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Terengganu ~ Merang & Marang


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Merang Merang Beach Marang Marang River Safari Squid Jigging ~ Candat Sotong



Not to be confused with names, ME-rang is the take-off point for visitors to Pulau Redang (Redang Island), Pulau Lang Tengah (Lang Tengah Island) and Pulau Bidong (Bidong Island), while MA-rang, which is much further down the coast, is the take-off point for Pulau Kapas (Kapas Island).



Merang



With its pretty beeches, swaying palms and serene atmosphere, Merang is a place that you can chill out before proceeding onwards to the Islands. There are accommodations here to suit all budgets to the medium range Sutera Beach Resort, with its sea facing rooms, to the pampering at the Malay Styled Palace resort of the Aryani. Wherever you stay you can be assured of some amazing sunrise & sunset by the sea when you are at Merang

Nearby is the fishing village of Kampung Merang, from where one can hire a boat to go up the Merang River which weaves lazily through mangrove and peat swamps, and, if you are lucky at dusk, you may see thousands of fireflies display their glittering light spectacle

Relatively off the beaten track of most visitors to the state, though easily accessible by road. Locals, however, are well in the know of this "pristine beach haven" with long stretches of tall coconut palms, golden sands, gentle surf and emerald-coloured waters.


Marang



Located 15km south of Kuala Terengganu, this once tiny fishing village with only two rows of wooden houses in the town center, with a shallow river separating them, has been rapidly developing spurred on especially by the tourism industry. Located 15 Km to the south of Kuala Terengganu, it is a favourite stopover for tourists, especially before they jump onto a boat and head for the islands. This has led to the old houses being demolished and replaced by modern concrete shop lots, leaving only the fishing village untouched as yet.

Even so, Marang today remains greenly with lush vegetation and old Malay
village houses. The villagers are still maintaining their simple traditional life style and belief while the remaining little old fishing village is still standing among the coconut trees. It is today acknowledged by many as the most advantageous point along the East Coast to witness and photograph the most spectacular daily sunrise in the country. In this respect, a string of budget hotels is located along the banks of the river and near the estuary offering " the most glorious sunrise views". Marang Beach is unique in that its broad golden sands form a remarkable stretch of sand dunes like a wall that slopes dramatically into the sea, creating an unusual two-tier beach.

During fruit season, market in the town center is a good place to get all kind of local fruit for the season. Villagers from inner Marang area will bring their harvest to sell their products in the market every Wednesday and Saturday, the market also know as pasar minggu (weekly market). If you happen to be in Marang on Sunday (Marang market) or Friday (Kg Sungai Kerak), visit the night market that start around 4.00pm end 8.00pm.

Shops line the roads from Marang to K. Terengganu, selling lots of local produce like cuttlefish, shrimps and fish prepared in a variety ways and is a favourite with local travellers as gifts to family and friends back home.


Marang River Safari
Marang river safari is another good attraction, where the boat will take you on a cruise along the Marang river, where you can enjoy a picturesque view of mangrove forest. You also can see animals that live along the river such birds, monitor lizards, monkeys, crabs etc. The boat trip stop at Jenang traditional village, where you can witness the villagers making coconuts sugar, weaving for attap roof and monkey plucking coconuts.



Squid Jigging ~ Candat Sotong

April to June is time for fisherman in Marang to go for squid jigging (Candat Sotong ). If you do not have seasickness problem, try candat sotong, boat departs around 7.00pm and reach the jigging point near Kapas Island in 45-60 minutes. Then you may try your luck. The squid are attracted to the light and tent to cluster around boats where fluorescent lamps are lit. A jig is a weighted lure with nine hooks arranged in a circular pattern at one end. The other end is secured to a fishing line. Normally the fisherman can land 30kg to 40kg squid a night, if the boat anchored at the right squid shelter or lubuk, it can easily land up to 100kg during a night of jigging.



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