Experience Culture at Terrapuri Heritage Village, Penarik – What’s Cool? What’s Not?

What the experience is all about

Get transported back in time at Terrapuri (The Land Of Palaces), a conservation and restoration project of the Terengganu Classic Malay House. It features 29 antique wooden homes that are each a century old or more. The layout of the resort is inspired by the 17th century Palace of Terengganu and its surrounding areas.

Terrapuri Heritage Village is a boutique resort. Constructed without nails, each villa in the resort is a fine example of traditional Terengganu architecture. Featuring sea, pool or garden views, they come with a wooden bathtub, private veranda and rainforest shower.

The resort boasts scenic views of the South China Sea and Setiu Wetlands. It is a 5-minute drive from a turtle sanctuary and a fishing village. It is about an hour’s drive from Lake Kenyir and a 20-minute boat ride from Bidung Island.

Beautiful Malay architecture at Terrapuri Heritage Village
Beautiful Malay architecture at Terrapuri Heritage Village [Source: Terrapuri]

What You Get

Available lodging options: Very beautifully constructed antique kampung villas

Bathroom options: All villas come with attached bathrooms

Cheapest option: RM439 /room/night (2 pax) in a Superior Room (includes breakfast)

Most expensive option: RM1199 /night (2 pax) in a Super Grand Deluxe Room (includes breakfast)

Meal arrangements: Meals are served at the Sesayap Courtyard – a Malay palace style courtyard garden. Rates for lunch and dinner are RM65 and RM75 respectively.

Meals at Sesayap Courtyard - a Malay palace style courtyard garden
Traditional local meals at Sesayap Courtyard – a Malay palace style courtyard garden [Source: Terrapuri]

Day trips available: Yes

What can we do there? Beach activities, kayak, scuba dive, pool, rent a bicycle to visit the area, visit nearby turtle sanctuary, cruise around Setiu wetlands, firefly cruise, spa


What people love: Perfect way to disconnect, unique, beautiful lodging, traditional architecture, very clean, modern amenities, infinity pool, surrounded by nature, great staff, beautiful beach, laid back village setting, extremely relaxing, star gazing, fishing

Beautiful beach at Terrapuri Heritage Village
Beautiful beach at Terrapuri Heritage Village [Source: Terrapuri]

What people wish were different: Limited alcohol served, limited English spoken by staff, could do with a bit more maintenance, mediocre and expensive dining experience (limited menu), slightly pricey, nothing much within walking distance, beach full of flies in the mornings, mosquitoes, car required (if looking to have meals out)

Experience levels if you go for the most basic option shown in table below:

Adventure LevelMinimum
Nature ImmersionMedium
Cultural ImmersionMedium
Relaxation LevelMaximum
Roughing itMinimum
Suitable for young children?Yes, absolutely!
Mobile connectivityLimited to None – You’ll actually have to *gasp*…talk

Location & Contact

Location: Kampung Mangkuk Penarik, 22120 Kampong Mangkok, Terengganu

URL: www.terrapuri.com

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