The road from Teluk Bahang along the coast to Batu Ferringhi is a picturesque stretch of small coves and more beaches. Batu Ferringhi (Foreigner’s Rock) is a resort strip stretching along Jln Batu Ferringhi, the main drag, which is lined with big hotels, tourist shops and restaurants.
South Of Kuala Terengganu
Klang & Pelabuhan Klang
This mainland town is the jumping-off point for Pulau Penang. The Butterworth–Penang ferry jetty (RM1.20, every 20 minutes from 5.30am to 12.30pm) is conveniently located next to the train and bus stations. Fares for the ferry are charged only for the journey from Butterworth to Georgetown (on Penang); returning to Butterworth is free.
An emerald coated in powder-white sand floating in a blue sea of tranquility, pretty Pulau Kapas has something for everybody. Serene on the weekdays, the island becomes overrun with day-trippers on holidays and long weekends, and actually shuts down during the east-coast monsoon season (November to March).
Around Kota Bharu
Redang’s position within a marine park lends itself to excellent diving and snorkelling, and you can easily lose yourself in between the golden sunlight, cackling jungle and lapping waves. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to visit outside of package tours, which tend to be regimented affairs with arrival lectures and set times for meals, snorkelling and ‘leisure’.
North Of Kuala Terengganu
North of Kuala Terengganu the main road (Route 3) leaves the coast and runs inland to Kota Bharu, 165km north, via Jerteh. The quiet coastal back road (Route 1) from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Besut runs along a beautiful stretch of coast and is popular with cyclists.