Rich in Malay culture, Terengganu is the epitome of rustic charm with quaint fishing villages and a rich cultural heritage. Under an hour by air from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu is the capital city of the Terengganu State. Known as the “Gem of the East Coast”, Terengganu is home to the longest stretch of untouched beaches in Malaysia. With dazzling white sands, crystal clear waters and colourful coral gardens, the underwater treasures are plentiful, and the area is a must for an idyllic getaway.
The magnificent architecture adds to the charm of the region. Marvel at the majestic Tengku Tengha Zaharah Mosque, which appears to be floating. One of the most beautiful mosques in the world is also located here – the Crystal Mosque, a grand structure constructed of steel and glass to glitter like crystal. Crafts are also popular in Terengganu, including wood craft and artisan boat making. The original host to the Monsoon Cup, Pulau Duyung offers a chance to meeting the boat makers and take a tour of the traditional workshops. Many visitors find the relatively rural and tranquil atmosphere in the state of Terengganu conducive to a tranquil holiday.
Located 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu, Redang is one of the largest (6km by 7km) islands dotting the north east coast of Malaysia. Nestled within a marine park in the South China Sea, Redang is surrounded by one of the bluest oceans on earth and powder white sands. This tropical island escape should be on the wish list of anyone looking for a serene escape. Avid divers and snorkellers can explore the protected reefs around Redang and over 30 dive sites. Expect to see turtles, reef sharks, moray eels, barracuda, trigger fish, giant stingray, octopus and huge parrot fish.