Dungun is a town within the state of Terengganu located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, between Kuala Terengganu in the north and Kuantan in the south. It is located approximately 90 km from Kuala Terengganu.
Dungun derived its name from a type of tree known in Malay as pokok dungun. The dungun tree, known in English as looking-glass tree grows in mangrove swamps. It is believed that Dungun was opened by settlers from Pagar Ruyung, Sumatera. As the area was a swampland filled with dungun trees, it was then named Dungun.
Dungun is a coastal district of Terengganu and the capital of this district is Kuala Dungun. Dungun is made up of eleven sub-districts altogether, namely Abang, Besol, Jengal, Jerangau, Kuala Dungun, Kuala Paka, Kumpal, Pasir Raja, Rasau, Sura and Hulu Paka.
Locals in Dungun speaks Bahasa Melayu with the Terengganu eastern accent. Several words may have the ending syllable added with ‘ng’. For example, the Malay word ‘makan’ meaning eat is pronounced ‘makang’ by Terengganu people.
There are flights to Kuala Terengganu provided by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. From the airport, guests may hail up a taxi to Dungun.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the east coast highway via Karak Highway towards Kuantan. After reaching Kuantan, motorists may follow the north-east direction at Highway 3 until they reach Dungun.
The express bus terminal is located in Dungun town, at Jalan Baru Pak Sabah. Among the available express bus services are Utama Express, Mutiara Express, Mara Liner, Transnasional and many more.
Kuala Dungun in Dungun was first known as an iron mining town in the 1940s. However with the exhaustion of iron, Kuala Dungun finds its survival in fishing industry and beautiful beaches. Guests may head to Pulau Tenggol, a small island accessible by speedboat ride from the Kuala Dungun jetty. The journey usually takes about 1 hour. Pulau Tenggol offers a great spot for scuba diving activity as its rocky edges extended into the sea forming a steep underwater edge like a canvas wall for the marine life.
Another interesting beach not to be missed in Dungun is Rantau Abang. Rantau Abang is one of the six locations in the world which are visited by the big leatherback turtles coming up to the shore to lay eggs. These turtles visited Rantau Abang in between May to September each year.
Guests may discover interesting cultural village theme vacation at Kampung Pasir Raja homestay programme.
Every Thursday evening, there is a bustling night market with lots of local wares and clothings being sold along a long street which leads to a busy food market where the guests may find various snacks such as murtabak, local desserts and other dried foodstuff. This market caters mainly to the locals. Hence, there will be no touristy stuff such as magnets, keychains or other souvenirs.
Local famous delicacies of Terengganu includes Nasi Dagang, a savoury sticky rice dish served with silver tuna curry. Other fish snacks are also the speciality in Terengganu which includes Keropok Lekor, fish crackers either fried or boiled and Satar, local grilled fish dumpling wrapped in pandan leaves into a triangle-shaped pieces.
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