The small town of Cherating in Pahang is an idyllic tropical destination popular with tourists from all over Malaysia and overseas. After all, it has clean beaches and waters, and is only a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. While Cherating always promises to give you a great vacation, there are things you should know if you want to enjoy all that this seaside town has to offer. So, below are some helpful tips to help you get the most out of your holiday in Cherating.
1. Bring Sunscreen
Like the rest of Malaysia, Cherating is hot, humid, and gets a lot of sunlight most of the year. So if your Cherating vacation will involve a lot of sunbathing or any outdoor activities, be sure to pack some sunscreen to protect your skin. If you plan to take a dip in the sea or go surfing, try and get reef-safe sunscreen as it's better for the surrounding marine ecosystem.
2. Pack Lightweight Clothing
Since Cherating is warm almost all year round, be sure to pack lightweight clothing to help keep you comfortable. After all, there are a lot of things to do in Cherating that involve being outdoors. Pack enough swimming outfits as well if you plan to do a lot of swimming. While flip-flops are great for use at the beach or at your hotel, you'll need covered shoes or trainers if you plan to do some hiking in the local forest.
3. Don't Miss The Cherating River Cruise
Cherating, Pahang is a unique destination thanks to the ecologically diverse Cherating River. This mangrove river is home to various species of flora and fauna which you can see on the Cherating river cruise. There are two types of cruises; a daytime river cruise and an evening firefly river cruise.
Besides learning about the local ecosystem, you'll get to enjoy the gorgeous sights and sounds of the river and even spot some unique creatures. Both cruises offer unforgettable experiences, making them some of the best things to do in Cherating.
4. Check Out Kuantan Town
Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang and it's one of the bigger cities on Malaysia's east coast. It offers plenty of attractions from historical sites to delicious local cuisines. Some of the things you can do here are visiting the historical houses of worship like the Sultan Ahmad Shah mosque. It's also only 45 minutes away from Cherating Beach. If you're driving from Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan is a suitable stop to visit as it's located en route to Cherating.
5. Consider Taking a Flight Into Kuantan
Located in Pahang, Cherating is about a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. If you want to save time on your travel or if you don't have access to a car, you can take a flight from KLIA or KLIA 2 airport. The flight takes about 45 minutes from KL to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan, and it'll take you another 45 minutes to get to Cherating via taxi, bus, or e-hailing ride.
6. Be Mindful of The Weather
The east coast of Malaysia experiences monsoon season from November to March, so it can rain more frequently during these months. However, the east coast generally sees less rain than the west coast. If you're in Cherating during the monsoon season, chances are you'll still be able to enjoy your holiday, but it's always a good idea to check the daily forecast if you have outdoor activities planned for the day.
7. Consider an All-Inclusive Holiday Package
Some of the typical concerns people have during a vacation is where to get good food and how to look for fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. If you share these concerns, you should consider staying at a place that offers all-inclusive holiday packages such as Club Med Cherating Beach. At Club Med, we not only provide exceptional accommodation and service, but also all-day dining, an open bar, childcare facilities and activities both in-resort and outside the resort.
With these tips, we're sure you'll be able to have a better holiday in the beautiful Pahang town of Cherating. If you're looking for a world-class resort where you can enjoy the best of Cherating, book a stay at Club Med Cherating Beach today!