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Terengganu ~ Southern Beaches

• Pantai Batu Buruk • Marang Beach - Rantau Abang Beach • Tanjung Jara •
• Paka Beach • Pantai Kemasik •

Pantai Batu Buruk (Batu Buruk Beach)
Pantai Batu Buruk (beach of the ugly stone) is Kuala Terengganu’s famous beach with its golden sandy beaches with swaying casuarinas lining up behind the shore. A popular place for strolling and good place to visit especially in the evening, This beautiful beach is just 1 km from the city center and can be reached by walking.

This Culture Center (Pengkalan Budaya) is also located along the Pantai Batu Buruk. It offers visitors a chance to see the performances of the Silat which is the Malay's art of self defence, traditional dances such as Joget and traditional games.
Performances are held on every Friday and Saturday, between 5.00pm to 7.00pm and 9.00pm to 11.00pm.

A Variety of food stalls can be found at Batu Buruk, try fried ice cream (Ais Krim Goreng), Nasi Dagang, Terengganu traditional rice, fried sea foods and Yunnan chicken rice. There is also a good night market every Friday from 3.00pm till 7.00pm.
Location - Within Kuala Terengganu

Marang Beach
Marang Beach is unique in that its broad golden sands form a remarkable stretch of sand dunes like a wall that slopes dramatically into the sea, creating an unusual two-tier beach. Located in this picturesque fishing village is the jetty for boats and from the islands of Pulau Redang, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Bidong.

It is today acknowledged by many as the most advantageous point along the East Coast to witness and photograph the most spectacular daily sunrise in the country.
Location : 15 km South of Kuala Terengganu

Rantau Abang Beach
Besides being famous for the leatherback turtle, the beaches here are beautiful, a dream really and extremely quiet. Rantau Abang is also known for its white, sandy and rocky beaches such as Teluk Bidara and Tanjung Jara that suitable for relaxation, picnicking, sunbathing and swimming.

Walking around the beaches at Rantau Abang in the night is an exhilarating experience with the great round moon casting and traces of shimmering path on the calm sea from the horizon up to the shore. Coconut palms lean silhouetted by the moonlight and towering sand bunkers are found along this stretch of beach.
Location : 56 km South of K. Terengganu

Tanjung Jara
Embraced by the blue-green waters of the South China Sea, this is one of the more striking beaches. Long, wide stretches of golden sands sloping gently into the greenish blue waters are prominent. Apart from its breathtaking sunsets, its openness to the powerful waves from the South China Sea creates fascinating sand dunes. Steady winds and reasonably dramatic surf provide an exciting and diverse array of water activities, such as wind surfing, boating and sailing, while the wide, open waters permit kayaking, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing and diving.

Located here is the Tanjung Jara Beach Resort. Styled after a Malay palace, but with all the modern amenities one could wish for, the resort is the recipient of the prestigious Aga Khan award for the best hotel architecture. Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher took a well-deserved break there after a disastrous season opener in Melbourne. Guests get a taste of the Malay way of life from the wooden chalets and herb garden to traditional spa treatments

It even caters for "turtle watch" at night between May and September when the turtles visit the beach to lay eggs. Just tell the reception, that you want to be called, if they have spotted a turtle coming on the beach and they will phone you at night in your room. A little van will take you to the right place on the beach. From here one can even catch a boat to visit some of the fabulous islands off the coast, in particular Pulau Tenggol.
Location : 74 km South of K. Terengganu

Paka Beach
About 16 km north of Kertih is a secluded wide stretch of golden sands sloping gently into the sea, with small clusters of tall-swaying palms. The glorious and awe-inspiring daily sunrise can be observed from here or, better still, from the Sungai Paka Bridge near the river mouth.

The unfolding of nature's grandeur over fishing villages and coconut groves is best captured as dawn begins to break, with the sky emblazoned in a multitude of fiery red, orange and yellow, lasting no more than ten minutes. If without the beach, Paka is a typical quite and dead fishing village with wooden kampong houses, jetty and fishing boats. Passing by the petroleum processing plants in the night time is a amazing experience.

The huge refinery plant brightly lighted appears in a suddenly in a bare land,
like a star city appear in the middle of the sky.
Location : 96 km South of K. Terengganu / 16 km from Kertih

Pantai Kemasik
Both the beach and the little coastal town take their name from the Kemasik River that runs prominently through. The unique beach straddles the banks of the estuary, giving it a very individual character.

During low tide, one can walk across the sandy river bed to a small rocky outcrop near the estuary and observe the lifestyle of quaint fishing villages nestling precariously along the river coastline. The scenery is dotted with kampung houses, fishing boats and coconut trees. This photogenic sandy beach allows you to walk on, to collect seashells that are brought by the wave to the land and of course it is safe to do some swimming here.
About 113 km South from K. Terengganu / 86 km North from Kuantan

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