Peninsular Malaysia's Northeast attractions

Museum in Kuala Terengganu

Kompleks Muzium Negeri Terengganu

Located around 6km west of the city centre, the traditional houses that front the museum's spacious grounds are worth the price of admission. Exhibits range from the historically interesting (a Jawi – traditional Ma…
Beach in Pulau Perhentian

Teluk Kerma

Home to a single accommodation option, this small but lovely bay is peaceful and quiet. There’s great diving and snorkelling and a few equally isolated beaches within walking distance. It's an hour’s hike or a two-m…
Island in Kuala Terengganu

Pulau Duyung

This is the largest island in the estuary. It is changing fast, with modern housing estates being built on reclaimed land, but there is still a sizeable presence of old wooden houses and a village lifestyle. Fishing…
Park in Kuala Terengganu

Taman Tamadu Islam

Touted as the world’s first ‘Islamic civilisation park’. Taman Tamadu Islam is divided into two zones. Zone A is free to the public and houses the Crystal Mosque. Zone B, for which there is an admission charge, feat…
Beach in Kota Bharu

Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Kota Bharu’s main beach was once known as Pantai Cinta Berahi, or the Beach of Passionate Love. In keeping with Islamic sensibilities, it’s now known as Pantai Cahaya Bulan or Moonlight Beach. Most people call it 'P…
Beach in Pulau Perhentian

Main Beach

Besar’s main beach stretches along the west coast of the island to the southern tip, interrupted by several rocky headlands – you can walk around them on short trails, otherwise take a water taxi. The white sand her…
Cultural Centre in Kota Bharu

Gelanggang Seni

Local cultural events, including gasing uri (top-spinning), silat (a Malay martial art), kite-making, drumming and shadow-puppet shows are held regularly at Gelanggang Seni. The events are kid-friendly and all are f…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Bank Kerapu

Built in 1912 for the Mercantile Bank of India, the Bank Kerapu building was the first stone structure built in Kelantan. During WWII it was the HQ of the Kempai Tai, Japan’s feared secret police. Today it is also k…
Beach in Pulau Perhentian

Coral Bay

Dead-coral-strewn Coral Beach is aptly named. A construction boom has diminished the quaintness of this once-quiet spot but it's perfect for those wanting to stay within easy walking distance of Long Beach’s party v…
Mosque in Kuala Terengganu

Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah

The most famous religious structure in the state is the Floating Mosque, located 4.5km southeast of Kuala Terengganu. It’s not really floating, just set on a man-made island, but its white, traditional Moorish desig…