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Experience a holiday in the tropics, Terengganu ultimately

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Travel along the Terengganu coast and you will surely be awed by its impressive 244km long stretches of sandy coastline, traditional Malay coastal villages, domestic animals wandering in the fields and picturesque sunrises coming below the horizon.

With swaying coconut and casuarinas trees lining the white sandy beaches, amidst the gentle breeze of calm seas, it is just picture perfect. Beyond Terengganu’s impressive coastline lie some of the most popular island destinations in Malaysia.

Dotting the seas are spectacular emerald islands of powdery white sands, azure waters, naturally form coral gardens and spectacular marine lives. In the inland lies lush tropical rainforests, dazzling waterfalls, flora and faunas of exotic species and other natural wonders.

Arriving by plane, you will pass the tropical rainforests and circle out across the foaming surf and beaches to the airport, welcoming you to the beginning of a memorable and magical holiday! The treasures of nature, tradition and…

DINING IN TERENGGANU

Terengganu offers an array of delectable culinary delight. As in other state, rice is the staple food. Food is reasonably priced and visitors have a wide range of delicacies to try out. As the state is situated close to the sea, seafood plays a prominent role in its culinary scene. Fresh ingredients are said to give Terengganu’s food its lip-smacking taste and distinct fragrance.

SHOPPING IN TERENGGANU

Traditional crafts, handmade souvenirs and beautiful fabrics are among the assortment of items that await avid shoppers. Fabrics include songket (a silk brocade) as well as batik. Aside from the traditional sarong, batik is also fashioned as pareos, beach wear, bags and scarves. The keris or Malay dagger is a unique item available in pewter and brass. Watching how these traditional weapons are made is a fascinating experience.


Among the popular shopping spots in Kuala Terengganu are:
• Pasar Payang Central Market, Kuala Terengganu
• Noor Arfa Craft Complex, Chendering, Kuala Terengganu
• Sutera Semai Complex, Chendering, Kuala Terengganu
• Wanisma Tembaga, Kuala Terengganu.

TENGKU TENGAH ZAHARAH MASJID

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Built in 1994, the masjid showcases a combination of Moorish and modern architectural elements. It is dubbed as the ‘Floating Masjid’ for its unique design. This masjid is built on a submerged platform. Whe n the water level rises during high tide, it creates the illusion of a floating masjid. The Tengku Tengah Zaharah Masjid is situated at the estuary of Sungai Ibai, 5km from Kuala Terengganu.


PULAU DUYONG

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Traditional boat building activities are the main draw of this island. Fine, seaworthy vessels are created by local craftsmen using traditional boat making methods. The vessels are sold both locally and internationally. Pulau Duyong is also the venue of the Monsoon Cup Terengganu, a pretigous international sailing event.

You can see how the skilled craftsman build these boats entirely from memory, without the use of any blueprint.