well as the exquisite hand drawn and block imprints, everything is all here. Each creation, unique with the unmistakable feel of Terengganu, are done meticulously with skills passed from one generation to the next thus retaining its originality. The Handicraft centre is situated in Kuala Ibai, 6 km from the town centre. .

TENGKU TENGAH ZAHARAH MOSQUE

(FLOATING MOSQUE)

An awe-inspiring design with picturesque surroundings, you must not miss the opportunity to visit one of the famous landmark in Kuala Terengganu. The mosque is situated on a 5-acre of reclaimed land in Kuala Ibai, with its foundation built in the lagoon of Ibai river. During high tide, the water rises covering the foundation creates illusions of a floating mosque. BULATAN BATU BERSURAT

(INSCRIPTED STONE ROUNDABOUT)

Syed Hussin Gulam al-Bukhari, who discovered the stone tablet in Kampung Buluh, Kuala Berang in 1903, realized the historical significance of the Romanized Arabic-like text inscriptions on the stone. It is one of the most important historical evidence of an Islamic decree in scripted by a local ruler, dated 1303. The stone is an evidence of one of the earliest Islamic government in the Malay Peninsula. The inscriptions on the stone explain the decree and enforcement of Islamic laws and its punishments. Today, a replica of the stone has been built as a memorial in Kampung Buluh, Kuala Berang and another mammoth replica at a roundabout in Kuala Terengganu. The original is prominently displayed at the State Museum. DATARAN SHAHBANDAR

(SHAHBANDAR CITY SQUARE)

Located in the heart of the city overlooking the scenic Pulau Duyung in the estuary of Terengganu River, it is a place to relax and unwind while watching local fishermen returning from the sea. The famous weekend market every Fridays attracted locals and foreigners alike. Among goods sold are second hand garments, leather goods, bundle shoes, household products, local delicacies and children toys. This City Square is also the main venue for carnival events and performances.

TAMAN AWAM BATU BURUK

(BATU BURUK RECREATIONAL PARK)

The recreation park is a preferred place for weekend holiday retreats in

Kuala Terengganu. Feel the cool breeze while strolling on the wide stretch of sandy beach overlooking South China Sea. A childrens playground, horse riding activity, jogging tracks, toilets, eating stalls and performance stage are available. Locals and tourists alike flock the beach spending quality time with the family and the loved ones. Watch kite flying during windy season. ISTANA MAZIAH (MAZIAH PALACE) This palace is yet another main attraction of Kuala Terengganu. Unlike other traditional palaces, the design of this palace has a hint of French architecture. Overlooking the vibrant Kuala Terengganu waterfront, the palace was constructed during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III in 1897. Originally called Istana Hijau (the Green Palace), what sets this palace unique is the use of a mixture of limestone and clay, strengthened with coarse salt, egg white and honey as its main building ingredients. This palace was definitely unique in its time, however was partly destroyed by a fire during World War II. The present palace is reconstructed during the post war era. Today, Istana Maziah is the venue for royal celebrations, royal receptions of local and foreign dignitaries, royal weddings and conferment of titles.

MEDAN MAZIAH

(MAZIAH GARDEN)

Medan Maziah was originally a part of the Istana Maziahs compound. A sizeable had been turned into a beautiful landscaped garden. There is a gigantic replica of betel leaves canister or tepak sireh which symbolizes the half-forgotten betel leaves eating era of the yesteryears. NOOR ARFA CRAFT COMPLEX Situated in Chendering, Noor Arfa is a pioneer of the much acclaimed batik industry in Malaysia. Their principle to always improvise and striving for the best in batik designs have won the admiration and recognition in Malaysia. With its meticulous design and high quality fabrics, Noor Arfa has achieved the status and rare distinction of being the largest batik producer in the country. Their branches spread to most major cities in Malaysia. Noor Arfa Craft Complex not only focuses on the manufacturing activity. It is one of

Malaysias largest batik showrooms. There are also handicrafts and batik demonstrators which provide opportunity for visitors to learn and watch the meticulous and artistic skills passed from previous generation. BUKIT PUTERI

(PRINCESS HILL)

Bukit Puteri is a 208-metre hill that is rich in history. Situated next to the famous Istana Maziah, the hills name literally means The Princess Hill. It was formerly a fortress believed to have been built in the 1820s. At present what remains is a large brass bell known as ,,Genta. It was struck during emergencies as well as notification of important festivals and royal events, chimed at different message tone to the surrounding townsfolk. There are also a family of cannons, flagpole, a lighthouse, cemetery and a fort. Bukit Puteri is accessible from the new Waterfront Heritage Bazaar. BAZAR WARISAN PESISIR AIR

(WATERFRONT HERITAGE BAZAAR)

A visit to Terengganu will not be complete without spending time at this well known market. Visitors will find ample parking spaces in the multi-tiered car park. The market offers varieties of traditional handicrafts from souvenirs to songket, batik, handicraft products, keris, brassware, t-shirts, ladies garment and silk. The Bazaar is opened daily from as early as 7.00 am until 6.00 pm. Please be advised that some of the stalls are closed on Fridays. KAMPONG CHINA

(CHINA TOWN)

Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu is first established by the Chinese community in the late 19th century. It was once a hub for commercial activities that help shape Kuala Terengganu into what it is today. The Chinese built the traditionally designed shop houses according to their place of origin in China. The buildings have been declared a heritage site by the United Nations UNESCO World Monument Watch Programme and grants are being given annually to finance preservation of this pre-colonial heritage significant. The Chinese have been living harmoniously with the majority Malays in the state. They blend with the local culture and heritage, speak fluent local

dialect and share the likings of traditional delicacies while retaining their identity. Souvenir shops, restaurants, electronic and grocery shops lined the colourful buildings. It is also home to two grand temple or toapekongs, the Ho Ann Kiong and the Tien Hou Kong. Visits to Kg. China are a must when you are in Kuala Terengganu. Try spending time walking along the streets. It is considered to be the old hub of the town where pre-war heritage buildings by immigrants that help shape Terengganu into what it is today. PESISIR AIR JALAN HILIRAN (THE WATERFRONT) This is one of the recent landmarks in Kuala Terengganu. With a garden concept in mind, the waterfront is beautifully landscaped overlooking the Terengganu River, thus making it the perfect spot to relax while enjoying the cool breeze. Adding to the comfort and convenience are ample parking spaces, food stalls, children playground, toilet facilities and river cruise jetty. KEROPOK LEKOR AT KAMPONG LOSONG Some call them fish fritters, fish sausages or fish sticks but in Terengganu, they are called ,,keropok. There are two three types of keropok, mainly keropok lekor (boiled chewy ones), keropok goreng (fried chewy ones) and keropok keping (sliced, sun-dried and fried). There is none better than those found in Kampong Losong. ,,Keropok lekor are actually made from processed fish meat mixed with salt and sagoo flour. This mixture is then hand rolled into sausage shaped around 6 to 10 inches long and immediately cooked. It is a great afternoon snack normally dipped in Terengganus equally famous chili sauce. MUZIUM NEGERI

(TERENGGANU STATE MUSEUM)

It is acclaimed as the largest of its kind in Malaysia. The Terengganu State Museum houses century old artifacts and artworks of rich and colourful heritage. Located on 27 hectares of land in Bukit Losong, Kuala Terengganu, the complex itself is an impressive architectural feature, based on the designs of the ancient Terengganu palace. The complexs many galleries showcase textiles, historical artifacts, crafts, royal regalia, Islamic arts,

contemporary arts, weapons, petroleum historical, sea faring trade, fisheries and marine galleries.

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Herbs and botanic garden is well-maintained in the vicinity of the museum. At the main entrance, the original Arabic Jawi text inscription of Islamic religious decree Inscribed Stone or "Batu Bersurat" of Terengganu is prominently displayed, which proves the earliest acceptance of Islamic teachings in the Malay Peninsula. The maritime complex, the restored original old palaces and traditional boats used by sea-faring locals are also prominently displayed in the compound. TRADITIONAL BOAT BUILDING AT PULAU DUYONG Traditional boat builders of Terengganu are famous for their skills that have withstood the test of time. These craftsmen do not require plans or blueprints. They build boats and yachts from memory passed from generations and yet produce intricate designs with great precision and details. Built with the touch of modern technology and traditional precision, the boat and yacht is sought after by sailors from all over the world due to its sea-worthiness. Today, they continue to be a part of Terengganus rich and vibrant heritage arts and heritage. KOTA LAMA DUYONG (DUYONG OLD FORT) This building of historical significance is located on Pulau Duyong Kecil. It is an architecture wonder built in the 1920s. While most of the local abodes are normal wooden traditional houses, Kota Lama Duyung was constructed with bricks and wood, based largely on the traditional Malays elements, with a hint of British influence, a burgeoning Islamic consideration. The Kota Lama Fort is considered an experimental building, a legacy of its owner, Dato Biji Sura, a man known for his vision and futuristic ideas. The house was restored by the State as one of the unique attraction and is also act as a live museum to display local artifacts and the historical development of Islam.

KAMPUNG TELUK KETAPANG HOMESTAY Kampung Teluk Ketapang is a traditional fishing village situated in Kampung Seberang Takir, Kuala Terengganu. Those planning to experience the traditional way of life should not miss the opportunity that includes traditional games, fishing or squid jigging trips as well as visits to local cottage industries. PULAU REDANG

(REDANG ISLAND)

Of all the islands in Terengganu, Pulau Redang is perhaps blessed with development and tourism infrastructures. To date, chalets and resorts have mushroomed to cater for the ever-increasing tourist arrivals. There is a small airport for a direct flight from Subang Airport, Kuala Lumpur and Seletar Airport, Singapore, operated by Berjaya Air. Most of the arrival is via Merang Jetty in Setiu. The Fisheries Act of 1985 declared Redang and its archipelago as a marine park. In Marine Park located in Pulau Pinang, visitors can hand-feed the fishes while snorkeling. In fact, the whole of Pulau Redang offers abundance of marine lives, coral gardens and a few ship wrecks which are definite thrills and excitements for scuba-divers. PULAU BIDONG

(BIDONG ISLAND)

Pulau Bidong was internationally well known as the relocation center for Vietnamese refugees from the middle 70s until it was closed in the early 90s. The state government decided that no accommodation facilities are to be built on the island. Remnants of hospital, school, sundry shops and warehouse are a stark reminder of what is used to be home to thousands of boat people. There is a turtle research centre lead by a local university and an underwater gallery that hosts replicas of Inscribed Stone (Batu Bersurat), a Keris, a traditional sampan and betel chewing canisters (tepak sireh) located 15m underwater. Day trip visitors can snorkel and scuba dive around Pulau Bidong.

PULAU LANG TENGAH

(LANG TENGAH ISLAND)

Its name is derived from the sea eagles that breed on this picturesque island. The island is accessible via Merang Jetty in Setiu. Located between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang, Pulau Lang Tengahs natural habitat remains untouched. The jungles are still retains its natural eco system. The sea promises soft and hard colourful corals of unrivaled beauty with abundance of marine lives. There are only four resorts with their own private beach and visitors could laze around practically undisturbed on the soft powdery sandy beaches. PULAU REDANG'S MARINE PARK It has been given recognition as one of the most well preserved marine parks in Malaysia and it is an excellent diving and snorkeling spot. Complete with tourist information centre, a cafeteria, a mini marine museum, a prayer room, a camping ground and other public facilities, visitors should not miss the opportunities to hand feed the variety of fish in the Marine Park. Visitors to the Marine Park Centre have to pay a conservation fee of RM5.00 per person.

BESUT

Besut is the northern-most district in Terengganu and it borders with Kelantan. Jertih is the commercial hub while Kampung Raja is the administrative centre. Besut has so much to offer for visitors. The splendour of nature awaits them at Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Rhu, the waterfalls of Lata Tembakah, the therapeutic Kampung La Hot Spring and the pristine beaches of Pantai Bukit Keluang, Pantai Air Tawar and Pantai Dendong. Besut is also home to thriving cottage industry that includes woods carving, leather crafts and rattan weaving. In addition to all that, the people of Besut are also famous for their friendliness, warmth and charms. TRADITIONAL WOOD CARVING INDUSTRY One of the oldest traditional crafts in Terengganu is definitely in Besut. Local woodcarvers were once given the privilege to design and construct the abodes of local rulers and chieftains. The higher the rank and wealth of an individual, the more intricate and exquisite the designs were. Other than their creativity and innovativeness to create such intricate designs,

the craftsmen are also able to bring forth their own identity in their work. Many of their works are still unmatched by todays technology and it is the matter of passion that drive them to create such a unique and exquisite designs unmatched that has withstood the test of time. The traditional technology and design are so advanced that these houses could retain cool air during hot weather and remain warm during the cold weather. It is such an ingenious creative innovation by the local wood craftsmen. The wood-carvers of Terengganu get their inspiration mostly from the Islamic arts and also motifs from leaves, flowers, fruits and marine lives. Today, there is an increasing awareness among the people, especially the elites, to preserve this heritage and adorn their corporate offices. The influence of traditional wood-crafts can now be found in government buildings, universities, hotels and resorts. From entire houses to doors, window shutters and furniture, the exquisite and brilliant craftsmanship of the local wood-carvers are something that needs to be treasured, appreciated and preserved. PANTAI AIR TAWAR

(AIR TAWAR BEACH)

Pantai Air Tawar is a pristine and scenic beach ideal for family and group outings. Visitors can just sit under the shades of coconut trees lulled by the soothing sea breeze while enjoying fresh coconut drink and sumptuous seafood. Watch kite flying during windy days or watch the happiness of local kids playing with the tides. PANTAI BUKIT KELUANG

(BUKIT KELUANG BEACH)

The rocky outcrop and caves give Bukit Keluang Beach an added advantage over other beaches in the vicinity. Tourists could explore the nocturnal species in the caves. Walkways are built to access the hill top providing breathtaking view of the spectacular azure waters of South China Sea. Most of the clear days, Pulau Perhentian provides the picturesque background.

PANTAI DENDONG (DENDONG BEACH)

Dendong is another strip of beach that is a hit among tourists and locals. It is a popular spot for outdoors activities. The beach has chalets and resorts catering to the needs of visitors. Here, visitors could mingle with friendly locals. Lazing on a hammock, lulled by the breeze and the soothing sounds of the gentle waves will definitely freshen up the day. AIR PANAS KAMPUNG LA

(KG LA HOT SPRING)

The La Hot Spring is a natural hot water pool originates from deep under the ground and seeps through cracks creating a pool with a temperature ranging from 45-49 degrees Celsius. The therapeutic sulphuric hot water provides ailment to the skin. There are man-made hot water pools, toilets, chalets, stalls, camping ground and parking areas provided for visitors convenient.

AIR TERJUN LATA TEMBAKAH

(LATA TEMBAKAH WATERFALL)

In a lush tropical rainforest, lies Air Terjun Lata Tembakah, a 7tiered waterfall that flows majestically through the rainforest. Its thunderous sound alone has a soothing effect on weary visitors. Visitors could climb to the highest cascading water for a splendid sight. Ample parking spaces, food stalls, wooden walkways, jungle treks, gazebos, chalets and camping ground are some of the facilities that will entice visitors to stay for a night or two. PULAU PERHENTIAN

(PERHENTIAN ISLAND)

Situated 10 nautical miles from the coasts of Terengganu, visitors disembarks from Kuala Besut jetty, for a half and hour speedboat journey to the island. The jetty is just a scenic two hours journey up north from Kuala Terengganu. Pulau Perhentian is actually a group of islands comprises of Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Serenggeh, Pulau

Susu Dara Besar and Pulau Susu Dara Kecil. The islands offer an amazing snorkeling experience in crystal clear waters. Spectacular marine lives and diverse species of hard and soft corals in the clear, aquamarine waters will definitely thrill snorkelers and divers. Here, manta rays, reef sharks, barracudas and turtles roam freely in their natural habitat, un-amazed to the flashing lights of the divers underwater camera. For the less adventurous, the beaches are an ideal location just to laze around and do practically nothing. JETI KUALA BESUT

(THE KUALA BESUT JETTY)

The jetty is situated a few kilometers from the Kuala Besut town and it serves as a disembarking point for visitors en-route to Pulau Perhentian. At the jetty, ample parking spaces are available as well as souvenir shops, ticketing counters, travel agents and restaurants. Budget accommodation can also be booked at the jetty. Boat services operates till the evening for the convenience of late-arrivals but should the water turns choppy, it is advisable to stay overnight at few budget hotels situated within the jetty area.

SETIU It is believed that Setiu got its name from a Bugis chieftain, who, after months of travelling all the way from Sumatera, decided to stay in Setiu for good. Bandar Permaisuri, which means Queens town, is the district capital as well as the administrative centre. Setiu is famous for its enchanting beaches, its traditional fishing villages and its nature. Another famous attraction in Setiu is its wetland areas.

PANTAI PENARIK

(PENARIK BEACH)

Visitors seeking a place to unwind far away from the rush of city life will immediately be drawn to Pantai Penarik. This is a ,,postcard-perfect setting, completer with with fishing villages and typical Malay traditional houses dotted by the beachfront underneath swaying coconut and pine trees. On any clear days, the scenic islands of Bidong, Redang, Lang Tengah and

Pulau Perhentian provide a picturesque sea view. Watch local fisherman with their catch of their day or fancy buying some freshly caught fish, crab or prawn for an unforgettable barbeque dinner by the sea. PANTAI MERANG

(MERANG BEACH)

This beach stretches as far as the eye could see and what a view it is. The pristine seashore is home to quaint fishing villages with colourful traditional fishing boats lined up on the beachfront. Watching the captivating sunrise is perhaps makes up the memorable stay in Pantai Merang. Budget chalets and resorts are available providing comfort for weary travellers. MERANG TOURIST JETTY Not to be confused with Pantai Marang, Visitors going to Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah disembarks from the Merang tourist jetty, situated a mere 40 minutes drive north of Kuala Terengganu. Private owned and government jetties lined up the Merang riverbanks, providing efficient service for tourists. Ample parking space, souvenir stalls, food stalls and toilet facilities are available at the jetty. GUNUNG TEBU

(SUGAR CANE MOUNTAIN)

Gunung Tebu is a part of the highland range that offers exhilarating trekking. Experience guide is needed. It will take 2-3 hours for a trained climber to reach the top. What ever it takes, one has to be agile and fit enough to scale the mountain. The cool winds and the breathtaking view upon reaching the mountain top are worth the tough climb. Upon descending, stop by at Lata Belantan waterfall where one can enjoy frolicking in sprays of cooling waters that will surely freshen up the weariest climbers. AIR TERJUN LATA BELATAN (LATA BELATAN WATERFALL) This waterfall has gained a reputation for being an ideal picnic spot among locals especially during weekends and school holidays. Its cool clear streams and the sound of cascading waters are soothing enough for visitors. Here, camping grounds are available as well as changing rooms, food stalls and ample

parking space. RHU SEPULUH HOMESTAY Kampung Rhu Sepuluh is yet another rustic traditional fishing village in Setiu district. Those planning to experience the traditional way of life should not miss the opportunity as various activities are arranged. These include traditional games, fishing or squid fishing trips as well as trips to local cottage industries. Different families provide demonstrations on the making of traditional food and visitors are allowed to participate. HULU TERENGGANU Hulu Terengganu is the biggest and the only landlocked district in Terengganu. It borders Kelantan in the west and Pahang in the south. A part of Hulu Terengganu is actually included in Malaysias Taman Negara (National Park). Although most visitors enter Taman Negara through Kuala Tembeling in Pahang, Tanjung Mentong in Tasik Kenyir is actually the nearest and alternative gateway to Taman Negara. Hulu Terengganu district boasts hundreds of million years old vast tropical rainforests which offers diverse and exotic flora and fauna. There are plenty of outdoor and rugged activities that surely will please even the least adventurous. Visitors can engage in jungle trekking, camping, angling, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, mountain climbing, caving and bird watching as well as night safaris. It is here in Kampung Buluh, Hulu Terengganu that the famous Batu Bersurat (Inscripted Stone) was found. The artifact which dated 1303 AD or 702 Hijriah proves the acceptance of Islam by the local ruler. It is by far the earliest evidence that Islam spreads very much earlier than any other known communities in the Malay Peninsula. Kuala Berang is the district capital as well as the commercial and administrative hub in Hulu Terengganu. From the Chinese historical records and artifacts, it is discovered that the name ,,FoLo-An refers to Kuala Berang, a commercial trading post that links with its regional neighbours.

TASIK KENYIR

(KENYIR LAKE, SOUTH EAST ASIA'S BIGGEST MAN-MADE LAKE)

When the dam was completed in 1985, the water catchments area raises creating hilltops, rivers and highlands into 340 islands, 14 waterfalls and numerous rapids. It is by far the biggest man-made hydroelectric dam in South East Asia and covers over 209,199 square hectares. It offers exotic rainforest flora and fauna. Pengkalan Gawi is the main jetty to her many splendours. Boat services, food stalls, toilet facilities, ample parking space and tourist information centre are available at the jetty. The lush jungles of Tasik Kenyir offer activities such as jungle trekking, bird watching, angling and jungle camping to those adventurous visitors. There are plenty of floating lodges, houseboats, chalets and international class resorts to fit every budget. For nature lover and naturalists, Tasik Kenyir offers exciting and thrilling arrays of water-based activities that makes up memorable stay. GUA BEWAH

(BEWAH CAVE)

The cave is located at the southern end of Tasik Kenyir and it takes a 45 minutes speedboat ride to reach this cave from the Pengkalan Gawi Jetty. Bewah is the biggest cave in this area with an entrance of 40 meters above the water level. Archeological finds have proven that Neolithic people of the Hoabinhian circa 10,000-15,000 years ago once lived here. The intricate cave formations of limestones, stalactites and stalagmites are truly a sight to behold. Gua Bewah is also home to many nocturnal animals and insects.

GUA TAAT

(TAAT CAVE)

Gua Taat is a cave complex with three sister caves. They are situated on the hills opposite Gua Bewah. Artifacts of Neolithic tools and potteries are also excavated here but some archeological findings had submerged underwater after the completion of the hydroelectric dam.

AIR TERJUN LASIR

(LASIR WATERFALL)

This is one of the most popular spots in Tasik Kenyir and is just a half hour boat ride from the Pengkalan Gawi Jetty. The waterfall has multitiered boulders creating cooling water sprays from 500 feet height. Tracks and walkways have been built and climbing up to the top offers a spectacular and breathtaking view. AIR TERJUN SAOK

(SAOK WATERFALL)

This waterfall is the nearest, with just a 15 minutes boat ride from Pengkalan Gawi Jetty. With rocky terraces, boulders and flat sandy areas, this place is an ideal outdoor site to visit. AIR TERJUN SEKAYU

(SEKAYU WATERFALL)

Air Terjun Sekayu is located at the Sekayu Recreational Forest Reserve, Kuala Berang. The waterfall is right right at the fringe of highland where the rushing waters create a seven tiers waterfall. The pools, the cascading waterfalls and the foliage surroundings create the perfect ambience for visitors to relax and rejuvenate themselves. The surrounding area is also well-equipped with picnic spots, resting huts, camping sites and chalets. Latest attraction is the Taman Pertanian Sekayu (Sekayu Agricultural Park). The park offers tropical fruit orchards, orchid garden, restaurant, swimming pool and recreational lake. There are kayaks available for rental. MEMORIAL BATU BERSURAT

(INSCRIPTED STONE MEMORIAL)

Located in Kampung Buluh, Kuala Berang, this replica of the Batu Bersurat was built to commemorate the discovery of the most important historical artifact. It is actually a proclamation of Islamic laws decreed by King Mandalika, Seri Paduka Tuan, dated 1303 AD AD. The Arabic Jawi text proves the acceptance of Islam much earlier than other community in the

Malay Peninsula. The stone was found in the Berang River by villagers and was placed at a local mosque as a foot stool until Syed Hussin Gulam al-Bukhari, an Arab trader, saw the strange Arabic-Jawi text scripted on the muddied stone and realized its historical and religious significance and presented the stone to the Sultan. The Inscribed Stone, the pride of Terengganu is proudly displayed at the main entrance of Terengganu State Museum.

TAMAN KUANG AJIL

(PHEASANT BIRD PARK, AJIL)

The privately owned farm is in Ajil, a quaint small town about 35 minutes drive from Kuala Terengganu towards Kuala Berang. Here on 1.7 acres of land, more that 30 rare and protected pheasant species are reared and bred. Among them are the extremely rare Malaysian Green Pea fowls. The farm has been certified by Malaysian Book of Records as the largest pheasant collection in Malaysia. A visit here will be an educational and enjoyable experience. KAMPUNG BULUH HOMESTAY Kampung Buluh in Kuala Berang is yet another new attraction not to be missed. It is a serene traditional village in Hulu Terengganu district. Those planning to experience the traditional way of life should not miss the opportunity as various activities are arranged. These include traditional games, freshwater fishing trips as well as trips to local cottage industries. Different families provide demonstrations on the making of traditional food and visitors are allowed to participate. MARANG The smallest of all the districts in Terengganu, Marang is known for its picturesque scenery and rustic villages. With the rustic setting of swaying coconut trees lining the beach and Pulau Kapas as the background, it is yet another perfect postcard setting panorama at its best. The unpolluted Marang River still retains its natural ecosystem. River cruise up river promises a memorable trip where one can still see monitor lizards, monkeys and otters roam freely in their undisturbed environment. Kampung Jenang is a typical Malay village that offers a glimpse of traditional life with its thriving cottage industry. Marang town, previously known among backpackers for its ,,cowboy town image has undergone transformation. New commercial buildings lined up the town giving it a more vibrant image with facilities include car park, hotels, resorts, chalets, restaurants and public toilets are built to cater the influx of visitors especially to Pulau Kapas.

PULAU KAPAS

(KAPAS ISLAND)

Pulau Kapas was one of the first few islands in Terengganu to be developed into a tourist destination, as it is conveniently located only 6 kilometres away from Marang town. In the early 1970s, fishing boats were used to ferry tourists specially backpackers to the island. Most of them camped out on the beach as there were no chalets then. Pulau Kapas is indeed an ideal family retreat. Resorts and budget chalets dotted the beachfront providing facilities for visitors. Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in crystal clear waters are recommended or indulge in fishing, squid fishing, jungle trekking and canoeing. Or some would prefer lazing on the beach, letting the time goes by, lulled by the soft and whispering winds, doing practically nothing. PULAU GEMIA

(GEMIA ISLAND)

Pulau Gemia is a self contained island of superb natural beauty, perfect for your private holiday, whether you are looking for fun and adventure, or rest and relaxation. It is a privately-owned island 800 metres to the north of Pulau Kapas. Located in a Marine Conservation Park with natural lush tropical setting, white sandy beaches interspersed with rock formations, crystal clear waters, spectacular underwater seascape of corals and marine life as some of its natural assets. Visitors could jungle trek around the cleared foot paths to observe and admire the fragile ecosystems at its best. Only one resort is available on Pulau Gemia. Built on sturdy stilts offering sea frontage villas facing the scenic and tranquil sea from the balconies, the resort also provides restaurant, recreational facilities, a pool, dive centre and a luxurious spa to de-stress and rejuvenate all your senses. PANTAI KELULUT

(KELULUT BEACH)

Renowned for the yearly district Cultural Fiesta ground, the alluring powdery sands of Pantai Kelulut is the preferred weekend destination by locals. It has all the basic facilities such as public toilet, food stalls, restaurants, grocery shops. Even the weekly night market is held here attracting locals and foreigners alike.

KAMPUNG TRADISI JENANG

(KAMPUNG JENANG TRADITIONAL VILLAGE) Stop by at Kampung Jenang where visitors can mingle with the friendly kampung folks, watch the making of attap leaves weaving still in demand by hotels, resorts, restaurants and individuals homes lining up the attap leaves for traditional gazebo and beach roof shades. Watch the making of coconut palm sugar, a sweet brownish in colour and widely used in making traditional cakes. Watch as well the trained coconut plucking monkeys and the art of making local tobacco. MARANG HANDICRAFTS & DRIED SEAFOOD STALLS If you are travelling south of Kuala Terengganu, the moment you enter the district of Marang, you will find stalls selling handicrafts and dried seafood products. From Kampung Rhu Renggeh, Kampung Rhusila, Kampung Rhumuda, Kampung Pulau Kerengga and Kampung Merchang, the roadside stalls offers weaved rattan products, weaved mats, wood-carving and batik products, all at a reasonable price. Among the dried seafood products on sale are different types dried fishes, dried squids, anchovies, fish, crab, squid and shrimp crackers and shrimp paste. Visitors on the way back south could stop at any of these stalls and bargain for the best quality dried seafood products and handicrafts. DUNGUN The town of Kuala Dungun used to be one of the busiest towns in the state when iron ore mining in Bukit Besi supplies a large percentage of the worlds production from 1920s to the early 1970s. Upon the closure of the mine, Dungun town turns into a sleepy hollow. To date, Dungun is known for its natural attractions such as the Chemerong Waterfall, the oldest Chengal tree as well as the homestays in Kampung Pasir Raja. Dungun is also home to beautiful beaches such as Pantai Rantau Abang, Pantai Teluk Lipat, Pantai Teluk Bidara and Pantai Kuala Abang. These beaches are the weekend destination for locals and tourists alike.

PANTAI RANTAU ABANG

(RANTAU ABANG BEACH)

In the 1960s, Pantai Rantau Abang was made famous for being one of the six hatching sites in the world where giant leatherback turtles lay their eggs. Visitors from all over the world gathered here from May to September every year to watch this amazing moment. The turtle travels all the way to as far as Pacific Ocean and swims across to Pantai Rantau Abang just to lay their eggs. Due to a number of factors such as the illegal use of drag nets in the prohibited zones, indiscriminate disposal of plastic bags (plastic bags looks like jellyfish which is a part of turtles food). There are foreign fishermen who catch turtles for its meat and shells used to make souvenir items. These are a few contributing factors that led to the dwindling number of turtle landings in most part of the world. From the late 1980s up until 2000, the Fisheries Department records the lessen number of landings. Now conservation efforts are undertaken by the state government in doing research on the turtles conservation and setting up turtle hatchery sites. BUKIT BESI IRON-ORE MINES Located 85 km south of Kuala Terengganu, iron-ore at Bukit Besi was first discovered by a team of Japanese geologists in 1919 and in 1923; Kuhara Mining Company secured the mining rights and placed Dungun in the world map. The company employed 130 Japanese and more than 3,000 locals to work in the mine. During World War II, the mining was taken over by Nippon Mining Company but the hardship of war had taken its toll on the production of the iron ore. It was taken over by a British company after the war ended. Later on, an American mining company, Eastern Mining & Metal Company Limited (EMMCO) took over the operations employing more than 8,000 workers including locals and foreigners. Dungun district emerged as one of the worlds largest iron-ore supplier to meet the world industrial demand. However, in the early 1970s, economic downturn and the depleting resources was the reason good enough for the company to abandon the operation as it is no longer viable to mine. Today, visitors can still marvel at the remnants of the tunnels, tin plants and stockpile buildings, the chimneys of the processing plants, the swimming pool, the managers residence and parts of the rail tracks. To those looking for souvenirs, some raw, unprocessed iron-ore can still be found scattered on the ground, a stark reminder of one of the

biggest iron-ore producer in the world. PANTAI TELUK BIDARA

(TELUK BIDARA BEACH)

A hotspot among locals for its accessibility, this beach comes to life during weekends when people of all ages engage in various beach activities. A family picnic under the shades, a stroll on the beach, playing some beach games or just enjoying the cooling sea breeze are among the activities indulged. There are food stalls selling fresh seafood products, local delicacies and refreshing coconut drinks. PASIR RAJA HOMESTAY Kampung Pasir Raja is a traditional village a mere 2 hours away from Kuala Terengganu. Those that sign up for the home stay programme will be able to experience the traditional way of life, engage in various activities and getting to know local culture and traditions. The trail and small defense fort of once-famous legendary Malay warrior Mat Kilau can be found here. Also indulge in legendary and myths folklore as told by the village elders that will surely captivate you imagination endlessly. AIR TERJUN CHEMERONG

(CHEMERONG WATERFALL)

Terengganu is famous for its numerous rapids and waterfalls. However, the recently discovered Chemerong Waterfalls in Sungai Chemerung Forest Reserves has turned out to be the highest in Malaysia. It thunders magnificently down a 305 metres slope. Situated 30 km from Bandar Al Muktafi Billah Shah, it is surrounded by untouched greenery, diverse riches of nature and wildlife. To get to the waterfalls, the adventurous need to jungle-trek through nature at its best through steep pathways, old suspension bridge and crossing rivers. Upon reaching the site, the coolness of the air and the thundering sound of the waterfalls will soothe away the weariness of the travellers. Hutan Lipur Sungai Chemerung is accessible through Chemerung Recreational park. Reaching the waterfall is quite an expedition due to its remoteness. From either north or south, use the Jerangau Jabor Highway towards Bandar Al-Muktafibillah Shah. Following the junction of Kampung Jongok Batu which

is 32 km away, it will lead to Sungai Chemerung Recreational Park which has ample car park, hall, dining area, toilets, shower rooms and prayers room. THE BIGGEST CENGAL TREE In the vast Pasir Raja Forest Reserve bordering the ,,Taman Negara, Malaysias premier National Park, stands the worlds oldest and largest Chengal tree (Neobalanocarpus heimii). Chengal timber is a type of hardwood used as building materials in wooden boats and traditional houses and is well known for its remarkable quality and durability. The Malaysian Book of Records estimates the tree, with a diameter of 16.75 metres at the base and a staggering height of 65 metres, to be 1,300 years old.

PULAU TENGGOL (TENGGOL ISLAND) About an hour away by speedboat from Kuala Dungun jetty, this island boasts one of the deepest waters in the east coast and it is a haven for divers looking for thrilling night dives. Hard and soft corals of different types add a dash of color to the monochromatic escape while the underwater creature-eels, crabs, turtles and baby sharks will definitely amaze divers and are found abundance in their undisturbed habitat. Resorts are available to cater the needs of visitors looking for a memorable snorkeling or diving experience. PANTAI KUALA ABANG

(KUALA ABANG BEACH)

Just a few kilometers away from Rantau Abang are this stretch of beach that is different from all other beaches in Terengganu. Unlike other beaches, Kuala Abang has rock formations right on the waterline thus creating a unique landscape. The resting areas available are also perfect for visitors to stop by to unwind during long journey.

KEMAMAN Kemaman is the southern-most district in Terengganu with Chukai is its district capital and administrative centre. The booming oil and gas indutry contributed to the much development in the district. Petroleum based industries mushroomed over a short period of time to cater supplies from the offshore petroleum platform in the South China Sea. Chukai was once a busy port catering the needs of many traders from the distant shores. Many of them were captivated by the beauty of the land and decided to settle for good bringing along their traditions, culture and heritage. It is of little wonder Kemaman has such houses as the Rumah Jambi and Masjid Jambi that are built by the descendants of settlers from Jambi, Sumatera. Kemaman is also famous for its fire flies sanctuary at Sungai Yak Yah, Kampung Ibok and its new Recreational Park & Mini Zoo. TELAGA SIMPUL (TRAVELLERS WISHING WELL) Located near Bukit Penjabab of Kuala Kemaman near Marina Beach, Telaga Simpul was mentioned in the journals of famous Malay traveller, Abdullah Munshi. There is a fresh water well which travellers used to freshen and replenish their water supply. According to myths, travellers must tie a knot of the pandanus leaf and place it by the well to avoid bad luck along the journey. Today, the place has been restored and basic amenities are provided. PANTAI KEMASIK

(KEMASIK BEACH)

Slightly further north of Chukai is the Kemasik Beach that looks dazzling and inviting. Here, one can visit typical Malay villages. The people here are warm and friendly who will not hesitate to invite strangers to their abode should they request assistance. Some old fishermen here still use the elegantly ornamented fishing boats to go fishing the traditional way and perhaps you can follow them out to sea for an unforgettable day trip experience. Here, beach fishing is still being practiced.

PANTAI KIJAL (KIJAL BEACH) Kijal is famous for its lemang, a delicious mix of glutinous rice and coconut milk stuffed inside a bamboo hollow compartment cut into a one and a half foot long and cooked over a slow charcoal fire. Best eaten with sambal daging or shredded meat. Although this delicacy is available anywhere in Malaysia, the lemang here have their own unique flavour sought after by locals and visitors alike. The route to Kijal is scenic and picturesque and is one of the most beautiful coast lines in Terengganu. FIREFLIES SANCTUARY A recently discovered fireflys sanctuary in Sungai Yak Yah, Kampung Ibok, provides another attraction in Kemaman. Take a river cruise down the Yak Yah River to watch one of the wonders of nature, the flickering lights of the fireflies on tree branches are certainly a magical sight to behold. The rhythmic flashes produced vary by sex and species and scientist believe that flashes are part of a communication system to attract mates or as a warning sign to predators. The memory of these ,,Christmas trees lining the mangrove banks of the river can often be cherished only in ones mind, as it is quite difficult to capture the scene in a photograph. It is natures magical illumination of fireflies that creates the symphony of lights that are truly a sight to behold. TAMAN REKREASI BAKAU TINGGI

(BAKAU TINGGI RECREATION PARK)

Bakau Tinggi is the swampy mangroves of Sungai Bakau Tinggi. One of the main attractions of this park is its unpolluted river. There are species that retains their natural habitat such as crabs, fishes, monitor lizards and sea otters. Here, the basic facilities are provided including gazebos, playgrounds, public toilets and food stalls. Boardwalks and jetties have been built as an added convenience. MASJID KAMPUNG TUAN

(KAMPUNG TUAN MOSQUE)

Situated near the riverbanks of Sungai Limbong, the mosque was built in 1830 by Syed Abdul Rahman Abdul Samad, a religious teacher from Pattani. What

makes this mosque special is its four-tier rooftop with the upper-most tier made entirely of copper. The building itself was made of durable Chengal wood and is carved with intricate motifs influenced by Islamic arts and local flora. All these have made the mosque stands out among the others. KEMAMAN RECREATIONAL PARK & MINI ZOO Kemaman Recreational Park & Mini Zoo is a new tourism product of Kemaman. It was launched on April 11th 2009. It is located in Kg Ibok, about 14 km from Chukai, the district capital of Kemaman. It is a great option for both weekends and school holidays recreational activities aimed at families and groups. The Mini Zoos first phase 35 acres area ready to attract visitors while another 20 acres under its second phase will be develop soon. Visitors can enjoy fun activities at its Water Theme Park, Hanging Bridge, Orchid Garden, Aquarium, Observation and Survey Tower, Waterfall, species of Birds, Fruit Orchards and Herbs Gardens. A mini train is provided with a minimum fee to take visitors on a trip of the various attractions. This park has all the basic amenities such as traditional gazebo (wakaf), pedestrian treks, public toilets, prayers room and a kiosk. Two public buses are provided for the convenience of the visitors. 1) From Chukai Bus Terminal ­ the bus departs on its daily scheduled hours between 8.00 am ­ 2.00 pm 2) From Kemaman Centrepoint Shopping Complex Bus Terminal ­ the bus departs on its daily scheduled hours between 8.30 am ­ 2.30 pm 3) From Awana Kijal, Golf, Beach & Spa Resort ­ the bus departs on its daily scheduled hours from 8.00 am ­ 2.00 pm. 4) The Kemaman City Bus has also included its daily stopovers at Kemaman Recreational Park & Mini Zoo from 12.00 noon ­ 4.00 pm. MASJID JAMBI

(JAMBI MOSQUE)

Built in 1937 at kampung Pasir Gajah, Masjid Jambi was built by the village folks who are the descendants from the district of Jambi in Sumatera, Indonesia. Bringing the traditional building materials from Jambi while its roof tiles were specially imported from India, the mosque also spots a replica of the buffalos horns on its roof top. It is

unique as the Jambi designs are integrated with the local designs, yet creating a mosque with unique feature not found anywhere. CULTURAL Be enthralled by flock of dancers that evoke spirits. Be entertained by traditional games that spin fun and excitement. You can look forward to all these and more in Terengganu, an east coast state of Peninsular Malaysia. Though keeping abreast with modern changes, the culture, arts and tradition are upheld over the generations with little change. For a first-hand experience of Terengganus cultures including traditional dances and games, visit the Pengkalan Budaya Cultural Centre in Pantai Batu Buruk as well as the State Museum, located in Kampung Losong in Kuala Terengganu. Weekly traditional performances are held which includes traditional dances, games and pastimes. CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS Terengganu offers a delightful profusion of colourful traditions, charm and scenic beauty to the visitor. The majority of the one million populations are Malays who have carefully preserved their way of living, customs, traditions and handicraft skills over generations. Renowned for their warmth and hospitality, the people of Terengganu display an old world charm that captivates visitors. GASING

(GIANT TOP SPINNING)

Giant top spinning is no childs game! Each gasing or top weighs about 5kg and the wooden tops are as big as the size of a dinner plate. It calls for strength, coordination, skill and intricate balancing of the gasing and, if expertly hurled can spin for as long as 2 hours. Top spinning competitions is an annual feature in most of the districts with competitions held among the districts and state levels.

WAU

(KITE)

Kite flying is one of the popular traditional pastimes in Terengganu. It was traditionally played during harvest time when there is bright and windy sky. Apart from the performance and appearance, the sound pitch it makes when airborne is considered important as well. There are various type of kites such as as wau kuching (cat kite), wau merak (peacock kite), and wau bulan (moon kite). Each kite also comes with a different design and sizes. The design symbolizes the intricate patterns and flowery motifs so beautiful that the kite maker could describe in lengthy detail as why the motif were designed in such a way. The kite lovers will buy just for the sake of their living room adornment. The mark of a good kite is one that rises quickly and remains flying, no matter what the whims of the wind may be. PERMAINAN SILAT TRADISIONAL

(TRADITIONAL SILAT - MARTIAL ART PERFORMANCE)

This is a traditional Malay martial art which has evolved into a stage performance with its stylized dance-like movements. It normally involves two performers who seem to ,,fight in slow motion with gentle steps and hand gestures. Occasionally, a weapon such as a ,,keris (small wavy dagger) or parang may be used. TRADITIONAL DANCE

(TARIAN ULIT MAYANG)

This graceful dance of worship is the most popular and considered an identity of Terengganu. According the legends, a group of fishermen encountered a freak storm in the middle of the sea. One of them was possessed by the evil sea spirit. He was then taken ashore where a medium was called to revive the possessed fisherman. The dance is performed by 10 to 15 dancers calling upon assistance of the Princess of Seven Siblings which is accompanied by soothing sound of traditional musical instruments. To revive the man and to entice the sea spirit to return to the sea, the dance is resumed with lullaby chants of the 4-lines verse poem. The contemporary version of the Ulit Mayang is performed in almost every formal state functions and events.

TARIAN ANAK BURONG BANIONG

(THE DANCE OF LITTLE BANIONG BIRD)

Originating from Kampung Kuala Jingai in Hulu Dungun Terengganu, this ethnic dance is also known as Tarian Saba where the dancers perform around Saba tree to the accompaniment of traditional music and the sound created by a bamboo-like device called ,,Kumbang. TARIAN GAMELAN

(GAMELAN DANCE)

Introduced by the states royalty, this court dance originates from the island of Java in Indonesia. It was believed to have been brought here during the reign of Sri Vijaya Empire. It is performed by female dancers wearing traditional silk or songket garments. The music is provided by an ensemble of brass percussion gamelan instruments producing both hypnotic and enthralled sound. TARIAN ULEK SERKAP / TARIAN BALAI

(ULEK SERKAP DANCE / BALAI DANCE)

This is an ethnic dance of the farming community in Hulu Terengganu. It is performed to appease the spirits of the paddy crops. In the olden days, it was held in appreciation of a bounty harvest and also in seeking blessings to yet another season of bountiful harvest. The contemporary version of the dance are no longer perform to appease the spirits but as a part of the revival of traditional performances. The dance movements are simple and revolved around a ,,balai structure while the songs are sung to the accompaniment of traditional music. TARIAN RODAT

(RODAT DANCE)

Rodat is another folkdance found only in Terengganu. The number of performers range from 20 to 26 and are divided into ,,pelenggok (12 male dancers), ,,Pengadi (eight drummers) and ,,mak inang; (four to six female dancers). The graceful movements of Rodat are a part and parcel of unique Terengganus traditional performance.

DIKIR BARAT This group performance is accompanied by male lead singer taking the lead with the rest of the group repeating what he sings. The group claps in rhythm to the traditional musical instruments. In competition, two or more groups spontaneously chant the rhyming verses, teasing each other in a friendly manner, much to the chagrin of the audience. Nowadays, songs chanted are those of famous Malay or even English contemporary songs that are translated and performed in most of the state events and functions. WAYANG KULIT

(SHADOW PLAY)

Wayang Kulit is a traditional theatre art form that uses puppets and shadow play to tell the epic tales of the ancient classical Hindu legends, Mahabharata and Ramayana. There may be as a many as 45 puppets-handled entirely by a single master puppeteer known as Tok Dalang. The play is accompanied by traditional music performance. The story could go for hours which depend on the performing skills of Tok Dalang who could intone different characters and voices. Nowadays, wayang kulit plays moderns stories, which are often fun and humorous. CULINARY One of the favourite pastimes of Malaysians is eating! With the endless variety of delicious temptations available day or night in Terengganu, your taste buds may need to work overtime to savour it all. The cuisine of Terengganu, an east coast state of Peninsular Malaysia, is distinctively memorable for its fresh ingredients, diverse usage of spices and unique flavours. Generations of interactions with neighbouring regions and as a preferred trading post have brought various cultures. This has created an array of delicacies of its own, diversifying the taste and thus the originality. NASI DAGANG Nasi Dagang is a rice specialty of Terengganu. The dish is made by steaming a mixture of regular and glutinous rice in coconut cream over low heat. It is eaten with its own specially made side dishes of tuna curry and a

light vegetable pickle. Simplicity is its essence. ,,Dagang practically means going out on a trading trip. It is practical to pack along the Nasi Dagang to be eaten along the way. KEROPOK Some call them fish fritters, fish sausages or fish sticks but in Terengganu, it is a popular snack everyone knows as ,,keropok. There is two three types of keropok, mainly keropok lekor (boiled chewy ones), keropok goreng (fried chewy ones) and keropok keping (sliced, sun-dried and fried). Kampung Losong is famous for its keropok, although other places like Kampung Seberang Takir, Kampung Mengabang Lekor and even in every districts in Terengganu have their own keropok lekor, the ones in Kampong Losong attracted daily flocks of buses and cars especially during the long weekends and school holidays. ,,Keropok lekor are actually made from processed fish meat mixed with salt and sago flour, with a dash of salt. This mixture is then hand rolled into sausage shaped around 6 to 10 inches long and immediately cooked. The tastier Terengganu ,,keropok retains its identity by having more fish meat that it is always sought after. ,,Keropok is eaten as an evening snack normally accompanied with Terengganus equally famous chili sauce. LOMPAT TIKAM The name literally means to jump and stab and does not correlate to this sweet and cold dessert which consists of two main parts, the green part underneath and the white part on top of it. The solution of rice flour is stirred till it is cooked. The mixture of rice flour and water is cooked until thickened then poured onto first layer to become a two layer of delicious dessert. A generous helping of coconut palm syrup compliments the sweetness and the unique taste of the dessert and suitable as an evening snack. LAKSAM A delightful yet simple dish, ,,laksam is prepared using either wheat or rice flour. The noodles are rolled into sausage-shaped and sliced before eating. It is the boiled and pureed fish meat gravy with coconut milk that actually up lift the delicate taste with added assortment of fresh bean sprouts, long beans and cucumbers. Chilli paste, shrimp paste and salt are

added to suit ones taste. LAKSA TERENGGANU This dish consists of white rice noodles pasta either eaten with delicious meat gravy or curry gravy. As with eating ,,laksam, the taste lies in the added assortment of fresh bean sprouts, long beans and cucumbers. Chili paste, shrimp paste and salt are added to suit ones requirement.

BRONOK Bronok is a sweet sago cake made out of sugar and sago flour and coated with shredded coconut. This traditional delicacy still retains its original flavour through generations and it is best eaten as an afternoon snack. PULUT LEPA/ PULUT PANGGANG This dish consists of glutinous rice mixed with grilled fish ingredients placed in the middle of the rice, lightly flavoured with coconut milk, sausage-shaped and wrapped in banana leaf; it is then placed in the middle of the bamboo handle and barbecued over slow charcoal fire to perfection. SATA This concoction of fish meat with shallot and ginger paste, bask in coconut milk, are wrapped in banana leaf, folded into a shape of a cone, and stuck on the bamboo stick and barbequed over a low charcoal fire. Most famous are the sata from Kuala Kemaman. Through word of mouth, the place is flocked by locals as well as visitors from other states to get a taste of this delicious delicacy complete with coconut drinks. The stalls are actually the extension of villagers house and visitors can also get a taste of slow-paced traditional way of life. OTAK-OTAK This is a fish-based delicacy of which slices of fish are marinated and soaked in a specially prepared coconut milk and local spices, and wrapped in coconut leaf. Smaller fish are normally cut into two while bigger fish are sliced. The

concoction is then wrapped in coconut leaf and cooked over a slow charcoal fire. Some places blend the fish meat with its spices while the famous ones in Kuala Kemaman still place the whole fish meat. KETUPAT SOTONG (STUFFED SQUID) This popular tea-time dish features squids stuffed with glutinous rice bathed in a sea of cooked thick coconut milk. Although in the district of Besut, the thick coconut milk is sweetened, other district retains its original savoury flavour. KERABU PUCUK PAKU This is a traditional Malay concoction of fresh palatable leaves and herbs with healing properties served with fresh vegetables, lime juice, slices of onion and grated coconut. A dash of salt and sugar to balance the taste, it can either be eaten raw or as an assortment to the main course. AYAM GOLEK/AYAM PERCIK A favourite with locals and visitors alike, this dish is actually marinated chicken barbequed over a slow charcoal fire. The chicken is marinated with spicy coconut gravy and once cooked; the gravy is poured again onto the chicken thus enhancing its grilled flavours. Other Terengganu food delights that you should savour includes: Rojak Katih (the beef fat taken from its cartilaginous heels, mixed in concoction of vinegar, chili and a little spice) Jala Mas (a sweet concoction of sugar, egg yolk and flour, cooked and shredded in a mesh, served like a bundle of shredded golden net hence its name) Emas Sejemput (a sweet concoction of sugar, eggs and flour. The cookie sized is then folded at each corners and served) Puteri Mandi (a traditional dessert made from glutinous rice mixed with grated coconut either with sugar or coconut palm sugar) Bengkang (It is useless without its gravy made out of mixture of either concoction of flour with coconut palm sugar or a concoction of flour with added spices). Asam Gupal (a pudding made from sagoo concoction bask in coconut

cream) Nekbat (a spongy unsweetened pastry soaked in sugary syrup) WHERE TO EAT The restaurant/café/kopitiam/eating stalls scene is a vibrant part of locals lives. There are a whole lot of eating places mushrooming to cater for the growing demands of quality foods and services. Nowadays, it has become a trend for families and friends eating outs that offers convenience, ambience, choices of foods, quality service and reasonably priced. There are a lot of foods that caters almost all appetite serves both locals and visitors alike. Food 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Courts Pasar Payang Food Court, Kuala Terengganu Bazaar Warisan Food Court, Kuala Terengganu Mayang Food Court in Mydin Mall, Kuala Terengganu T-Café Food Court (next to Giant Hypermarket, Kuala Terengganu Mesra Mall Food Court, Kerteh, Kemaman, Terengganu

Fast Foods McDonald's: 1. McDonalds Sri Kerteh in Bandar Baru Kerteh, Kemaman 2. McDonalds Padang Hiliran (next to Mydin Mall & Giant Hypermarket) in Kuala Terengganu 3. McDonalds Plaza Paya Bunga (next to MBKT Bus Terminal) in Kuala Terengganu Pizza Hut 1. Pizza Hut Jalan Sultan Ismail (next to Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Kuala Terengganu 2. Pizza Hut at Giant Hypermarket in Jalan Sultan Mohamad, Kuala Terengganu 3. Pizza Hut at Mesra Mall in Kerteh, Kemaman Kentucky Fried Chicken 1. KFC Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Terengganu (next to Pizza Hut) 2. KFC Swimming Pool Complex in Pantai Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu 3. KFC Jalan Masjid Abidin at Paya Keladi Business Centre, Kuala Terengganu

4. KFC at Mayang Food Court, Mydin Mall, Jalan Sultan Mohamad, Kuala Terengganu 5. KFC at Giant Hypermarket, Jalan Sultan Mohamad, Kuala Terengganu 6. KFC in Jerteh town, Besut, Terengganu 7. KFC in Sura Gate, Dungun, Terengganu 8. KFC in Kijal, Kemaman, Terengganu 9. KFC in Chukai town, Kemaman, Terengganu A & W Family Restaurant 1. A & W Family Restaurant in Pantai Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu Burger King 1. Burger King Restaurant in Mesra Mall, Kerteh, Kemaman, Terengganu Starbucks 1. Starbucks in Mesra Mall,Kerteh, kemaman, Terengganu Secret Recipe 1. Secret Recipe in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 2. Secret Recipe in Mesra Mall, Kerteh, Kemaman, Terengganu Big Apple & Donuts 1. Big Apple & Donuts in Mesra Mall, Kertih, Kemaman, Terengganu Middle Eastern 1. Kyros Kebab in Jalan Air Jernih, Kuala Terengganu Western Foods Everyone wants to be seen at the coolest venues before anyone else even knows about it. After the initial rushes are over, only the good will survives... and here are a few of the recommended restaurants and bistros that provide nice ambience, good food and excellent service. 1. Tropix Café & Bistro in Pantai Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu 2. Restaurant Delima Kuning in Hypermarket Giant and in Jalan Padang Midin, Kuala Terengganu 3. Restaurant Mama Chops Mama Grill in almost all major towns in Terengganu 4. Ziq Café & Restaurant in Paya Keladi Business Centre, Kuala Terengganu

5. Restaurant Chefs Steak House in Jalan Chabang Tiga, Kuala Terengganu 6. Restaurant Bora-Bora in Jalan Kampung Kolam, Kuala Terengganu 7. Oldtwon Steak House in Jalan Lim Teck Wan, Dungun, Terengganu 8. Zee Corner (next to Grand Continental Hotel, in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 9. Paddock Café in Terengganu Equestrian Resort, Kuala Ibai, Kuala Terengganu Chinese, Thai & Seafood: The Chinese, Thai and seafood cuisines are increasingly popular that it caters not only the Chinese but Malays and foreigners alike. There are a lot of food stalls mushrooming in almost all major towns in Terengganu. Perhaps its the trend that families are eating out nowadays. Other than served in all major hotels and resorts, a number of restaurants is committed to fine dining and good services. Kuala Terengganu 1. DMuara Live Seafood in Kampung Losong Haji Su, (under the bridge) Kuala Terengganu 2. Restaurant Payang Serai in Jalan Hiliran (next to Felda Residence Kuala Terengganu) 3. Restaurant Paradise Deluxe in Jalan Bukit Kecil, Kuala Terengganu 4. Restoran Chilada Seafood, in Jalan Batas Baru & Jalan Bukit Besar, Kuala Terengganu 5. Restaurant Ocean in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 6. Sri Wangsa Seafood in Jalan Sungai Rengas, Jalan Kuala Berang 7. Restaurant Nil in Pantai Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu 8. Restaurant Tian Kee in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 9. CCUK Lim Vegetarian Restaurant in Jalan Kemajuan, Kuala Terengganu 10. Restaurant Noodle Station at Paya Keladi Business Centre, Kuala Terengganu 11. The Chicken Rice Shop in Hypermarket Giant, Jalan Sultan Mohamad, Kuala Terengganu Besut 1. Restaurant Sun Tee in Jalan Tangki Air, Jerteh, Besut

Dungun 1. Restaurant C.B.Wee in Jalan Bukit Pauh, Tanjung Jara, Dungun 2. Restaurant Ban Yeow in Jalan Paka, Dungun 3. Restaurant Batu 5, Jalan Alor Tempoyak, Dungun Kemaman 1. Restaurant Tong Juan in Jalan Sulaimani, Chukai, Kemaman Indian Foods 1. Restaurant Kari Asha in Jalan Air Jernih, Kuala Terengganu 2. Restaurant Naj Daun Pisang in jalan Tok Lam, Kuala Terengganu 3. Restaurant MD Curry House in Jalan masjid Abidin, Kuala Terengganu Kopitiams/Coffeeshops Kopitiams has becoming the trend for younger generations to rest & relax with friends and loved ones. Nice ambience, not so many items on the menu & fast service. Most kopitiam serves their signature coffee, half boiled eggs, toast, butter and homemade ,,kaya, a concoction of sweetened flour and eggs. There are choices of Western, Chinese and fast foods on the menu. Provided with free wi-fi, kopitiams is the place to hang out with friends and loved ones with most closes around midnight. 1. Killiney Kopitiam in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin (in front of Astaka Shopping Complex) Kuala Terengganu 2. Oldtown Kopitiam in Jalan Batas Baru, Kuala Terengganu 3. Kemaman Kopitian in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 4. Uncle Chua Kopitiam in Jalan Batas Baru & Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 5. Billi Kopitiam in Jalan Kampung Dalam, Kuala Terengganu 6. Hai Ping Kopitiam in Jalan Sulaimani, Chukai, Kemaman 7. Anjung Bistro in Primula Beach Hotel, Kuala Terengganu 8. First Station Kopitiam in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 9. Lading Kopitiam in Jalan Pejabat, Kuala Terengganu 10. 2 Way Kopitiam in jalan Pejabat, Kuala Terengganu

Traditional Food Restaurants that serve traditional food are strategically located within busy areas especially where government and corporate offices are. Lunch time in a group is often served plain rice with a combination of dishes on the table. Choose the dishes that you want or you might end up paying for dishes that you just tasted a little. The lunch is normally accompanied with varieties of fresh vegetables, young shoots of various edible plants, herbs and anchovys sauce (budu) which enhances the flavours and increase the appetite. Kuala Terengganu 1. Restaurant Mat Binjai in Jalan Sultan Sulaiman (opposite Wisma Tenang) Kuala Terengganu 2. Restaurant Selera Timur 2 in jalan Hiliran Masjid, Kuala Terengganu 3. Restoran Maidah in Permint Jaya, Chendering, Kuala Terengganu 4. Restaurant Kak Yah Kedai Binjai in jalan Pejabat, Kuala Terengganu 5. Restoran Meka in Jalan Sultan Omar, Kuala Terengganu 6. Restaurant Nasi Padang Safinaz in Jalan Masjid Abidin, Kuala Terengganu 7. Restaurant Nasi Padang Erwina in Jalan Kampung Dalam, Kuala Terengganu 8. Restoran Nasi Kerabu in Jalan Pejabat, Kuala Terengganu Besut 1. 2. 3. 4.

Restaurant Zalina in Jerteh, Besut Restaurant Medic Inn in Jerteh, Besut Restaurant Kota Putera in Kampung Raja, Kuala Besut Restaurant Gemilang in Kampong Raja, Kuala Besut

Setiu 1. Floating Restaurant in Bandar Permaisuri, Setiu 2. Restaurant Ayu in Kampong Pak Kancil, Setiu Dungun 1. Restaurant Anjung X Captain in kampong Tebing Tembah Kemaman 1. Restaurant Zarina in Jalan Dang Omar, Chukai, Kemaman 2. Restaurant Seri Intan in Taman Chukai Utama, Chukai, Kemaman 3. Restaurant Teratak in Kampung Besut, Chukai, Kemaman

Shopping in Terengganu Terengganu is a shopping haven for traditional fare in Malaysia. Hence, expect to be spoilt for choice with the selection of batik, songket, silk, keris, woodcarvings, woven mats, baskets, silverware and brassware, in addition to various costumes and beach ware. And don't worry about running out of places to shop either! With a wide range of places to shop, the only thing that will be stopping you is time. Shopping Complexes There a number of modern shopping complexes in almost all the major towns in Terengganu. All offers hygienically packed wet products as well as other day to day requirements up to the convenience of a family retreat. Most as facilitate with food courts, childrens playground and ample parking space. Shopping complex is a one stop mall that sells almost everything under one roof. Astaka Shopping Centre in Kuala Terengganu Astaka Shopping Centre is a one stop shopping mall where the locals get practically everything they need from here. The location next to Dataran Shahbandar gives them the edge for a stress free shopping right in the heart of Kuala Terengganu city. Giant Hypermarket Kuala Terengganu & Bandar Baru Kijal The hypermarket that almost every state has it, Giant Hypermarket makes smooth grocery shopping where you can get food and beverage, bedding, furniture, apparels and even sports equipment. Come down to the hypermarket if you need to get something urgent as they are all wellorganized according to their categories, either wet or dry section. Mesra Mall in Kerteh, Kemaman One of the biggest shopping complexes in the East Coast, conveniently located in Kerteh town which was opened in 2008, Described as "Pearl of the East and a prominent shopping complex in the East Coast that opens its door to the entire family and also people from all walks of life". Among the

facilities are a bowling alley, a futsal court, food court, cinema complex and list of branded stalls and stores such Toy R Us, Starbucks, Burger King, Big Apple & Donuts, Reject Shop and Carlo Rino among others. Mydin Hypermarket Mall Perhaps the biggest shopping complex in Terengganu which boast ample parking space, food court, 24 hours convenient stores and goods sold at wholesale price, all under one roof. There are open stall bazaars along the corridor of Mydin Mall that provide ambience to the mall. Mydin Mall was opened in 2008. There are a whole range of goods from wet sections, computer accessories, perfumes, shoes, clothes among others. Other facilities are public toilets, prayers room, ATM machines and police kiosk. TRANSPORTATION BOT PENAMBANG

(TRADITIONAL WATER TRANSPORT)

Bot Penambang ­ Water Taxi ­ It is an important mode of transportation of local community that lives on the other side of the river and it also plies between dotted islands in the estuary of Terengganu River. Made from hard wood and by famous local boat builders, the design has not changed over the years. The completion of the Terengganu Bridge means accessibility to the local communities and many can afford to buy their own means of transportation nowadays, the islanders still thinks it is the best way to beat traffic jams. Leave their cars near the jetty, pay a small fare you can make a trip across. Tourists make a trip to Seberang Takir, a sleepy fishing village just to observe the slow-paced way of life. Watch the process of making sliced keropok, dried fishes and squids or visit few batik cottage industries, all within walking distance. BECA

(HERITAGE TRISHAW)

The history of trishaws in Terengganu dated back almost a generation ago introduced by Chinese immigrants. Used to be a preferred mode of transportation but as modernization slowly adapts to the way of life with people able to afford their own mean of transportation, trishaw is no longer significant. Although it is no longer functional as the preferred choice, it is more for recreational purposes, sending children to schools or transporting

goods. There are not as many trishaws and those around belong to elderly Malays. Take a sightseeing tour of attractions within Kuala Terengganu such as Chinatown, Istana Maziah, Bukit Puteri, the Waterfront or just fancy for a ride around town with no specific place to go. Try it...Itll be worth an experience. AIRPORT LIMOUSINE SERVICE Initiatives have been taken by the State Government to sponsor Malaysias Proton Wira National Car to project a better service and positive image of the Kuala Terengganu Airport Taxi drivers. This rebranding exercise is a part of states tourism efforts to ensure comforts and convenience for the visitors into the state. TRADITIONAL SAMPAN OF TERENGGANU

(PAYANG AND KOLEK)

The traditional sampan of Terengganu that reflects the identity of Terengganu is called Payang and Kolek which are built specially for river cruise tours. The river cruise takes you on scenic tour upriver, to Seberang Takir fishing village, the Duyong Island, to visit renowned traditional boat making, dock at the Islamic Civilization Park for a close view of the grandiosity of the new Crystal Mosque - the first in the country - and awe struck with replicas of world famous mosques. The river cruise also takes you further upriver to the State Museum for an educational heritage visit. Or just sit back and let your boatmen take you on a lazy round trip of the Terengganu River, watching the world goes by. TOWN TAXI Kuala Terengganu Taxi Terminal is just opposite the Town Bus Terminal. The town taxi provides interstate and inter district journey. If you wanted to share to cost, you will have to wait for other passengers but if you want to charter the whole cab, the cab driver will immediately depart to your destination of choice. Most taxi that offers trips within Kuala Terengganu are available at the taxi terminal while some waits at the hotel lobby. Get the assistance of the hotel reception should you urgently needs a cab for your immediate transfers.

HERITAGE BUS

The town bus is yet another convenient way to visit tourist attractions with Kuala Terengganu City. All bus starts from Dataran Shahbandar. Southern Route: Dataran Shahbandar - MBKT Bus Terminal - Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hotel Permai Kuala Terengganu ­ Kuala Ibai ­ Floating Mosque ­ Noor Arfa Craft Complex ­ UiTM - Chendering Nothern Route: Dataran Shahbandar ­ Menara Permint ­ Jalan Tok Lam ­ Wisma Darul Iman ­ Gong Kapas ­ Kompleks Sri Iman ­ Mydin Mall ­ Pulau Duyung ­ Bukit Tunggal ­ Batu Enam ­ Wakaf Tembesu ­ Gong Badak ­ UMT/UNISZA Eastern Route: Dataran Shahbandar ­ MBKT Bus Terminal ­ Hotel Seri Malaysia Kuala Terengganu ­ Waterfront Jalan Hiliran ­ JPJ Junction ­ Mydin Mall ­ Jalan Simpang Tok Ku ­ Chabang Tiga ­ Losong ­ Museum Complex ­ Taman Tamadun Islam The bus services with time lapse of one hour of each other will give ample time for visitors to stop at the desired tourist attraction and wait for the next bus. The concept is to have a hop on-hop off service for locals and foreigners alike. The bus is fully air-conditioned, heritage in colour with traditional touch of wood carvings on the exterior while its unique roof takes on the typical Malay Terengganu house. Visitors who wish to explore around town should take a trip on this heritage bus to destinations of choice or just fancy taking a round trip without stopping at any destination...just practically enjoying the memorable ride. The bus fare? Just RM1.00 per trip

TOWN BUS

The Kuala Terengganu Town Bus Terminal is situated in Jalan Syed Hussin, within the busy junction of Paya Keladi Business Centre. It caters the interstate and inter-district trips as well as around town centre and the suburbs.

Facilities available at the Town Bus Terminal are food court selling wide arrays of local, Chinese and Thai foods, newspaper stands, photo shop, hand phone shop, ticketing counters as well as shop lots on the first floor selling wide array of ladies and men textiles and garments, t-shirts, school uniforms as well as few leather shops, shoe repairs and tailoring shops. Visitors should not miss the chance to mingle with the locals and haggle for the price should they found a desired items.

ACTIVITIES Monsoon Cup The signature event organized since 2005 that placed a once sleepy fishing and traditional boat making village of Pulau Duyung into an internationally recognized sailing venue. The prestigious Monsoon Cup is one of the ,,new kids on the block but it is a force to be reckoned with. Since 2005, it has gained enormous popularity and international recognition amongst the international sailors and sailing enthusiasts for putting on a well organized, first class event. Dubbed ,,The Formula One of Sailing, Monsoon Cup is one of the World Match Racing Tour circuits that grace other venues in France, Germany, Korea, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Bermuda. Pulau Duyung has always been an exciting finale due to its unique sailing course in the estuary of Terengganu River. Squid Jigging (Candat Sotong) Squid Jigging is unique especially in the open waters of Terengganu. Yet another signature event that showcase the traditional way of squid jigging for a bountiful catch during the full moon, from April to August every year, during which the display of lights illuminate the coast. Boats are equipped with fluorescent lights attached to attract squids and special fishing hooks are thrown in the waters and jigged up and down to catch the naughty squids that like to snatch shiny preys. Imagine going for an outing of squid jigging and having to enjoy the succulent and fresh squids and fishes cooked on the boat.

Perhentian Island Challenge A weekend gateway adventure race that is fast gaining popularity amongst city slickers looking for an exciting holiday retreat. The beautiful outdoors of Terengganus Perhentian Island with its unique features are the battling ground for both novice and elite participants since 2004. Every year the races vary and have included trail running, orienteering, swimming, various obstacle courses and beach fun games. Being more than just an adventure race, Perhentian Island Challenge introduces participants and visitors to the island paradise with its pristine beaches and crystal waters, its diverse marine life, marine activities, celebrating together its local culture and cuisine of the villagers and of course the joint effort beach cleaning sessions which involves all participants, media, officials and the local island community. ACCOMMODATION List of Homestays in Terengganu : 1. Homestay Kampung Pasir Raja, Dungun, Terengganu Tel : 09-8223100 / 168 Faks : 09-8223104 H/P : 013-9425682/019-9578006 Email : [email protected] 2. Homestay Kampung Rhu 10, Setiu, Terengganu Tel/Faks : 09-6927921 H/p : 017-9862118 (Shuhadi) Email : [email protected] 3. Homestay Kampung Teluk Ketapang, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu H/f : 013-9344181 En. Kamal (Pengurus) H/p : 013-9234837 En. Azmi (Pengerusi) Email : [email protected] Website : www.homestayketapang.com 4. Homestay Kampung Pulau Duyung, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu H/f : 012-9288007 En. Hasnuddin (Penyelaras) E-mail : [email protected] [email protected]

H/f : 019-9041959 Hj. Mohamad Bakar (Pengerusi) 5. Homestay Felda Selasih Tel/faks : 09-6979844 013-9218645 Tn. Hj. Mat Din ( Pengurus ) 019-9844972 Pn. Zaiton (Setiausaha) Email : [email protected] 6. Homestay Kg Buluh, Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu H/p: 013-9104186 En. Zubir ( setiausaha ) H/p : 013-9025402 En. Sudin ( AJK ) H/p : 013-9040719 En.Nafri ( AJK ) Email : [email protected] Website : www.homestaykgbuloh.com List of Airlines : 1) Malaysia Airlines - Kuala Terengganu Airport 09-666 4204/09-666 6845 2) Firefly ­ Reservations 03-7845 4543 3) Air Asia ­ Kuala Terengganu Airport 09-667 1017 4) Berjaya Air ­ Reservations 03-7845 8382

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