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Redang Island and Kuala Terraganu Town

White sandy beaches, crystal clear blue sea, brilliant underwater world..... Redang Island is located at 45 km offshore of Terengganu. Redang archipelago comprises 9 islands, the Lima Island, Paku Besar Island, Paku Kecil Island, Kerengga Besar Island, Kerengga Kecil Island, Ekor Tebu Island, Ling Island, Pinang Island and Redang Island. This archipelago is abounds with marvelous marine fishes, turtles and coral reefs, ensuring a great snorkelling and scuba-diving experience. Redang Island which is approximately 7km in length 6km in width, is the largest of all other islands in the Marine Park.
The Redang archipelago has been designated as Pulau Redang Marine Parks Malaysia as to conserve the islandsí unique ecosystem. There are 500 species of live corals, more than a thousand species of invertebrates and almost 3000 species of fishes which includes manta rays, stingrays, sharks and whale sharks, all living in harmony in the reefs fringing the islands. It is a real heaven for divers.
Diving enthusiasts and underwater photographers will definitely be entranced by the sights of the islands, which are ranked among the best coral reef in the world. Among the attractions at the twenty over different diving spots, there are shipwrecks near Pinang Island, black coral garden as well as the mysterious submerged chamber, both located in the vicinity of Lima Island. And not Forgetting is the Mini Mount situated between Kerenggan Besar Island and Kerenggan Kecil Island. Redang waters also contains two historic shipwrecks. The H.M.S Prince of Wales and H.M.S. Repulse were sunk here during the WWII, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

In Kuala Terengganu, the Pasar Payang is one of the most popular market with traditional textiles. Terengganu is one of the best producers of batik and songket in Malaysia.
The Maziah Palace is situated nearby the pier to the Redang Islands. It has been built on the year 1897 during the ruling of Sultan Zainal Aiden III. The architecture, the design and the decoration of the Maziah Palace clearly reflects the artistic skills of the local people and the architectural designs.
China Town is located 10 minutes walk away from the Maziah Palace. It is hard to miss it as there is a huge gate standing tall at one end of the street. The architectural build of shop houses are slightly identical to the chinese shop houses in Malacca. There is a chinese temple located at the China Town built 200 years ago.

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