Giant Leatherback Turtle
Some people said that the giant leatherback turtle would lay their eggs from July to September during a full moon. We got the chance to watch it in August. I guess that we were lucky!
It's kinda sad watching the turtle laying her eggs, she looked like she was crying! Mum believed that she cried because she knows that she would not have the chance to see her babies again and not just because of sand in her eyes. It’s sad to see when some human beings lost their common senses and keep on disturbing the turtle when she lays her eggs… The Beaches!
Terengganu is not just blessed with beaches & beautiful islands but also waterfall.
If you have more time in Terengganu, do visit some of the waterfall.
One of our favorite is the Sekayu waterfall.
If you happen to drive along the coastal line to Kuala Terengganu do stop by at Kemasik Beach. There are amenities nearby such as prayer room for the Muslims and few shops to grab a bite. On the day of our visit, seems like they were upgrading the place. This beach is picturesque so don’t forget your camera! It’s ideal to bring your families on weekend too.
Kubu Bukit Puteri
The Kubu Bukit Puteri (Bukit Puteri Fort) lies on top of hill. It is a small fort that was build during civil war in Terengganu in 1830s. The fort was built by Tengku Omar (the then Yang Dipertuan Besar of Terengganu) in his effort to de-throne the then Sultan of Terengganu, Tengku Mansur who was conferred the title of Sultan Mansur Shah II. It is said that the fort was build from bricks and cemented with honey, lime and egg white.
Despite beinmg protected by the fort, Bukit Puteri finaly fall to Tengku Mansur instead and Tengku Omar was forced to flee to Besut.. In 1839, Tengku Omar successfully recaptured the fort after 3 attempts and subsequently de-throne Tengku Mansur. Upon conquering the fort, Tengku Omar spent most of his his early days as the ruler of Terengganu within the fort itself, discussing war strategies with his generals on a raised platform called a 'singgahsana' as seen still at the fort.
KT, deep into the Northeast of Malaysia
Like Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu is a very genuine Malaysian city, however, it is not as spectacular and interesting as the first one.
Usually, one does stop over there for the reason that KT is a jumping-off point to go to the nearby Malaysia’s most beautiful islands, the Perhentian Islands.
Kuala Terengganu means the “river mouth of Terengganu”, it is located about 500 kilometers northeast of Kuala Lumpur and is surrounded on three sides by the South China Sea.
Kuala Terengganu is the state and royal capital of Terengganu state.
The main economic activities of KT are
- retail and wholesale trade in food items,
- fabric and apparels,
- service industries and
Don’t worry, KT is connected to other towns and cities via an excellent network of roads and also some ferries that cross the Terengganu River. On the other side of the Terengganu River there is even a domestic airport.
What to visit
You may visit the Sultan’s Palace, the State Museum, Pulau Duyong, Chinatown and the Central Market (Pasar Payang).
What to buy
You may buy Keropok lekor, a local "fish sausage" and silk or cotton batik sarongs.
What to eat
While in KT you may try the Keropok lekor, a local snack and traditionally prepared Malay cakes.
What to drink
You have a pretty good range of fresh fruit juices to choose from.
What has made KT known to the world since 2005 is the Monsoon Cup, the Malaysian leg of the World Match Racing Tour international sailing circuit, what means that the world’s big shots come to KT (more precisely to Pulau Duyong) to compete.
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