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Top 10 Things to do in Peninsular East Coast of Malaysia

We have explored so much about Malaysian culture, cuisine and places that you would be definitely tempted to visit the place and discover more.

The peninsular east coast of Malaysia comprises of Terengganu and Kelantan states. So you might wonder what is it about this place that makes it so special?

As a matter of fact, Terengganu is known for its longest coastline in Malaysia. The panoramic and pristine beaches of Terengganu spans 244 kms, with breathtaking scenery, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters which make for an exotic adventurous trip and a memorable escapade. It is also famous for the numerous waterfalls that cascade their way through the diverse richness of wildlife and nature. Of course, who can miss the Terengganu delicacies?

As for Kelantan, it is known as the ‘Cradle of Malay Culture‘ as most of their traditions such as wayang kulit, songket weaving and batik design are alive even to this day in Kelantan.

When talking about traditions one cannot miss the Wau – the Malay kite. The Wau’s are hand made and carry intricate designs, bordered with bamboo. Pasir Gudang is the annual international kite festival held in Johor.

Wau - Top 10 Things to do in Peninsular East Coast of Malaysia


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Kelantan has some of the rustic fishing villages, challenging mountains, spectacular rivers and mystical caves and some exotic local delicacies to offer. Kelantan’s Wat Phothivihan is famous for its Reclining Buddha statue, the largest in Malaysia.

Here are top 10 things to do in Peninsular East Coast of Malaysia:


1. Visit some of the best islands near Terengganu: Perhentian island, Bukit Keluang Island, Redang Island, Kapas Island, the list is endless. You can enjoy the best coastal scenery in Malaysia with lovely beaches, a walkway along the cliff edge, caves and pristine blue sea views.

Kapas island-Peninsular east coast of malaysia

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2. If you want to understand the culture and ethnicity of Terengganu then you must visit the Terengganu State Museum at Kg. Losong in Kuala Terengganu, the largest museum in Malaysia. It has nine spacious galleries covering different aspects of Terengganu culture that are arranged over 4 attractive buildings.

Terengganu state museum- Things to do in Peninsular

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3. The Chemerong Waterfall, which is 30kms away from AI Muktafi Billah Shah township in Dungun is a sight to behold. It cascades down a 305 meters slope with a coolness that soothes the most of the travellers.

4. Visit Tanjong Mentong National Park, the oldest untouched tropical rain forest which is 130 million years old with an ecosystem surrounding the growth of exotic flora and fauna, serene waterfalls and pristine islands.

5. The Songket and batik of Terengganu are made from the finest quality of materials and the designs and patterns are vibrant and contemporary. Don’t forget to get some authentic batik wear for yourself when you shop at Terengganu.

Batik - Top 10 Things to do in Peninsular

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1. Visit the Wat Phothivihan temple famous its Reclining Buddha statue which is 40 meters, 7 meters long, the largest in Malaysia. The temple’s compound has a serene atmosphere with many places to explore inside.

Wat Phothivihan- Peninsular east coast of malaysia

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2. Visit the Gunung Reng, a spectacular limestone outcrop with a bat-infested cave. It makes for an adventurous climb and an unforgettable caving experience.

3. Pantai Cahaya Bulan, also known as moonlight beach is probably the closest beach to Kota Bharu and makes one of the best walks along the beach.

Pantai Cahaya Bulan-Things to do in Peninsular East Coast of Malaysia

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4. Also visit the Pantai Bisikan Bayu, known as the beach of whispering breeze, is a pleasant beach fringed with coconut palms backing onto a lagoon. You can hear the whispering of the waves and savour the grilled corn while sipping into coconut water  sold by vendors as you walk along the beach.

5. Kelantan is famous for its Malay arts and handicrafts, mainly batik. You can buy the Songket made of silk and gold threads, batik clothes, silverware and some local bamboo souvenirs.

songket-Things to do in Peninsular East Coast of Malaysia

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