Beautiful Terengganu

What can I say? Terengganu is one of the most beautiful beaches that I’ve seen. Wonderful coastline and soft powdery sands. Simply breathtaking. Two days isnt enough time to experience the things that I would have liked to see and do.

Terengganu is located on the east cost of peninsula Malaysia and it overlooks the South China Sea.

We left on Thursday night and took the overnight coach to get there. Dont the reason why, but all overnight coaches are freezing cold! I could still feel the bite even in my jacket. Luckily for me, I packed my body towel along to wrap myself in.

The next day, tired and groggy, we stopped at Kemaman for morning prayers and breakfast. Loads of food to eat! Younger bro and sis each had Nasi Lemak (Coconut rice) each. Mum and Dad had Roti Canai while I had a plate of Kuih (cakes) and my favourite Teh Halia (ginger tea)

Teh halia!

Roti Canai is similar Roti Prata, best eaten hot and with curry. Their version is a little spicier though. But still delicious!

It was a hearty breakfast. Bro and Dad had second helpings even till everyone was full. We spent $18 Ringgit for a family of 5. That was so awesome. πŸ™‚

Unlike Singapore, there were plenty of animals roaming around. Like sheeps and cows and there were plenty of cats there. I had a ball of a time playing with them.

Err .. hello, what happened to you?

Later we stopped by a batik factory and saw beautiful batiks being made. Batik is made of a silk cloth, where the beautiful pattern are usually handmade.

Hot wax is put into the tool called chenang while the artist draws pattern on the cloth

The pattern are traced in wax and then coloured with cloth dye.

This is a tool where you dip in wax and then pressed on the silk. Another type of batik.

Mum choosing some batiks for us. I’m going to look like a SIA girl! Haha!

Man with glass crafting demonstration near the batik demonstration

We then went to Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (translated to Big Market Shop Payang). It was such a kaleidescope of colours. And in the morning, with a bustling of activities of people buying their daily needs.

There were loads of things being sold there, from fresh vegetables being heaped like hills, to cakes, to fresh flowers. There were many things as far as the eye can see.

Turtle eggs that can be eaten. It has a slightly bitter taste.

Colourful keropoks made of different type of seafood

Terengganu is famous for turtles and seafood. Keropok, a type of food made of fish paste is also a famous snack here. Mum decided to buy some turtle eggs and keropok while I observed around. Even though I was malay, the natives here has a different way of talking. They tend to speak their words with an additional ‘g’

“Saya nak makang”
“Satu, dua, tiga, engpat, lima, enam, tujuh, lapang”

It took me a while to get used to the way they talk.

We had lunch together. My parents had baked fish each and dare I say that it was truely one of the best ones that I’ve eaten so far. It may be a simple dish, but it really tasted so good.


Bro couldnt understand this cute little boy who asked him, “Have you paid for your drinks?” Children here are so cute I swear. They are always playing and smiling

At length in the evening, we reached our hotel – the Awana Kijal hotel. By then we were too tired to do anything. I would have liked to do a bit of water sports (there’s kayaking here! Jet skiing! Catamaran!) or simple things like seeing the fireflies. Unfortunately it was too late to do any thing because it was already 5pm and bookings will be closed by then.

Thats the thing about group tours that I really dont like. That we have to comply to do things that is in the schedule. Oh well. Maybe we’ll go there again the next time, but we’ll do it free and easy πŸ™‚

The hotel was pretty nice and had a lovely view of the sea when we opened the curtains.

Can you imagine waking up to this?

I persuaded my (already tired) family to see the sea. “If not now, when?” We were tired from the long journey but it was such a treat to see the wondrous sight. And we viewed the cultural show which was going on, on the way back to the hotel.

My beautiful mum by the sea

My dad walking along the sandy beach. The white thing is whole sea shells.

Diana admiring the sea

A scene from the cultural show – This guy is very handsome!

We had to leave the next day (Bwaaah! Thats not even one day we spent there!) We spent time on the bus again, stopping now and then to eat. We must have eaten lots!

Sis loved eating Sata. boneless fish marinated in spices, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over charcoal fire. My parents bought lemang, bamboo stuffed with rice and cooked over coals for several hours. While I had keropok lekor, delicious fish sausages that is eaten with chili sauces.

Sata is made of marinated fish paste and wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled. Really delicious when eaten hot

Lemang – rice stuffed in bamboo and cooked over an open fire

Keropok Lekor, made of fish paste. Can be eaten as it is like this

But I prefer it fried and crispy

Sigh. There really is something special about eating authentic food.

Would love to visit again. Truely is paradise on earth.

9 Replies to “Beautiful Terengganu”

  1. Terengganu is beautiful ….. bring back those good old memories when I use to drive up there and enjoy my weekend at the beach!

    Write more……. and I will be watching you from a distance …. with no contact lens expect my old fashion glasses.

    Best wishes always!

  2. Oh yes, so beautiful πŸ™‚ A great spot to get wedding shots πŸ˜‰ Do you still drive up there anymore? Are you Singaporean or Malaysian?

  3. Heya william πŸ™‚ When was the last time that you went to malaysia? And which part? Malaysia is a great getaway, beautiful place and good eats! Yum yum!

  4. Hi,

    I’m looking for a batik factory and after numerous search i end up with your blog. It’s very interesting and i can’t wait to land myself in terengganu. I need some info, where can i find these batik factory in terengganu . hope you could help me out.

  5. Dear marina,

    next time if you want to go to terengganu again…my advice…go to Pulau Perhentian….it is surely paradise there…beautiful place…you will never regret it.

    thank you

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