Friday, October 13, 2017

Cycle Malaysia Day 23 Kuala Terengganu to Dungun

Lawrence of KT Chinatown Lodge recommended me for a Bak Kut Teh breakfast, initially I thought it was not a good idea to have BKT in KT but anyway I went for it. It turned out to be a great breakfast, the BKT was delicious the meat is cut in smaller pieces as compared to those in KL.
The trishaw man and me on the road for a day ride, his was within the city while mine was from town to town.
Batu Bersurat roundabout based on the discovery of the Inscribed Stone in Kuala Berang, Hulu Terengganu is significant for Terengganu which proven the earliest acceptance of Islam by a state ruler in the Malay Peninsular. The Batu Bersurat monument is beautifully landscaped and serves as yet another landmark monument for visitors arriving into Kuala Terengganu Heritage Waterfront City.
Indeed you are beautiful and I hope to visit you again, beauty.
So long and farewell to Kuala Terengganu.
And I see you again, the unique bus.
The Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque or the Floating Mosque is the first real floating mosque in Malaysia. It is situated in Kuala Ibai Lagoon near the estuary of Kuala Ibai River, 4 km from KualaTerengganu Town.
Another beautiful mosque at Chendering and it is the Sultan Ismail Mosque located by the road side white in colour and standing majestically.

After passing by Marang Town I have to cross a bridge over Marang River. The origin of the district's name is attributed to a Chinese entrepreneur of dried sea products known only by the name of Ma, who was one of the first settlers in the area. The sea products, consisting of fish and squid, are dried on racks called rang by the local populace. Given Ma owned all the rangs, the area became known as Ma rang (i.e. 'Ma's rangs'), which eventually became Marang.
At Kampung Kelulut beach where I stopped by and took a rest. The beach at the east coast is truly amazing long and beautiful facing to South China Sea.
Penjara Marang or Marang Prison right in front of the main road Route 3.
There were several pelotons seems training along this stretch of road.
Kedai Makan Ustaz located at GPS : 5.052717, 103.287077 has a wide range of Malay food. I have been marking this place 7km away with signage promoting the warong.
Ikan bakar stove in front of the shop. A clean and decent place for meal with ample space for parking.
My choice of gulai tempoyak ikan patin with a strong sourish taste.
At times it can be very quiet on the road and my mind could be wandering about anything that comes as I pedal on.
Jambu Bongkok Forest Reserve, seem quiet and I just wonder if there is any activity for tourists over here.
It has a elongated river running parallel with the main road with thick mangrove vegetation.
The weather was getting hot as I slowly gain my distance towards Dungun.
 You can learn about the different species of turtles at the Rantau Abang Turtle Information Centre.
Pantai Batu Pelanduk Kuala Abang has lovely beach and interesting rock formation. Sadly the turtle viewing has become difficult due to severe poaching in the past, once there were a great number of big leatherback turtles visiting this beautiful shore.
I could see a long bridge as I was climbing a slope and that must be the entrance to Dungun.
Yes it's Dungun alright after 84km of cycling under the hot sun and I have reached the place safely. I need a super cold drink.
View from the bridge and Dungun town is on the other side.
I always enjoy the view when crossing a bridge and Dungun Bridge is quite long. The river beneath is Dungun River flowing out the estuary into South China Sea.
Old Dungun town still have old timber shophouses many have been redeveloped into concrete ones while a few are maintaining its original being which is so wonderful to see.
Some of the remaining timber shop houses in old Dungun town.
I was supposed to meet Anne & Kim at the Bus Station but I got news that their bus has broken down and making alternative transport to come to Dungun.
My meal again with a plate of economical rice and a glass of kopi "O".
They were lucky to get a rescue car from Gambang Toll to Dungun.
Finally Anne & Kim arrived in the evening after a long day looking for alternative transport. Thank you Christopher Lee for recommending this shop, Ban Yeow Restaurant located at
Taman Saeda, Kuala Dungun, GPS : 4.741303, 103.418299
The dishes for our dinner, surprisingly the tofu looks simple but it's special and delicious. So was the fried fish.
We stayed at this place called Anggun Beach Guest House.
Day 23 where I cycled 84km to Dungun from Kuala Terengganu to meet Anne & Kim.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cycle Malaysia Day 22 Kuala Terengganu

The rising sun as viewed from the bar of Redang Pelangi Resort. I hope to could stand here again to watch more sun rise in the near future.
It was a lovely mornng we took a stroll to the nearby resorts along the beach while many were still asleep.
The famous inn at Laguna Redang used for a Chinese movie More More Tea Inn 夏日麽麽茶 in 2000 that made Pulau Redang popular. This building has been rebuilt and continues to attract visitors.
Jason having fun with the friendly squirrel with a piece of biscuit at the cafeteria.
It was great to be with these two brothers How and Roger Foo. Though we have aged but we are still going strong.
Good bye magic island I shall come back again.
So nice to see the whole of the Foo's family sending us off from the jetty, til then we shall meet again. Good bye and adios.
The boat was full of China visitors where we "tumpang" the ride to leave the island earlier and it started to rain.
The black garbage bag Macgyvered into a rain vest.
Meeting friendly cyclists along the way to Kuala Terengganu and we had short conversation checking each others' routes.
I continued to see beautiful beaches as I toured in this part of Malaysia and it can never be boring at all.
After more than 30km we reached Kuala Terengganu International Airport where Jason has to catch a flight back to KL. Thank you Jason for your company and I will see you again when I reach Melaka.
The view from Sultan Mahmud Bridge as I was about to enter Kuala Terengganu. My immediate destination was to visit the Crystal Mosque. It could seen from the bridge but it seems near yet it is far from sight.
Welcome to Kuala Terengganu with Bukit Besar in front of the busy street.
As I got closer to the mosque at Taman Tamadun Islam (Islam Heritage Park) where you could find scaled-down replicas of 22 famous monuments from various part of the world.
A uniquely decorated public bus of Kuala Terengganu.
A grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal. The mosque is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008. It was officially opened on 8 February 2008 by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu. It has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time.
After visiting the Islamic Heritage Park I slowly inched myself closer to Chinatown and to look for a place to stay.
I enjoyed myself seeing the surrounding of Kampung Cina as I was scouting for a hotel.
A nice map of Kampung Cina found at a corner of a street.
Checking the Turtle Alley at the Dragon Arch with figures of turtle made of mosiac tiles together with information of the turtle.
The arch at the exit of Chinatown.
Ho Ann Kiong Chinese Temple is the oldest temple in Kuala Terengganu it is believed to date back to 1801. One of the buildings in Chinatown declared a heritage site by the United Nations UNESCO World Monument Watch Programme.
It looks like another making of Jonker's walk in the east coast. Well done and keep it up.
I found How's place and the Lawrence the hotelier gave me a discount when I mentioned his name. Well done How it is a lovely place you have put up.
Viewed from the balcony of KT Chinatown Lodge.
I was fortunate to come to KT during the Peranakan Festival, the whole of the Chinatown was lively and impressive.
There were many tables in Town City Food Court enjoying this fried beehon, I found a seat and ordered mine too. The order took a while but it was worth the wait, it was super delicious and not wonder it's so popular. That's was a lovely dinner.
Though it was drizzling but it never failed to deter the people from coming out on the street. The female Peranakan is fondly known as Mek while the male as Awang.
Calligraphy is one of the many activities seen there were others like Mek Beauty contest, Mek fashion show and other performances during the Peranakan Festival. There were also many food of different kind from the various cultures.
That was it the day in Kuala Terengganu after coming from Merang Jetty over a distance of 54km.