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I’d say that with more than 20 great replicas of Islamic monuments from around the world reminiscing the rise of Islam as a sophisticated global religion, TTI is the pride of the state.
Taman Tamadun Islam was also the venue of a mini travel mart, where Medan delegates were given the chance to quickly exchange business contacts with their counterparts in Kuala Terengganu, again for possible future partnerships in catering to vacationers both in Kuala Terengganu and Medan.
The delegation was subsequently treated to a dining cruise offered by TTI River Cruise. Known as TTI Dining Cruise, it is a new tourism product.
The river cruise takes approximately 1.5 hours, and diners have the option to select from a menu of six main courses. Catering to a minimum group of 20 pax, the price is RM49 per adult and RM45 per child.
It is said that a trip to Kuala Terengganu is incomplete without visiting Lake Kenyir, and rightly so. The largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia spanning almost 210,000 hectares, it has plenty to offer nature lovers and adventurers.
Although the delegation of 30-odd people spent a limited time at the Lake and had to forgo a visit to the Herb Island and Orchid Park, they managed to have some refreshing fun at the Kelah (freshwater fish) Sanctuary.
That was followed by lunch at Petang Island Resort and then a visit to Kenyir Elephant Village (KEV) located nearby at Temelong River. The eight elephants at the Village perform to visitors daily. Admission is RM30 per adult and RM15 per child.
As night fell, it was time to head back to the hotel, Primula Beach Resort, for a state-hosted official dinner, which was also attended by players of the tourism industry in both North America and Europe.
Graced by the Menteri Besar of Terengganu YAB Dato’ Haji Ahmad Razif bin Abd Rahman, who incidentally writes his own blog at ybrazif.blogspot.com, it was a formal function with guests dressed in their best batik.
That being the final night spent in Kuala Terengganu, the Medan delegates also networked with fellow guests from North America and Europe. Perhaps, there could be an avenue to work together?
Before leaving for Kuala Lumpur, and then Medan, the group made a city tour, visiting the Tengku Tengah Zaharah floating mosque, Noor Arfa Craft Complex (NACC), Turtle Alley, Kuala Terengganu Chinatown and Pasar Payang.
As you can see, most of these stops were for shopping! Terengganu batik, keropok lekor (fish crackers), longkong (fruit), you name it, they bought it!
Lunch was hosted by TH Hotel & Convention, after an obligatory hotel inspection. The hotel graciously presented a surprise birthday cake to Ibu Suci Mazira Karmen, who celebrated her 22nd birthday that day.
Zira is from the media and provided coverage on the delegation’s activities in Malaysia on Sindo Trijaya FM Radio.
Soon, it was time to leave for the Sultan Mahmud Airport, just 5 minutes’ drive from TH Hotel, to catch a flight to KLIA2, and henceforth home to Medan. After spending five days together, saying farewell was difficult.
Cliché as it may sound, “We met as strangers, and parted as friends.” Till we meet again, in Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu, Medan, or wherever our paths take us.
Event: Familiarisation Trip to Ipoh & Kuala Terengganu by Medan Delegates
Venue: Ipoh & Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Date: 8th – 12th October, 2014
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