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 since
i. the color is black and the skin is not reflective like cows - when u see them it is too close already to avoid them
ii. they are huge & if u rammed into them, the impact is huge especially if your car is running at very fast speed
In Kijal, the location would be at KM133 - coming from Kuantan, the area is just after the traffic light that indicate to Kijal town or Ibok, right after a stretch of stalls selling 'lemang' (glutinous rice in bamboo). This area is a straight road but not well lit. On both sides of the road are like swampy area where I now categorised as the buffaloes' bath tub (or would it be their little 'SPA'????)
Despite knowing this danger, I havent put up the tip earlier but am adding it now after my very unfortunate incident on 19 Dec 2008. I rammed into one buffalo at 5 am in the morning when I was travelling fast from Kerteh to Kuantan airport.
Whatever it is, thanks the AlMighty God as am still alive today to share with all of you this tip. My car is a gone case...havent heard a word from the adjuster yet! and the buffalo???? is confirmed dead on the scene....
I wrote a note about the accident here http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=40066&id=824829258#/profile.php?id=753539526&v=app_2347471856&viewas=753539526
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. The sea can also look deceptively calm, but the undercurrent is very strong and the seas can become dangerous in a matter of minutes, even for strong swimmers. And finally, do keep an eye out for your children and don't allow them near the sea during the monsoon season.
If you want to swim, then the best thing would be to just swim at your resort pool.
Not really anything dangerous but it could really spoil your holiday plans. Was playing beach volleyball when it started to drizzle so proceeded to the swimming pool. Managed to get myself a couple of laps when it started to pour so hard, I couldn't see 10 feet ahead! So I ended up at the bar where I took this photo of a tropical fern having a drink. I hope you like it because I do.
The North East monsoon causes havoc to the east & to a certain extent also the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia & runs it's course from Nov till Feb. Floods are quite common.
Generally it's wet wet wet. It rained about 80% of the time we were here & rained all of 6 of 9 hours it took us to get back to Kuala Lumpur.
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.