This article also appeared in the December 2016 issue of Malindo Magazine
Malaysia is a treasure cove of scenic islands, photo-worthy architecture and delicious delicacies, and Kuala Terengganu encompasses all that! Located on the east coast with the massive South China Sea wrapped around its shorelines, Kuala Terengganu is really a affordable gateway for tourists who want to bask in sandy beaches or snorkel off the coast at some of its more renowned islands. Here are 5 things you can do at your next getaway!
Visit The Crystal Mosque
The Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal is a stunning structure carefully crafted from glass, steel and sheer crystal, and is ranked one of the top attractions in Kuala Terengganu. It is situated within the large grounds of the Islamic Heritage Park and boasts grandiose steel and glass domes and pillars – which contribute to the mosque’s shimmering crystal-like appearance. At night, the mosque is a true beauty to behold as it springs to life in a myriad of colours, like a magical scene out of Aladdin.
Take A Boat To Pulau Perhentian
You can not go to Terengganu and not check out Pulau Perhentian, which is just a boat ride away from the coast. Sip a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice as you rest on the sandy white shores of the beach, or swim in the clear, clean waters with your waterproof camera so you can capture stunning shots of the mesmerizing underwater world.
Snorkel in Pulau Redang
Internationally renowned for its refreshing white beaches and crystal clear waters, Pulau Redang is one of the biggest islands off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Island-loving tourists will be thrilled to swim, scuba dive and snorkel in its pristine waters. Be sure to stay for the sunset – the dipping sun casts a vibrant mix of colours across the sky, which is a glorious scene not to be missed.
Photographers will love Chinatown for its graffiti-laden streets and culturally rich architecture of the temples and old buildings. It is a great place for photo opportunities and authentic Chinese cuisine. And if you want to satisfy your cravings for Chinese food, go to Chinatown.
This upbeat tourist market is housed in a large building that sits right beside the Terengganu River. You can browse the selection of silks, batik and local products at cheap prices! This is also the perfect place for souvenir shopping.
Bahasa Malaysia is the dominant language in Terengganu. You can take up a short Malay course to better assimilate yourself with the locals. If your family needs swimming lessons for the islands, you might want to consider hiring a swimming instructor.
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written by Carissa Gan