Serving the city of Kuala Terengganu in the state of Terengganu in Malaysia, Sultan Mahmud Airport is a public airport owned by the Government of Malaysia. It is located in Kuala Nerus in Terengganu at the west side of Malaysia and is being operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. In 2008, the airport has handled over 480,000 passengers with its over 10,000 aircraft movements. The airport was named after Sultan Mahmud, the 16th Sultan of Terengganu. His complete name was Almarhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah and has ruled the city for two decades from 1978 to 1998.
Where to go
The Terangganu State Museum will show you the city’s history, culture, and tradition. This is the place where visitors can see local folks housed in very nice buildings. Walking the streets and experiencing the locals’ way of life will help create a more meaningful visit to the city. Have a taste of local delicacies by visiting Kuala Terengganu Chinatown. It depicts a noticeable collection of old Chinese buildings that houses cheap yet cosy restaurants that cooks tasty local cuisines. The Taman Tamadun Islam is a newly-completed recreational park built in the Islamic fashion. It is located near the state museum and houses world-renowned Islamic landmarks in miniature models. Because of this collection, the place is also labelled the Mini Europe of Terengganu. Another interesting place to visit in Terengganu is the Masjid Terapung or “The Floating Mosque”. About 10 kilometres from the town centre, you will find this attractive sight planted in the middle of the man-made lake that flows from the Ibai river.
Malaysia Airlines, the flag carrier airline of Malaysia, has codeshare agreements with numerous airlines from various destinations around the globe. This makes the city a good jumping off point to international destinations like Indonesia. Malaysia’s neighbouring Southeast Asian country, Indonesia is a country rich in natural beauty and scenic views. If you’re up for nature adventures, the Baliem Valley is a great trekking site while the Borobudur houses one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. The Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park offers some of the scariest volcanic scenery of the planet while Bunaken provides visitors with the most beautiful marine life that’s perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. The forest of Sumatra can be explored by going to the Kerinci Seblat National Park which also serves as home to tigers, elephants, and humongous rafflesia flowers, among others. Ready for that more relaxed and laid-back trip? Go to Lombok, a popular island off the east of Bali.
For long haul flights, Jordan may be an interesting destination to fly to from Malaysia. Jordan is a country in the Middle East and is divided into four regions: Northern Jordan, King’s Highway, Eastern Desert, and the Southern Desert. Each of the regions offers unique attractions that will make your visit worthwhile. The Dana Nature Reserve is great for hiking in an offshoot of the Great Rift and will give you a full body workout as you marvel at the natural beauty of the place. The world-renowned Dead Sea can also be found in Jordan. It is the lowest point on earth as well as the most saline sea in the world. When in the Dead Sea, throw all of your fears of drowning away because you will definitely float even when you’re the worst swimmer in the world. Travel back in time and visualise the baptism of Jesus Christ when you visit Bethany beyond the Jordan River also known as Bethabara.
How to get out
Sultan Mahmud Airport is a public domestic airport that services AirAsia, Firefly, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, and Sriwijaya Air. These airlines connect the city to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, which connects passengers to numerous international destinations.
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