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Cherating

The first club in South East Asia of Club Med is located in Cherating at the South China Sea. And because it's the first, they got the best spot, although the whole region has fine sandy beach.
After Club Med came the other resorts. like: the Legend, the Impiana Hotel, Holiday Villa and the Residence Inn. All of them are beautiful hotels/resorts. It's a mixture between traditional and modern resorts.
Cherating is situated 47 km from Kuantan. It is unique with its rustic atmosphere and warm hospitality of the village people.  Cherating also offers you the chance to shop for handicrafts and see cultural performances. Village maidens nimbly weave the pandanus leaves into mats, hats, bags, and other inexpensive lightweight souvenirs. Cultural shows include wayang kulit (shadow play) and silat (Malaysian art of self-defense).
Photo: Douwe van Essen
Cherating is approximately 47km north of Kuantan and 133km from Kuala Lumpur. There two ways of getting there - by air (to Kuantan, then taxi or bus) or by car.
It takes about 4 hours to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan using the inland Karak Highway and its another hour from Kuantan to Cherating. The drive alone is an interesting experience as you pass primary jungles, palm and rubber plantations, historic towns and quirky pit stops.
Cherating also offers you the chance to shop for handicrafts and see cultural performances. Village maidens nimbly weave the pandanus leaves into mats, hats, bags, and other inexpensive lightweight souvenirs. Cultural shows include wayang kulit (shadow play) and silat (Malaysian art of self-defense).
Photo: Douwe van Essen
Some excursions, that can be made:
  • to Kuantan, the capitol of the State of Pahang. Not far from the town center (only a few kilometers) is the beach of Teluk Chempedak. There's a beautiful promenade and some nice restaurants. There are also some excellent "food stalls". It's very pleasant to be there in the evening and they offer you a good meal.
  • Beserah is a fishing village about 10 km north of Kuantan. Beserah is noted for some of the best salted fish in the region. An unusual sight is the way Beserah fishermen utilize water buffaloes on the beach to transport baskets of fish from the boats to the processing centers. These water buffaloes are also used in the padi fields. Beserah has several batik factories and cottage industries which produce handicraft from sea shells and pandanus leaves.
    Please, ask in your hotel, what's the best time to go there the water buffaloes.
  • Lake Chini is a tranquil lake whose legend is similar the Loch Ness in Scotland. This magical lake is also home to rich biological resources of flora and aquatic vertebrates. The aborigines are very convinced that a dragon once lived in this mystical lake. You travel through quaint Malaysian villages and countryside to Lake Chini. Board small boats for a cruise down a stream canopied by century old rain forest trees. Cruise around the lake and take in the scenic views. 

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