Merang is the gateway and closest point on the mainland coast to the island resorts of Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah, plus the excellent diving spots off Pulau Bidong. Speedboats run regularly between the islands and this river port. Merang should not be confused with Marang (the ferry terminus for boats to Pulau Kapas), which lies to the south of Kuala Terengganu.
The sleepy fishing village of Merang has little to offer travellers beyond the jetty and harbour on the banks of Sungai Merang with its colourful fishing boats and mangroves. The windswept but attractive palm-fringed beaches to the east of the harbour are worth a stroll if you find you have to spend some time waiting for ferry connections.