Being centrally located in the heart of Terengganu, all the major attractions on offer in this charming state are easily accessible from the resort. Below are just some of the many interesting attractions that comes highly recommended.
Around 45 minutes boat ride from the mainland is Tenggol Island, a quiet laid-back island with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Voted the top diving site in East Malaysia, marine life such as whalesharks, giant stingrays, humphead parrotfish, batfish, leopard sharks and many more are commonly spotted here.
Definitely the tallest waterfall in Malaysia and just 40 minutes drive from the resort. The lower part of the falls are easily accessible with good amenities like toilets, showers and several shops available. The majestic upper part of the falls requires a challenging hike of around two hours to reach the top.
OLDEST AND LARGEST CENGAL TREE IN MALAYSIA
At 1,300 years old, the Cengal tree is simply a proud creation of nature. Measuring 65 meters tall with a circumference of 16.75 meters, this tree requires at least 13 full grown adults to hug the tree and is believed to be worth around RM 1 million.
BEACHES OF TERENGGANU
Terengganu is simply famous for its breathtaking golden sandy beaches. Several amazing public beaches are just minutes away from the resort like the Pantai Paka, Pantai Kemasek, Teluk Bidara, Tanjung Jara, Kuala Abang and Teluk Mak Nik.
KERTEH OIL REFINERY
An unforgettable experience especially during dusk, Kerteh refinery simply glows from its oil and gas industry. Not a typical natural tourist spot but yet the mesmerizing bright lights and fire is reminiscent of an industrial sci-fi city.
Terengganu is well known to be the land of the turtles with its famous giant leatherback turtles visiting the beaches each year. A highly protected species, several turtle sanctuary like Rantau Abang and Ma’ Daerah, just minutes away from Paka, is the perfect spot to discover more about this amazing animals and the conservation effort.
MONSOON CUP (NOVEMBER)
Definitely the biggest international event in Terengganu every year, the Monsoon Cup pits the best sailing team all over the world against the unpredictable monsoon wind. This event takes place every November at Pulau Duyung, the heart of the boat building industry in Kuala Terengganu. More info available at the official website www.monsooncup.com.my
The largest man-made lake in South East Asia, the mesmerizing Kenyir Lake spans a massive 260,000 hectares. Upon the completion of the hydro-electric dam, the Kenyir area was flooded and thus creating the 340 man-made islands. Kenyir Lake is part of Taman Negara (National Park), one of the oldest rainforest in the world believed to be about 130 million years old.
Kuala Terengganu or KT as it is famously called is the state capital of Terengganu. Here lies several interesting attractions like the majestic Terengganu State Museum, the largest museum in Malaysia, the floating white mosque at Kuala Ibai, Istana Maziah, China Town and Pulau Duyung, the heart of the traditional boat-building industry.
TERENGGANU CULINARY TRAIL
Apart from attractive places, the culinary delights of the East Coast is something not to be missed. Have a taste of the local delicacies like nasi dagang, nasi kerabu, keropok lekor, satar, otak-otak, laksa Terengganu, laksam, bubur lambuk, pulut lepa, sotong sumbat and many more.
For more information on the attractions in and around Terengganu and Malaysia, plase visit the interesting sites below.