Local, Travel

Kuala Terengganu

I can now proudly say that I’ve been to Kuala Terengganu!!! Yipeee!!! We departed from KLIA around 8.10am. The weather at Sepang was just nice with the sun rising at the horizon. It was my first time sitting beside plane’s window. Don’t know why I’m always the unlucky one to sit in the middle of the plane (seat) in all my oversea trips. Grrrrr. So being a first-timer, I was mesmerized. No comment on AirAsia as it was pleasant (with the price we paid).



At Sultan Mahmod Airport, Kuala Terengganu.

It was drizzling when we reached Sultan Mahmod Airport after a 50 minutes ride. Neither big nor outrageous, the airport external is undergoing construction. Our car rental for the day is a blue Wira 1.5(A). I was the first to drive and we stopped over just outside the airport for a loo session at a surau. God!!! There was a ‘baby’ lizard in the back seat of the car. Dreamcatcher saved our day! Hip hip hooray!!! Oh God again because this was my first experience driving a Proton car and for some unknown reason this car was low… way low until we felt so small and ‘ketot’. Even cars like Kancil, Myvi and motorcycle over shadowed us. And that car was so under-power. I drove at 70km/h the whole time and all the cars behind me over-took us. I love the roads at KT. They were easy to navigate and less traffic. Maybe because it was a weekend. I thought Terengganu’s weekend falls on Thursday and Friday. Hmmm… Will clarify with Duchess once she comes back.

Our first mission was to find a place for breakfast. Amazing as most of the shops were still closed at around 9am. Luckily we found a stall along the road. We had Nasi Dagang with veggie, fish and fried egg for breakfast. The Nasi Dagang is white in color and the taste was heavenly except that it was cold. Too bad. Unfortunately they forgot about the 2 chicken thighs that Dreamcatcher and Saoirse ordered.

Nasi Dagang

Our next plan was to visit Songket and Batik making shop and Pasar Besar aka Pasar Payang. Unfortunately we didn’t drop by Pasar Besar because it was just a market. I thought it was more than that. Pasar Besar is located along the ‘muara’ KT’s river. Istana Makziah is just somewhere opposite Pasar Besar. Also we can’t find any Songket and Batik making shop. Then we decided to go to Malaysia Tourism Board to check out what’s hot in KT. By this time Dreamcatcher was going nutty because the ocean was somewhere near. She loves the ocean so much.

While finding Malaysia Tourism Board (MTB), we made a wrong turn and end up on a road with cemetery on both sides. Hahahaha There were Islam, Chinese and Christian cemeteries located side by side. When we found the road that MTB was supposed to be located (according to our newly purchased map the day before) there were no MTB to be seen. What man!!! Did I tell you that finding a petrol station in KT was like finding a needle in a hay-sack? We then proceed to Pasar Besar again because according to the lady at the petrol station, MTB is located opposite Pasar Besar and near Istana Makziah. When we reached there, a man told us that MTB has shifted to a new building in another road. Grrrrrrrrr So off we went again to find MTB. Ohh gosh guess what ? we found MTB but it was closed!!! Can you believe it ? By then it was around 11.30am so we decided to attend Duchess wedding first.

I enjoyed myself at Duchess wedding. From the food, girls talk, makeup, beautiful wedding dress (blue theme), beautiful Duchess, ‘upacara percik’, arrival of the groom, 2 tier blue cake and many more. Look at the pictures below and you will know what I mean.

‘Kenduri Kahwin’.

Nasi Minyak plus vegie and chicken rendang

Seats for the King and Queen of the day.

Bride’s hantaran.

Groom’s hantaran.

Wedding couple’s table.

After the wedding we proceed to Kampung Losong to purchase the ever famous Keropok Losong. Keropok Losong is Keropok Lekor but shaped like a sausage and is either steamed or boiled. Yum yum! Next we went to Pulau Duyong to watch the boat-building process.


A yacht in the making which cost about RM2 million!

Yacht’s interior.

Next we went to Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque which coincidentally is located just beside Batu Buruk Beach. This mosque was surrounded by a lake thus it was also known as Floating Mosque. We didn’t stay long because Dreamcatcher is getting impatient. So off we go to the ‘beach’. Wow it was so windy, cold and of course drizzling. The sea was so rough. We went to 3 different location of Batu Buruk Beach as the first 2 times we encountered heavy downpour. We ate A&W for our dinner before heading out to the beach for the 3rd time. BAD LUCK yet again! As heavy rain began to fall. We end up curling up in the car beside the beach while waiting for the rain to subside. Ahh the rain never stop falling. No swimming and no playing in the sea. 🙁 We did went out for a while just to get close to the sea. Dreamcatcher was so gloomy. Me too man, me too.

Batu Buruk Beach.


At around 7.30pm we began our journey to KT airport and eventually home. Sad to leave KT. If I have another chance to go Terengganu I will go to Pasar Besar and the islands. 🙂 I was dead tired on the way home. ZZZZzzzzzz…

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  • Reply Jeremy C February 15, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    wow! great photos and wonderful introduction to KT! now i’ll really have to make my way there one day 🙂

  • Reply sophie February 15, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    Wow. What a nice coverage. Hmm.. too bad during my wedding four years ago, we didnt know about blogging ya. Haha.

    Btw, Tganu’s weekend days are Friday and Sunday. And the ‘upacara percik’ is actually called “upacara tepung tawar”.

    Pasar Payang is actually a nice place to shop.

  • Reply Jacky February 15, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    You visited so many places. The boat-building must be something we cannot see else where.

    Nice pictures.

  • Reply Wu Ching February 15, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    should’ve stay the night so u have more time with 2 days.

  • Reply Che-Cheh February 15, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Jeremy C, yeah nice place. 😀 make sure you go to the island too. I will visit all the islands one day….ahhhhh

    Sophie, yalor too bad.

    Ohhh Friday and Sunday. So queer one. Hahaha I was thinking of ayam percik. Ya I should have go inside Pasar Payang. Will do it next time.

    Jacky, not that many places. Yes the boad-building was one of a kind experience. At least I’ve stepped on a RM2 million ‘unfinished’ yatch. Hahahaha…It was amazing.

    Wu Ching, yes next time I will stay more than 2 days. 🙂

  • Reply alexallied February 15, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    Next time, when checking in, request for window seat. They’ll arrange for you one :). If it’s AirAsia, then rush in from the back door, higher chance of getting that window seat.

    Nice photos!

  • Reply Che-Cheh February 15, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    Alex Allied, hehe usually I follow tour and I always forget to inform the tour guide.

    Thanks. 🙂

  • Reply Yvy February 16, 2006 at 10:17 am

    eehhh….all in a day???

  • Reply Che-Cheh February 16, 2006 at 10:28 am

    Yvy, yes all in 1 day. Keng leh 😛

  • Reply Babylovesbite February 17, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    Nice lehh KT….
    I went to KT when i was 16!! 10 years ago leh….kihkih….

  • Reply Che-Cheh February 17, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    Babylovesbite, yes nice. WOW…you should go again one day.

  • Reply kalkitos March 27, 2007 at 12:36 am

    cuttie cheh cheh, next time plan to Trg, do inform me, can take u all to more interesting places…
    as a sweet handsome Terengganurian;) I just feel regret if tourist miss a chance to experience the best in here 🙂

  • Reply Lee Novotny March 30, 2007 at 3:28 am

    Hi!!! Thx for the coverage of Terengganu Kite!!! I am now residing di UK tapi my heart will always be in Ganu ehehehe…. love and miss nasi dagang and keropok lekor alwaiz!!!

  • Reply Nayan Peshkar March 28, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Hi, Quite an interesting trip. May i ask the contacts for the car hire agency? I am planning to visit KT in August and cannot find a single online contact for car hire from the KT airport. Please help. Many thanks, Nayan

  • Reply Che-Cheh March 28, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Nayan Peshkar, sorry I don’t have their contact no. But not to worry ok? When you touch down at KT airport, there are quite many car for hire agents there.

  • Reply ainaa April 5, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    i was viewing a dance class in terengganu and i spotted ur blog on the way. i’m a pure citizen of terengganu and have been living in kl now for years.

    well, cut the things short! if u really wanna feel the good taste of terengganu, u should know someone from there, and ask them to lead you. it always works! esp the best nasi dagang, nasi minyak and ‘ikan celup tepung’ available there, where most trg people goes (only locals know). n yet its so cheap! besides, no need to rent cars (i nvr know there was a renting place available there. LOL).. bus is better if u wunna explore the roots of terengganu, which i havent done it in ages. hehe i should do it later!

    am happy u enjoyed ur stay there! i’ll be spending my 2 month hols there starting next month, attending dance class and many other activities 🙂

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 6, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Ainaa, my Terengganu friend were getting married that day therefore the travel part is an additional agenda. She did informed us where to get the best kerepok lekor. 😀

  • Reply ainaa April 14, 2010 at 12:30 am

    losong is not the best part. it is on the way to the airport, 5-7min to reach airport. very near. the best keropok lekor ever. u have to get a long queue and take numbers seated, that tasty even locals are willing to wait. go try! if u plan to hit here again 🙂 lots of love

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