Take a drive on the road from Paka to Kerteh at night. You'll be able to see bright lights and flares from the industries. The entire place looks like some alien spaceship and it's really quite magnificent. If you are headed down south, you'll see some power stations on your left. Down the road as you approach Kerteh, you would see many refineries...more
The employees of Petronas live at the Paka housing estate which was developed by the Company. It is a large estate with a few different designs of houses. I took this picture from the road, so it doesn't look like much. In reality, the houses are attractive, reasonable size and with gardens and good roads. The houses are located within easy reach...more
The Petronas Refinery here is the largest in the Peninsular Malaysia. It is so large there is an entire township built around it. The only other place with this scenery is the town of Miri in East Malaysia.The township consists of Kertih & Paka and is self-contained with its own houses, shops, office complex and even a golf country club.more
The name of the restaurant litteraly means 'Patiently Waiting Restaurant' which put me off at first, worried that I've to wait for ages for my food to be served. But don't worry, they are quite fast. Very nice local Malay dishes at very affordable prices. There's a huge crowd here during dinner time because of the good food. Ikan Tiga Rasa...more
There is a Malay stall by the Kerteh bay near the fisherman's terminal. This place serves very fresh Malay-style seafood. It used to be on a small barge out in the bay and you have to get onto the barge on a 'rakit'. Now it's shifted to the mainland in a food court. You know how fresh it is when you order oyster and the shop attendant will jump...more
Just a small restaurant owned by a local Chinese couple and assisted by a few Malay ladies.The restaurant is seperated into 2 area....the Kitchen & the Bar. It opens daily from 11 am to 10 pm except on Saturday. he Bar do open on Saturday from 5pm.The food is delicious. Ambience is nice with some framed pictures of marine life.On some nites, you...more
Visit Paka/Kertih at night and you will be amazed my the visual beauty of the oil refinery fires burning in the night. It practically lights up the whole sky!
I was unable to take a picture but if you are in the vicinity at night, don't forget to bring your camera along, with a tripod. It will surely make for a great photo opportunity.
Luggage and bags:
You may like to bring a bagpack, because if you don't rent a car, you'll be bussing... Don't bring anything on wheels, because it's the sand remember?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach wear, sunnies, lots of lotion and if you're unlucky, you might need a poncho
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's good to bring insect repellents and antihistamines (in case you get the sandfly bites)
Photo Equipment: Bring a good camera because there is so much landscape to film. Beaches in the day and oil refineries in the night
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping may not be such a good idea at isolated spots. There are thieving little kids around. the beaches here a suitable for sandcastles, campfires and BBQs.
Miscellaneous: Bring lotsa cash (Ringgit), as people go by cash here, mostly.
Hire a fishing boat and its fisherman for about RM300, and he'll bring you to the best spots for fishing from dawn till dusk! Pay a bit more and go for an overnighter! It's a beautiful experience for the amateur and serious fun for the angler!
The Club belongs to Petronas, the national oil company and meant as a recreation for its staff in its gas complex in Paka, a short drive away... This is a 9-holes course with the last 2 holes running along the sea coast...
Equipment: The green fees is RM50 and RM25 (after 4.00pm)... Turfmate is RM20 for 9 holes or RM35 for 18 holes...