Discover with Timothy Tye
Discover Terengganu with Timothy Tye

Start here
Look for Property in Penang

Terengganu Travel TipsTerengganu Travel Tips (19 February, 2011)

B. Melayu

Terengganu Travel Tips prepares you for your visit to this state on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Terengganu Darul Iman is a state on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Often spelled Trengganu, it faces the South China Sea, sharing a border with Kelantan to the northwest and Pahang to the southwest. The Arabic honorific Darul Iman attached to the official title of the state means "Abode of Faith", and in a sense reflects the state's Islamic grounding. Kuala Terengganu, at at the mouth of the broad Terengganu River is the state and royal capital as well as the largest city in Terengganu.

Terengganu covers an area of 12,955 sq km (5,002 sq mi) and has a population of 1.2 million people (2011 estimate). Its capital and biggest city is Kuala Terengganu, a town on the estuary of the Terengganu River.

Terengganu is blessed with long stretches of beautiful unspoilt beaches. Offshore are beautiful islands that are drawing sun seekers, snorkellers and divers.

Terengganu also has the biggest museum in Southeast Asia, and as a state with a predominant Muslim population, it has beautiful mosques with architectural styles from various periods. I hope that my website will do justice to everything that this state has to offer, and after browsing this website, hopefully you will feel like setting off to explore Terengganu.

Map of towns and attractions in Terengganu

List of Towns in Terengganu

  1. Kuala Terengganu - state capital (GPS: 5.33369, 103.14033)
  2. Ajil (GPS: 5.08342, 103.08574)
  3. Bandar Al-Muktafi Billah Shah (GPS: 4.62014, 103.20599)
  4. Bandar Ketengah Jaya (GPS: 4.57512, 103.30418)
  5. Bandar Permaisuri (GPS: 5.51626, 102.75781)
  6. Batu Rakit (GPS: 5.4405, 103.02399)
  7. Bukit Besi (GPS: 4.74957, 103.19183)
  8. Bukit Payong (GPS: 5.23387, 103.10256)
  9. Chukai (GPS: 4.23017, 103.42589)
  10. Jerteh (GPS: 5.73829, 102.50106)
  11. Jongok Batu (GPS: 4.6751, 103.05291)
  12. Kerteh (GPS: 4.50729, 103.44039)
  13. Kijal (GPS: 4.33614, 103.48176)
  14. Kuala Berang (GPS: 5.07435, 103.01021)
  15. Kuala Besut (GPS: 5.83017, 102.56423)
  16. Kuala Dungun (GPS: 4.75367, 103.41945)
  17. Marang (GPS: 5.20583, 103.20487)
  18. Merang (GPS: 5.53226, 102.95079)
  19. Merchang (GPS: 5.04503, 103.29088)
  20. Paka (GPS: 4.62655, 103.43799)
  21. Rasau Kerteh (GPS: 4.57516, 103.3259)
  22. Rusila (GPS: 5.24199, 103.18548)
  23. Seberang Takir (GPS: 5.34724, 103.12952)
  24. Teluk Kalong (GPS: 4.28555, 103.47636)
  25. Wakaf Tapai (GPS: 5.14189, 103.08493)

Tourist Attractions in Terengganu

  1. Bakau Tinggi Recreational Park (GPS: 4.25346, 103.42288)
  2. Bukit Keluang (GPS: 5.80216, 102.60567)
  3. Chemerung Waterfall (GPS: 4.65889, 102.98829)
  4. Hutan Simpan Gunung Tebu (GPS: 5.59172, 102.61316)
  5. Kampung Kuala Abang Rock Formations (GPS: 4.82759, 103.41686)
  6. Kemasik Beach (GPS: 4.41763, 103.45804)
  7. Kenyir Lake (GPS: 5.01433, 102.83889)
  8. La Hot Spring (GPS: 5.51681, 102.53519)
  9. Lata Tembakah (GPS: 5.58616, 102.4498)
  10. Rantau Abang (GPS: 4.85995, 103.39641)
  11. Sekayu Waterfall (GPS: 4.96632, 102.95506)
  12. Tanjung Jara (GPS: 4.80773, 103.42443)
  13. Yak Yah Firefly Sanctuary (GPS: 4.30672, 103.37444)

Category of sights in Terengganu

Districts of Terengganu

Etymology of Terengganu

According to popular belief, the origin of the name Terengganu is attributed to terang ganu, Malay for 'bright rainbow'. Another theory, based on narration attributed to the ninth Sultan of Terengganu, Baginda Omar, tells of a party of hunters from Pahang roving and hunting in the area of what is now southern Terengganu. One of the hunters spotted a big animal fang lying on the ground. A fellow party member asked to which animal did the fang belong. The hunter, not knowing which animal, simply answered "fang of something" which in Malay, is taring anu. The party later returned to Pahang with a rich hoard of game, fur and sandalwood, which impressed their neighbors. They asked the hunters where did they source their riches, to which they replied, from the land of taring anu, which later evolved into Terengganu.

In the past, the Chinese characters for the name Terengganu was 丁加奴1, which is written in Pinyin as Dīngjiānú. However, in recent years, the Chinese community in Terengganu has expressed displeasure over the choice of characters, as it loosely translates as "bearing a child who would be slave", from "添丁加做奴". They therefore petitioned that the Chinese characters be changed to 登嘉楼 (Pinyin: Dēngjiālóu) which translates loosely as "progressing to an upper level". This is the Chinese character that has been employed unofficially for the past 30 years. The changed was made in 2004, but it received opposition from some in the Chinese community, who claim that the revised version have Chinese characters with too many strokes. They want to revert to the Chinese characters used before 2004, with the character for slave (奴, nú) replaced with that for perseverance (努, nǔ)

Masjid Kristal, Kuala TerengganuMasjid Kristal, Kuala Terengganu (19 February, 2011)

Kampung Cina, Kuala TerengganuKampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu (18 February, 2011)

Redang Marine Park, TerengganuThe pier at Pulau Pinang in Redang Marine Park, Terengganu (7 June 2003)

How to go to Terengganu

By Plane
The Sultan Mahmud Airport (TGG) received a number of flights from Kuala Lumpur and twice daily from Penang.

By Road
The best way to explore Terengganu, in my opinion, is by road. This allows you to enjoy the coastal scenery, which is often nothing less than breathtaking.

If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, you would approach Terengganu by way of Pahang, on the East Coast Expressway (E8). From Kuala Lumpur, take the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway (also E8) to Karak, then onwards on the East Coast Expressway to Balok in Pahang. There, you continue on Federal Route 3 along the coast of Pahang northwards to Chukai in Terengganu, and proceed to your next destination in Terengganu.

If you are coming from Penang, start by taking the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway to Kulim. Then continue on Federal Route 67 to Baling. From Baling, continue on Federal Route 76 to Gerik, where you take the East-West Highway (Federal Route 4) to Jeli and onwards to Pasir Puteh. At the junction just before Pasir Puteh (follow road sign, please), you head south on Federal Route 3 into Terengganu, and onwards to your destination.

If you are coming from Johor Bahru, take Federal Route 3 all the way to Terengganu, passing through Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Pekan and Kuantan along the way.


1. Wikipedia: Terengganu: Chinese naming

List of States in Malaysia

Add your business/shop to my site

How would you like to have your business or shop added to this website, so that would-be customers can easily find you? This website provides place information of the whole world, with special emphasis on Malaysia and Singapore.

If you has a shop or business anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, with a physical location, you may have your shop listed on one of the pages of this site. For example, a shop in Cheras will be placed on the Cheras page, another in Kota Bharu is listed in the Kota Bharu page, and so on. You only need to pay a one-time fee, and your shop will be listed for you for as long as this site is still running. There are different placement plans available. To find out more, CONTACT ME

Going somewhere?

If you're travelling somewhere, look for accommodation using the Search Hotel engine below. It helps you find the online booking site that offers the best rates for the room you want.

Going somewhere by express bus in Malaysia/Singapore?

Book your bus ticket online right here. It is easy, safe and fast!.

Book your hotel room here

If you're traveling somewhere soon, book your hotel room online with Agoda. Agoda offers the best prices on 2,000,000+ properties worldwide. Click here to find the room you want.

Looking for a book? Get it from Book Depository with free delivery worldwide!

I have just discovered Book Depository, a subsidiary of, and I love it. This is where you can buy books and have them sent to you. But unlike Amazon, when you purchase using Book Depository, you enjoy free delivery worldwide. Give it a try today!

 Latest pages in Discover with Timothy Tye

 Vital Links

Hire a car | Our Recipes | Facebook Posts | Just Curious | Not In The Dictionary | Our Flowering Garden

My YouTube Videos

Timothy Tye YouTube Channel

Check out my YouTube Channel and don't forget to subscribe!

Map of Towns in Terengganu

 List of Towns in Terengganu from above map

 Discover the World

About Timothy Tye

Welcome to my website, Discover with Timothy Tye. I started it in 2003 to freely share information about places. Today it has close to thirty thousand pages. I have been writing this website full time since 1 November 2007, and continue to do so as a means to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. I am happy if the information I have assembled is useful to you. Please follow me on Facebook!

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News to those who need it all over the world. If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook!

 Malaysia Travel Tips!

My Malaysia Travel Tips has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Langkawi, Cameron Highlands, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Alor Setar, Seremban, Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Taiping) and hundreds of smaller towns.

 Singapore Travel Tips!

In addition to covering Malaysia, I have created the travel tips for Singapore. Please visit my Singapore Travel Tips for browse through the pages there.


This website is hosted on Bluehost, one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world.

Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.