How to Get to Lang Tengah Island
Honestly speaking, it's quite a pain going to K.Trengganu from Singapore but here's the cheapest way how:
Singapore - > Kuala Terengganu ( Merang Jetty )
Go to Golden Mile Centre and book yourself a seat on one of those Super VIP coaches to Merang Jetty in KT. Lots of tour agencies offer this over there.
Merang Jetty - > Lang Tangah
Once you're in Merang, head for your resort post or jetty. Your resort will arrange for a speedboat to take you to the island. The ride is about 45min or so.
A tricky little act
To get to Lang Tengah Island, you have to take a boat from the village of Merang (located about half an hour's drive north of Kuala Terengganu).
Each resort / hotel has its own boat service from the jetty.
It would be wise to plan ahead through a travel agent or the hotel to arrange transportation. Turning up at the jetty hoping for a room and a ride would be quite risky.
During our stay, the boats belonging to our hotel were out of commission, so they had some other operators do the transportation. The boats were very small and I wondered if they were indeed sea-worthy. In fact, on the way back to the mainland, the boat actually ran out of fuel, stopped and the boatmen refilled it!
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Bumpy boat ride
The boat ride from Merang jetty to Lang Tengah Island is normally included in the package. The ride is very bumpy and there is no sea sick bag provided. It's better to sit at the back of the boat so that there's less impact on your back. Otherwise, you will get backache.
I heard from other guest that airport transfer are normally included in the package which you will need to confirm with the resort.
The nearest airport is Kota Bharu airport and you can take the budget flight from Kuala Lumpur. It is quite cheap. You can check at Airasia website.
Comfy bus ride to Kuala Terengganu
To get to Lang Tengah Island, you need to take the boat from the Merang Jetty. Merang Jetty is just about 30-40 min drive from Kuala Terengganu.
To save up time, we decided to travel at night via bus to Kuala Terengganu. I used to travel with the same bus company during a trip to Perhentian Island a few years ago. Due to it's comfy seat and good reputation hubby and I chose the same bus for this trip.
Tickets can be bought at a few locations: Kajang Bus Station (ticket fare - RM43 per person per way), Putrajaya Central (ticket fare - RM43 per person per way) and Hentian Putra, PWTC (RM39.50 per person one way).
The express bus we took was comfortable enough. The seats was 2+1...so you don't get crammed up with the usual 2+2 seats. There were enough room for legs, but you need to put your bags in the compartment underneath the bus, otherwise things could get a bit crowded up there.
Along the way, the driver would make a few stops so there's no worry about nature calls. Journey was about 5 hours...we departed from Putrajaya Central at about 10.45 pm and reached Kuala Terengganu at 5.00 am the next morning.
Bring a jacket along...or anything that can be used as a blanket. The aircond in the bus could get very cold.
Get off at Kuala Terengganu
Buses will stop at the Kuala Terengganu Bus Station. I'm not so sure exactly where it's located, but one thing for sure it's definitely somewhere in Kuala Terengganu. Here, you will find other buses and taxis which will take you to Merang Jetty. It's about 40-45 min drive to get there.
Taking the local bus can save money but you'll suffer the long journey and the stops along the way. I'm not so sure how much is the taxi fare to Merang Jetty since I had made an arrangement with the resort for ground transfer as well. It's good to ask the locals for the usual rates first and do look for a decent looking cabbies...they might charged you reasonably.
Bumpy boat ride
For boat rides to Lang Tengah, the easiest and safest would be by making the bookings with your resort. There are only four resorts on the island, and all have got their own boats to ferry their guests. I'm also quite certain that most holiday packages offered will include a return boat transfer too.
Boat ride was about 45 minute. Remember to sit at the back to reduce those uncomfortable bumpy rides.
getting to Merang Jetty
Merang Jetty (Jeti Merang in Malay) is where you take a boat to Lang Tengah or Redang Island. The jetty which is situated in the district of Setiu is about 39 km from Kuala Terengganu.
Getting here by car is much faster...about 40 - 45 min...bus ride is much cheaper but will take longer time to get there.
It would also be wiser to arrange for ground transfer with the resort you're staying on the island, that way you get to escape cabbies who try to cheat.
Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Lang Tengah
- Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Trengganu on Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia (1 hour). Take the first flight in the morning to mazimise your day
- Arrange with resort for land transfer from airport to Merang jetty (45 min)
- Resort ferry will be waiting at jetty to go to island (30 min)
- Check with resort on boat schedule for return trip
- Make all arrangements during booking
- Diving and Snorkeling
Becareful of D'Coconut Lagoon Resort!!
Dear all. I would like to warn anybody that is going to D'coconut Lagoon Resort @ Pulau Lang Tengah. We didn't manage to catch the 11am boat as we were lost in KT but I am not too worried as there is supposed to be another boat at 2pm. We were only informed when we got there that cos of the hari raya, there are no 2pm boat. We have to charter a boat to the island for RM350. When we finally arrived at the island, we were taken to our 'west wing' through a 5 mins uphill mud walk. No tv nor telephone in the room, which means that we'll have to walk all the way through the mud walk to get to the reception area if we need anything. I called the reception with my mobile and asked if I could hire a boat to go for snorkling and I am told that it is impossible!!! The guy told me to snorkel around the island. Another shock came when the lady told us that the kitchen will be closed everyday from 2pm-5.30pm. Which means that during this time, it is also impossible for you to even get a can of coke. With nothing to do, we went back to our room and found out that the electricity is down. We asked one of the staff and he said that it will be like that for a few times everyday and each time could last from 15mins to hours! We were already regretting our stay but decided to make the best of it and went to the bar to get some drinks. We were happily drinking with another German couple when we found that the bartender disappeared around 9.30pm when we wanted to order more drinks. After waiting for an hour and still nobody, we decided to call the management. He told us that the bar is closed at 10pm!! Which bar closes at 10pm?!? The bartender came back with a black face and got us our drinks and went off without a word of apology. Its an overall bad experience....
Boat Transfer from Merang Jetty to Resort
Each resort has their own boat for transfer to/from Merang jetty in Terengganu
The boat ride was pretty rough, prepare your medicines if you have motion sickness.
It took roughly about 40 mintues and there are usually 2 trips per day (usually between 9 - 11 am).
I got here from Singapore (Singapore - Johor Bahru - Kuala Terengganu - Merang - Lang Tengah)
Check out my Kuala Terengganu and Merang page for more info on related transports.