Awana Kijal Golf, Beach & Spa Resort
This is a resort course and meant to be easy enough for a relaxing road of golf... The course is set between the resort hotel building and the beach... The beach extends all the way along the golf course and it is rather cool when the breeze comes in from the sea...
The course is rather long and plays to 6,520m from the blue tee... with the Palma Course at 3,456m and the Rimba Course at 3,064m... The fairways are rather sandy and soft so that taking divot is not a problem... Water come into play in a number of holes but generally one can have a leisurely round of golf in this resort setting... The signature hole is certainly the par-3 hole #14 which play across the sea to a slightly elevated green... On low tide, play is over a long bunker (while is the beach)... There is the usual male and lady changing rooms as well as the golfers terrance... Golfers, of course, can stay in the 5-star resort which have a spa as well...
Central Market, KT
The Central Market (Pasar Besar Kedai Payang) is a treasure for traditional handicrafts, Songket, Batek & brassware. It also houses a wet market and open fresh market on the left side of the complex.
To me, Central Market is also a treasure for all the beautiful market scenes and local activities to be imprint on 33mm films or digital storage. I was happily snapping away and some aunties are very willing to pose for the pictures. I also have lots of photos on fresh products in clustered manner which are masterpieces at their own rights.
Keropok Lekor Heaven
Kg. Losong is not so far away from the city. It's just about 10 min ride from the city. Here you'll find many shops selling keropok lekor. 'Kak Yah Keropok Losong' shop is located somewhere along the main street of this village.
Take a boat ride
Follow the local folks - take a ride on the passenger boat crossing the Terengganu river to experince life in Kuala Terengganu.
You can chose to go to Pulau Duyung Besar to see the traditional boat-making industry. Alternatively, you can also take the boat ride accross the river to go to Seberang Takir, a throbbing fishing village. Here, you can see the fishermen coming in with their catch in the early afternoons or late evenings. Seberang Takir also offers an interesting view of Kuala Terengganu's skyline and the South China Sea. You can also chose to a boat or ferry ride to one of the many beautiful islands off the coast of Kuala Terengganu for day trip or over nite stay.
Kuala Terengganu is the state capital and royal town of the state of Terengganu Darul Iman. The name Kuala Terengganu (or "KT" in short) is literally means "River Mouth of Terengganu", referring to the Terengganu River estuary which empties into the ocean at this point. As the town is located at the river mouth of the Sungai Terenganu facing the South China Sea, it has a scenic view of the open sea.
From its humble begining as a fishermen village, KT has evolved and grown tremendously to its present state, particularly after the discovery of oil in the 1970s along the coastline of Terengganu. Despite the booming oil industry, KT remains relatively small and easy to navigate around as it is clustered around a port at the mouth of Sungai Terengganu.
Most travellers come to KT to visit the islands off its coast, such as Pulau Redang and Perhentian. However, KT is more than a hop off point to the islands with its old world charm, heritage and culture as it is home to many local crafts and cottage industries.
As a predominatly Malay-Muslim town, its most recogniseable landmark is probably the Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah. Also known as "The Floating Mosque of the East", the mosque is built on a lagoon by the mouth of Sungai Ibai, giving the illusion that it is floating on the water - the first ever of its kind in Malaysia before similar concept is adopted by Masjid Putra in Putrajaya.
Another first for the town is the Jambatan Sultan Mahmud, a bridge that links the two river banks via Pulau Duyung Besar, the largest of several islets found in the estuary of Sungai Terengganu. It is the first ever bridge with such design ever build in Malaysia. There is also a plan for land reclaimation work along the bank of Sungai Terengganu which will later be turned into a riverside park with its main attraction is a mosque made out of crystal.
Modern architectural feat aside, KT can also be proud of its well preserved heritage and culture. Pulau Duyung for instance is well known for its reputation as a centre of traditional boat-making industry that was established since the late 1800s. The town's chinese settlement - Kampung Cina or Chinatown - is another interesting heritage of KT that is made up of rows of pre-war chinese shophouses that are still remain intact and are still maintained by the original owners. 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.
The pace of life in Kuala Terengganu is relatively unhurried and unaffected by the hustle and bustle of a big city, a good place indeed for a relaxing breakaway from the city. Time seems to stood still in KT as it is said that the town today is a reflection of the slow pace of life in most Malaysian towns in the 1970's.