Kuala Terengganu is the capital as well as largest city of the state of Terengganu on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The city is located at the estuary of the Terengganu River, on a promontory that juts northwards into the South China Sea.
Guide to Kuala Terengganu Hotels
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Kuala Terengganu has a population of 400,000 (2011 estimate). It was established by Chinese traders whose descendents now live in Kuala Terengganu's Chinatown, which has the oldest streets in the city. Most of the people living in Kuala Terengganu today are Malays, accounting for 90% of the population. It began as a settlement as early as the 15th century, rivalling Malacca as one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula.
In the past decade, Kuala Terengganu has begun to position itself as a domestic as well as international travel destination, with varying degrees of success. It is home to the biggest state museum in Malaysia. The city has also developed its waterfront as well as islands on the Terengganu River itself.
One of the biggest and most exciting attraction in Kuala Terengganu is the Islamic monument park, Taman Tamadun Islam, which showcases 22 monuments from different countries of the world. Among the monuments showcased at the park include mosques, mausoleums and citadels. Also located within Taman Tamadun Islam is the iconic Crystal Mosque.
On the international front, the sailing event Monsoon Cup was launched in 2005 to discard the stigma attached to the word "monsoon", and to brand Kuala Terengganu as a destination for world-class regatta.
Of the many small islands in the estuary of the Terengganu River, the biggest and most important is Pulau Duyung, an island that was the traditional home for boat makers. The island is now brought into the 21st century as the venue of the Monsoon Cup.
Kuala Terengganu is a good place to feel the ambience of an East Coast Malay town. This is where you can see crafts such as traditional boat building. The State Museum is also well worth a visit for a glimpse at the culture, heritage and products of Terengganu.
Kuala Terengganu's Sultan Mahmud Airport is a small airport to the north of the city. It receives several flights a day from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. Firefly also provides regular flights to Singapore three times a week.
Federal Route 3 links Kuala Terengganu with Kota Bharu to the north, and with Kuantan to the south. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, you should take the Karak Highway (E8) all the way till Kuantan, and then take Federal Route 3 north to Kuala Terengganu.
Getting Around Kuala Terengganu
The town centre is small enough for you to walk around. However, to be practical, it is best to rent a car so that you can explore the places around Kuala Terengganu. Alternatively Kuala Terengganu has a bus service with three routes, one of which goes to Taman Tamadun Islam. The Town Bus Terminal is at Dataran Shahbandar at the waterfront.