Things to do in Kuala TerengganuMalays consider turtle eggs a delicacy, but this informational art trail known as Turtle Alley, in Chinatown tells the story of the ‘Little Turtle Messenger’ who goes on a ride with the turtles and convinces everyone to stop eating their endangered eggs. Don’t forget to check out the other arty themed lanes in Chinatown, too The Floating Mosque or Masjid Terapung is a pretty, white mosque built on a lake ten kilometres outside of town. Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal is part of the Taman Tamadun Islam, Islamic theme park. A collection of miniaturised Muslim sights from all over the world. Twenty Ringgit entrance charge to the park, the mosque is free to view. It’s a few kilometres outside of town, with very limited local buses so you will need private transport. There are night markets all along the waterfront, selling everything from fresh fruit (take some onto the islands with you) to cheap clothing. The bus station also has hole in the wall style vendors selling cheap food including basic nasi lemak for around 1RM. If street eating isn’t for you there are lots of restaurants around including Old Town White Coffee & western fast food chains. Eat the local speciality, keropok lekor – a type of steamed fish sausage, served with chilli sauce. Visit the relatively large area of Chinatown, with a lot of traditional shophouses. There are plenty of opportunities to get good Chinese food and there is a cheap hawker market with Chinese on one side and Malay options on the other. During Ramadan, Chinatown is the only option besides fast food chains as everything else is shut down during the daylight hours.
Where to stay in Kuala TerengganuLeisure Lodge has dorm beds available from $9 USD, privates for $20 USD. It is very clean and the beds are extremely comfortable. Suite 18 Boutique Hotel is a little more expensive at $11 USD for dorm beds, $25 USD and up for privates. It’s stylish and clean, offering a great atmosphere. If you prefer your privacy on the cheap, Youyou provides single rooms with private bathroom for $11 USD, doubles are $22. Clean, comfortable and kitsch, a great option! If you enjoy staying with a family, Jen Homestay is run by a lovely couple and has doubles with sea view for $26 USD. For more accommodation options in Kuala Terengganu, click here!
Getting there:The bus stop has local and national services. You can generally buy local tickets on the bus and long distance via the ticket booths behind the taxi rank. Taxi drivers will pester you, and some tried to mislead us about the buses not leaving for several hours, or not running at all. Others were more truthful and helpful – overall, people around were nice, welcoming and helpful – Always ask at least two people the same question. The airport is about a twenty-minute drive away, the only transport option is to take a taxi.
Where to go next?How to get to Pulau Kapas: The ferry leaves from Marang, not to be confused with Merang, which is also close to Kuala Terengganu! From the main bus terminal take the bus headed to Dungun, run by S.P Bumi,(they have a ticket booth at the end of the row, furthest away from the bus stop and next to Plusliner – ask for a schedule.) At Marang, walk around five minutes to the ferry terminal where there are a few operators who all run the same service at slightly different times. Ask the guesthouse to phone a few hours in advance when you want to return.
- Bus: 20/30 minutes: 2.50RM. Make sure you ask the driver to stop at Marang.
- Ferry: around 15minutes, 40MYR return.
- Bus: 2hours, 10RM.
- Speedboat: 25 minutes, 70RM return.
- Bus: 30 minutes, 2-3RM – Ask the driver to stop at Marang.
- Ferry: 40minutes, 80RM return.
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