Discovering Malaysia with your own (rented) car is highly recommanded because Malaysia is a very safe and pleasant country. Officially, you need an international drivers license, but it won't be a disaster if forgotten; you will still be able to rent and drive without any problems.
On the mainland near Pulau Kapas there is plenty to see. Along the coast of Terengganu are a string of fishing villages, where colourful handmade batik (cultural Malaysian clothing) can often be found.
A few of the most beautiful golf courses in the world are just a short drive away on the mainland. Take a day to play 18 holes by the seaside at Green Acres Golf Resort (previously called "Ibai") or at the Kuala Terrenganu Gold Resort.
Further inland you will find Lake Kenyir (Tasik Kenyir), situated only 55 km from Kuala Terengganu. Asia’s largest man made lake offers visitors great fishing and various nature-based activities. It's a perfect setting for jungle trekking or a relaxed swim at the waterfalls.
Terengganu, is perhaps most famous for its beautiful coral islands. Swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are all highly enjoyable. The island offers sightings of green turtles, squid, cuttlefish, nudibranchs, and much more. The Central Market, locally known as Pasar Payang (located by the Terengganu River), is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kuala Terengganu. The market offers a variety of traditional handcrafts such as batik, silk, and sonket.
It is also a popular location to purcahse fruits, vegetables and other fresh products such as fish and chicken.