Cherating is one of the best beach resorts on Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast. It offers travelers an expansive sandy beach with plenty of laid-back energy and budget accommodation. For tourists who are exploring this part of Malaysia, known for its rural charms and traditional culture, Cherating is an ideal weigh station. Better yet, it works as a low-key substitute to the Perhentian Islands, which require more planning and a ferry connection.
Many of the hotels in Cherating are mellow and inexpensive beach bungalows. While those who withdraw to outlying resorts usually prefer more luxury and privacy, tourists who stay here in the town center enjoy a candid view of daily Malaysian life. One of the best ways to enjoy time spent here is to rent a bicycle from a local guesthouse and pedal around the central district or along the coast.
Most of the activities are beach-based. Local tour operators rent out snorkels, body boards and surf boards, or it’s even possible to charter a boat to nearby islands and secluded beaches. Locals specialize in batik textiles, and visitors can pick up gifts at local boutiques or even enroll in classes and learn the craft themselves. It’s an ideal way to get acquainted with locals while supporting local traditions.
Most people who are staying in guesthouses or hotels in Cherating arrive through Kuantan, a transport hub about 30 kilometers to the north. Busses depart on a regular basis throughout the day. It’s also possible to arrive direct from Kuala Lumpur.