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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Batu Bersurat Terengganu

The Batu Bersurat Terengganu (“Inscribed Stone of Terengganu”) was listed as one of the United Nation’s Memory of The World, a UNESCO’s program to preserve valuable heritage archive worldwide. The stone was found by a gold and tin miner Arab trader, Syed Hussin Ghulam al-Bukhari, in 1903 in Kampung Buluh, a village 3km from the town of Kuala Berang. The locals had actually discovered the stone 15 years earlier when a flash flood revealed the stone which was jutting out of the Sungai Tersat riverbank. The locals carried the stone to their mosque and used it as a platform to perform ablutions. It was at the mosque that Syed Hussin ‘discovered’ the inscribed stone. While he was washing his feet to prepare for midday prayers, he noticed the stone he was standing on is inscribed with Jawi words. With curiosity, he presented the stone to the Sultan of Terengganu after obtaining the permission of the village leader to do so.

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The Sultan could not find anyone who was able to solve the mystery of the inscription on the stone. The Sultan then placed the stone in the fort of Bukit Puteri before a British colonial official sent the stone over to Raffles Museum for examination in year 1922. A photograph of the stone was sent to London and only then were the ‘mysterious’ inscriptions deciphered.

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The writing on the stone was revealed to be a proclamation issued by a Sri Paduka Tuan of Terengganu for his subjects to spread and uphold Islam. The inscription on the stone provides 10 basic laws for their guidance. The date inscribed on the stone was month of Rejab, 702H or year 1303 AD.

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The Inscribed Stone of Terengganu is important as an evidence of the acceptance of Islam by a local ruler, a testimony to the spread of Islam, an insight to the life of the people of the era and Islamic culture under a set of religious laws. The Jawi inscription on the stone is believed to be the oldest Jawi writing found in Malaysia. The discovery also refutes the earlier claim of “Islam started on the western side of Peninsular Malaysia, Melaka” when Islamic principality in fact had existed in Terengganu almost 100 years before Melaka was found.

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Today, the replica of the stone is placed in two locations – a memorial in Kampung Buluh, Kuala Berang and a mammoth replica at Ladang Roundabout in Kuala Terengganu. The original stone is displayed at the State Museum of Terengganu.

Contact details

Lembaga Muzium Negeri Terengganu
Bukit Losong, 20566 Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu Darul Iman
Tel: 60 9-632 1200
museum.terengganu.gov.my

Opening hours

The Terengganu State Museum is open daily from 9am until 5pm.

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