I took the coastal road from Kuala Besut to Kuala Terengganu passing villages that are rarely in the news that we read daily i.e Kampung Benting Lintang, Kampung Rhu Sepuluh, Kampung Telaga Putat etc etc. It just came to my mind how do these people spend their daily lives here without worrying about traffic jams, credit card bills, shares, being late for work etc. etc etc. Think that they have a longer lifespan too, than us in the cities..
I stopped at Penarik which has a lovely beach but alas swimming is not permitted there as most of the beaches in Terengganu, due to its strong undercurrents. Stopped at Merang where it is the transit point for those on the way to Redang Island. Before reaching the town of Kuala Terengganu I made a brief stop at the Seberang Takir beach at Teluk Ketapang where I always look forward to the the local delicacy which is the Udang Celup Tepung (Prawns Dipped in Batter). It also serves the fish, calamari and crab version.
I drove around Kuala Terengganu and I wanted to stay at the Hoover Hotel for the night …(the very first 4 star hotel in Kuala Terengganu those days ) but decided not to as they were no safe parking areas. One has to park on the the streets. I settled for Hotel Seri Malaysia which is located by the banks of the Terengganu River.
After checking in, I walked through the nearby Kampung China (Chinese Quarter) and also visited the Pasar Payang (Payang Market). The Istana Maziah (Maziah Palace), Masjid Abidin and the Kuala Terengganu General Post Office is also in the vicinity.
On the way back I had dinner at the KFC restaurant near the hotel and spent the last remaining hours of the day at the nearby Internet cafe.