Friday 4 October 2013

Malaysia: A Getaway to Cherating, Pahang - The Itinerary

Last week I joined a 3D/2N media familiarisation trip to The Legend Resort, Cherating, a beach resort located some 3 hours drive away from Kuala Lumpur. Located in the east coast state of Pahang, Cherating is well known for its long sandy beach and used to be a very popular destination in the years gone by. Things however changed in the late 1990s following the Asian financial crisis that was happening then. The trip was part of the efforts by the resort, together with Tourism Malaysia and Santai Travel Magazine to help showcase what Cherating has to offer to holidaymakers and tourists alike and at the same time help revive the local tourism industry in the area, especially with the upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2014 next year.

So did I come away from the trip impressed with what Cherating has to offer? The short answer is a resounding "Yes".  

Over the next few blog posts, I'd be sharing some of the attractions that can be found in Cherating which should make it not just a nice weekend beach getaway but also a getaway with a lot of varieties to offer from eco-tourism perspective. First, however, I'd like to share a sample itinerary which has been adapted based on what we did during the recent trip there.

Itinerary:3 Days and 2 Nights

Day 1Afternoon
+ Arrive in The Legend Resort, Cherating for check-in and lunch
+ Visit Cherating Turtle Sanctuary for a tour and maybe an opportunity to release hatchlings to the sea
+ Engage in beach and other activities, e.g. ATV rides, swimming, archery, cycling, etc.

+ Early dinner
+ Visit Hafiz Firefly Tour for a firefly tour along Cherating River

Day 2Morning
+ Breakfast
+ Visit Hafiz Firefly Tour again for Mangrove River Cruise
+ Visit Kuala Kemaman in the neighbouring state of Terengganu for keropok lekor making demonstration and maybe to buy some keropok ikan (fish crackers) and keropok lekor too

+ Lunch
+ Join a 3-hour batik painting class, batik at Limbong Art, Cherating
+ Engage in beach and other activities, e.g. ATV rides, swimming, archery, cycling, etc.

+ Early dinner
+ Turtle Watching Tour with Pak Su to see turtles laying eggs (Nesting season is from April to Aug/Sept)

Day 3Morning
+ Breakfast
+ Free & Easy until check-out time.

Further Information:

The Legend Resort, Cherating
Lot 1290, Mukim Sungai Karang, Cherating, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang DM
Toll Free: 1800 88 8866; Tel.: +60 9 581 9818; Fax: +60 9 581 9400
reservation@legendresort.com.my | Website | Facebook

Turtle Sanctuary & Information Center, Balok, Cherating, 
26050 Kuantan, Pahang DM
Tel.: +60 9 581 9087

Hafiz’s Cherating Activities (Fireflies Watching and Mangrove River Cruise), Mohd Hafiz Abdul Majid,
7/1156, Kg. Cherating Lama, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang DM
Tel.: +60 17 978 9256 / +60 17 940 6898
kohafiz@gmail.com | Website

Keropok Cap Intan (Fried Fritters a.k.a. Keropok Lekor) Rohani binti Awang @ Mamat
Lot 301 Hadapan Masjid Kuala Kemaman, 24000 Kemaman, Terengganu

Limbong Art, Mazlan & Umie, 2/1000 Kg. Cherating Lama, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang DM (Location is not far from Hafiz’s Cherating Activities above)

Pak Su (for Turtle Watching Tour)
Tel.: +60 13 906 4828 / +60 17 927 9678

Photos from the trip can be found on Ramble and Wander Facebook page

My appreciation and thanks go to The Legend Resort, CheratingGrand Seasons Hotel, Kuala LumpurTourism MalaysiaSantai Travel Magazine and Anthony Clement for the opportunity and arrangement to be part of  'Sahabat Media Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia' programme to Cherating, Pahang.

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Comments and feedback are always appreciated. So do leave one or two if you have the time. Thank you!

  1. I got the invitation for this trip, but can't make it
    need to plan and pay a visit in future

    1. Aiseh! Sayangnya but I do think you should if you have the chance to go there. Something different for a change - esp. the Turtle Sanctuary,mangrove river cruise and the unique ability of the owner of the boat tour, Hafiz, to call out to fireflies to come over to the boat :-)

    2. Fireflies watch was awesome :)

  2. I haven't started writing yet and have been to The Jewel of Kedah for 3D2N. I have to start somewhere! ;-)

  3. The fireflies and baby turtles are the highlights for me...

    1. In addition to that, it's the swimming pool for me, lol ;-)

    2. yeah, fahd told me u guys went swimming. cisss. hehehe

    3. Hahaha! Eh! But where did you guys go that afternoon? Doing archery?

    4. lepak kat bilik for a while when it was raining...then when it stopped, we went for archery...
      too bad we missed out the ATV...

    5. Aiseh! I imagine doing the ATV stuff is more fun when it's raining ;-)

  4. wahh pantas! mine baru nak keluar minggu depan

    1. Heheh! Slow-slow. Kalau ikutkan, rancangannya ada 4 lagi write up. Itu rancangannya lah, belum confirmed lagi, haha ;-)

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