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Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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Floating Mosque (Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah)

address: Jalan Sultan Mahmud, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
floating-mosque-masjid-tengku-tengah-zaharah-kt.jpg, The mosque is located in Teluk Ibai, just over 4km away from Kuala Terengganu town centre, south of Batu Buruk beach. The mosque appears to be floating on water, hence the nickname.
The mosque is located in Teluk Ibai, just over 4km away from Kuala Terengganu town centre, south of Batu Buruk beach. The mosque appears to be floating on water, hence the nickname.

The mosque is located in Kuala Ibai, just over 4km away from Kuala Terengganu town centre, south of Batu Buruk beach. The mosque is built on a floating platform with a lake surrounding it. This gives the illusion of itself floating on water from afar, hence the nickname. It combines Terengganu’s traditional Malay architecture and Moorish architecture, and is built with marble, ceramics, mosaic works and bomanite paving. Its white and plain facet creates a pure yet bold statement.

According to Tourism Terengganu, built from an idea birthed by the late Sultan of Terengganu, Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, this mosque was named after his mother, Tuanku Intan Zaharah binti Almarhum Tengku Seri Setia Raja.

The mosque is strategically built within the nature, surrounded by a lake and generous amount of green with the South China Sea in view. It is worth visiting especially during sun set. Much more enchanting and impressive at night when the mosque is brightly lighted that enhance the floating effect and its reflection is clearly see on the water. Although one should dress conservatively with no shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless and be mindful of its prayer time as to not disturb the worshippers.



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