A traditional Malay port city sheltered beneath soaring skyscrapers
You’ll love the somewhat incongruous, yet delightful, juxtaposition of old and new when you visit Kuala Terengganu. The city retains strong Malay influences that have mixed with other cultures drawn here because of its long history as a port. As a result, modern multistorey buildings sit in amongst pre-war shops and houses, and even traditional kampong-style wooden houses on stilts. Your trip to Kuala Terengganu should also take in the city’s excellent Chinatown, one of the most attractive in Asia outside of China.
Traditional crafts, from batik to brassware, have a strong presence in Kuala Terengganu, and the Central Market is a great place to find bargains and souvenirs. Other attractions include Bukit Puteri, a hill overlooking the city where legend has it a utensil-lending princess once lived, and the pristine white sand of Batu Burok beach.
The vibrant port city sits on a wide estuary facing the South China Sea. Your Kuala Terengganu tour will reveal this royal capital’s colourful blend of old and new, layer by layer.