Things to do in Cherating

Let us continue from our previous post. It’s been quite a while. As mentioned previously, there’s a lot to explore in Cherating. We were definitely wrong at the first place. It’s just not a beautiful beach lies along the stunning coastline, but it’s more than that. It was found to be convenient as a weekend and  short getaway too as it’s much closer to the Kuala Lumpur city centre with just a 3 hours drive. If you are happened to be in Cherating and plan for a holiday trip soon, this is definitely what you can do and explore in Cherating. So, let’s go!

Turtle Sanctuary and Information Centre

With a vast coastline facing the South China Sea, Pahang regulary sees turtles to land and nest in various location of the local beaches. One of it is in Cherating, Pahang and to be exact, along Pantai Chendor. Therefore, it was found that there is a needs and concern of preserving the turtle population as it was one of the endangered species. The centre was actually operated as a small hatchery place in 1972 and it was then officially open to public in 1988 in order to educate locals on the importance of the conservation programme. It was fully managed by the Department of Fisheries Malaysia together with the Pahang State Government as a center to provide turtle protection and conservation programme.  Some of the main activities carried out by the center which includes a collection of turtle eggs and relocation of the eggs as part of the turtle hatching programme.

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You can spotted the turtle hatchery area just right by the beach. This is where the eggs are kept in the incubation period of 50 to 60 days and monitored around the clock by the management.

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The cute baby turtles

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Pantai Chendor

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We were informed that we will experience releasing the baby turtles to the sea too! Priceless moment for us as this is our first experience releasing baby turtles to open sea. As mentioned to us, only a small numbers of turtles could survive to become an adult turtle based on studies and research by the center. If you’re in Cherating, you should do this and experience it once in a lifetime.

Be safe baby turtle. Be strong!

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If you are a turtle lover, this is the place to visit and shall not be missed! Not to forget, do enjoy a short video by Ashraf Saharudin on a live shot of turtle watching and conversation programme.

Additional Information:
Admission Fee – Free (But please donate to the center for the conversation programme)
Address – 26050 Balok, Cherating, Kuantan, Pahang.
Contact No – 09-581 9087
Visiting Hours – 9.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday), 9.00am to 12.00pm and 3.00pm to 5.30pm (Friday). The centre is closed on Mondays.

Hafiz Friendly Fireflies Watch

We managed to join the Hafiz’s fireflies tour on the mangrove river and we got blown away by it! Hafiz itself is a very informative and knowledgeable guide. You’ll be impressed to see how the fireflies come from right to left and left to right when Hafiz is calling with his torches and hand motions. It was once in a life time experience under million of stars light up the sky. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to capture the moment with a flash light as we’ve been reminded earlier that it will be distracting the fireflies to draw nearer. Just sit back and enjoy the mother nature. We were informed that the fireflies species in Cherating river is slightly different from the fireflies species in Kuala Selangor as Kuala Selangor has 4 types of fireflies.

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Additional Information:

Address – 7/1156 Kg. Cherating, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang
Contact No – 017- 978 9256 / 017 – 940 6898
Blog – http://hafizcheratingactivities.blogspot.com

Cherating Mangrove River Cruise

On the next day, we hopped in the boat again to explore the Cherating River, the same river that we went to catch the fireflies trip. During day time, it’s best to explore the nature and wildlife in their natural habitat. You can actually spotted some wildlife such as monkeys, snakes, monitor lizards, kingfishers and others.

Cruising the Cherating River

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Capturing the moments

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Be mesmerized with the nature

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We spotted ‘Pakcik’ catching ‘ketam nipah’. He managed to catch a few of it. Just his lucky day.

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Catch a video by BeatTV on the Cherating Mangrove River Cruise taken during our recent trip.

Experience Batik Painting at Limbong Art

While you were in Cherating, you can actually learn the art of batik painting at one of the stalls which is Limbong Art. It was managed by such a lovely couple, Abang Mazlan and Kak Umi. We were given an explanation on the process of ‘Batik’ making. They even provide a ‘Batik’ painting lesson for those who are interested and keen to learn with a very affordable price ranging from RM 35 to RM 75.

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Additional Information:
Operating Hours – 10.00 am to 10.00 pm, daily
Address – 2/1000 Kampung Cherating Lama, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang

Keropok Cap Intan

After quite sometimes exploring all the activities of the day, our stomach growling asking to be feed. We were then brought to try one of the most famous local delicacies in the East Coast which is the ‘keropok lekor’. What make us surprise is when the bus stopped at a shop which look very familiar to us as our families often bought it from here.  They served the best ‘keropok lekor’ in town.

‘Keropok lekor’ is a fish sausages made from a fish meat blended with sago flour and other essential spices. This will be rolled into small sausages and fried or steamed based on our preferences. They even sell fish crackers too.

‘Keropok lekor’ in the making.

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The drying process of fish crackers under the sun

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The prepack fish crackers

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The dipping sauce. Must have!

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Additional Information:
Contact No. – 09 – 868 4678 (Puan Rohani binti Awang @ Mamat)
Location – Kg. Kuala Kemaman, Kemaman, Terengganu

Besides all the activities listed, you can actually explore more in other kind of activities such as snorkelling trip, deep-sea fishing trip, river kayaking, wind surfing, surf boarding and others. We really look forward to come back to the calm and serene Cherating soon.

Our compliments goes to M-Mode Berhad, The Legend Resort Cherating, Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Tourism Malaysia, Pahang Tourism and Santai Travel Magazine for organizing and inviting us to the ‘Sahabat Media Cuti – Cuti 1 Malaysia to Cherating, Kuantan, Pahang’.

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

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The Legend Resort Cherating

Last September, we were given a chance to join a Media Familiarization trip jointly organized by Tourism Malaysia, Santai Travel Magazine as well as The Legend Resort Cherating to Cherating, Pahang aiming to promote the popular beach resort area on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia destination in conjunction of the upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2014. Cherating is basically located 40 km away from Kuantan Town and it is also called as the ‘Surfers Paradise’. Cherating is one of the only beaches in Peninsular Malaysia offering a good waves for surfing in the monsoon season. The 3 days and 2 nights stay was a courtesy by The Legend Resort Cherating.

What was our first impression when we first step in to the hotel? The answer is – It’s a family oriented resort which offers a whole range of activities.

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A unique sea view grand deluxe room (with a private balcony) that we had throughout the stay. We were told that it was newly renovated. Lucky us! The room are equipped with facilities includes minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, hot and cold water, a flat screen TV and etc. In overall, everything are in place perfectly!

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One of the thing that caught our eyes is definitely the big swimming pool at the resort. This is one of the best things that a beach resort could offered. There are 2 large swimming pools up to 6 ft deep and a children’s pool which provide endless hours of fun for the whole family. Kids would love this! The landscape of tropical plants surrounding the pool add the signature of the resort as well.

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Apart of the swimming pools, visitors will not only enjoy the refreshing breeze of the South China Sea and sound of the waves, but they could enjoy a wide range of activities around the resort. Not far from the swimming pool, there is a small booth of Mizi Watersport hosting adventurous activities such as All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) jungle trekking ride, snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, banana boat, island trip, fishing trip and etc with such a reasonable rates. What a resort by the beach without any water sport activities right? We managed to try the AT  ride!  Amazing! Worth trying!

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Both ATV and scrambler ride will bring you to the nearest fisherman village. And from here, you can actually witness and get a glimpse of the daily life in the fisherman village, if you’re just lucky enough.

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On the next day, we woke up as early as in the morning since we really wanted to witness the beautiful sunrise by the beach. The shy sun is just started to make their appearance of the day.

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The amazing view of sunrise by the beach
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All the delicious foods of breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet spread were well served at the Coconut Grove Coffee House through out the trip. All room booking are including the complimentary breakfast ranging from local to continental dishes.

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Well, the resort could also catered to all your request by having a candle light dinner by the beach or pools. This is what you’re getting if you wanted to have a romantic getaway here in the resort.
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On the last night of the trip, the host treated us with a dinner by the beach. Oh ya, it’s a ‘Pirate Night’ theme!

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In overall, being part of the media trip was such an amazing experience for us. The Legend Resort Cherating has lots to offer from being an ideal spot for a family retreat, a romantic getaway or mix of business and leisure in the heart of Cherating, Pahang. What are you guys waiting for?

Additional information:

Effective from 1st August 2013, the resort introduce weekly shuttle service (via van) between The Legend Resort Cherating and Grand Season Hotel Kuala Lumpur from both destination every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with a transfer rate of RM 90.00 per person / per way (subject to a minimum of 2 person per way). This is definitely a great news if you in tend not to drive to Cherating, Pahang.

The Legend Cherating Beach Resort,
Lot 1290, Mukim Sungai Karang,
Cherating, 26080 Kuantan,
Pahang Darul Makmur,
Malaysia.
Toll Free: 1800 88 8866
Tel: (6) (09) 581 9818
Fax: (6) (09) 581 9400
Website: http://www.legendresort.com.my/
E-mail: reservation@legendresort.com.my

Kuala Lumpur Sales Office
No. 72, Jalan Pahang
50300 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
E-mail: klsales@legendresort.com.my

Our compliments goes to M-Mode Berhad, The Legend Resort Cherating, Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Tourism Malaysia, Pahang Tourism and Santai Travel Magazine for organizing and inviting us to the ‘Sahabat Media Cuti – Cuti 1 Malaysia to Cherating, Kuantan, Pahang’.

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Homestay Kampung Peruas – Part 2

On our second day there, we woke up to the sounds of the rushing water of the river. We then headed to our initial plan by the organiser which is the ‘Rafflesia Walk View’. Again, we jumped into a back portion of a pick up truck.  As mentioned, the discovery of the Rafflesia flower (which is the biggest flower in the world) have made Kampung Peruas famous of activities related to the research and recreational. There are two species which are ‘Rafflesia Centleyii’ and ‘Rafflesia Azlanii’.

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Let’s the journey begin!
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The overall view.
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A short jungle trekking are required to get to the place. So, do wear proper shoes and comfortable clothes!
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Finally, things that we’re waiting for!
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Unfortunately, it’s just not our luck this time around. We didn’t have the chance to see the blooming Rafflesia. InsyaAllah, perhaps next time! Not much regret since this is definitely our first time to see the real Rafflesia. Seeing the ‘Baby Rafflesia’ was an amazing opportunities not to be missed.

Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It contains approximately 28 species (including four incompletely characterized species as recognized by Willem Meijer in 1997), all found in southeastern Asia, on the Malay PeninsulaBorneoSumatraThailand and the Philippines.

Source: Wikipedia

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Some wild mushrooms in the jungle.
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Next was the ‘Bunga Kantan’ or the Torch Ginger orchard. For real, that was our first time and we bet to the rest of the teams as well! ‘Bunga Kantan’ is in the ginger family and has a very aromatic smell. It is usually used in Assam Laksa, Kerabu and other type of cooking. It can grow several meter in height.

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In overall, this is one kind of place that you could spend with your family and even friends. But, the only negative things about this place is that there’s no 3G connection and WiFi. We tried hard checking out the connection and end up looking like a ‘3G Connection Freak’. Hope it will improved in the future.

For more info on Homestay in Kampung Peruas, Ulu Dong, Raub

Homestay Coordinator :
En. Amran bin Hj. Husin
Tel: 011-11024660
E-mail: amranhusin@gmail.com
Website: Homestay Kampung Peruas,  Kompac Chekas,

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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Homestay Kampung Peruas – Part 1

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

We finally reached Homestay Kg. Peruas after an hour journey from Kuala Medang, Kuala Lipis. Kampung Peruas is actually a traditional village situated in Sub-district of Ulu Dong, Raub, Pahang with a distance of approximately 36km from Bandar Raub and the nearest town is the town of Dong located 18km away. As for this programme, we are going to stay in Kompleks Pelancongan Homestay Pulau Chekas (KOMPAC) run by the JKKK.

We’ve mentioned in the earlier post that a homestay programme gives tourists the opportunity to stay with a chosen family, interact and experience the daily life of their homestay family and learn the culture and lifestyle of the rural community in Malaysia and it definitely cannot be classified as a lodging facility. So, you might wonder that what are we doing here in KOMPAC. As for information, the same coordinator / organization organized the homestay programme in Kampung Peruas and this chalet is a newly option that they offered to all visitors. You can even opt to stay with foster family as well. The choice is all yours!

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Check out the room!
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Tea time! We got a chance to try new local dishes. Oh my, we definitely missed the ‘Ubi Rebus with Gula Kabung’ and ‘Pisang Wap’ at this point of time. Amazing!

‘Ubi Rebus with Gula Kabung’
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‘Pisang Wap’ made from pisang sematu. It’s not compulsary to use this type of banana, but as mentioned by local, it’s the best! They even demonstrated on how to cook this.

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Room CHECK! Tea time CHECK! So, it’s time for Kampung Tour. First stop – we visited the biggest chalet in Kampung Peruas which is Chemerkau Chekas Chalet owned by Haji Mustapha. You can even organised family day, team building and etc since they provide basic facilities such as multipurpose hall, dining hall, surau, activities such as flying fox and others. Eventually, the owner was out-of-town and we couldn’t ride the ‘Joy Barell Train’ invented by him using an oil drums. 😦 . Next time, maybe.

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The oil drums used as ‘Joy Barell Train’.
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The Chalet.
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Check out the interior of VIP room.
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We then drove all the way to Hutan Lipur Lata Jarum – the signature of the village! Cool and clear water it is! There is even a huge pool there and the water flow is quite impressive. From there, we walked down to Pulau Chekas Recreational Center.

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We then had BBQ for dinner followed by local performances by the village kids. What a day!

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Ohh, WE had karaoke session that night too. Does anyone remember who sang this?
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For more info on Homestay in Kampung Peruas, Ulu Dong, Raub
Homestay Coordinator :
En. Amran bin Hj. Husin
Tel: 011-11024660
E-mail: amranhusin@gmail.com
Website: Homestay Kampung Peruas,  Kompac Chekas,

We will continue our journey on Homestay Kampung Peruas – Part 2.

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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma