Cherating

Cherating is located approx. 75 kilometers north of Kuantan. It is known as Asia’s first Club Mediterranee are excellent for a host of leisure activities, such as windsurfing, swimming, snorkelling and parasailing. Among the beach’s attractions is the rustic atmosphere in the kampungs, whose friendly people will usually play host to visitors. There are also a large number of backpackers visiting Cherating. Most guesthouses serve dinner for every guest at a fixed time. A nice way of meeting other travellers. The area is also known for the famous sea turtles.

The beach however is quite uneventful: shallow with the water at most of the times a little bit murky. Do not expect cristal clear water at the Malaysian east coast at all: Mangrove forests and logging in the main range leads to silting of rivers into the sea.

Cherating is also a good place to explore the surrounding area – it is not necessary to stay in Kuantan for that. There are a few travel agents around. Public transport is mediocre. Best way to explore the whole area is by your own car. Perhaps rent a car in KL and drive all the way. It is easy to drive in Malaysia.

Foremost among Cherating’s attractions is the rustic atmosphere and warm hospitality of the village folk who usually play host to its visitors. To enjoy this friendly environment, you can arrange to stay at an inexpensive village hut. Cherating also offers the opportunity to shop for souvenirs, and to see how village maidens weave pandanus leaves into mats, hats, bags and other handicrafts.

Close to Cherating, approximately one and a half kilometer away lies Chendor Beach. A favorite sunbathing spot noted for its seclusion, it is also home to Green turtles and the occasional Giant Leatherback turtle. To catch their annual migration, come between early July and September, when they swim ashore nightly to nest and lay their eggs. On the southeastern coast of Pahang, approximately 118 kilometers from Kuantan, is Lanjut Beach in Rompin. A golden stretch of sand, it has a host of recreational facilities, including scuba diving and swimming. For the golfer, one of the nest courses in the state can be found nearby, at the Lanjut Golden Beach Golf Resort. Visitors can also travel 65 kilometers form Lanjut to make a day trip to Endau-Rompin State Park. One of the oldest rainforest jungles in the world, it provides an intriguing glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Visitors to Cherating should make prior arrangements with the hotels for pick-up services at Kuantan Town or from the Airport. Traveling by taxi or self-drive car are the most practical modes of transportation to reach Lanjut.

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