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Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

Kuala Terengganu, road Batu Buruk Beach
Kuala Terengganu
road Batu Buruk Beach
Kuala Terengganu, Downtown View
Kuala Terengganu
Downtown View

Kuala Terengganu has many must-visit places to offer: the town itself, the kampung (villages), the beaches, the islands, the museum and so on. There are day trips to Pulau Rendang (Island) and Tasik Kenyir (Lake) available if time is an issue. The jetty to Pulau Kapas in Marang is also only 30min away with the local bus. With the tropical climate, it is generally very hot and humid, but the monsoon season normally hits the east coast from November till January, so one can expect a lot of rainfall during these months. That is also the time when the islands and boat services nearby shut down most operations.

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How to get to Redang Island

Pulau Redang can be reached by plane from KL or Singapore or more budget-friendly by boat from Merang or Kuala Terengganu. Kuala Terengganu can easily be reached from any major town by bus or from Kuala Lumpur by plane and is worth a one or two night stopover on the way to or from the island.

Keropok Lekor

The easiest way to describe Keropok Lekor is to call it fish sausage. It is the specialty from Terengganu, a state at the east coast and omnipresent in the streets and villages and very much a part of the live of the people there. Here are some pictures from one of the most popular Keropok Lekor stalls or shall I say factory, in Kuala Terengganu.

Dikir Barat

Dikir Barat is the most popular traditional music from Kelatan. It is also still actively performed in Terengganu and Singapore. It is very unique and entertaining to watch. The basic elements of a Dikir Barat group are the two frontmen, the Juara and the Tukang Karut, and the big vocal "rhythm group". Have a look!

Things to Do & See

Chinatown (Kampung China)

KT's Chinatown is located along Jalan Bandar. It is small but charming with colorful shophouses and still has the traditional feel with small stores, cafes and restaurants

Taman Panorama

View Point on Bukit Pak Apil offering panoramic views of Kuala Terengganu

Pulau Duyung

An island located in the river just opposite Chinatown at the river mouth of Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River) with Malay Kampungs, traditional boat making and resorts

Terengganu State Museum

Acclaimed as the largest museum in Malaysia and one of the largest museum in South East Asia, the Terengganu State Museum houses century old artifacts and artworks of rich and colorful heritage.

Zainal Abidin Mosque

The mosque, also known as the White Mosque or the Big Mosque, was built by Sultan Zainal Abidin II between 1793 and 1808 but has been renovated and extended after that.

Crystal Mosque (Islamic Civilisation Park)

The RM250-million-theme-park was opened in February 2008. It house sreplicas of several world famous mosque and the spectactular Crystal Mosque.

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Sultan Mahmud Airport

regional airport with 500,000 anual passenger serving flights to Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia, Firefly and Malaysian Airlines

Kuala Terengganu Bus Terminal

KT's main express long-distance bus terminal is located right in the city center on Jalan Sysed-Hussin at the corner of Jalan Abidin

Shahbandar Jetty

Jetty at the city center of Kuala Terengganu (just opposite the Tourist Information Center) for boats to Pulau Redang (Redang Island).

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Sankris Lodge
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