Jerteh is a town in the district of Besut, Terengganu and also just beside the border of Terengganu-Kelantan. The town Jerteh is the most northern part of Terengganu. Due to its approximation to Kelantan, people of Besut district, including Jerteh, speaks in Terengganu dialect with Kelantanese accent integrated deeply into their daily conversation, making their language is rather hard to understand for those who are not from Terengganu or Kelantan. The town of Jerteh is small, and pretty much lay back and relax compare to Kuala Terengganu.
Driving from the capital city of Terengganu will take about two hours to reach Jerteh via the Kota Bharu – Kuala Terengganu route, with the distance of 108 kilometres.
There are busses that go to Jerteh from the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Kuala Lumpur. Several bus companies have daily trips to Jerteh with the price of a one-way ticket starting at RM 44. There are also busses that leave the Kuala Terengganu Bus Terminal to Jerteh with the ticket price starting at RM 10, one way.
Flying in into Kelantan’s airport, the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport to reach Jerteh as it is much closer. The distance between Sultan Ismail Petra Airport to Jerteh is around 70 kilometres while from Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu, the distance is almost 100 kilometres to reach this small town.
Pantai Air Tawar or in an English direct translation, Freshwater Beach, is a normal beach with salty ocean water gracing its beach. It has no freshwater whatsoever. The name is more of a misnomer. The Pantai Air Tawar is about 20 minutes away from the town. It is a breathtakingly beautiful beach, with white, fine sand, crystal clear water and shady thanks to the presence of coconut trees. Both locals and visitors enjoy this beach and usually, during the late afternoon or the evening, the beach is filled with people; some taking a stroll, some play with the water and some enjoy the sands. From this beach, the Perhentian Island is in direct and clear view. There are chalets and homestays available at the beach.
Lata Belantan is a small jungle that is perfect for recreational activities while enjoying the floras and faunas. The Lata Belantan is the entrance for Mount Tebu climbers. The government has provided stalls, toilets, camping grounds and even electricity for the usage of the visitors of Lata Belatan. It is open every day from 8 in the morning until five in the evening. For those who are planning to climb Mount Tebu, having a camping or stay for the night in Lata Belatan, you must first report to the National Forestry Department local office. Lata Belatan is located just 24 kilometres from the town of Jerteh.
This is another beach that is located in the east side of Jerteh, about twenty minutes away. It is one of the unique beaches in Terengganu. Here at Bukit Keluang Beach, there are rocks formations that produce small caves on the beach. It was said that these caves were the hiding places for the pirates. Now, the caves are left to be enjoyed by visitors to the beach. There are wooden walkways installed surrounding the beach, for people to explore the caves and its natural beauty.
This budget hotel is just four minutes’ drive from the town centre. It is completed with a restaurant that serve all three meals, parking area and also Wi-Fi in public place. The room is only RM 71 per night and also comes with a free Wi-Fi connection. The rooms are all equipped with air conditioner and also water heater.