Kijal Travel Guide

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Kijal Things to Do

  • Spa Experience

    Enjoy ancient Javanese massage treatment like the Queen Massage, Royal Heritage Massage. This is the place to go for some rest and rejuvenate your body relaxes.

  • Game of Golf

    Get a group of 4 eager-beaver golfers, wake up early in the morning, preferably before 5 am (!), and set off from KL to Awana Kijal Beach, Golf & Spa Resort. By 9am, you'd have reached your destination and can tee-off. The par-72 18-hole championship golf course consists of the Palma and Rimba Nines. Being a resort course, it is designed to allow...

  • Plenty of stuff to do at Strawberry...

    If you happen to stay in Strawberry Kijal Resort while in Kijal, there's plenty of stuff to do here. For instance you can just go for leisurely stroll at Teluk Senanjang beach whih is fronting the resort or go fishing at the rocky area at Teluk Senanjang.

  • The Lobby Lounge

    The lobby of this Resort is quite impressive. Set up with immensely high ceilings in the style of a traditional Malay house, the structure allows for good ventilation of the lobby area. You can lounge around at the lobby lounge area and have a drink. When you check-in you shall be offered a welcome drink, which I recall was rather delicious. Hotel...

  • Go for an evening swim

    There are several pools here at this resort. The deepest pool is suitable for serious lap swimming and was cold (!), while the rest of the pools are more for mucking around and lazy-style swimming. The kids pools were crowded most of the time, but I pretty much had the deep pool all to myself.There was a bit of debris and sand (probably due to it...

  • Have a game of Chess

    On the grounds of Awana Kijal you will find a giant chess board. I think it would be fun to play a game of chess with your pals and get some exercise moving the chess pieces around. I didn't try it, as I have never learnt to play chess. Picture shows a birds eye view (from the 6th floor of the hotel) of this giant chess board and the nearby tennis...

  • Practice your Putting

    As mentioned before, I am really an "occasional" golfer. If you think my long game is bad, then my short game is even worse. Still, when one is practicing on a golf course as scenic as this one, who cares if a few balls miss the cup or fall into the water? LOL

  • Driving Range

    I have tried out the driving range at Awana Kijal Resort a few times. As I am an occasional golfer (like once in every decade!) you had better not get onto this driving range when I'm there. At other times it is pretty safe and fun too! (hehehe)Do check it out when you're next in Kijal.Once when I was at this driving range, I hit the ball and it...

  • Take a stroll

    Awana Kijal Resort has large grounds that are perfect for a morning or evening stroll with the family. You can walk in and around the swimming pool and gardens area or head for the beach. With large and mature shady trees everywhere, it stays cool into the late morning. Enjoy the feel of the salty morning breeze blowing through your hair, while...


Kijal Restaurants

  • Seafood in Kijal

    This restaurant is located just 5 minutes from Awana Kijal resort and we decided to have our dinner here. As being at the seaside we decided to seafood. It was delicious but they gave us the larger portions and we were so full and could not finished our food. We should have order small or medium portions. We had steamed red garoupa fish, Stuffed...

  • Kijalian's Ais Kacang

    Kijalian's Ais Kacang is made of Kijal. While I was busy snapping photos, I ask makcik (aunty) for one packet of Ais Kacang. The price is RM1. This cold icy food is made of ice just like slurpy of 7-Eleven but this one has red beans and sliced jelly and corns and chendol and many others depends on the person who make. It has another name called ABC...

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken!!?!!??!!

    Ambience is what we made it to be in our case. We cooked in & had a blast poisoning each other Ahaha. Just kidding. We brought our own foodstuff & ingredients & cooked most of our meals safe for the one nite when we had KFC. There's no restaurant nearby except for a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet!!! Well there's also a Korean BBQ buffet/ Sea Food...


Kijal Nightlife

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    by ecuriocity Updated Nov 28, 2003

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    Night photography.

    There's apparently lots to do at the resort. It has a bar, lounge & karaoke. Our apartment is about a 5 minute walk to the beach & main resort eventhough it's on the resort's grounds & a good 100m is uncovered walkway, but I guess a beach walk would be nice too except that it rained out both nights.

    We ended up playing cards & PlayStation a lot! I took a break & got this shot of the apartments(how miserable). Ahahaha

    Dark & rainy nite out..
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Kijal Transportation

  • On the Road to Awana Kijal

    Once you get off the East Coast Highway, take Highway 3 to Pelabuhan Kutantan and Kuala Terengganu. Drive past the Cherating beach area, and continue onwards past the outskirts of Cukai/Kemaman - all the while looking out for the Kuala Terengganu signs.Immediately after the long row of lemang stalls, look out for the Awana Kijal Beach & Golf Resort...

  • Getting to Kijal from KL-Part 1

    From PJ, Damansara Utama, 1 Utama, drive past Ikea, and onto the LDP expressway that goes towards Kepong, Genting, Kuantan. From this toll booth, it is 255 km to Kuantan.Follow the signs to Kuantan and you'll find yourself on the elevated highway thus by-passing Kepong town. At the end of this expressway, continue to follow the Kuantan and East...

  • Rest stop-Maran-Part III

    The East Coast highway is still pretty new. Consequently, the toilets at the rest areas are new and relatively clean. Some of the rest stops have petrol stations (chiefly Petronas) and food as well. The one pictured here, Maran, has a surau and toilets and stalls that sell drinks, snacks and cut fruit.


Kijal Local Customs

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    by mary2u99 Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Lemang (glutinous rice with coconut milk cooked in bamboo over fire) is eaten during the Muslim festival of Eid or Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji with beef rendang and serunding (dried meat floss).

    While driving from Kijal to Cherating we stop as the lemang stall and wanted to buy satar (made from fish, coconut stuff in the coconut leaves and grill over fire).

    There is also a few staff selling air nira (young coconut water) and keropok too.

    Roadside lemang Coconut tree
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Kijal Warnings and Dangers

  • Buffaloes...Cows...Wild Boars...

    If you are travelling to East Coast of Malaysia - not only in Kijal - please be aware of other road users i.e. none other that what I have mentioned above.Be much more careful if you are travelling at wee hours of the day or at nites. Comparatively, buffalo is much more dangerous than cow sincei. the color is black and the skin is not reflective...

  • Watch out for the big waves

    As Teluk Senajang in Kijal is facing the open sea (South China Sea), the sea here is quite rough. Watch out for the big waves if you plan to go swimming.

  • Don't Swim During the Monsoon Season

    During the monsoon season (generally from November till January), the East Coast seas (including beaches in the states of Terengganu, Pahang, Kelantan and islands of Redang & Perhentian) are unsafe for swimming. While it rains continuously on some days, on other days it may rain just a little. However, don't be fooled just because there's no rain....


Kijal Favorites

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    by Cabana_Boy Written Dec 15, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must.

    What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...

    I am always in search of the local stuff, but here in the most predominately Muslim state in Malaysia the local stuff is hard to come by. So, the beer hunt took on a more literal meaning...

    When I did find some local brews, it was packed away on the bottom shelf in a convenience store with a sign taped over it stating, “Minuman Dilarang Untuk Orang Muslim.” I assume that means not Muslim consumption…bottomline, I knew the sign didn’t apply to me, so I dug in and found Anglia Shandy, a blend of lemonade and beer. Although I have heard of this combo before, I had never sampled it. After discovering that I had found “the real Shandy”, whatever that is, I had to have one. What the hell, I like lemonade and certainly like beer and the Muslims can’t drink it, so, I’ll be doing the store owner a favor by taking some off his hands, right???

    Well, the Anglia went down pretty smooth, a bit of an odd taste, but not nearly as bad as that chili beer I had back in college and certainly better than Budweiser. Lucky for me, there were a few places serving up Singapore’s finest, Tiger Beer, and I was able to revert to old ways…

    Anglia, the real Shandy and a truly odd beer...
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