Exploring Terengganu: GENERAL ATTRACTIONS

In Kuala Terengganu Central Market
The Central Market faces the Sungai Terengganu waterfront. Besides the usual offerings of a 'wet' market, there are Terengganu specialties such as fish crackers, seasonal fruits, local handicrafts and delicacies. As with most Malaysian markets, the height of activity is in the morning.

Pantai Batu Buruk and the Cultural Centre
Pantai Batu Buruk, a popular stretch of beach in front of the Pantai Primula Hotel, is the venue of the annual Beach Festival. The Gelanggang Seni (Cultural Centre) is located along this beach. Traditional games and pastimes are displayed on Fridays, between 5pm-6:30pm.

Terengganu State Museum
Located on a hill in Jalan Cherong Lanjut, the Terengganu State Museum contains a fine collection of nineteenth-century Chinese wares, showing a clear Islamic influence, prehistoric tools from the Stone Age, and ancient manuscripts of Islamic calligraphy.

Istana Maziah
The royal palace, situated near Bukit Puteri in Kuala Terengganu, is the venue for royal birthdays and weddings, conferments of titles, and receptions of dignitaries. Its brightly-painted orange exterior and its architecture is a blend of the old and the new.

At Rhusila, about 10 km from Kuala Terengganu, local craftsmen and women create unusual native crafts, such as mats and baskets.

Bukit Keluang/Dendong Beach Park
This quiet beach park, 140 km north of Kuala Terengganu, is ideal for tranquil family picnics.

Suterasemai Centre
Kuala Ibai, 6 km from Kuala Terengganu, is Malaysia's pioneer silk-weaving centre, offering insights into silk production, from the spinning into yarns, to textile-weaving and batik printing. Beautiful batik, handpainted or printed are for sale in the centre's showroom.

Turtle-Watching at Rantau Abang
The warm grainy sands of Rantau Abang are thought to be the ideal nesting grounds for the giant Dermocheleys coriaca (leatherback turtles). Rantau Abang is one of the few leatherback nesting sites in the world. Turtle sanctuaries have been established in an effort to reverse the decline of leatherback turtles. Collection (except by licensed turtle egg collectors) or eating of turtle eggs are forbidden. In the Rantau Abang Visitors' Centre, a documentary on the turtle and its nesting habits is screened at regular intervals.

The Sekayu Recreational Park
A popular picnic spot, located 56 km west of Kuala Terengganu, features waterfalls, jungle trails, and lots of Malaysian fruits for sale at the orchard.

Kenyir Darn
Malaysia's largest rock-filled hydro-electric dam has a catchment area of 260,000 hectares. The area around the dam is ideal for jungle trekking and nature walks. The lake, popular with anglers, yields baung, toman, sebarau, kelah, lampam and kelisa.

Pulau Duyong
A five-minute boat ride from the Kuala Terengganu waterfront takes you to the home of master boat-builders, whom you can watch at work.

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