Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Took a 9 hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur to spend four days in the city of Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of Malaysia. 

This is the house we stayed in for our short duration, which Henry found through AirBnB. The house is quite large and spacious and our hosts were two lovely ladies. The house belonged to one of the women, while the other one lived down the road. They were very gracious hosts, and gave us ideas of sights to see.

Our hosts showed us a short cut to the main road. This bridge wasn't in the best condition, but it hasn't collapsed yet. Below it was a beautiful dirty stream.

The beach was about a 10 minute walk from our place, yet nobody goes in the water because of the strong currents. Such a bummer. 

So we napped.

This narrow alley way in Chinatown is filled with turtle mosaics and other art celebrating turtles and encouraging people to keep the Leatherback turtles safe. Their population is dwindling rapidly.

The Terenagganu River.

At night along the river, fake trees covered in lights were illuminated. It makes for a nice stroll along the waterfront.  


View from Princess Hill which offers a view of the city as well as the Terengganu river. 

Istan Maziah is the palace of the Sultan of Terengganu. It is located at the foot of Princess Hill. It is also a venue for royal birthdays, weddings, and other functions.

This is the outside of the Terengganu State Museum that covers 27 hectares. Inside there was an Islamic, Textile, Royal, Historical, Craft, Petroleum, Natural History, and Marine Galleries. The place is HUGE! We were not allowed to take pictures once we got inside.

This is the Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah better known as 'The Floating Mosque.' It sits within the Kuala Ibai Lagoon and when the water rises it looks as if the mosque is floating, hence the nickname.

We hired a taxi driver to take us to the Masjid Kristal (The Crystal Mosque) for pictures, but he only took us to a lookout point. It was difficult to communicate with him so we just settled for this. It is a magnificent building made of steel, glass, and crystal! Should have just hired another taxi driver to take us to get a closer look, but we didn't.

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