Terengganu, also known as Terengganu Darul Iman, meaning “Abode of Faith”, lies in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Terengganu state borders Kelantan state to the north and the Pahang state to the south.
The head of Terengganu state is Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin while the head of government currently is Menteri Besar Datuk seri Ldris Jusoh. Terengganu state is the turtle capital of Malaysia and if you are visiting in September, then you will be able to see for yourself the largest turtle in the world as they move to Rantau Abang and Paka where they normally nest in the beginning of March through September. Their peak season is actually in June and July.
Most of the public and private offices start their week on Sunday and their weekend starts on Friday through Saturday.
Culture and religion
The culture of Terengganu is greatly influenced by both its geographical location and its historical background. It actually receives its cultural influences from its neighbours Kelantan and Thailand. Majority of the people here are Muslims and the state is very conservative. However, there is freedom of worship and you will find other religions as well.
Economy of Terengganu
The discovery of oil and gas in 1974 has changed Terengganu significantly not only in its economic and social structure, but also in its adoption of technology. Experts have confirmed that the oil and gas reserves will last for the next 13 and 14 years respectively.
Before the discovery of oil and gas reserves, the main Terengganu economic activities used to be fishing and farming. Because it’s a holiday destination, tourism industry is also a major economic bolster in the state.
Its 225km coastline, which is the longest coastline in the larger Peninsular Malaysia, is a major contributor to the Terengganu GDP. It has wonderfully sunny beaches full of sand and sun. Domestic and international tourists frequent these beaches.
Whether you are bringing your family along, visiting as a group or you are just alone, the luxury Tanjung Jara Resort, which is arguably the best resort in the East Coast of Malaysia has everything that you may need.
Other hotels that offer luxurious accommodation include Merang Suria Resort, Hotel Tanjong Vista and Hotel Primula among others.
A few attractions In Terengganu
You should pay a visit to Redang Island and see the most mature coral gardens in the world. It is very popular for various beach activities and diving snorkelling.
Terengganu State Museum
Schedule a drop here and see the largest museum in Malaysia. The museum is located at Kg. Losong, Kaula Terengganu and it has nine spacious galleries that are arranged beautifully over 4 attractive buildings. The galleries cover different aspects of the culture of Terengganu.
If you are crazy about traditional fishing craft or you just want to experience a scenic beach, then you should come to Penarik beach, which is found along the east coast of Terengganu.