Top 10 places you can visit or must do in Setiu Terengganu

Terengganu hosts one of the best islands in Malaysia coupled with surrounding nature that attracts millions of tourists each year. Our travel expert guide shortlists the top 10 places that you should visit in Setiu, Terengganu in 2024.

 1. Setiu Wetlands


Setiu Wetlands, the largest natural wetland on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast, is a treasure trove of biodiversity and unique landscapes. This expansive wetland, covering over 23,000 hectares in Terengganu, features nine interconnected ecosystems: river, lake, lagoon, beach, sea, mudflats, coastal forest, mangroves, and sand islands.

Setiu Wetlands is a place to visit if you are in Terengganu as this natural ecosystem supports local livelihoods through aquaculture, including grouper and oyster farming, as well as traditional industries like budu production and fishing boat-making. 

Visitors can explore a rich array of wildlife, including mud crabs, oysters, clams, mussels, turtles, river terrapins, and diverse plant species. The area’s pristine habitats provide perfect settings for both nature enthusiasts and photographers. And the best part of Setiu Wetland it is free to visit. Just make sure you dress appropriately before coming.

Suitable For: Adults, Children above 3, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Appropriate and comfortable clothing for water activities, hat and sunglasses, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water bottle

Fee: Free

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 29.6 km

2. Setiu Boardwalk


Embark on a boat cruise to the Setiu Boardwalk, where a brief stroll will bring you closer to the mangrove forests. A 500-foot bridge weaves through the mangroves, offering an up-close view of this unique ecosystem. 

Setiu Boardwalk is ideal if you love nature, or a light hiking in Terengganu. This is a home of diverse marine life, including lesser-known reefs, shrubs, and marine plants.

Conservation efforts by local authorities and community members in Setiu help preserve this natural habitat, making it one of the best well-preserved places for naturists in Terengganu. Informative displays along the pedestrian bridge enhance the visitor experience, and access is free of charge.

Suitable For: Adults, Children above 3, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Appropriate and comfortable clothing for water activities, hat and sunglasses, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water bottle

Fee: Free

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 29.6 km

3. Rumah Botol

Photo Credit: UNDP Nature, oonaelias


Rumah Botol (Bottle House) in Kampung Penarik, Setiu, has become a must-visit destination if you are in Terengganu.Owned by Tengku Mohd Ali, affectionately known as ‘Ayahku’ or ‘Tokki,’ this unique gallery showcases over 7,000 bottles collected over the years. Each bottle has its own story, including one with a letter in Korean believed to have floated in the sea for 14 years.

The vibrant, rainbow-painted Rumah Botol is visually captivating and highly ‘instagrammable,’ drawing visitors from near and far, making it one of the best IG-worthy places in Terengganu.

Rumah Botol is not just a place to admire an eclectic bottle collection but also an educational hub promoting conservation and environmental cleanliness. It offers a meaningful experience, merging art, history, and environmental awareness in a visually stunning setting.

This is the closest attraction from KatSetiu Villas, which is merely 11.7km away (8 mins drive).

Suitable For: Adults, Children above 3, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes

Fee: Free

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 11.7 km

4.Ulu Kasar Waterfall & Blue Lagoon


Nestled in the natural beauty of Terengganu, the Ulu Kasar Waterfall and Blue Lagoon offer a tranquil escape for nature lovers and adventurers alike. The Ulu Kasar Waterfall, with its cascading waters and lush surroundings, provides a perfect setting for relaxation and exploration. Visitors can enjoy the refreshing waters, picturesque scenery, and serene atmosphere.

Nearby, the Blue Lagoon boasts crystal-clear waters that are ideal for swimming and picnicking. Its stunning blue hues and calm environment make it a popular spot for families and travelers seeking a peaceful retreat. The natural beauty of the lagoon, combined with the soothing sounds of the waterfall, creates an idyllic getaway. Whether you’re looking to unwind in nature, take a refreshing dip, or simply enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, Ulu Kasar Waterfall and Blue Lagoon are must-visit destinations in Terengganu.

Suitable For: Adults, Children above 3, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Appropriate and comfortable clothing for water activities, hiking boots / trail run shoes / sports shoes

Fee: RM100 per person (guided tour/ full day)

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 37.5 km

5. Masjid Kayu Ulul Albab


Discover Masjid Ulul Albab in Jerteh, Terengganu, a masterpiece of traditional Malay architecture and craftsmanship. Opened by Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin in 2012, this mosque stands out with its unique design featuring intricate Malay carvings and distinctive hip roofs, inspired by Masjid Kampung Laut and Kelantanese traditional houses. The mosque includes a main prayer hall, a library, a dining area, and separate ablution facilities, all adorned with elaborate woodwork and traditional motifs.

Masjid Ulul Albab is not only a place of worship but also a symbol of Terengganu’s thriving traditional woodcarving industry. Its beautiful architecture, characterized by songket motifs, floral carvings, and a high hip roof with clay tiles, makes it a must-visit destination for those appreciating Malay heritage and craftsmanship.

Suitable For: Adults, Children, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Modest and comfortable outfit

Fee: Free

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 57 km

6. Surau Kayu Langgar Rindu

Photo Credit: Ryzal Hakimm, Syazrin Yazid


Discover the enchanting Langgar Rindu Surau, located in Kampung Rhu Tapai, Terengganu. This distinctive place of worship is crafted from discarded tembusu wood and 300-year-old chengal wood, giving it a classic and rustic appeal. Built by Abdul Karim Embong through his hard work and spontaneous design, this surau offers a timeless, inviting atmosphere for visitors in Terengganu.

Though still deemed as “work in progress” due to limited funds by the owner, Langgar Rindu Surau has already attracted many travelers and local tourists. Open to visitors for free at any time, it provides a serene and unique experience, blending traditional Terengganu craftsmanship with natural tropical design language.

Spending your time admiring this little charm places Langgar Rindu Surau as a must-visit place in Terengganu offering a unique Instagrammable spot due to its rustic organic architecture design.

Suitable For: Adults, Children and Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Modest (long pants, scarf) and comfortable outfit

Fee: Free

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 14.4 km

7. Pantai Penarik

Photo Credit: PetitGo, Lifestyle Asia


Penarik Beach is one of Malaysia’s top ‘instagrammable’ destinations in Terengganu along side Bari Beach, renowned for its stunning sea views and rows of picturesque coconut trees along the coast. Visitors can enjoy activities such as swimming, picnicking with family and friends, photography, and cycling with the beautiful beach and coconut trees as a backdrop.

As a popular filming location, Penarik Beach is often featured in movies and dramas, especially for its charming fishing villages that reflect authentic Terengganu coastal lifestyle.

Seafood enthusiasts will love the local cuisine, including the famous ‘celup tepung’ dishes available at many coastal restaurants along the Penarik Beach area. This 6km serene beach stretch, dotted with swaying coconut trees and rustic fishing kampungs, stretches for miles.

From the shore, you can admire Bidong and Redang Islands, easily reachable by a short boat ride from Merang Jetty. Experience the tranquil beauty and natural splendor of Penarik Beach, a highlight of Terengganu’s coastline.

Suitable For: Adults, Children, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Casual outfit, hats and sunglasses, sandals or flip-flops, sunscreen

Fee: Free

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 6.2 km

8. Hiking Bukit Keluang

Photo Credit: heartpatrick, Nadzli Azlan


Bukit Keluang (Keluang Hill) in Terengganu offers an unforgettable coastal adventure with stunning panoramic vistas of the South China Sea, Redang and Perhentian islands. Hiking to the top of Bukit Keluang is one of the amazing things you can do in Terengganu if you love hiking whilst admiring breathtaking views of nearby islands.

Accessible via three trailheads, hikers can enjoy a unique journey along wooden walkways built on rocky cliffs, passing by sea caves inhabited by bats.

At the summit, a shelter awaits, providing the perfect spot to rest and take in the mesmerizing views. The descent, though steep, adds to the thrill of the hike. This moderately challenging 2.3-km loop trail starting at Kampung Raja is popular for birding, hiking, and running, offering a picturesque experience year-round.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or adventure seeker, Bukit Keluang promises an unforgettable coastal escapade in Setiu, Terengganu.

Suitable For: Healthy Adults, Fitness Enthusiasts, Naturists, Trail Runners

Things To Bring/Wear: Sports attire, hat and sunglasses, trail running shoes / jogging shoes, sunscreen, water bottle

Fee: Free

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 53.7 km

9. BBQ/Dinner by the beach


Experience the epitome of seaside luxury with Katsetiu Villas’ private sunset BBQ on the Bari beach in Terengganu. This Pantai Bari (Bari Beach) is one of the best places to visit in Terengganu due to the tranquility it offers, away from crowded touristy restaurants and cafes.

Tailor the evening to celebrate special occasions like honeymoons, proposals, anniversaries, or birthdays, as our chef grills up tasty delights alongside a variety of sides and refreshing drinks. Enjoy a secluded and private dining experience with stunning ocean views framed by swaying coconut trees, creating the perfect backdrop for relaxation and culinary delight.

Gather your loved ones for an unforgettable evening by the sea, savoring freshly grilled seafood and local delicacies as the sun dips below the horizon. With personalized service and a tranquil atmosphere, this private BBQ promises to be a memorable occasion for all. Book your experience today and create lasting memories on the shores of Terengganu’s beautiful beaches with KatSetiu.

Suitable For: Adults, Children, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Casual outfit, sandals or flip-flops

Fee: – Adult: RM150 nett per person, Child: RM75 nett per person (Min 2 persons)

Note: Dinner or BBQ by the beach is allowed during certain seasons; however, some beaches may not allow it due to the turtle-hatching seasons between March and October.

10. Snorkelling at Redang Island

Photo Credit: Redang Island


Embark on an exclusive underwater adventure with premium Snorkeling Packages, offered by KatSetiu Villas. Dive into the crystal-clear turquoise waters of Redang Island and explore vibrant marine life in absolute seclusion.

The packages cater to both seasoned snorkelers and first-timers, offering personalized excursions guided by expert instructors. Enjoy private boat transfers, tailored snorkeling trips, and luxurious beachfront accommodations, ensuring an unparalleled tropical getaway.

Discover hidden snorkeling gems with knowledgeable tour guides, immersing yourself in Redang’s pristine coral reefs. Indulge in the ultimate aquatic experience, where luxury meets adventure, with KatSetiu Villas’ Redang Island Snorkeling Packages. Unforgettable moments await in the lap of underwater indulgence.

Suitable For: Adults, Children, Senior Citizens

Things To Bring/Wear: Appropriate and comfortable clothing for water activities, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water bottle

Fee: RM1500 (Per charter up to 12-person)

Distance from Katsetiu Villas: 29.1 km (by boat)