As you are making your way around Kuantan, be sure to stop and check out the beaches... You never know what you may find. You could stumble upon a Malay person flying one of these beautiful, intricate kites! It was a stop for us on our tour from the cruise ship and I really enjoyed getting to stop and walk on the beach a bit and thought the kites were really pretty! They flew very nicely, too!
One of the only two natural lakes in Peninsula Malaysia, both of which are located in the state of Pahang. Located approximately 100km from Kuantan town, the capital of Pahang. Chini is a lake that was formed from the natural damming of a river valley, accessible by a out-board motorboat ride under the canopy of some very old and interesting tropical trees lining the narrow winding river, orchids and birds and monkeys.
With its well-known myths, the lake has attracted many visitors from various destinations. Legend has it that a mythical dragon lives in the lake and is the guardian of a lost city of gold, which was once situated at the lake. The Jakun people - an Orang Asli (aboriginal) tribe of Malay origin - who live around this body of water also believe that the serpent Naga Seri Gumum (Loch Ness Monster) is the spirit and guardian of the lake. Nevertheless, these legends have enticed numerous archeologists to conduct scientific expeditions in Chini. For me, here's a great escape from the hectic of everyday's life, enjoying what really nature means to be.....for nature lovers a must!
The Sungei Pandan Waterfalls consists of a series of cascading falls making a large cooling pool underneath and makes a place for swimmers. It is well maintained and clean area with recreation facilties, shelters, food stalls.
A suspension bridge spans the river makes it even more beautiful as from this bridge one can have a clear view of the whole falls from the centre.
This delightful beach is only 5 km from Kuantan. Two world-class hotels are located here. Teluk Cempedak is an excellent beach for sailing, surfing, jet-skiing and sunbathing. Souvenir and handicraft shops are all within walking distance.
Beyond the main beach, there are excluded bathing spots. Ardent sun-lovers can jungle-trek through the TC Forest Reserve into idyllic Pelindung beach. An alternative route will lead you to the Teruntum Park which has a mini zoo-children and adults alike will have fun and relaxation. Close by is the Royal Golf Club for golf enthusiasts.
Kuantan is definitely a hub of cultural diversity, as is most of Malaysia. In specific, Kuantan is home to a Hindu temple, which is located in the middle of the city.
Kuil Sri Mariamman Kuantan is a small Hindu temple which has very intriquite painted idols to their Gods.
One of my favorite items in this temple was actually the rain gutters, which were both a tiger head and an elephant trunk. Due to the weather on the day that we went, we were fortunate enough to see these gutters in action, and a elephant trunk even sprayed me!
Beserah is a fishing village situated 10km from Kuantan. This town iswell known for its seafood and grill fish restaurant.
The Beserah fishermen has a unique practice with water buffaloes. These buffaloes are brought to the beach to assist in pulling the boat and carrying the fished. This was done so many years ago I am not sure if this practice is still ongoing.
The highlight of most tour here is a visit to an 'Orang Asli' (Aborigine) settlement and witness their way of life. The natives will enlighten you of their way of hunting using a blow-pipe. An added bonus, when in season, is the startling beauty of pink lotus in full bloom.
Kuantan is a safe harbour for many boats and fishing trollers, primarilly because it sits on the South China Sea but is protected by a small pennisula which is also the start of the S Kuantan River. This makes for the perfect shelter against storms, and also makes for a nice place to have a small harbour setting.
On this harbour is a very nice walkway for you to take a stroll while in Kuantan. The city council has done a very good job of building up this riverfront area to make a nice place to walk. One of the things that was a little disappointing though was that other than the walkway there was not much else to this little riverfront area. Hopefully over the next couple years, it will be developed a little more!
Cempedak is a local fruit, similar to jackfruit. The size is smaller than jackfruit but its smell can be stronger. Cempedak is normally eaten fresh or can be deep-fried, coated with batter.
I guess Telok Chempedak (fondly known to the locals as TC) must have gotten its name from this fruit. It is the most popular beach in Kuantan. It is located about 20 min drive from town center.
This place is packed during weekends with family, couples or tourist groups. The currents can be quite strong; hence caution should be taken if you decided to swim in the sea. It has claimed a few lives before.
The beach is relatively clean but now there is a reclamation activity going on to “restore” the beach from erosions.
Kite flying is a popular activity here. No water sports like Jet Ski or parasailing are available.
Food is easily found here – some seafood restaurants, bistros and if you like fast food, McDonald is just around the corner to cure those hunger pangs.
There is a row of pubs, karaoke bar and night clubs near the beach. Life at this juncture begins only at night.
Do visit the Sungai Lembing Museum and see the glory days as Pahang’s richest manufacturer of tin, before the drop in the price of that commodity in 1984.
This is the town that I was born and each time I go to Kuantan I will make a point to visit it. It’s always bring back memory. Visit my Sungai Lembing page.
The Turtle Sanctuary and Information Centre at Chendor Beach was opened in 1997 on a 0.33ha site... It is managed by the Fisheries Department with co-operation of the Pahang State Government... Among its objectives are to protect turtles from threats, abuse and extinction and carry out turtle-hatchery programmes, conservation and research...
The nesting season is April to early September when turtles will beach to lay eggs... Turtles beaching are the smallr green turtles rather that the leatherback at Rantau Abang further north... While the number of landing of leatherback has declined thru the years to almost none, the green turtle landings have increased lhe last 3 years... The green turtle is actually olive-brown in colour but is named after the colour of its fat... It can grow to over 1m in carapace length and weighs between 135kg and 170kg... It is almost exclusively vegetarian and feeds on sea grasses, algae and occasionally sponges, and lays between 80 and 150 eggs per nest... As with other species of turtle, these green turtles live long lives...
Visiting hours are from 9.00am to 5.30pm and 8.00pm to 6.00am (Tuesdays to Sundays) while on Fridays the hours are from 9.00am to 12.00noon and 3.00pm to 5.30pm... The centre is closed on Mondays...
We went to watch fireflies last night. We pick the night without a moon so that we can watch fireflies more clearly. It was great. It was a boat trip that takes around 1 hour. Boat picks u up at the jetty (if you're coming from gambang, the jetty is on the left hand side before the bridge to Giant hypermarket). It was my first time cruising a river at night.
We did manage to watch some fireflies. There were groups and groups. Some in this tree and some in the other tree. They were so fascinating as it was my first time encountering with the fireflies. We just watched from the boat. It's like we're watching christmas trees! :) Some even flew near to our boat! We tried to take some photos But the boatman said, if we manage to take the photos of the fireflies, he would want to buy from us.
On our way back to the jetty, we saw an aligator! it was swimming in the water. The boatman spotted it and flashed light towards it. We managed to see the eyes facing our boat and then, it quickly dived into the water.
RM20 per adult and Rm10 per children. Minimum must have 8 pax to run the trip. Maximum 14 pax.
Every Sunday morning, a Sunday market is held near the Kuantan Stadium. All the local delicacies are sold there. Plus the daily needs of the people like poultry, meat and fish.
On the Sunday afternoon and evening a similar market is held near the lakes of Taman Gelora, an open space off the Jalan Telok Sisek, within view of the mouth of Kuantan River.
Being a city close to the sea, there are a number of sea beaches. Some of them are Cherating Beach, Teluk Chempedak, Balok and Beserah Beach. I could manage time time to see some closeby beaches like Telok Chempedak and Balok Beach.
In general the beaches are clean and have plenty of opportunity to have funs like surfing and sailing. There is also opprtunity of trekking clos to the Telok Cheppedak beach.
There are resturants beside the beach where traditional and fast foods alongwith souveniers are available.
Located just 5km from Kuantan town, Teluk Cempedak beach is a favorite among local folks. Its suitable for water sport activities like swimming, surfing and jet-skiing. Beware of undercurrent during high tied though and lookour for the flag and warning.