TRENGGANU - A  Life at Sea

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Brief Background

The State of Trengganu, with a land area of 12,995 sq km, lies between the states of Kelantan and Pahang. From the norther border, the coastline of Trengganu stretches down 225 km till it meets with the border of Pahang in the south. Within this stretch are found blue waters, sparkling white sand and picturesque lagoons with fishing villages which would rival any beach scene anywhere. The best time to come to Trengganu would be between April and September during the off monsoon season.

 

Places of Interest

 

KualaTrengganu, the capital is basically a fishing town and is now becoming a busy petroleum centre. The town stands on one side of the TrengganuRiver; there are two main streets, an excellent market and a pleasant esplanade. You can hire a boat for a modest sum to ferry you to some of the idyllic offshore islands where fishing boats are still built without sketches or plans but by skills inherited through the generations.

 

Tanjung Jara is an enchanting beach resort lies 60 km south of Kuala Trengganu and its alluring attraction is its specially architectured and landscaped hotel designed after an old Malay palace. Built entirely from wood, it has won the prestigious Aga Khan award for outstanding architecture.

 

RantauAbang is 56 km south of KualaTrengganu and this is one of the best places to watch the leatherback turtles come ashore. A turtle museum has been established here and a restaurant and cottages are available for those determined to wait for the turtles.

 

Offshore Islands are among the popular destination for tourists. The popular islands are PulauTinggol, PulauKapas, PulauRedang, PulauPerhentian and PulauRhuPerhentian. PulauKapas can be reached in half an hour by boat from Marang, a fishing village 10 km south of KualaTrengganu. PulauPerhentian is a lush tropical island surrounded by crystal clear waters some 20 km away from KualaBesut.

 

KenyirLake is about 55 km from KualaTrengganu and it is an angler’s paradise. Covering about 36,900 hectares with over 200 man-made islands, the lake is teeming with huge speciments of baung, toman, sebarau, kelah, lampan even arowan. The surrounding jungle area is ideal for trekking and nature walks.

 

Sourced : Tourism Malaysia