Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast is an often overlooked part of Malaysian travels when compared to states like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Sarawak. The Federal Route 3 is the main road that runs alongside the East Coast which leads to popular travel destinations in the east like Pahang, Kelantan, and Terengganu. Here are the WHYs…
#1 Abundant Natural Beauty
There are countless Malay fishing villages on the road, such as Kampung Sungai Ular and Kampung Marang, which have uniquely beautiful scenery: Coconut trees, fishing boats and etc. It’s all you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Amazing beaches like Kemasik are known for its magnificent seascape. Every year in February/March, there will be a 100m long sandbank forming nearby Kemasik Beach; while in July/August, due to the rainfall, this sandbank turns into a lagoon!
Mangrove forests like Rantau Abang and Cherating are also one of the MUST SEE destinations along the journey. Visitors can take a boat to join the mangrove ecological tour – especially at night when you can enjoy the magical moment of watching fireflies flying by the side of your boat.
#2 Beautiful Marine Turtles
Turtles are known as the unofficial mascot in Terengganu. Every year from March to September, visitors can witness baby turtles hatching, and also experience the release of small turtles back to the sea when they have grown. One of the popular beach spots for this experience is Teluk Mak Nik.
#3 Extravagant Mosque
The Crystal Mosque is the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia, and well-known as the top landmark of Kuala Terengganu. Its grand architectural structure is composed of steel, glass, and crystal. The geometric-faceted surface of its domes is awe-inspiring to look at when it is illuminated at night.
#4 Unique Food
Speaking of food, Nasi Dagang is considered the local Kelantanese all-time favorite on this side of the Peninsular coast. It is a coconut milk rice served with fish curry, an iconic dish proven coveted by the locals, who speak adulations of its fragrance and savory flavors.
In the Kemaman area of Terengganu, people are crazy about seafood, especially crabs. This small fishing town is famous for its stuffed crabs, a classic seafood starter that is simply delicious!
#5 Classic Malay Craft
The East Coast is almost always known for its Malay traditional craftsmanship. Crafts like Batik, Malay kite (Wau), silk satin (Songket), and gyro spinning tops (Gasing) are popular tourist souvenirs that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Some art shops even have workshops that allow visitors to learn and make their own traditional handicrafts.
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