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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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 an artificial island, but its white, traditional Moorish...

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...

Taoist Temple in Kuala Terengganu

Ho Ann Kiong

One of Chinatown's most attractive buildings, this compact and colourful riot of red and gold architecture and decor dates back to 1796. It was extensively rebuilt in 1801 and again in 2010 after a devastating...

Beach in Pulau Perhentian

Long Beach

This attractive stretch of sand offers umbrella-shaded lounges and the most party-ish vibe on the Perhentians. Those looking for a natural paradise might find this to be a little overdeveloped. There can be...

Beach in Pulau Perhentian

Teluk Dalam

The big island’s ‘southern bite’, this circular bay has a white-sand beach and accommodation in all budget ranges. There are good snorkelling spots on the bay’s western edge, and a few good restaurants, though...

Palace in Kuala Terengganu

Istana Maziah

On the eastern flank of the hill near the Central Market is the sultan’s palace. It’s built in colonial-era style, but renovations have given the structure a blocky feel. The palace is closed to the public,...

Market in Kuala Terengganu

Central Market

The Central Market is a lively place to sample tasty local snacks, sniff a durian and purchase other fresh fruit and fish. Browse a wide collection of batik and kain songket (traditional handwoven fabric) for...

Windmill in Pulau Perhentian

Wind Turbines

This pair of wind turbines can be reached either by the hiking path between Long Beach and Teluk Kerma or by a water taxi that will drop you off at a set of steep stairs leading up the cliff face. The views...

Mosque in Kuala Terengganu

Crystal Mosque

Domes and minarets made up of facets of bronze-tinted, smokey glass and reflecting each other provide for a striking riverside apparition. Built in 2006, but definitely channelling 1970s glam, this mosque is best...

Mosque in Kuala Terengganu

Zainal Abidin Mosque

The gleaming Zainal Abidin mosque dominates the city centre. The interior is relatively austere, but enlivened by sunlight streaming through nine domes and a framework of delicate latticed windows. Non-Muslims...

Fort in Kuala Terengganu

Bukit Puteri

Across the road from the Central Market, look for an escalator and steep flight of steps leading up to Bukit Puteri, a 200m-high hill with good views of the city. On top are the scant remains of a...

Historic Building in Kuala Terengganu

Teck Soon Heritage House

This handsomely painted Chinatown shophouse originally belonging to the Teck Soon trading company is now an interesting museum focusing on the history of Chinese Peranakan culture in Kuala Terengganu.

Natural Feature in Penarik

Penarik Firefly Sanctuary

Come nightfall thousands of fireflies dance among the mangroves, flashing in synchronisation. This synchronisation is unusual and believed to be associated with mating behaviour.

Beach in Pulau Perhentian

Love Beach

This secluded beach at the south of the island can be reached by a steep and rugged track (around 800m, 20 minutes) from Teluk Dalam.

Public Art in Kuala Terengganu

Turtle Alley

This Chinatown alleyway is covered with attractive mosaics and metal plaques about Kuala Terengganu's endangered turtles.