10 Things To Do In Terengganu On Your Next Road Trip (Near Local Eateries)


Cheng Sim •  Jun 30, 2020

There's something absolutely charming about Terengganu that's situated on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Besides its white sandy beaches and laid-back vibe, there are many exciting things to do in Terengganu! If you're going on a road trip in the next few weeks, check out these amazing attractions that await you!

1. Kuala Terengganu Drawbridge

Just months after the Kuala Terengganu Drawbridge opened to the public in August 2019, it received the ‘Best New Tourism Icon’ award at the Malaysia Tourism Council Gold Awards 2019. Today, this 638-meter drawbridge that spans across the Terengganu River has become the Malaysian state's newest landmark. If you want to appreciate it from afar, head over to the spacious field in Seberang Takir or Tanjung.

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Foodtruck Drawbridge

Cuisine: Malaysian and Western

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Thu-Sat; 4PM-12AM (Closed on Sun-Wed)

Address: Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

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2. Masjid Lapan Kubah (Masjid Russia)

A reminiscent of the vibrant mosques in Russia, Masjid Lapan Kubah is situated in Jerteh, Terengganu. Standing tall amid the vast paddy field and traditional Malay village, what's unique about this mosque is the splash of vivid colours and the combination of traditional and modern Islamic architecture. Masjid Lapan Kubah was completed in 2018 and established to replace the decaying wooden mosque that once stood at the same spot for 100 years.

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Kedai Makan Masakan Panas

Cuisine: Malaysia

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: T155, Kampung Gong Bayor, 22200 Besut, Terengganu

3. Tasik Kenyir

Known as the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia, Tasik Kenyir (Kenyir Lake) is a serene nature attraction that's ideal for those who want to escape from the bustling city life. Situated in Hulu Terengganu, there are many things to do in Tasik Kenyir, from admiring the Lasir Waterfall to swimming with the fishes at Kelah Fish Sanctuary.

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Warung Mr Baung

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-5PM

Address: Kampung Basung, Jalan Gaung - Kuala Pueh - Tasik Kenyir, Sungai Gawi, 21700 Kuala Berang, Terengganu

4. Street art at Kampung Cina

Terengganu has definitely stepped up their street art game and you can see it for yourself at Kampung Cina. Situated in Chukai, there are many beautiful cultural street arts in Terengganu, and each mural gives an opportunity for Instagrammers to get creative. Remember to seek them out in the alleyway and snap a photo if you found the one with a row of colourful hanging umbrellas.

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Nasi Dagang Restoran Origanu

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Tue-Sun; 7AM-3PM (Closed on Mon)

Address: Kampung Dusun Nyior, 24000 Chukai, Terengganu

5. Terrapuri Heritage Village

Sandwiched between the South China Sea and Setiu Wetland, you'll find Terrapuri Heritage Village. Sprawled with century-old traditional wooden houses that have been restored, this resort is inspired by 17th century Terengganu Palace and provide splendid accommodation for anyone who wants to spend a few nights in Terengganu. Each heritage villa is kitted out with a comfortable bed, ensuite bathroom complete with rain shower, and more.

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Celup Tepung Cikgu

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-9.30PM

Address: Kampung Penarik, 21010 Permaisuri, Terengganu

6. Masjid Kristal

You've probably never seen a place of worship like Masjid Kristal, one of the most enchanting mosques in Southeast Asia. Brimming with stunning Islamic architecture covered with crystal, glass and steel, you can spot it in Pulau Wan Man, Terengganu. If you think the exterior is beautiful, wait till you step indoors and see the stunning chandelier that looms over the beautiful carpets.

7. Taman Tamadun Islam

After performing your prayers at Masjid Kristal, make your way to Taman Tamadun Islam. Situated in Pulau Wan Man, visitors would explore this Islamic edutainment park that features many moments of Islamic civilisation. Head over to the Monument Park to see scaled monuments of the National Mosque in Malaysia, Masjidil Haram in Saudi Arabia, and Taj Mahal in India. Don't forget to hop on the River Cruise that'll take you down the serene Terengganu River.

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Restoran B'Beteng

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Wed-Mon; 10AM-11PM (Closed on Tue)

Address: Pulau Wan Man, Losong Panglima P'erang, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

8. Pulau Redang

Your road trip to Terengganu would be incomplete without a visit to Pulau Redang. Situated in the district of Kuala Nerus, this stunning island is part of the protected Terengganu Marine Park that is focused on the island's biodiversity conservation efforts. The best time to visit Pulau Redang is between April and October, and there are many things to do in Redang such as snorkelling, diving and island hopping.

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Aima Grill Fish Restaurant

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-10PM

Address: Pulau Redang, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

9. Pulau Kapas

Another beautiful island in Terengganu that'll take your breath away is Pulau Kapas. Find it on the east side of Marang where crystal clear water and sea breeze await. As one of the best islands to soak up the sun, there are many things to do in Pulau Kapas including snorkelling, scuba diving and relaxing by the beach. The best time to visit Pulau Kapas is between April and August, and do note that the island closes between November and February due to the monsoon season.

10. Pulau Perhentian

If you're planning to explore more islands in Terengganu, don't stop there! Be sure to make your way to Pulau Perhentian, which is situated at the district of Besut. The best time to visit Pulau Perhentian is between March and November (the island's peak season is in July). There are plenty of things to do in Pulau Perhentian, and it includes anything from jungle trekking and swimming to snorkelling and scuba diving.

There's definitely more to Terengganu than meets the eye. Besides its white sandy beaches and delicious halal street food, there are many things to do in Terengganu! Planning your next trip to this amazing destination? Get started with these recommended reads below!