Kuala Terengganu is the capital state of Terengganu in the Peninsular Malaysia located along the South China Sea. It is about one hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Terengganu is home to many beautiful and exotic islands and towns. In the recent years, the capital state is becoming one of the destination most visited by tourists from all over the world. Tourists will definitely be occupied with many activities and will never ever be bored.
In Kuala Terengganu, you may never want to miss out the chance to visit some of the famous beaches. Redang Island is one of the most recommended beach for you to explore. Water lovers can enjoy snorkeling and even diving at the island with sandy beaches and crystal clear blue sea. For less adventurous activity, you may opt for turtle watching. Turtles will usually come to the island to mate and lay eggs. Other than turtles, there are many other animals as well as plants for your viewing when you trek along the island.
Another thing that you can do while you are in Kuala Terengganu is exploring the China Town, which is established by the Chinese community long time ago. It is also known as Kampung Cina, located along Jalan Bandar, depicting its China origin which you can see from the infrastructures, houses and shops. One of the signature experience in the small town is the cafes, restaurants and kopitiams, which means coffee shops, as local delicacies are served from mostly Chinese and also Malay and Indian delicacies.
Spare some of your time to visit the Crystal Mosque, also called the Masjid Kristal in Kuala Terengganu. This mosque is considered as one of the most beautiful worship place for the Muslims. The eye catching and large crystal chandelier at the center of the main prayer hall is the highlight of the mosque. Visitors can enjoy free Wi-Fi in order to access to the electronic Quran. It is easy for you to spot the mosque even from far as the crystal-like appearance of the mosque make it obvious and very noticeable. Other than the mosque, you may pay a visit to the Buddhist temple. It brings out the harmonic atmosphere and the colourful temple makes it a must visit in the capital state.
Another unique activity that you can do in Kuala Terengganu is fishing for squid. This is a very common and famous Malaysian tradition that worth for you to try out. You can dig for the squid in the ocean and watch the sunset at the same time. This squid-jigging is definitely a must try activity as it is very fascinating and unique. Other than squid, you can also get a hand on picking mussel. The popular places for carrying out this activity are at the Mangkuk Village and Kuala Baru due to the fact that these areas have shallow and warm water. This mussel catching activity is definitely a fun and exciting experience while you are touring Kuala Terengganu.
Kenyir Elephant Village
You may indulge in an adventure at the Kenyir Elephant Village. It has a great elephant show suitable for family outing. In addition, visitors are allowed to feed the friendly creatures. Do not miss the chance to visit the Kenyir Lake as there are a number of nice waterfalls such as Lasir, Soak and Tembat. You can either swim or walk along the trail and catch the breathtaking view of the lake. Besides waterfalls, you may explore the amazing caves like Bewah and Taat caves. The Bewah cave is easier to access as compared to Taat cave especially during raining season.
Royal Istana Terengganu
In Kuala Terengganu, art, heritage and culture are well maintained. There are a number of historical buildings and art galleries which serve as great tourist spots. You may drop by to the Maritime Museum, The Royal Gallery, The Natural Gallery, The Islamic Gallery and The Craft Gallery in order to understand and get familiar with the local Malay culture and history of the state. After gaining some knowledge, you may satiate your sweet tooth with some local tropical fruits. Rambutans and lychees are known to be the famous fruits grown locally. Thus, you can get these fruits easily. Also, you must try the traditional dodol, a sweet confection and so many other local delights.
So have you been to Kuala Terengganu? If not, it is recommended for you to plan a short trip to experience the activities that you can do as briefly described above.