Kuala Terengganu is located along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. To the north lies the Kelantan state, and bordering the state of Pahang to the south. Terengganu covers a land area of 12,995 square kilometer and comprises seven districts: Besut, Setiu, Kuala Terengganu, Hulu Terengganu, Marang, Dungun, and Kemaman. Terengganu boasts a fine tropical climate, typically do not fluctuate that much across the year. The maximum range between 28°C and 32°C while the minimum range between 22°C and 25°C. November to February are the wetter months where rain is almost continuous, with average precipitation of over 500 mm a month. The best season to visit is during the dry season (March to October) which offers beautiful weather with sunshine and clear skies at most times.
Kenyir Lake is the biggest lake of Malaysia, and this popular attraction is located within the state of Terengganu. Among the people that visit the beautiful lake are local anglers, golfers and companies that organize their teambuilding activities. Lake Kenyir is the biggest manufactured (man-made) lake in Southeast Asia. The freshwater lake was constructed between 1978 and 1985 to create for a dam to generate electricity and to bring a halt to the yearly flooding. Kenyir borders the popular National Park-Taman Negara; you can travel from Kenyir to Taman Negara (vice versa), but this is no easy trip as it takes several days and can only be done with an experienced guide. Kenyir area is over 200,000 hectares in size. Within the area, you can find around 340 small – mainly uninhabited – islands; many waterfalls and caves. There is also and abundance of wildlife to be found in the Kenyir Area.
This historic island is known as the relocation centre for Vietnamese refugees from the mid 70’s until early 90’s. Situated northeast of Kuala Terengganu and is reachable by 30-minute speedboat ride from Merang Jetty. Bidong Island offers a stunning setting for snorkeling and diving with underwater gallery that hosts replicas of The Terengganu Inscription Stone, a traditional arch, a Keris, a traditional sampan, and betel chewing canisters.
As a waterfront city with a hint of traditional infrastructure, Kuala Terengganu is set to become a hub for tourism as well as a corridor for investors. Kuala Terengganu has an abundance of appealing and attractions, offering glimpses of a unique blend of local tradition, rich culture, heritage and the beauty of nature, plus the warmth of its people, all can be found together in the developing city of Kuala Terengganu. Among magnificent tourists’ attractions in Kuala Terengganu are Kampung Budaya Terengganu – a one-stop centre that brings together the various types of art and cultural heritage to preserve and protect the heritage of Malay culture; the Drawbridge – the newest landmark in Terengganu’s state capital, and the first of its kind in Southeast Asia; and the Pasar Payang (or the Central Market) is a must visit place whenever in Kuala Terengganu, as you can find all kind of goods ranging from poultry to sea products, utensils to bed sheet, and even jewellery…almost like ‘you name it, you get it’
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