"Marang.... Home Sweet Home" Marang by PS_Lee81

Marang Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 15 photos

About Marang...

Marang is originally a small fishing town, about 18KM to the south of Kuala Terengganu. Most of the people here are Malays, which occupy about 97% of the population here. Others will be Chinese, a few Indian and some minor races in Malaysia like Kadazan or Iban.
There is no high rise building in Marang, or there's only one new 12-story (i think) Police Station being constructed. Imagine that most of the houses here are made up of wood. And most of them are very local-styled Malay legged wooden houses, some breeding chickens beneath it. The local people are very friendly. Don't worry about the crime here in Marang. I bet this is one of the safest place in the whole Malaysia.
There's a beautiful beach and lagoon in Marang which used to be the home to many of the Malays people. To go over the lagoon, you can use the 2 wooden bridges connecting the main land and the sandy island. Coconut tree is one of the landmark here i can say. Everywhere you go, definetely you will see a lot of coconut trees! And coconut is free, but not specially for coconut drink...

Marang to the Local Tourists

Marang is actually located near the mouth of Marang River and there's an Island, named Kapas Island just opposite it. Therefore this is the main point where people find a boat to get to the island. Since i was a child, there has been a lot of local tourists coming here, especially during the festive seasons, such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, National Day, etc. So, the cars would definetely jammed up all the parking spaces, as well as the road, and the situation here seem very joyful as many tourists preparing to get a boat.
I'd visited the Kapas Island quite a few times, but i don't really feel any special about the place. Just beach and some hard corals near to the beach side. But after i grown up, i realized that any ordinary beach to me is actually a heaven for the local tourist from any states in Malaysia. I found out that Terengganu hosts many beautiful beaches and Islands compared to other states. For example, the famous beach in West Cost, Port Dickson, is just about the same as the average non-famous beach in Terengganu. If you really come to any of the famous beaches in Terengganu, you will really feel the different! This will probably the main reason why tourists like to come to Terengganu.
The other main reason i can think of is that Terengganu is well-known with its natural floral and fauna. There's a lot of unspoiled rain forests, which becomes the home to many species of animal. Tasik Kenyir is a well known attration area where tourist normally like to enjoy the relaxing day of fishing, water sport, jungle treking, etc...
Finally, i will definetely recommend those who like much about nature to come over to Terengganu. Just spend your days here and enjoy it!!

Marang to the Travellers from other Country

The main attraction of Marang to the travellers from other countries is actually the local traditional houses and lifestyle. Tourists are fancied with the legged wooden house, the beaches with coconut trees, local malays cultures, etc. The accomodation in Marang can be considered as cheap too... that's why most of the tourists will stay for quite a long time before moving to other destination.
I personally admired those backpackers who traveled a lot while I was young. I felt amazed especially on those backpackers travelling alone!! There was once a high time when MARANG was so famous to the travellers from many other countries. Around 1990-1995, there was a lot of tourists from all over around the world staying in Marang. I remember in that period, you can see the ratio was about 1:20 to the local people. The tourist business becames the main occupation of the local people. Many booths were set up as a travel agent to facilitate all those tourists. Surprisingly, many local people learned and managed to speak English well. Anywhere you went, you would see many tourists....
But that was becoming history to the people of Marang. After the so-called 'development' project took place by the local authority, everyhing had changed. They forced the locals to move to other places and demolished all the old wooden houses and shops. Those main attractions had gone forever! Tourists had started moved away from Marang... now you can only see a few, or not even one traveller from other country any more...

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  • saleh_001's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2007 at 7:27 PM

    Hi PS_Lee81's, I like your comment regding overdev in Marang/terengganu coast. My home town is KB really enjoyed the trip from Kota Bharu to KL in 70/80s during my student/bach days. I want my kids to gain the same and pass on to their kids as well.

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