Alpha Amirrachman, Contributor,
Not only would this be my first visit to our northern neighbor, but also, as some of my colleagues found out,
The flight to
This was a simple and modest airport, located in the state capital, Kuala Terengganu, but it was very much part of the government-sponsored Visit Malaysia 2007 program celebrating 50 years of nationhood. Colorful banners were flying from almost every corner of the airport.
During a one-hour bus journey to Kenyir Lake, I managed to keep my eyes open to directly witness the day-to-day life of ordinary Malaysians, some of whom were selling nasi lemak to meet their needs.
I noticed that the state is typified by an obvious Malay culture, rural villages and serene coastal towns.
Stopping at one of the kedai (markets) to do a bit of shopping, I managed to converse with pleasant kampong people.
Terengganu's population is around 927,000. It comprises mostly Malays while the remainder are Indians, Chinese and people of other ethnicities. It is a living celebration of diversity.
With its tropical climate, the state is a perfect place for those who long for a tropical atmosphere. As I was there in January, I experienced sporadic showers, which occur between November and February.
Arriving at Kenyir Lakeview Resort, I could immediately smell the fragrance of clean and clear water. It was great to flee temporarily my chaotic life in
Terengganu is located on the east coast of peninsular
Several islands are carefully and professionally conserved as marine gardens, making them an obvious destination for tourists and nature-lovers alike.
It extends over approximate area of 38,000 hectares, including 430 jade-colored islands.
It is a place that offers an assortment of fish, land animals and birds, and innumerable plant types -- the product of perfect cooperation between man and nature.
Due to my packed schedule during the retreat, I was unable to try all the activities on offer. However, I did ride not only a boat to nearby islands to see Sack Waterfalls and
Accommodation was also superb. The resort has around 150 high-quality wooden chalets for guests. With wooden glass doors and soaring ceilings, the chalets allow visitors to feel they are communing with nature.
The food the resort provides was similarly delectable, as the cuisine and seafood here are well-known for being delicious.
How to get there
Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia provide everyday flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to
Terengganu can likewise be reached via a four-hour drive along the East Cost Expressway. To reach the resort, the shortest way is through Kuantan taking the
If you are approaching from the south, take the Kota Tinggi-Mersing course to Kuantan, then further up the Jerangau-Jabor highway. From Kelantan or