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Terengganu Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Terengganu, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Capital Kuala Lumpur
Language Malay, English is widely spoken
Time Difference 8 hours
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
Voltage 240V

A haven of tranquillity amid phenomenal landscapes, Terengganu is a famed beach paradise. Powdery white sands, sapphire waters and a peaceful way of life signify Terengganu- the perfect escape from the fast pace of the rest of the world. Tropical beaches are scattered across the shores, offering experiences from popular family areas with a host of activities, to secluded coves, only the sounds of waves heard.

The pristine beaches lead into coconut plantations, paddy fields and forest-clad mountains- home to outstanding wildlife and traditional culture. As the birthplace of Malaysian Islam, Kuala Terengganu is fantastic to explore before escaping to an island paradise. Discover the incredible underwater world of vibrant coral reefs and tropical fish on scuba-diving adventures and relax under the warm sunshine in a spectacular and unique destination.

Marine Life

A paradise for marine life, the ocean around Terengganu is home to some 3000 species of vibrant fish and coral reefs. Snorkelling and scuba-diving are essential in this stunning tropical region, with pristine waters across the islands and untouched coves perfect for exploring. For snorkelling, take a canoe and head to tranquil havens, brimming with the most astonishing marine life. Baby sharks and turtles, along with an abundance of tropical fish, await you just moments from the shores of Terengganu, in a breath taking underwater world that creates everlasting memories.


Home to the largest concentration of fireflies in Malaysia, the Firefly Sanctuary remains a tranquil and unspoiled natural landscape. Take a night-time trip on a gentle rowing boat along the Yak Yah river to see the magical fireflies, experiencing their breath taking displays flickering around you amongst the mangrove swamps. One of Malaysia’s most dazzling natural wonders, the extraordinary displays are an unforgettable experience.

The Beach

The ultimate beach destination, the islands scattered off the coast of Malaysia’s mainland are home to some of the most stunning beaches on earth. The islands are dotted with pristine, white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters are teeming with phenomenal marine life. Beach hopping is an ideal way to explore the glorious coastlines around the islands- with so much to offer from family-friendly areas and beach parties, to tranquil havens of paradise that feel miles away from the rest of the world. A once-in-a-lifetime beach experience is offered on Pulau Perhentian, at Turtle Sanctuary Beach. Bathe under the bright sunshine, unwinding on the soft golden sands- in a haven for Green and Hawksbill Turtles. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters to catch a sight of them gliding through the sea.

Masjid Terapung

Known as the ‘Floating Mosque’, this is heralded as an icon of Kuala Terengganu. Constructed on a platform over a lake, this unique design is an impressive combination of contemporary Malay and Moorish architecture- its bright marble surfaces, adorned with mosaics is a spectacular feat. Hop on a river cruise to enjoy the serene beauty around the bustling Kuala Terengganu and enjoy the grandeur of the mosque as you get closer. The enchanting mosque is the perfect photo opportunity- visit as the sun is setting in the backdrop for the most captivating sight.


A tropical climate, Terengganu has warm weather throughout the year. The driest months are between February and August, this is also when the temperatures are warmest. Fairly hot and humid, the sea breeze from the South China Sea and lush forest moderates the humidity. The most desirable times to visit are in the summer months of the UK, with hot temperatures and more sunny days.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Terengganu.

  Temp °C Rain mm

Getting There+

To reach the Terengganu region, fly from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International (12 hours 40 minutes). From here, take a short flight to Kuala Terengganu Airport (55 minutes).

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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