Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Situated on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Terengganu is an ideal holiday getaway. It has the longest coastline in the country, with stunningly beautiful islands that sparkle like gems in the South China Sea. Many are gazetted as Marine Parks. The state is characterized by a strong Malay culture, laid-back lifestyle, tranquil coastal towns and rustic villages. Traditional pursuits such as kite-flying and top-spinning are highlights here. Kuala Terengganu is its capital city.
Kuala Terengganu features a tropical rainforest climate that borders on a tropical monsoon climate. Kuala Terengganu does not quite have a true dry season month, a requirement for it to be classified as having a tropical monsoon climate. However the city’s driest month, February, averages 60 mm of precipitation annually.
Pasar Payang or the Central Market of kuala Terengganu is no less than an interesting place to visit. This double storey market houses all kind of goods that you can find, ranging from poultry to sea products, utensils to bed sheet….almost like ‘you name it, you get it’.
Many traditionally prepared Malay cakes (kuih) are sold in Kuala Terengganu – among other places, in the Pasar. Keropok lekor, a kind of fish sausage served with chili sauce, is a must-try. You can ask the receptionist for the nicest keropok lekor in the town. Nasi Dagang is the most famous dish in Terengganu itself, often served as breakfast or lunch at small stall and restaurants. The delicious, sweet but spicy sauces with glutinous rice is traditionally originated here.
Primula Beach Hotel in Kuala Terengganu may be best known as a premier business accommodation. But apart from the state-of-the-art meeting rooms and an extensive business centre, this 4-star lodging is a luxuriant tropical sanctuary with crisp-green trees and a view of the glistening waters of South China Sea.