Kuala Terengganu is the largest city as well
as the state and royal capital
of Terengganu state, Malaysia.
On 1 January 2008, Kuala Terengganu was
awarded city status. The city has a
population of 343,284 and is also the seat of
a district of the same name. Kuala
Terengganu is located about 500 kilometers
northeast of Kuala Lumpur on
a promontory surrounded on three sides by
the South China Sea.
Blessed with extensive biodiversity, Lake
Kenyir borders western fringe of Taman
Negara, providing nature-based
activities for the adventurous traveller.
This setting provides unique natural
landscapes, creating a serene and idyllic
environment to calm and refresh the
Waste management is pressing harder with the alarming
signal warning the industry. The success of local recycling
programmes is reliant upon households’ participation.
Recycling of solid wastes is considered as the only method
to recover the waste generated. In recognition of this,
doorstepping approach is used as one the main driver
tools towards increasing households participation. This
study was based on selected residential areas (different
level incomes) within Kuala Terengganu town (Malaysia).
Doorstepping approach was found as an effective tool to
increase the recycling rate not in the capital of
Terengganu. The study was also found that lack of
awareness, lack of facilities and no incentives were found
to limit participation in recycling activities.
The city is connected to other towns via a good network of
roads and also some ferries that ply the Terengganu River.
The Sultan Mahmud Bridge, a bridge over the Terengganu River,
provides a road link to both banks of the river. On the other side
of the Terengganu River, there is a medium-sized airport
called Sultan Mahmud Airport serving domestic routes although
it was granted international status.
Other transport facilities include the Taxicab and Kuala
Terengganu Bus Terminal. Kuala Terengganu is singularly lacking
in commuter services in the form of buses, trains or trams. There is
a limited service tourist bus that plies back and forth to tourist
areas such as the Nor Arfa batik outlet south of the city, and the
jetty for ferries to the island resorts at Redang and Perhentian
islands. The city's only taxi rank stands nearby to the city's only
tourist bus terminal in the city centre. Cars may be hired at Ping
Anchorage and at the airport. The city and suburbs are relatively
easy to negotiate by car.
There are several institutes of higher learning in Terengganu. They are either
categorised as Institut Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA); public university or
Institut Pengajian Tinggi Swasta (IPTS); private university. Among public
universities which have campus in Terengganu is the Universiti Sultan Zainal
Abidin and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Both universities have campus in
Gong Badak, in north Kuala Terengganu.
Terengganu also had 3 Universiti Teknologi MARA branches, in Kuala
Terengganu, Dungun and Bukit Besi. Also, Terengganu host several private
university and college, such as TATI University College in Kemaman, UCSI
Terengganu campus in Marang, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS
(INSTEP) in Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu and Kolej Teknologi Bestari in Setiu,
Politechnics Sultan Zainal Abidin, among others.
Secondary school (high school) education is provided by Sekolah
Kebangsaan , Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (National-type School) Chinese
primary schools, and Sekolah Ugama (Religious schools, ]. All of them follow
the syllabus and curriculum provided and regulated by the Malaysian
Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia). Every year the
state government spends RM34 million to develop education in Terengganu.
Part of these grants ensures that every eligible primary school student in
Terengganu is able to get a Netbook worth RM1000 to help in their studies.
Malaysia's international visitors are advised
to seek medical attention at one of the
numerous private clinics in bigger cities like
The quality of medical care provided in
Malaysia's government run hospitals is
typically low by western standards, though
it's usually sufficient for minor problems.
Pharmacies are readily available in most
towns and villages
Kuala Terengganu features a tropical rainforest climate that
borders on a tropical monsoon climate. Kuala Terengganu does
not quite have a true dry season month, a requirement for it to
be classified as having a tropical monsoon climate. However the
city’s driest month, February, averages 60 mm of precipitation
annually. The city does experience a relative “dry season” from
May through June, while the heaviest precipitation is seen at the
end of the year which sometimes reaches more than 1,000 mm
(39 in) of rainfall for each month in November and December.
Normally massive flood hit all round Terengganu state occurred
during monsoon season with estimated 3-5 series of wave of
floods from November till March.
Kuala Terengganu is generally hot and humid throughout the
year though the city does experience slightly cooler weather
during its rainiest part of the year, from November through
January. The city on average sees roughly more than 3,000 mm
(120 in) of the annual rainfall.
Due to the geographical location and history
back ground, apart from cuisines which
representing the three major races,
Terengganu food has shown the influence of
Thai culture and taste. Terengganu has
abundance of rice based dishes such as nasi
dagang, nasi kunyit, nasi kuning, nasi berlauk,
nasi lemak and nasi kerabu. There is laksam,
laksa Terengganu, otak-otak, sata, pulut lepa,
ketupat sotong and kerepok lekor. Dining out is
relatively inexpensive and there are always
plenty of choices range from hotel food to
Main economic activities include retail
and wholesale trade in food items, fabric
& apparels, fisheries, agriculture, service
industries, and tourism.