Things to do in Kuala Terengganu Malaysia

1. Explore Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu has an interesting Chinatown with a number of nice restaurants serving Chinese, Malay and continental dishes. I visited this location a couple of times in day time and night time as well. The popular Turtle Alley is in Chinatown with wall marking and engraving providing information on Turtle Conservation efforts in the area. The riverfront area is popular with weekend markets and plenty of nice restaurants. 

Bar 45 Degree is an interesting hangout to enjoy alcoholic drinks and snooker tills late hours of the night. 

A popular location for outdoor seafood restaurants (Ikan Bakar Duyong)is located on the opposite side of the river from the waterfront area near Chinatown. I drove across to this section of the town to enjoy some located seafood in roadside cafes. These restaurants attract large crowds over the weekend as the location is ideal to enjoy river views as well as local seafood 


Entrance to Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu

Chinatown has a couple of bars and Chinese/Malay restaurants. We crashed at a local bar 45 degrees which stayed open till late. There are a couple of nice Chinese restaurants offering seafood dishes cooked in local sauces and spices.  We enjoyed chilli crabs, steamed fish and some interesting local seafood at Restoran Keong Kee.

Kuala Terengganu Restaurant

Restoran Keong Kee in Chinatown KT 



2. Enjoy Kuala Terengganu River Cruise

KT River cruise station is located close to Chinatown and is an interesting way to explore the interesting waterfront. The boat tour takes you up to to the Crystal Mosque. The view is amazing in the day time. You will stop at the docking station at the Mosque for 10 minutes to take a photograph. Make sure to book the tour in the day time to enjoy the most. The tour costs around RM 40. Kuala Terengganu Tourism Center is located on the other side of the river. This area is a must-visit in the day time. 

River Cruise in Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu River Cruise

3. Explore Kuala Terengganu State Museum 

KT State museum is a massive structure split into a number of sections. You will need a good 2 hours to explore all section dedicated to arts and crafts, colonial history, early exploration and mining projects in the region as well as life and art of various tribes that lived in this region. Various sections are dedicated to the history of weaving, weapon making, local crafts including jewellery making and detailed insights into the cultural and religious history of the region. 

Some of the vehicle owned by sultans of Terengganu is also on display outside the museum. This location is a must-visit for lovers of Malaysian history and culture. 

state museum

KT State Museum

ozasiatraveller enjoying kuala Terengganu

4.Beautiful Mosques of Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu has a rich Islamic history which is evident in amazing architecture in three interesting Mosques I visited in the city. Crystal Mosque is visible at the arrival of the city and is an architectural masterpiece reflecting a good mix of Middle-Eastern and Arab Muslim architecture. 

Abideen Mosque

Abideen Mosque Kuala Terengganu

Abideen Mosque is located in the centre of the city and is an oasis of calmness and peace. The architecture is amazing and the main structure and minarets are painted in white. The floating mosque or Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque was located adjacent to Regency Waterfront hotel I stayed in KT. 

Zaharah Mosque

Zaharah Floating Mosque Kuala Terengganu

5.Batu Buruk Beach in Kuala Terengganu

Batu Buruk Beach is a popular waterfront area with plenty of cafes, Macdonalds and a car Park. There is plenty of open space in the area and is quite popular with families over the weekend and holidays.  

This area is popular for excursions and kite flying rather than swimming as water can be quite choppy and dangerous to swim. This beach area is more of a picnic spot with plenty of open space. Swimming is definitely a very popular activity here because of strong currents. People tend to stay late to enjoy snacks by the seaside and cool ocean breeze on a summer night. 

buruk beach kt

Batu Buruk Beach popular for beach activities

6. Pantai Bukit Keluang in Kuala Terengganu

This area is one of the hidden gems in the region offering many outdoor activities, clean beaches and some rocky outcrops on the beaches as well. This area is 10 km from Kuala Besut and is popular with families over the weekend. Enjoy the beach area or several caves as well as lush rainforests.

7. Palau Perhentian Island trip from Kuala Terengganu

One of the most popular Island destinations in Malaysia Perhentians is located off the coast of Terengganu. Most travellers to this Island stop in Kuala Teregannau and catch a ferry from Merang Jetty (as opposed to Marang Jetty which is located south of KT).

Palau Perhentian Kecil is popular with budget travellers. Perhentian Besar is more relaxed and less developed but home to high-end resorts. This Island is more popular with honeymooners and family traveller. Most traveller book a minimum of two nights stay to enjoy most attractions in this region. Perhentian is an underwater paradise and is popular for diving and snorkelling.  


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