The jewel heart of Malaysia, Terengganu, is one of the most diverse and colourful state in east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. While seemingly small in size, Terengganu holds several surprises that has its travellers squealing in delight.


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Terengganu have the most magnificent and heavenly islands that all travelers should check out. The capital city of Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu is ideal if you would want to be immersed in the state’s customs and traditions. If you are a nature enthusiasts, Terengganu boasts a lot of forests, jungles, mountains, and waterfall, ready to be explored.

Internationally renowned for its breathtaking pristine island and verdant untouched greenery, Pulau Redang is one of the biggest islands of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The island is increasingly becoming one of the leading dive destinations in the world, because it has one of the richest marine environments in the South East Asia. The biological diversity of marine life integrated with beautiful islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and its warm weather, is so inviting that divers are willing to come back.

Terengganu is also home to several scenic islands, like Pulau Kapas, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Perhentian, which is just a boat ride away from the coast. You can take an island hopping trip or go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters with abundant species of marine life that can be seen not far from the shores. Don’t forget to grab your waterproof camera so you can capture stunning shots of the mesmerizing underwater world. Be sure to stay for the sunset, as the dipping sun will cast a vibrant mix of beautiful colors across the sky which is a glorious scene not to be missed.

Beside the tranquil island, when it comes to rest and relaxation there is nothing like a wellness-oriented luxury spa to get the job done. Where else can you be pampered head to toe, be fed wholesome and delicious cuisine, and zen out in an elegant environment. Take the opportunity to experience the true rejuvenation for both body and spirit with traditional therapy of healing, relaxing and relieving stress in a number of award winning spa resort, here in Terengganu.

Not far from the estuary of the Terengganu River, one of the most popular attractions in Kuala Terengganu is the Taman Tamadun Islam ( Islamic Civilisation Park ) or TTI situated on Pulau Wan Man. TTI is an Edutainment Park spread across ten hectares filled with amazing replicas and monuments of 23 exquisite Islamic architectural wonders around the world. From the Taj Mahal, the Grand Mosque of Mecca to the Dome of the Rock Jerusalem, replicas of the Islamic world’s famous mosques and monuments are displayed. Visitors can also enjoy the audio visual and interactive features of the park which aim to educate visitors on the various aspects of Islamic history and civilization around the world.

One of the best ways to see the sights along the scenic Terengganu river is to hop on the TTI River Cruise for a 45-minute sightseeing tour. As the cruise sails down the estuary, relish yourself in the gentle breeze and the warmth of the sun while witnessing the contrast of the old and modern development, and other landmarks or attractions. Among the several attractions along the river, one which stands out is a stunning structure carefully crafted from glass, steel and sheer crystal, the Masjid Krystal { Crystal Mosque } at the edge of Terengganu River. Take in the splendor of the mosque as its beautiful reflection illuminates and shimmer off the water especially at noon or sunset.

Pasar Payang is famous amongst the locals and tourists here in Kuala Terengganu. You can find everything, from handicrafts, handmade bags, batik shirts to food, you name it; and be ready to bring back some souvenirs home.

Kuala Terengganu’s China Town is also listed as one of the UNESCO’s heritage site. It is a small and well-preserved Chinatown, located along Jalan Bandar. It may be tiny, however it’s filled with charming and vibrant shop houses and still has that traditional feel and vibe with small stores, cafes, and restaurants suitable for a touristy tour.

If you would want to just unwind and appreciate the beauty of the city, perhaps you can go to Kuala Terengganu Waterfront. One interesting thing to do here is to listen to the sound of the boats and just look at the view of the ocean and the skyline may it be during dawn or dusk. Sometimes, the fun things in life is not by exploring too much, but perhaps, just sit down and relax. As a coastal town, the waterfront of Kuala Terengganu extends across almost the entire of the town. Most of the town’s activities and main places are also located along the waterfront area such as the main jetties, central market (Pasar Payang), Chinatown, interstate bus station as well as the public park ( Taman Shahbandar ).