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 and delicacies.
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
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
Other interesting places includes The Sekayu Recreational Park,
Kapas Island, Duyung Island, Istana Maziah and Suterasemai Centre.
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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