In the capital Kuala Trengganu, Pasar Payang beckoned, also Pantai Batu Burok. There was also our quick foray to see (and buy) batik at the Nur Arfa Batik factory/showroom. The quality of batik in Trengganu is said to be better than its neighbour Kelantan, and I fully concur.
|B in the vicinity of Pasar Payang, KT (CNB 1991)|
|Pantai Batu Burok (MN 1991)|
But the highlight was our stay at the Tanjung Jara Beach Hotel (now Resort); the beautiful Malay style timber buildings that won the Aga Khan Award for architecture. The setting was wonderful, and the golden beach, quite flawless.
|Welcome to TJBH (CNB 1991)|
|A & cousin Hazwani at TJBH (CNB 1991)|
|Awaiting breakfast at the TJBH (CNB 1991)|
|An early morning pose at TJBH (BB 1991)|
|Posing with the Aga Khan award (CNB 1991)|
|The golden beach at Tanjung Jara, Dungun (CNB 1991)|
One very dark night, from the TJBH, we were taken to Rantau Abang, to see the giant turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. We were lucky to come across a beautiful one that had just laid her eggs, and watching the behemoth creature haul itself herself down to the sea was a sight not easily forgotten.
|A giant turtle heading back to sea (CNB 1991)|
We also made it to Tasik Kenyir. It was just a look-see really, as we did not have the time for a house-boat stay on the lake. This largest artificial lake of South East Asia borders the states of Pahang and Kelantan and is a haven for freshwater fishes.
|A, Hazwani, Bro AW, B and moi at Tasik Kenyir (QA 1991)|
We wanted to spend a night in Pulau Kapas, but we missed the last boat and so had to stay at a nearby lodge in Marang. Believe me, I can still remember the katak (frog) in the toilet and the putrid smell of the pillows. No doubt from the sweat of a thousand backpackers! But Marang beach is picturesque, the locals very friendly; only we were quite sad to come across a dead turtle there, strangled by the fishermen's nets.
|B & A (very serious) & the pretty boats of Marang (CNB 1991)|
|The local children on Marang beach (CNB 1991)|
|A really sad end to a very beautiful creature (CNB 1991)|