Kuantan Trip 1 – 3 Oct 2008

Posted: September 3, 2009 in Travel

It was Annabelle’s one year old birthday during our trip to Kuantan, Cherating. So happened that it was a Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays, and Alvin had some chit chatting with his boss, Lim, one of the day and suggested to go to Kuantan to spend the holidays there, as his another boss, Chow’s family also stayed at Kuantan. Thus, four families including Lim’s, Lim’s sister, Lim’s close friend Jack and ourselves went to Cherating together.

Cherating

Cherating is located about 50 kilometres north of Kuantan, nestling on the Terengganu-Pahang border and fronting the South Chine Sea . Here, wide gently sloping sandy beaches extend as far as the eyes can see and it is a perfect place for a quiet holiday. Cherating was discovered in the 1950s, by backpackers who stayed at guesthouses and wooden huts among the coconut groves by the sea. Today, there are world-class hotels and chalets, including the world renowned Club Mediterranean, Holiday Villa, Legend Resorts, etc. We stayed at Sanctuary Resort and took a 3 room apartment, about RM 540 per night, considered worthy as 4 families.

DSC04223 Once we reached there, we were eagerly began our vacation by strolling along the white sandy beach. A walk on the beach will offer opportunity to collect beautiful seashells and find tiny crabs struggling to find out their way out of the sand. We had our lunch at a Chinese restaurant by the seaside, whereby there were a lot of cheap and budgeted chalets surrounded the areas, but the cleanliness there is a hmmm….Then, we went back to hotel to swim at the resort swimming pool.

For thrill seekers, challenge the wind that rides the waves by going windsurfing. You can also try snorkelling to view the beautiful underwater corals and sea life. Of course, we are not the types as all of us have children from 1 year old to 10 years old, not suitable for underwater activities.

We had our dinner in our apartment as Chow’s family arrived bringing a lot of fresh vegetables, meats, seafood, fish balls, beers, etc… We had our steamboat. Actually, we thought that we would have a good holiday at Cherating, eventually the next day we knew that there were a lot of mosquitoes, and bite Lim’s sister family; besides, Lim’s wife also did not like the place so we have to change our hotel to Kuantan Seri Malaysia. At least, nearer to the Teluk Cempedak.

Kuantan

DSC04227 Teluk Cempedak, literally translated as ‘Jackfruit Bay’, is like Pahang’s very own Californian boardwalk, which is a favourite to the locals. Located just 5km from Kuantan, it is an enclosed bay, suitable for water sports like swimming, surfing, sun-bathing, sailing, and jet skiing. Along the beach lines pine trees and provide great spots for picnics or merely just sitting around enjoying the view. There are even rocky capes with the South China Sea waves lapping against it; perfect private corners for friends and couples who would like a little more space to themselves.

About 5km away on either side of Teluk Cempedak are the fishing villages of Tanjung Api and Beserah. On a good day, you can see fisherman out at sea on their tooting boats, waiting for the catch of the day.

P1010165 At the seafront, numerous restaurants and food stalls serve a wide variety of food and beverage for your day out at Teluk Cempedak. There is even a McDonald’s drive-thru! There are also stalls set up selling trinkets for little kids to be happy with for the day at the beach with their mommies and daddies. We did not join them for the swim but just sitting aside.

Take a stroll on the wooden walkway that connects Teluk Cempedak to Teluk Pelindung nearby, where waves crash up on the rock promontories there. As the name suggested (pelindung means ‘protector’ in Malay), it is a private bay away from the more bustling Teluk Cempedak. Families and friends can have their own private picnics there, and going for dips in the waters.

The nearby jungle area provides a quick introduction to Malaysia’s flora and fauna, with a few different

species of plant life, insects and other small animals inhabiting the limited space. Beware of the macaques, as they can be quite a nuisance!

On the second night, we went for our dinner near Kuantan town which Chow brought us, good food, but I forgot the stall name. And, shopping of course!

Source from www.virtualmalaysia.com & www.cuti.com.my

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