Geography and Climate
Terengganu is situated in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. To the north lies the Kelantan state while the state of Pahang borders to its south. Terengganu covers a land area of 12,995 sq km with 244 km of scenic coastline overlooking South China Sea. With an equatorial location at 4 degrees 45 north and 103 degrees 0 east, Terengganu boasts a fine tropical climate, with uniform temperatures averaging from 23-33 degrees Celsius and a mean humidity of about 90%. Rainfalls are copious, accounting to Terengganu‟s lush rainforest and vegetation. Generally two seasons are distinguished: the rainy/wet season and the dry season. The wet season starts November until February, with the onset of the northeast monsoon in Peninsular Malaysia. Other months are dry season with occasional wet weather.
Kuala Terengganu, the heritage waterfront city, is strategically located on
the banks of the Terengganu River.
Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus (A New District that was form from Kuala Terengganu District in the south ), Kemaman, Dungun, Besut, Dungun, Hulu Terengganu and Setiu.
Terengganu has a population of approximately 1,094,300 consisting of 95% Malays and the rest comprising of Chinese, Indians and other ethnics.
Government offices and banks working days are from Sunday to Thursday and the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.
The newly upgraded Sultan Mahmud Airport is situated approx. 18 km north of Kuala Terengganu city centre. Taxis and car rental desks are available at the arrival hall. The mezzanine level has a variety of souvenir shops and cafes.
Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly Air operate daily flights to the Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Low Cost Carrier Terminal and Subang Airport respectively. The daily Firefly and Berjaya Air flights from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore‟s Seletar Airport offer a convenient and time saving way to visit Terengganu. Berjaya Air ply direct route to Pulau Redang both from Subang in Malaysia and Seletar Airport in Singapore.
List of Airlines :
1) Malaysia Airlines - Kuala Terengganu Airport 09-666 4204/09-666 6845
2) Firefly – Reservations 03-7845 4543
3) Air Asia – Kuala Terengganu Airport 09-667 1017
4) Berjaya Air – Reservations 03-7845 8382
Terengganu is accessible via intercity expressway networks from all major towns and cities in Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. The new East Coast Highway and the Simpang Pulai Highway via Tasik Kenyir offers a convenient and scenic journey. Driving by car with friends or loved ones can be pretty much an interesting trip. Aside from the greeneries that can be seen through out your journey, the fresh air and unpolluted countryside can offer a captivating experience. Once you get to Terengganu road, the beautiful beaches and blue waters welcomes you. Travelling from the south through the Segamat Highway offers an exciting trip as well. Luxury double-decker coaches, taxis and rental cars are available from all major cities in Peninsular Malaysia.
GETTING TO THE ISLANDS
Terengganu's islands are accessible by boat from several jetty points on the mainland.
Kuala Besut Tourist Jetty - (2 ½ hour drive up north from Kuala Terengganu). There are ferries, speedboats and wooden boats available daily with morning departures start as early as 8.00 am. The return ticket to the island is RM70.00 per person. There are water taxis available for shuttles between Perhentian kecil and Perhentian Besar at reasonable rate.
Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah
a) Merang Tourist Jetty in Setiu – (1/2 hour drive up north from Kuala Terengganu)
b) Shahbandar Tourist Jetty in Kuala Terengganu
Speedboats ply daily regular services from Merang Jetty while ferry service caters both islanders and tourists with daily departures from Shahbandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu. The return ticket from Merang to Redang is RM90.00 per person while to Lang Tengah is RM100.00 per person. Ferry ticket costs RM100.00 per person return.
A private carrier Berjaya Air operates direct flights from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur and from Seletar Airport in Singapore. It provides fast and convenient way for a weekend gateway in Pulau Redang without the hassle of land and sea transfers.
Pulau Kapas and Pulau Gemia
The entry point is the tourist jetty in Marang town, a mere 20 minutes drive south of Kuala Terengganu. The speedboat rides takes just 10 minutes. No wonder as Kapas is the nearest island to the mainland. Boat, tours and accommodation services are available at the jetty. It costs RM40.00 per person for a return trip by speedboat to either Gemia or Kapas Island.
Kuala Dungun Jetty is situated 1 hour scenic coastal drive south of Kuala Terengganu. The journey to the island takes approximately 45 minutes with speedboat that costs RM120.00 per person.
Getting to Kenyir Lake
Taxis are available either from Kuala Terengganu Airport or from the taxi terminal in Kuala Terengganu city. The journey takes approximately 1 hour to reach Pengkalan Gawi Jetty. Alternatively, there is daily direct bus service from Hentian Putra in Kuala Lumpur to Pengkalan Gawi Jetty at a cost of Rm 80 (6 to 7 hour drive)