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Merang

 

(top photo : Merang Jetty, gateway to Redang, Lang Tengah and Bidong Island)

 

 

Tourists are always confused Merang with Marang in the south of Terengganu by their name and the characteristic of the village.

Merang is located in the Setiu district of Terengganu, and about 25km north from Kuala Terengganu. It takes pride of place in travel brochures as the jumping-off point for visitors to Pulau Redang and Pulau Bidong which are rhe popular diving and snorkeling spot. The village itself is no more than a sleeping fishing village. Nevertheless, a Rm 2 million observatory perched on Bukit Merang has somehow appeared to be the most modernised construction in the whole village. This white colour observatory perched is used for the sighting of the new moon which normally takes place before Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji. There is a jetty built just beneath the hill, there is a jetty for boats to Pulau Redang and Pulau Bidong, equipped with eateries, toilets and ticket counters.

With coconut trees growing nearly everywhere and the turquoise blue sea so evident, the idyllic beauty and serenity of the village was a welcome sight for tourists. Hiding among the coconut trees are a number of Malay run chalets for travelers.

 

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