Langkawi – Part 3 (Beaches in Langkawi)

An island wouldn’t be complete without beautiful beaches around. This is definitely the first things that came across our mind when we stepped into Langkawi. There’re a lots of beaches lies in the main island of Langkawi which mostly located in the Northern and Southern shoreline. We only managed to visit a few of the beaches as it was only a short trip for both of us.

Pantai Teluk Burau (Burau Bay Beach)

We found the place right after we explored Langkawi Cable Car and Telaga Tujuh. Less crowded and a little bit quiet. It’s a long beach of white sands facing the Pulau Burau (Burau Island) which are the roosting place of migratory birds. I was mentioned by locals that we can actually walk towards to the island during low tide. But caution as we should know exactly the right time of high tide and low tide. We might not want to be surrendered at the island itself.

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Pantai Batu (Pebble Beach)

As Pantai Teluk Datai (Datai Beach) is considered as a private beach and we believe one of the best beaches in Langkawi, we wanted to explore the closest area to it too! That’s the reason why we finally ended it up here. How does we find the place? We randomly stopped over at a unmaintained car park area and being curious, we parked our car and walk towards the sea. And this is exactly what we found! It was such an amazing view and what make it different from others is instead of sand, this beach is full with rocks and pebbles of all sizes.

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Pantai Tanjung Rhu (Tanjung Rhu Beach)

Another area which is absolutely secluded and with such a silent and peaceful atmosphere is definitely Pantai Tanjung Rhu (Tanjung Rhu Beach) on the Northern Tip of Langkawi Island. This is where the Four Season Resort and Tanjung Rhu Resort is located. To reach here, we passed through a very quiet coastal road and it’s very far away from Kuah Town (the duty-free shops area) and even Pantai Cenang too.

Pantai Tanjung Rhu gets its name – Tanjung means cape while rhu is casuarina. During low tide, it is possible to walk across a sandy stretch to the rocky outcrop of Pulau Chabang. Nearby are a number of caves as well as mangrove swamps.

Source : Langkawiguide.com

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Pantai Chenang (Chenang Beach)

Pantai Chenang!  It is located 20km away from Kuah Town and the most developed beach in Langkawi. We believe this is the most happening and popular beach on Langkawi island as it offers a wide range of accommodation to choose (from budget to mid range types of hotel and also a few high-end resort). Not to forget various kinds of cafes and restaurants from local, western and fusion which cater to all kind of tourist crowds too.Some said that Pantai Chenang has an absolutely beautiful sunset but unfortunately, during our short stay we just couldn’t fit our time to experience those moments.

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If you’re happened to be in Langkawi, you might want to visit Pantai Batu Hampar (Laying Stones Beach), Pantai Kok (Kok Beach), Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand Beach), Pantai Tengah (Middle Beach), Pantai Beringin (Banyan Beach), Pantai Tengkorak (Skull Beach) and the list goes on!

It’s a wrap to our short trip to the historical island of Langkawi!

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

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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

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

Koh Samui – Part 2 (Koh Nangyuan & Koh Tao Day Trip)

As we’re in Koh Samui, we already planned for a day trip to any of the island nearby. A day before, right after dinner, we walked from one end to another end of Chaweng road and talked to the tour agents. As usual, the package started at a very unreasonable price of 2500 baht and it finally draw down to 1300 baht. With a bunch of pamphlet in hands, we read through and we decided to take a tour with Lomlahk as what most of the agent advised and mentioned. They are the most experienced island tour operator in town.

The trip started as early as 8.00am. The tour operator will pick us up from the hotel and proceed directly to the meeting point / pier. Lomlahk is hosting 2 types of tour a day which is Koh Nangyuan & Koh Tao and Anthong National Marine Park. Once arrived at the meeting point, all passengers are required to queue and passing by a few counters which is the confirmation counters on the name and hotel that we stayed, filling up the details (so-called indemnity form and for insurance purposes) and allocation of which boat to board (color ribbon will be used to differentiate passengers for each boats). Light breakfast is also served by the boat operator. They even served fresh bananas too!

The 1st counter

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Somewhere around 9.00am, the speed boat will then departs to Koh Nangyuan, a paradise island off the west coast of Koh Tao.
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Along the journey, we were given a long explanation by the boat leader on the do’s and don’t while we’re on the beach. Besides, snorkelling equipment are then be distributed before reaching the island. After 1 and 1/2 hours journey, we then arrived at Koh Nangyuan as this is the fastest and the most comfortable way to get there. It will be cheaper to travel by a slow boat but the journey will be extended from 2 up to 2 and 1/2 hours. You will spent more time on the boat than the island.

Almost reaching the Koh Nangyuan pier.
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Check out the crystal clear water!
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There’s a few basic instruction that need to be followed to enter the island in order to maintain its condition as one of the treasures of Thailand. No plastic or glass bottles are to be taken on the island where people frequently leave them behind at the island. Besides fins and flippers are not usable at the island due to the shallow water around the island. This is to avoid of coral breaking due to unfortunate accident. Oh ya, visitors to Koh Nangyuan island are required to pay 100 baht fee (this is included in the package as well).

The jetty. You can see the check in counter. An island representatives will do an immediate inspection through our bag to check whether there’s any plastic or glass bottles.

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A school of small fish at the jetty.
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Finally, the long stripe of smooth white sand that can be explored on foot.
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We totally skipped getting wet at the beach as we headed directly to the view-point. As mentioned by our funny boat leader Bob (derived from Bob Marley as he love the reggae icon so much), we will get to see a fantastic view overlooking the island. Only both of us from the group decided to climb up.

View to the viewing point
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The walkway
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The pit stop. Forever young? Tak tahan!
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The climbing up starts here. It took us less than 30 minutes from the island restaurant to the view-point. Don’t worries if you’re only wearing you flip-flop on.
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And this is want we got! Worth climbing up!
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After appreciating the nice view, we walked down as we can’t wait to get to the beach.
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Oh ya, lunch is provided at the Nangyuan restaurant. We only opt for the white rice, mixed vege and lots of fruits (just to play safe).
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The outdoor dining area. Panas kot! We opt for the indoor.
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We then continue swimming and snorkeling at the Japanese Garden. It is located at the east side of Koh Nangyuan. It’s good for snorkelers as it is shallow and a designated snorkeling area where boats cannot enter. It is popular both among scuba divers and snorkelers. It’s also often used as a training dives spot. We spend the whole time there before we departed to Koh Tao.

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The Japanese Garden. Amazing huh?
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At 2.00pm, it’s time to leave Koh Nangyuan and move forward to Koh Tao for another snorkeling spot.

It’s time to say goodbye!
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After 15 minutes boat ride, we then reached one of the Koh Tao bays to enjoy and experience the beauty of the Thailand underwater world. We will stopped there for another 1 hour for snorkeling. Some of the passengers just opt to lay back in the boat instead of going down. The snorkeling spot in Malaysia is way better than Thailand. It’s just our personal view. Oh ya, Koh Tao is also known as Turtle Island and surrounded by deeper sea bed compared to Koh Nangyuan.

Snorkelling spot at Koh Tao
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It’s time to go back to Koh Samui meeting point / pier. We actually wanted to explore more especially the Anthong National Park. If you have some ample times and extra budget, do visit those park as well.

In overall, it was such an experience especially going up to the view-point at Koh Nangyuan. Not to forget, the magnificent Japanese Garden too!

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma