Terengganu Darul Iman,
covers an area of 12,995 square kilometer, with the population
of one million people of which 90% are Malays. The state is
made up of 7 districts namely, Besut, Dungun, Kemaman, Kuala
Terengganu, Hulu Terengganu, Marang and Setiu. Terengganu
is one of the Malaysian state which is endowed with a wealth
of charming and refreshing natural landscapes. She has beaches,
exotic islands, lush virgin tropical jungle, quaint fishing
villages, dazzling waterfalls and many, many more. Her miles
and miles of white, sandy beaches and crystal clear water
stretches throughout its 225 km coastline, extending from
Besut in the north to Kemaman in the South. Her islands are
among the most picturesque and fascinating in the country.
From its myriad of colourful pastimes which include batik
printing and songket weaving to the rapturous celebration
of its many generations of cultural and traditional heritage,
Terengganu is indeed a very blessed state. Offshore, there
are many attractive islands. Clear waters and teeming marine
life have made Terengganu a popular destination for deep sea
divers. Terengganu is also known for its rich cultural heritage
and tradition. Kuala Terengganu, its capital, stands on the
bank of the Terengganu River.
HISTORY OF TERENGGANU
Terengganu's history goes back to as far as the 1st century
and has long been an important area of Malay settlement. Throughout
the time up to the present day, Terengganu has been ruled
by 16 Sultans. The present Sultanate of Terengganu had its
origins in 1726. Sultan Zainal Abidin I, from the family of
the Pahang Bendahara, was the first ruler. His successor,
Mansur Syah, played a vital role in checking the influence
of Bugis outsiders in the region. In the subsequent years,
the Siamese started to impose its sovereignty over Terengganu
with the Sultans sending tributes ( in the form of bunga emas)
to Siam until 1909. In July 1909, the Anglo-Thai Treaty of
Bangkok saw the British wielding its power over Terengganu.
However, Sultan Zainal Abidin III rejected this treaty; a
friendship treaty was later ratified and this paved the way
for the appointment of an agent of the British Consul-General.
Terengganu was finally persuaded to accept a British adviser,
J.L. Humphreys, in 1919. The Japanese Occupation (1941-1945)
resulted in Terengganu being handed back to Siam. In September
1945, Terengganu was placed under the British Military Administration.
In 1945, together with Penang and Malacca, and 9 other Malay
states, Terengganu joined the Malayan Union. In 1948, it joined
the Federation of Malaya, which later achieved independence
on 31 August 1957.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN TERENGGANU
The Central Market faces the Sungai Terengganu waterfront.
Besides the usual goods one would find at a 'wet' market.
At this market you will find specialties of the Terengganu
people such as fish crackers, seasonal fruits, local handicrafts
At Kuala Ibai, 6 km from Kuala Terengganu, is Malaysia's pioneer
silk-weaving centre. Here, you are offered interesting insights
into silk production, from the spinning into yarns, textile-weaving
and finally batik printing.
PANTAI BATU BUROK AND THE CULTURAL CENTRE
Pantai Batu Buruk is the popular stretch of beach where Pantai
Primula Beach Resort & Hotel is situated. The beach is
the venue of the annual Beach Festival. Gelanggang Seni (Cultural
Centre) is situated along this beach. Traditional games and
pastimes are displayed on Fridays, between 5pm-6.30pm.
TERENGGANU STATE MUSEUM
Located atop a hill at Bukit Losong, the Terengganu State
Museum contains some interesting nineteenth century Chinese
wares with Islamic ideology, prehistoric tools from the Stone
Age and ancient manuscripts of Islamic calligraphy.
AT RANTAU ABANG
The warm, grainy sands of Rantau Abang is thought to be the
ideal nesting grounds for the giant leatherback turtles (Dermocheleys
coriaca). Rantau Abang is one of the few areas in the world
that the leatherback nests.
Turtle sanctuaries have been established in an effort to reverse
the decline of leatherback turtles.
LANG TENGAH ISLAND
Pulau Lang Tengah is slowly gaining popularity due to its
proximity to Pulau Redang. Currently, there are only two resorts
on this island. Like other islands in Malaysia, it offers
crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and lots of sun.
It comprises of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, and Pulau
Perhentian Besar, gazetted as a Marine Park. Over the past
few years, the islands have captured the hearts of many because
of their immense natural pristine beauty and amazing diversity
of marine life. Fabulous living corals grow profusely on the
sea's floor, a perfect haven for snorkellers, Scuba divers
and underwater photographers. The months between November
and February, being the monsoon period, are best avoided as
the seas get somewhat rough.
Redang is an archipelago, comprising the main island, Pulau
Redang, and its associated islets, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Ekor
Tebu, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Paka
Kecil, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Ling and Pulau Lima. Recognizing
the importance of the exceptional marine biodiversity and
fragile marine ecosystems within the archipelago, and the
need for conservation, the waters surrounding the archipelago
have been gazetted as a Marine Park under the Establishment
of Marine Parks Malaysia Order 1994 (Fisheries Act 1995).
The most magnetic draw of Pulau Redang, besides its amazing
marine flora and fauna, marvelous beaches and crystal-clear
glasslike waters, is its idyllic and tranquil ambience, a
laid-back island of exceptional charm and beauty that reeks
with romance and romanticism.
Timeless beauty and a serenity you often dream of can be found
in this enchanting beach resort, 60 km south of Kuala Terengganu.
There's plenty to do too here such as, sea sports, turtle
watching and an exciting organised river safari up the Dungun
River for the rugged and adventurous at heart.
Malaysia's largest rock-filled hydroelectric dam has a catchment
area of 260,000 hectares. The area around the dam is ideal
for jungle trekking and nature walks. The lake is popular
with anglers. Fish found here are baung, toman, sebarau, kelah,
lampam and kelisa.
Other interesting places includes The Sekayu Recreational
Park, Kapas Island, Duyung Island, Istana Maziah and Suterasemai
Accommodation facilities available on some of our Malaysian
Island Resorts are Primula Beach Resort in Kuala Terengganu,
Sutra Beach resort in Rhu Tapai , Setiu, Blue Coral Island
Resort and Square Point Resort on Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu.
GETTING TO TERENGGANU
Malaysia Airlines has multiple daily flights
from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the Kuala Terengganu
Airport. It takes approximately 9 hours driving time from
Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. PLUSLiner
and Transnasional Coaches operates daily Interstate Coaches
from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu.
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off Terengganu. We bring to you Primula Beach Resort in Kuala
Terengganu, Sutra Beach resort in Rhu Tapai , Setiu, Blue
Coral Island Resort and Square Point Resort on Lang Tengah
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