information and travel guide, Malaysia
Terengganu - Beach Land Paradise
which overlooks the South China Sea on the east coast of Malaysia
is another charming holiday destination. Its long coastline
is endowed with truly magical beaches of white sand and washed
by clear, warm waters. It is small wonder, that this east
coast paradise is renowned for activities such as beach-combing,
sea sports, fishing and boat-making. Its numerous islands
offer ideal getaway spots for sun-worshippers and diving enthusiasts
or simply for pure relaxation. Among the islands that are
certain to enrapture its visitors are the marine parks of
Redang, Kapas, Perhentian and Tenggol. Redang in particular
offers excellent dive sites and its superb coral reefs abound
with an amazing diversity of marine life.
Between May and September each year, at Rantau Abang, 60
km south of Kuala Terengganu, visitors gather to watch giant
Leatherback turtles clamber ashore to lay eggs. Some of the
turtles weigh as much as 375 kg and measure 2.5 m in length.
It is a rare treat to take in the sight of the creatures laboriously
digging holes in the sand to lay eggs, covering them again
and heading back into the sea. This spot is acknowledged to
be one of the six in the world where this rare phenomenon
Despite the offshore oil and gas activities, life in Terengganu
is still less hurried compared to some other Malaysian states.
This is apparent in the quaint villages as well as the towns.
Kuala Terengganu is the capital town and places of interest
include the State Museum, Central Market and Istana Maziah.
6 km away from the town at Chendering, is the Sutera Semai
Centre, the country's first silk weaving venture which offers
interesting insights into the whole process of silk-weaving.
It is also the site of the Malaysian Handicraft Centre. Near
the mouth of the Terengganu River at Pulau Duyong, you can
see skilful boat builders constructing colourfully decorated
vessels purely from memory. At Rusila, just outside Kuala
Terengganu, visitors can watch local artisans weaving exquisite
handicrafts such as baskets and mats as well as beach and
On the extreme west of the state, Tasik Kenyir, South East
Asia's largest man-made lake is a major tourist attraction.
The huge lake with its hundreds of islands, numerous caves,
waterfalls and luxuriant tropical jungle is a paradise for
a wide range of outdoor activities like fishing, swimming,
canoeing, trekking, cave exploration and camping. For golfing
buffs, there is a fabulous golf resort with a panaromic sweep
of the lake. The Sekayu Recreational Park, west of Kuala Terengganu,
is a popular picnic spot famous for its series of seven cascades
making up the Sekayu waterfalls and its orchards.