Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020
No visit to Malaysia would be complete without first walking upon the beautiful beaches found in the Terengganu state. The area has unspoilt beaches which make others pale in comparison. Here we’re looking at what else this great destination has to offer and where the best place to stay is.
Kuala Terengganu is positioned upon the mouth of the Terengganu River and is the state and royal capital. Other than the awe inspiring breadth of the river itself and the diverse Malay heritage which the area holds, the city has everything needed to enjoy a tranquil, relaxing holiday that lacks no convenience. For those who wish to explore a bit further, many islands await close to the coast.
TH Hotel & Convention Centre Terengganu – The TH Hotel & Convention Centre Terengganu is one of the most prestigious hotels on offer. The ultra-modern interior will have you spellbound while the spacious rooms deliver all modern amenities. The in-hotel restaurant has a great range of both Western and Asian cuisine. Both a pool and kid’s pool are great for cooling down during the sweltering afternoons. The hotel offers a wide array of beach activities and you are given easy access some of Malaysia’s hottest nightlife. This is a great place to stay.
FELDA Residence Kuala Terengganu is a massive 100-room hotel, which has a friendly 24-hour front desk, concierge services, a coffee shop, laundry facilities and a restaurant. The eatery is well-known for its tasty food cooked to perfection. The location itself could not be better. FELDA Residence Kuala Terengganu is very close to the riverfront, Pasar Payang and Chinatown. Breakfast from the 17th floor is an opportunity not to be missed. The view of the mountainside is nothing short of breathtaking.
Gong Badak is a great place to stay which is situated very close to the Crystal Mosque and the Terengganu State Museum. The LCD TVs with digital broadcasts are a great touch and the free Wi-Fi runs at a great rate. You’re close to a mall and the airport and there is a range of fast-food outlets, including a Pizza Hut, nearby.
In the heart of Kuala Terengganu you can find the Islamic Heritage Park. The architectural magnificence of the mosques will have you exploring for hours on end. The site hosts no less than nine amazing structures. If you are short on time then make sure that you don’t miss the Crystal Mosque itself. The sight of this steel, glass and crystal structure is truly jaw-dropping. The structural precision by itself is enough to challenge even modern construction and architecture.
Aquaculture is at its peak in the Setiu Wetlands. From water cage culture to oyster farming, the lagoon plays host to countless fisherman. The local industry will serve you up the freshest seafood found, while the beauty of the Setiu Wetlands State Park has so much biological diversity that it has become an ecotourism hotspot.
If there is one island which you have to set foot on, it is Pulau Redang Island. The picturesque beaches and crystal clear waters make this a highly sought after destination for beachgoers and snorkelers alike. Just be warned, during the peak of holiday season, the beach can become quite packed.
If you are looking for tasty local cuisine that comes at unbeatable prices, then look no further than Madam Bee’s Kitchen. Their menu serves up Asian, Malaysian and Halal food which has such great flavour and value that the restaurant is flocked to by locals.
Warung Pok Nong’s popularity means this seafood restaurant is always filled with locals and tourists alike. It is close to the airport, the menu is broad and value packed, while seafood is second to none.
The Chinese food served at Restoran Golden Dragon Restaurant is excellent, affordable and highly recommended. The staff and owner are warm and welcoming, and the food is utterly delicious. There is no better Chinese cuisine served anywhere in Kuala Rompin.