Kelab Desa Rantau Petronas
This 9-holes par 36 course plays to 2,943m from the blue tees... The course belongs to Petronas which have a petroleum complex between Kemasik and Paka... The flat course in along the South China Sea and is rather challeging with water coming into play in all but hole #2... The clubhouse is rather basic with a small golfers terrance and games room for indoor sports such as table tennis... There is also the normal male and lady changing rooms as well as a small pro-shop...
A Visit To Telaga Simpul
On our way to Kuala Terengganu we stopped by to visit a few places and one of them was Telaga Simpul, It is near the Marina Beach. There is quite an interesting story about this Telaga Simpul. According to an old folk story, this place used to be a place for the ‘Orang Halus’ (Genies) to bathe and not just a place for the locals or the merchants. Therefore, anyone who used this well must tie a knot from the Pandan trees nearby to avoid any mishaps or bad luck. How true the story is we don’t really know because we didn’t even get in the water. Anyone dare to try it without tying a not? Let us know what happen if you do so!
Chinatown Kuala Terengganu
Kuala Terengganu's chinese settlement - Kampung Cina or Chinatown - is said to be one of the well preserved Chinatown in the world. In fact, it is included Unesco's heritage listing.
The Chinatown is made up of rows of pre-war chinese shophouses that are still remain intact and are still maintained by the original owners. These buildings are believed to be the residence for the Chinese from China mainland who arrived in Peninsular Malaysia in the 19th century. Most of the houses are 2 stories, with brick or concrete structure and wooden flooring in the second storey. Some still keep its wood carving on the windows and huge heavy wooden front door whereas some were turned into the renewed modern concrete building. Interestingly, the back of some of the shophouses extends out onto the river - an interesting contrast to the street sceene at the front portion of the shophouses.
There is also a Chinese Temple painted in red colour standing at the end of the Chinatown. The local residences believe that ‘Goddess’ of the temple has given them very accurate guidance and ‘protection’ during the hard time, therefore there is always worshipers redeem their vow to the God.
The Ten Wonders of Terengganu
"The State of Terengganu"
Terengganu is an east coast state of Peninsula Malaysia. To the north is the state of Kelantan and to the south is Pahang. Terengganu has the longest panoramic beach in Malaysia. The beaches are lined along the main coastal highway linking Pahang and Kelantan.
The capital city is Kuala Terengganu also known as the Waterfront Heritage City. Pantai Batu Buruk is the most popular beach of this coastal city. The white sandy beach of Pantai Batu Buruk is shaded by casuarinas lining up along the shore. Kite flying is one of the favourite activities and they brighten up and add colours to the popular beach.
Here are the Ten Wonders of Terengganu:
1. The state with the longest panoramic beach in Malaysia,
2. There are many traditional boat builders and some are known the world over for their skills,
3. The home of the world's first Islamic Theme Park with 21 replicas of famous mosques and Islamic monuments,
4. There are seven exotic islands off the coast. A paradise for divers seeking the beauty of marine life and corals that surround these islands.
5. A unique Nature Park with Pasir Raja Forest Reserve being home of the world’s largest Chengal tree.
6. Home to the highest waterfall in the country, at Hutan Lipur Sungai Chemerung.
7. The sanctuary of thousands of freshwater fish with species such as Malaysian Mahseer (Kelah), Green Arowana (Kelisa), Barboides (Lampam), Snakehead (Toman) and Giant Gouramy (Kalui), among others at Tasik Kenyir,
8. Sungai Ketiar, an elephant sanctuary with natural habitat of elephants preserved to ensure sustenance of the population,
9. A state rich in culture, tradition and an amazing array of handicrafts especially in batik and songket designs, and
10. A must visit Eco-Aqua Tourism Park situated on Pulau Sah Kecil where arboretum of herbal plants of medicinal and therapeutic value is cultivated and researched for its educational, medical and commercial potentials.
"The Islamic Civilization Park"
This is the first Islamic theme park in the world. There are 21 replicas of famous mosques and Islamic monuments showcasing Islamic arts and architectures from the past and present. The history of these famous monuments are shown on video presentation at some of the mini theaters in the theme park.
The location of the theme park is itself unique. It is built on a 22.3 ha site of an uninhibited Island known as Pulau Wan Man on the estuary of Terengganu River. Among the replicas are the Dome of Rock of Jerusalem, Taj Mahal of India, the Samarra Grand Mosque of Iraq, Masjidil Haram of Mecca, the Citadel of Aleppo of Syria and Alhambra Mosque of Spain.
"The Crystal Mosque"
The Crystal Mosque is part of the Islamic Civilization Theme Park. The mosque is the new icon of Kuala Terengganu attracting many visitors since it was opened. It is considered unique as it is the first and only mosque built from steel and glass giving the crystal-like finish and image to the structure especially the dome. The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008 and was officially opened on 8 February 2008 by the 13th Malaysian King, His Highness Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu.
a fishing village, an Int'l Resort? what is it?
"Drop by on your way to Redang"
Kuala Terengganu is a small rural town on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The airport serves as the gateway to Pulau Redang. The people are warm, but extremely conservative.
The markets and shops in town are worth a visit, for salt fish, anchovies and hand-drawn batik cloths and local handicraft. You certainly won't pay tourist prices if you are a smart shopper.
Tips on Dressing: When you are here, it is best to dress conservatively and modestly, with pants below knee level, do not wear shorts at public places, and shirts or t-shirts should have sleeves.
Dresses & skirts are okay, but hemlines should be below the knees where possible. Although Malaysia is a developed nation, many of the rural folk are very conservative and may not have come across any Caucasian people before, so you will subject yourself to a lot of unwanted attention (I've had friends complain about people who openly stare or gawk because they have not seen people with blond hair!) if your dressing is perceived to lack modesty!
Yes, by all means, you can wear your mini-skirts, shorts & t-shirts or swimsuits, even bikinis (see pics!)! But only at resorts and hotels, please. Topless bathing is not permitted - you will probably get arrested...
Alcohol and cigarettes are only available for sale at selected Chinese outlets. Best to buy them at KLIA (duty free) before you get here!!
If you have some time, don't miss out on Tanjung Jara Resort, a luxurious property about an hour away from Kuala Terengganu. Get a very special deal during the monsoon period.