Believe it or not, the last time I ever stepped foot in Kuala Terengganu was 20 years ago when I was still a kid. It's not that I have anything against Terengganu, it's just I don't have any business or an urgent need to go there.
We went to Kuala Terengganu last weekend to attend my friend's wedding in Seberang Takir. He was kind enough to let us stay at his family's guest house for the duration of the visit.
After the wedding, we took the chance to visit Kuala Terengganu town. Actually, Adam had an asthma attack so we had to bring him to see a doctor there. The first thing I noticed about KT is that it is generally much cleaner than Kota Bharu. Maybe the folks here are more civic-minded or perhaps the local council here does a great job at keeping the town spanking clean.
Since we were there for a really short time only, we didn't get to visit any of the many places of interest around town. There's over a dozen popular tourist attraction there in Kuala Terengganu, you'd probably need to stay there a week or so to visit them all.
Kelinik Lee near the town's waterfront area is one of the panel clinic for CIMB in Kuala Terengganu. Most of the clinics and business establishments is closed on Fridays and Saturdays because both are weekends here.
And of course my wife wouldn't let me go home without first visiting the famous Kedai Payang shopping area.
We took the Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan route on the way back and apart from buying the regular kerepok lekor (fish crackers) we didn't forget to look for and sample the delicious satar (minced fish barbecue in banana leaf) along the way.
They are priced from 1.00 to 1.50 ringgit for 4 pieces and unless you remember which stall serves the best satar, finding one will be all down to luck. The first stall I visited sold this really delicious satar, hot and spicy but unfortunately there's only one stick left. The second stall sold much cheaper satars but then they didn't taste as good anymore.
This is a really hungry guy enjoying his satar by the roadside.
Later on we stopped near Paka and chose to eat a little place beside the beach for lunch.
The food here is so-so but they're real cheap for once. From left, laksa penang and noodle soup.
The important thing is we get to enjoy the beautiful seaside scenery while we're eating. It's a pity, we didn't get a chance to bath and swim at any of the beaches here in Terengganu during this visit.
After a short break for prayers and to freshen up at the jamek mosque nearby, we proceeded to Kuantan and plied the LPT highway back to KL. The highway is clear and smooth and the journey from Cherating to Karak costs around RM21.50.
And that concludes our visit to Terengganu. Hopefully we don't have to wait another 20 years to go visit the state again :)