Everything you need to know about Terengganu
The state of Terengganu overlooks the South China Sea on the east side of Malaysia. A charming holiday destination, Terengganu has a stretch of beautiful beaches and even more spectacular islands.
Popularly known as the ‘Land of Turtles’, many turtle species such as Olive Ridleys and Leatherbacks come to nest on its beaches each year.
Like Kelantan, Terengganu has a strong Malay population, partaking in the same culture and traditions. Its people mostly live a peaceful life in coastal towns and fishing villages.
In ancient times, Terengganu traded extensively with the Majapahit Empire, the Khmer and the Chinese, before becoming a vassal state of Malacca. Terengganu is also believed to be the first state to receive Islam, a turning point in Malaysia’s history.
Terengganu later became a vassal state of Malacca. The present royal family of Terengganu was founded when Mansur Shah became Sultan in the late 1700s. It was in 1909 that the British took control of the state under their colonisation efforts, effectively ending the reign of Sultans at the 16th ascension. And, like the rest of Malaysia, Terengganu received her independence in 1957.
Today, many people head to Terengganu to escape the busy city life and participate in recreational and relaxation activities by the beach. It is this peace and serenity that Terengganu offers which draws crowds from all over the world.
Although fishing has always been Terengganu's main economic activity, the discovery of oil and gas off-shore has emerged as the state's economic trump card. Terengganu's natural wonders have also significantly boosted the state's tourism industry.
Geography & Climate
Terengganu is one of the three states on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It has a total area of 12,995 sq. km, and shares a border with Kelantan on the northwest, with Pahang on the southwest, and its east with the South China Sea.
Terengganu has a strong tropical monsoon climate, with relatively uniform temperature within the 21°C to 32°C range. January till April, the weather is dry and warm, with humidity in the lowlands consistently high, between 82-86 percent annually. Terengganu's average rainfall is 2,032 mm to 2540 mm per year, with the most rain falling between November till January.
Town & Districts
Terengganu's capital, administration and business centre is Kuala Terengganu. The state is divided into seven districts of Besut, Dungun, Hulu Terengganu, Kemaman, Kuala Terengganu, Marang and Setiu.