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Capital of the conservative Muslim state of Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu was centuries ago an important trading port with China; boatyards still exist on the island of Pulau Duyong, accessible by bridges from the city. Today Kuala Terengganu’s wealth comes from offshore oil. There’s a compact and visually attractive Chinatown and a colorful Central Market right beside the South China Sea. The hillside park Bukit Puteri makes for a pleasant stroll and views across town. Three miles outside of town the Terengganu State Museum is an excellent one, notable mainly for its gigantic galleries modeled after traditional Terengganu village houses. ...

Capital of the conservative Muslim state of Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu was centuries ago an important trading port with China; boatyards still exist on the island of Pulau Duyong, accessible by bridges from the city. Today Kuala Terengganu’s wealth comes from offshore oil. There’s a compact and visually attractive Chinatown and a colorful Central Market right beside the South China Sea. The hillside park Bukit Puteri makes for a pleasant stroll and views across town. Three miles outside of town the Terengganu State Museum is an excellent one, notable mainly for its gigantic galleries modeled after traditional Terengganu village houses. Also worth seeing are the Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah or "floating mosque" and Taman Tamadu Islam, a park containing miniature models of Islamic landmarks from around the globe. Pantai Batu Buruk is a pretty stretch of sand, but for better beaches and chances to dive and snorkel head out the islands Pulau Kapas and Pulau Gemia, both of which are accessed from Marang, about ten miles south of Kuala Terengganu. The city can also be used as a base for visits to Tasik Kenyir, a lake of more than 115 square miles and a prime spot for fishing and wildlife and bird spotting.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Colloquially abbreviated as KT, it is the largest city as well as the state and royal capital of Terengganu state, Malaysia.
  • Language: A Terengganese dialect, Bahasa Malaysia, English and Chinese
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    March to October