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Gua Bewah

Gua Bewah is the biggest cave found in the Tasik Kenyir area and its entrance is 40 metres above the water level. It is a must visit for this is where human skeletons and primitive domestic artefacts such as pots and axes that date back to more than 16,000 years were found. We now know Terengganu was inhabited by early man and the skeletons are now preserved in the State Museum. 
Visitors will be able to view magnificent natural formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Gua Bewah. For those who are squeamish, be forewarned. There are thousands of bats lurking on the ceiling of the cave and depositing their guano on the cave floor. So, put on your adventure hat and let your Indiana Jones instincts take over.

Gua Taat

This Cave is quite interesting in the sense that sometimes you see it sometimes you don’t. When the water level of the lake is high, the entrance is submerged and no one can access it. Interestingly, Taat Cave happens to be the top most of a series of caves where the one below, the Tok Bidan Cave, has already been submerged when the Kenyir Lake was formed. 
So if you’re lucky when the water is low, you can enter Gua Taat and view it in all its glory. 
The journey to Gua Taat, which is not far from Gua Bewah, takes about two hours heading south of the Gawi Jetty.

Lasir Waterfall

This is one of the highest waterfall in the area, cascading down a decline of about 500 feet or 150 metres below where boulders and rocks form the base. Surrounded by the rainforest there are spots one can have a picnic and rest under the coolness of the jungle canopy. 
To get there, take a boat ride south of the Gawi Jetty and you will get there within half an hour.

Saok Waterfall

Saok Waterfall lies a 15-minute boat ride west of Gawi Jetty. It is on the island of Chergau, the largest of the islands in Tasik Kenyir. The bottom of the waterfall is mostly sandy and this provides a nice soft spot for those who’d want to just sit and enjoy the view of the falls.

Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village

Graceful Creatures Of The Forest
This is a camp for the translocation of wild elephants from the forest to ensure that it continues to breed in a safe environment and away from poachers and natural predators, and assuring it has a healthy population growth. 
Trained by expert mahouts, visitors can watch them perform acts, feed and play with them. And if you’re there during bath time, you can watch the mahouts bathing the elephants, which could be the highlight of your time at the Village.

Kenyir Lake

Malaysia’s Largest Man-Made Lake
A man-made wonder turned natural wonder, Tasik Kenyir is Malaysia’s largest. And with 340 islands, borne out of hill tops when the valleys were filled with water during the construction of the Kenyir Dam.
Tasik Kenyir is a nature lover’s haven. From exploring the many varieties of flora and fauna, to bird watching, fish breeding, elephant sanctuary to exploring ancient caves, this is an eco-tourist must visit.

Pantai Batu Burok

This is Kuala Terengganu’s where-to-go beach, where all kinds of recreational activities take place. It stretches a kilometer south of Primula Hotel and is filled with locals and tourists alike. There are restaurants and kiosks selling everything from local delicacies to toys and kites. You’d also find Cinderella-themed horse carriages and pony rides to delight children.

Pantai Air Tawar

“Air Tawar” means fresh water and it sounds strange to name a beach by the sea as “fresh water beach”. Perhaps the name comes from the inland lagoon that runs parallel to the beach. It’s interesting that there are two types of water bodies, salt water on the one hand and fresh water on the other, which is also pretty much adjacent to one another. There is a well landscaped park with dedicated walking paths and little bridges built over the lagoon. And that what makes this beach an attractive destination for some R&R. 
Pantai Air Tawar is a bit out of the way and outside the town of Besut and therefore does not attract the town folks as much except during the weekends. Basically you can have the beach all to yourself if you come on a weekday. There are some warongs for you to eat in or take out food to have a picnic under one of the gazebos or eat on the beach.

Pantai Kuala Abang

A unique and quite landscape.
The stretch of beach in Kuala Abang has quite a unique landscape. It has an inner lagoon a few kilometres long and separates the main Kuantan – Kuala Terengganu coastal road from the beach. It is quite an amazing sight to see where the lagoon is parallel to the beach and as you walk on the high side of the beach you can see two water bodies on either side of you. Quite a feat if you can cover the few kilometres where the lagoon begins and ends. However, swimming is not allowed in the lagoon.
Pantai Kuala Abang is located about 10km of the town of Dungun. This is where the leatherback turtles used to swim ashore to lay their eggs and is one of only a handful of beaches around the world on which they used as their nesting sites. Unfortunately today, the leatherback turtles are facing extinction.
Some parts are quite rocky but otherwise you can see the beach stretches uninterrupted for miles. There is also a Turtle Conservation Centre in Rantau Abang, whic…

Pantai Teluk Ketapang

Indulge In Fish Fried In Batter
Pantai Teluk Ketapang is quite a popular destination for the ICT (Ikan Celup Tepung) or fish fried in batter. ICT is quite a sought after Terengganu fish snack eaten with a chili sauce in the afternoons and people flock here to also enjoy a nice view of the sea. Apart from fish, other seafood snacks fried in batter and the Terengganu staple, keropok lekor and keropok keping are also sold at the string of warongs that make this beach a leisure destination for food.
One of the most breathtaking sights in Terengganu is that most beaches stretch for miles on end without a hill or promontory to break the continuity. After all, Terengganu has the longest stretch of beach in Malaysia at 244km long.

Pantai Pandak Cendering

Long And Quiet Stretch Of Sand And Surf 
This beach even has a song being named after it, called Chendering. It was composed in the early 60s (or before Malaysia was formed) by a famous composer called Jimmy Boyle. It lies 6km south of Kuala Terengganu and is known for its rocky section on one end and a long continuous stretch on the other.

Pantai Batu Rakit

Quaint Fishing Villages 
Take the road from Kuala Terengganu past the airport on the right to Merang (3645) and look for the small coastal road T145. This road is quite scenic and takes you along the beach past rustic kampong houses under the shadows of scores of coconut trees. Follow your instincts and stop by at the roadside where the beach is just a short walk away. If you happen to be there at the right time, you can find some fishing boats and fishermen mending their nets on the beach next to scores of fish traps laid out to dry. The boats are brightly coloured and make stunning photos. The beach stretches for miles and with a camera in hand, shoot away at the sweeping views of the beach and the boats.

Pantai Kelulut

Dine With An Island View
A beautiful stretch of beach 21 kilometres south of Kuala Terengganu. There are plenty of restaurants here with a magnificent view of Pulau Kapas in the distance. Quite popular among locals too. Enjoy your food while overlooking the water and spot fishermen catching fish in the distance if you’re lucky. When you dine here at night during the squid jigging season, you will see a string of twinkling lights on the horizon, like a floating city. These are fishermen catching squid using lights to attract the squid. Quite a sight.

Pantai Bukit Keluang

Under The Shadow Of Undulating Hills

Located in the district of Besut, this beach is rocky and shadowed by hills with a few caves whose inhabitants are nocturnal animals, mainly bats. The landscape is unlike any other found on any Terengganu beach or for that matter anywhere else in Malaysia. As the name suggests, the beach is at the foot of Bukit Keluang (Bukit is hill in English) and you get a stretches of rock terrain and sand.

One can have a breathtaking view from the top of Bukit Keluang which you can hike via a wooden walkway that winds around the contour of the rocky cliff edge and leads you to the top. You will also see some caves on the face of the cliff where bats inhabit. Once you’re at the peak, you’ll be mesmerized by a panoramic view of the sea with Pulau Rhu and Pulau Perhentian in the distance. Although the vista is very often photographed, who knows you may capture something more spectacular with the changing sky light and weather. In the distance too you will see the…

Pantai Penarik

Rustic And Exotic

One of the most beautiful beaches in Terengganu that is dotted with hundreds of swaying coconut trees and rustic sleepy fishing kampungs. Serene and breathtakingly beautiful, the beach stretches for miles. From the shore, you can see Bidong and Redang Islands, which is a short boat ride away from the Merang Jetty.

If you linger and explore the length of the beach, you may come across some fishermen either going out to sea or just returning with a boat full of their fresh catch. Sometimes, the fishermen do not go all the way out but cast their nets a few metres from the beach. This is quite a rare sight for any visitor and you can ask around when is a good time to witness fishermen’s activities and wait with patience. After all, if you’re on vacation, there is no hurry to go anywhere else. So, live and enjoy the experience of what Terengganu is all about.

Pantai Kemasik

Under The Shadows Of The Rock
If you take the old trunk road from Kuala Terengganu towards Kuantan you will come across a sign that indicates Pantai Kemasik, 10km from the town of Kijal. A distinct natural formation of a set of “twin rocks” sitting at the edge of the water makes this beach one of the most photographed beaches. It has quite an interesting terrain – a vast stretch of sandy beach with an inner lagoon filled only by the sea at high tide. This is one of Terengganu’s most beautiful.
Take a stroll with your loved one, run with the kids, fly a kite or have a picnic on the wide sandy beach and immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery around you. Take a moment to appreciate the serenity and perhaps you want to be a bit meditative by just sitting at the waters edge and let the waves wash your worries away. There’s nothing so blissful than watching the blue sky and feeling the breeze on your cheeks. And if you want to climb the rocks, do be careful and make sure you have the ri…

Pulau Gemia

A tiny island called Pulau Gemia lies next to Pulau Kapas and is a privately owned island with a resort. Around this islet lies clear azure waters with coral reefs and rich marine life. It is also part of a Marine Conservation Park.

Pulau Tenggol

Destination For Deep Sea Diving
The southern most island in Terengganu, lying off the coast of Dungun, is Pulau Tenggol. An island not as crowded as the ones to its north, it is well known to be a magnet for experienced divers. Night diving, diving around shipwrecks and deep sea are some of the adventures divers look for here. Some parts of the seas surrounding this island are known to have strong currents. However, this does not deter the best and experienced divers who take this as an adrenalin pumping challenge.
One of the wild marine life that is sought after in the seas around Pulau Tenggol is the whale shark, a migratory shark that normally appears from August to October. As divers descend into the waters of Pulau Tenggol for its rich marine life, so do the whale sharks. And with divers always looking for new experiences and close encounters with bigger marine life, an encounter with a whale shark could be a once in a lifetime experience as they do not linger in any one locatio…

PULAU BIDONG

Island With Underwater Sculptures
Pulau Bidong was put in the spotlight at the height of the post-Vietnam War in the mid to late 1970s as a transit point for refugees who fled the country in the wake of the United States’ withdrawal. Thousands arrived on overloaded dinghy boats and were allowed to stay on Pulau Bidong while they wait to be resettled in a third country.
Pulau Bidong is a deserted island, there are no settlers nor any resorts operating here. However, what’s left here are remnants of a hospital, a school, shops and hostel like accommodation for the refugees.
This island has since been naturally rejuvenated and restored to its pristine conditions after so many years laying empty. Accessibility was restricted after the refugees left so the island could recover.
Visitors who want to snorkel, dive and have picnics on the beach can arrange for day trips here. Get the resorts you’re staying on Redang and Perhentian to make this arrangement.
An interesting facet of Pulau Bido…

PULAU KAPAS

Quiet And Uncrowded Beaches
A 20-minute boat ride from the Marang Jetty to the south of Kuala Terengganu, takes you to Pulau Kapas, the nearest island to the mainland. It is relatively small compared to the northern islands of Perhentian and Redang. Not many resorts are available here but one can make a day trip during the weekend if you don’t have the time. Its white sandy beaches and the serenity of the island with snorkeling and kayaking and water sports activities are what draws visitors to go for some fun.
The seas around Pulau Kapas is known as a squid breeding ground. The surrounding seas gets the most attention during the squid jigging season from March to August. Scores of boats will head to the sea around Pulau Kapas in the evenings and using lights to lure the squids to surface, the flotilla of boats can be seen from the shore resembling a lighted floating city along the horizon. And under a full moon, it can be quite a captivating sight. There are of course other areas wh…

Pulau Lang Tengah

Petite And Beautiful
Pulau Lang Tengah has beautiful beaches and emerald waters, and with only four resorts operating here, visitors will find this to be a quieter destination. The island lies between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang and takes 30 minutes to reach from the Merang Jetty.
The main attraction is below water where rich marine life in beautiful coral formations will take your breath away. Its tropical forest and white sandy beaches make this island another piece of paradise where the best activity may just be lazing and doing nothing. Sunbathe, have a picnic and take a siesta on the beach and just let your mind and body swing with the rhythm of the waves and the wind. After all, this is what being in paradise is all about.

PULAU PERHENTIAN

Lonely Planet’s And CNN’s Favourite - 13th Best Beach In The World In 2013 by CNN

Pulau Perhentian consists of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil and lies 79km north of Kuala Terengganu and 22 km east of the town of Besut. Depending on your take off point, it only takes a minimum of 45 minutes to two hours by boat to get here.

The Perhentian Islands were mentioned in CNN as having the 13th Best Beach in the World in 2013 whilst the Lonely Planet Travel Guide Book 2010 described the island as being the 5th Best Beach to Swing a Hammock.

Pristine aquamarine waters and powdery sandy beaches and the natural beauty of the islands are what draw tourists from all over the world. Inland, the islands are covered with untouched jungle, which also acts as a valuable water catchment area. There are no roads here, you either walk or take a water taxi to get from one end to the other.

The island which means “stopover” in Malay, is so named as it was used as a sanctuary f…

PULAU REDANG

Beautiful Beaches, Rich Marine Life
Pulau Redang’s enchanting beauty with its pristine azure waters and white sandy beaches draw many tourists to spend a few days to relax and unwind here. With good first class accommodation and smaller resorts available, Pulau Redang proves to be a paradise to suit all budgets.
It lies 45 km north of Kuala Terengganu on a 1 ½ hour boat ride from the Shahbandar jetty and a 40-minute one from the Merang Jetty. Pulau Redang is also about a half hour boat ride from Pulau Perhentian. You can actually have a holiday on both islands in one vacation trip if you want to experience the best of our offshore islands.
Pulau Redang lies in a gazetted marine park area, called the Pulau Redang Marine Park, that also includes several smaller islands. It is administered by the Department of Marine Park Malaysia, which provides special protection and management of marine environments and wildlife of national significance. It offers great snorkeling and diving activiti…

Noor Arfa Craft Complex

Shop Till You Drop
Noor Arfah has the reputation of being the largest batik producer in Malaysia. Throughout its more than 30 years experience in the batik industry, it has produced innovative designs and supplies to many big corporations as well as directly to consumers. Visitors can visit its batik making and retail complex in Cendering, where demonstrations of batik painting by hand are held and where you can even have a hands-on experience of making your own piece. The showrooms display batik designs of different creative styles and visitors will learn how the design of batik pieces have evolved over time, from using the old technique of using metal blocks (batik terap) to the hand drawn techniques using the canting.

Marang River Estuary

Exotic Harbour Of The South China Sea
The Marang river estuary is a picturesque site and one in which many would consider as a very typical scene of rural Terengganu at its most rustic. Head south on the Kuala Terengganu Kuantan trunk road and find a spot to park once you reach the town of Marang. Walk towards the Marang River bridge, and facing the river estuary, you may see fishing boats of all shapes and sizes anchored in the middle of the river. You will also see kampong homes on the right bank giving quite a scenic panorama of rural Terengganu. And looking across to the right in the distance you’d catch a partial view of Pulau Kapas across the sea.
After you’re done, make your way past the shop houses and follow the curve of the road and you’d see a lookout tower and not far from there, you’d come to a narrow bridge that takes you across to the beach. This is Pulau Kekabu and is known for its picturesque scene of the Marang harbour. There are plenty of photo taking opportunities…

Kota Lama Duyong, Pulau Duyong

Showcase Of Old Terengganu Architecture
The Kota Lama Duyong house is described as a “fort” or kota in Malay simply because it was surrounded by sturdy high brick walls that surround it. This residence belonged to one of Pulau Duyong’s proud son by the name of Dato Biji Sura, a senior officer working with the Terengganu state government. He was the great grandson of Tok Sheikh Duyong, a Muslim scholar who was born in Champa, in southern Cambodia who lived there in the 1800s. He was a well respected teacher and his teachings were sought after by both the palace as much as the ordinary folks. His scholarly pursuits had even earned Pulau Duyong the moniker “the tongue of Terengganu”.

Floating Mosque

Mosque On A Scenic Lagoon
The floating mosque or Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah in Kuala Ibai is one of the most photographed mosque in Terengganu. Its simple Middle Eastern design and fully painted in white stands as a beautiful monument illuminating its radiance in a picturesque setting. The mosque was built by the late Sultan Mahmud (1979 – 1997) and was so named in tribute to His Highness’ mother. However, it is commonly known as the floating mosque due to its locality above a lagoon.
The mosque may not be able to boast about its size nor any lavish interior design, but its beauty stems from its place at the edge of the Ibai River surrounded by water that makes it so enduring to visit.

Maziah Palace

The Historical Seat Of The Sultanate
Once the seat of the Sultanate, today Istana Maziah is used for royal celebrations and ceremonies only. And there are plans to turn into a museum in the future. The Istana sits strategically near the river, the Syahbandar Square and below the famous Bukit Puteri and this gives it accessibility to the locals and visitors alike. In front of the Istana is the Royal Arch, which was built to commemorate the installation of the present Sultan’s father, Sultan Mahmud Al Muktafi-billah Shah in 1980. The arch is made of marble and and steel and the top is a sculpture of the Royal Emblem coated in gold colours. Beyond that is the old original arch with a viewing tower at the top and marks the entrance to the Istana.
Istana Maziah, built in the late 19th Century, is one of the oldest palaces still in use in Kuala Terengganu, It was built after a fire destroyed the original palace on this site, called Istana Hijau, which was built by Sultan Omar in 1870. Afte…

Bukit Puteri

The Fort That Secured The Realm
A legend tells the story of a kind hearted princess who lived on the hill who was generous enough to lend her dining and cooking utensils to those who sought her help for their celebrations. Unfortunately, these utensils were never returned to her and disappointed with the attitude of the folks who lived at the foot of the hill, she left the Bukit Puteri and never returned.
The hill had already been documented in the annals of Terengganu history since the 16th Century and it was during the reign of Sultans Mansur, Muhamad and Omar in the early to late 19th Century that Bukit Puteri was better known and became significant as a stronghold to defend the sultanate during the civil war that occurred at the time.
Today, visitors will find an old relic in the shape of a bell or genta which was used to mark special occasions or when an unfortunate event happened. During the month of Ramadhan, the genta was sounded for the breaking of the fast. There is also a …

Chinatown

300 Year Old Settlement With Trendy Cafes
Dating back to about 300 years ago, Kampung Cina where it now stands, was settled by seafaring traders from South China. Kuala Terengganu was once a busy maritime trading centre that attracted merchants from across the region and of course, China. The descendants of these traders, known as peranakans, still make their homes here although changes are taking place where the old shop houses, seeing potential as a tourist draw, are now being gradually converted into trendy restaurants, cafes and guest houses.
Kampung Cina’s main street is a stretch of quaint old shop houses¬¬ where the peranakan heritage is celebrated and preserved. Stretching from Pasar Besar Kedai Payang, the one-way narrow street of Jalan Bandar ends at the welcome dragon arch at the Seri Malaysia hotel junction. Take a leisurely stroll and discover amongst the nooks and crannies, interesting alleyways with modern street art, new cafes and old abandoned homes. You can feel the…

Crystal Mosque

Shining Jewel On The River 
Created out of steel and glass, Terengganu’s Crystal Mosque is unlike any other. Having distinct traits of Moorish and Gothic elements and being strategically located above the water and facing the river mouth, it commands a majesty of place where any maritime traveller’s first impression when making his way into Kuala Terengganu would be of awe and admiration.

Islamic Civilization Park

The Islamic World’s Famous Monuments
One of the most popular attractions in Kuala Terengganu is the Taman Tamadun Islam or TTI (Islamic Civilization Park) situated on Pulau Wan Man not far from the estuary of the Terengganu River. TTI is an Edutainment Park spread across ten hectares filled with replicas or monuments of 22 exquisite and most famous mosques around the world. From the Taj Mahal, the Grand Mosque of Mecca to the Grand Mosque in Niger, 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.
TTI has a convention centre that can cater to weddings and banquets. The Crystal Mosque is part of TTI and is open for prayers. Not far from it is a guest house for visitors who’d want accommodation during their visit to Terengganu.
Another service provided by TTI is a river cruise t…

STATE MUSEUM

Window To Our Glorious Past
With bragging rights as the largest of its kind in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, it too can be considered be one of the most beautiful buildings in terms of architecture. Based on old Terengganu palaces, with its distinctive peleleh or sloping roof, the many design elements derived from the past make this building an attraction in itself.
The Museum has a floor area of over 75,000 square metres spread over four interconnected buildings. The whole museum compound covers an area of 27 hectares that also includes outdoor displays of old maritime vessels and old palace buildings, such as the rumah tele and reconstructed old homes depicting traditional Malay architecture.
The famous Terengganu inscription stone or Batu Bersurat is displayed here. It was by discovered by Syed Hussein Ghulam Al Bukhari in 1902 at Kampung Buloh, Hulu Terengganu,. The ‘Batu Bersurat’, stone depicts jawi writing, which is considered the earliest evidence of the coming of Islam to th…

PASAR BESAR KEDAI PAYANG

100-Year Old Pulse Of The City
Explore the many alleys and amongst the labyrinth of exotic looking herbs and food products, you will find our signature food condiment in the form of fermented shrimp paste called “budu”. Those who are less culinary adventurous, stay away; but one thing’s for sure, budu is what makes Terengganu folks “tick”! 
Smell, taste and feel the essence of Terengganu at Kedai Payang. There’s a saying, if you can’t find what you want at the shops, you’ll find it at Kedai Payang. It has been with us for more than a hundred years, it is a part of Kuala Terengganu’s cultural icon and identity.

Launching of Visit Beautiful Terengganu 2017

31 Dec 2016 – 3 Jan 2017 
A joyous celebration kicking off Visit Beautiful Terengganu 2017 promotional campaigns with events in Pulau Duyong, Dataran Shahbandar, Pulau Warisan and Hujung Tanjung Seberang Takir.

Kemeriahan sambutan bermulanya kempen Visit Beautiful Terengganu 2017 dengan pelbagai acara di Pulau Duyong, Dataran Shahbandar, Pulau Warisan dan North Breakwater.