“Kuala Terengganu, sprinkled with oil-funded showpieces of varied degrees of success, is a perfect microcosm of Malaysia's economic explosion.”

The city of Kuala Terengganu displays a quirky fusion of old and new due to the discovery of oil in the 1980s which dragged the once sleepy fishing village into the modern world. New build skyscrapers and traditional shophouses coexist in this jumbled town, which retains a small and decidedly conservative place despite its growing nature.

Located at the mouth of the Terengganu River on Malaysia's north coast, the city is an ideal base for travellers exploring the east coast’s islands and jungles, but the surprisingly attractive city itself also warrants some sightseeing. Make sure to check out the tiny island of Pulau Duyong and its Malay Kampungs and enduring boat-making tradition. A wander around the rustic Kampungs is enjoyable, as is a visit to the old fort near the jetty.

Kuala Terengganu

Fast Facts
  • Time Difference GMT +8 approx
  • Currency Malaysian Ringgit
  • Flight Time 15 hours 20 minutes from UK
  • Capital Kuala Lumpur
  • Best time to go March to June

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