Terengganu offers a wealth of sightseeing attractions for visitors. In Kuala Terengganu the Floating Mosque is the most magnificent attraction and there are many, many more. Terengganu is always thought of as a State with sandy beaches. In fact it is a mountainous land with only a narrow strip of beach. Most areas inland are sparsely populated. Many waterfalls are yet to be identified. Traditional waterfalls and their parks are now being spruced up and very well maintained. They are worth visiting.
Perhentian Island comprises one two islands that represent one of Malaysia’s most prominent destinations. Perhentian Basar is the bigger island whereas Perhentian Kecil is the smaller one. Often sought after by diving enthusiasts around the world, Perhentian Island will take your breath away. These islands shut down from November to February when monsoons set in.
Redang is a paradise and Pulau Redang is the largest island of Redang archipelago off the coast of Terengganu and the centre of marine life. From the hilly landscape to unimaginable creatures that dwell on the coral bed, the island is bristling with life. Located 45km away from the coast of Kuala Terengganu, Redang never fails to enchant visitors - from the sleepy fishing villages to the warm beaches and from verdant rainforests to a seasonal encounter with Hawksbill turtles. Other Islands in the group are pulau pinang, pulau ekor tebu, pulau kerengga besar, pulau kerengga kecil, pulau paku besar, pulau paku kecil and pulau lima.
Tasik Kenyir is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia with picturesque water repository teeming with aquatic life, birds, mammals and vegetation. The lust green forests boasts an astonishing variety of flora and fauna, with more than 8,000 species of flowers and wildlife ranging from wild boar to more elusive panthers and elephants. Several waterfalls also flow into the lake if you’re into water sports and swimming. You can also trek or go off-road in the jungles around this magnificent lake.
Pasar Payang or the Central Market of Kuala Terengganu is a must visit especially for first time visitors. Pasar Prayang serves as both a wet market and as a trade centre for the local community. In their loudest voice, these peddlers will impress you with the alleged magical powers of the amulets, the potency of their traditional medicines, or the quality of their precious stones.
Terengganu is also known for its thriving batik industry. Some of the best batik and songket in Malaysia is hand made in Terengganu and a vast choice of this traditional textile can be purchased on the first floor of the Pasar Payang. A wide range of colourful handkerchiefs, batik shirts, scarves and kaftans are on display for you to choose from. Feast your eyes on a wide array of souvenirs. Silk garments, rattan baskets, brassware items and farmers’ hats are also popular items on sale here. Be sure to bargain for the best price when you're buying.
The smaller island of Lang Tengah is perfect for a more secluded getaway. The waters are just as a beautiful, with fish that are so tame they swim right up to you, looking for food. Also look out for sea cucumbers and corals combing the floor bed.
Yet another excellent island, Pulau Kapas, is located very close to Marang, which is a short distance south of Kuala Terengganu. The idyllic beaches on the island’s west coast are home to a variety of hard and soft corals besides the marine life. This island is particularly known for squid fishing with only one resort available for accommodation.
The Lata Tembakah waterfalls are located in Besut in the middle of a thick tropical rainforest filled with towering trees. A two km trek through the jungle will reward you with a fantastic waterfall that makes for a pleasant relaxing spot.
Rantau Abang, located 56 km north of Kuala Terengganu, is the only spot in Malaysia and one of the six beaches in the world where the massive leatherback; the largest turtle species on Earth, comes to nest every year. Between May and September, visitors who arrive at Rantau Abang in Dungun, Terengganu, will get a rare glimpse of leatherbacks climbing the gentle beach slopes to lay their eggs and return to the sea.