Monday, October 31, 2011

Kuala Terengganu

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Introduction
Standing on a promontory formed by the South China Sea on one side and the wide Sungai Terengganu on the other, Kuala Terengganu is the state capital and the seat of the sultan.
Oil revenue has transformed Kuala Terengganu from a sprawling, oversized fishing village of stilt houses into a medium-sized modern city. At first glance Kuala Terengganu appears much like any other Malaysian city, but it remains a stronghold of Malay culture, with colourful markets and craft workshops, where you can buy handmade batik, kain songket and basketware, while just across the river on Pulau Duyung, traditional fishing and boat-building methods are kept alive by the thriving kampung (village) community. The city's also a good place to sample authentic Malay cuisine, as well as some excellent Chinese seafood. Keep in mind that it remains a fairly conservative place and has a strong Islamic ethos - there's not much in the way of nightlife.
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Places of Interest
Standing on a promontory formed by the South China Sea on one side and the wide Sungai Terengganu on the other, Kuala Terengganu is the state capital and the seat of the sultan. Oil revenue has transformed Kuala Terengganu from a sprawling, oversized fishing village of stilt houses into a medium-sized modern city. At first glance Kuala Terengganu appears much like any other Malaysian city, but it remains a stronghold of Malay culture, with colourful markets and craft workshops, where you can buy handmade batik, kain songket and basketware, while just across the river on Pulau Duyung, traditional fishing and boat-building methods are kept alive by the thriving kampung (village) community. The city's also a good place to sample authentic Malay cuisine, as well as some excellent Chinese seafood. Keep in mind that it remains a fairly conservative place and has a strong Islamic ethos - there's not much in the way of nightlife.
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Name: Central Market
Address: Jln Sultan Zainal Abidin Town Centre
The central market is a bustling bazaar, with all kinds of food on display. When they say the fish is fresh, they really mean it - the fishing boats dock right outside. Upstairs, there's a good collection of batik and songket. Bargaining is possible here - and necessary to get fair prices.
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Name: Istana Maziah
Address: Jln Masjid Abidin Town Centre
East of Bukit Puteri, you come to Istana Maziah, the sultan's palace, on your right. The palace is closed to the public, except for some ceremonial occasions. Nearby is the gleaming Zainal Abidin Mosque (Jln Masjid Abidin).

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Name: Pantai Batu Buruk
Address: Town Centre
On the ocean side of town, Pantai Batu Buruk is the city beach and a popular place for kite flying and picnics during the day. It is an inviting stretch of sand, but swimming can be dangerous here due to riptides and strong waves.

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