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Cherating for 2 nights - yes or no?!?

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Cherating for 2 nights - yes or no?!?

Hi, as part of our Malaysia trip, we have 6 nights on East coast Malaysia at beginning of October.

We want to do 4 nights on Kapas relaxing, then 2 nights in Cherating, before going to Kuantan to get flight to KL.

Question - i have read reports that Cherating is not very nice? True or false?

I have always wanted to go there, & missed the chance when travelling in 2005, & again in 2007.

I have already been to Perhentians & Redang, & have also been to Balok Beach (Swiss Garden) so wanted to go somewhere different this time. We just want a nice setting & somewhere to relax for a couple of days & maybe see the turtle sanctuary.

Some people have said its a ghost town, & a building site & most restaurants/bars have closed? Is this true?

Also, can anyone recommend a nice mid-range hotel in Cherating (cannot afford Club Med!).

Thanks

Adrian

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1. Re: Cherating for 2 nights - yes or no?!?

I much prefer Cherating to Kuantan, recently had a 2 night stay at the Impiana ... newly refurbished seaview room for RM350 nett a night including some freebies. Wouldn't hesitate to go back for a couple of nights chillin'.

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2. Re: Cherating for 2 nights - yes or no?!?

Some of the mid-range hotels in the area are The Legend Cherating and the Holiday Villa Cherating. Slightly further up is the Impiana Cherating Resort at Chendor beach.

Since you are familiar with Balok Beach, the above hotels offer a more or less similar experience with the Swiss Garden. Very popular with local tourists on a weekend break from Kuala Lumpur.

If you want to stay at the actual Kampung Cherating, it offers much lower end accomodation. Very basic, spartan huts or chalet type accomodation set in a malay village ambiance. Well past its heyday in the sixties when it was a popular stop on the hippie trail, now time has passed it by.

There are some roadside restaurants or shacks that offer anything from seafood, Malay-Thai cuisine to some mish-mash of food preparation passed-off as 'fusion'; you will not find bars, discos or anything of that sort here. Some could find it charming; others might find it boring. Really its a matter of personal taste.

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3. Re: Cherating for 2 nights - yes or no?!?

Had a drive up to Cherating last weekend, and although we did not stay over, so sorry cannot comment on accomodation.

However we was very disappointed with the beach and the surrounding area. It was very dirty with the nice addition of broken bottles on the shore (children playing in the sand nearby) with rubbish strewn all over.

It was quite quiet and not busy at all, we also visited the turtle sanctuary which again was not busy.

Roadside places to eat did seem to be open, but not with many people eating in them.

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4. Re: Cherating for 2 nights - yes or no?!?

I would suggest u stay in Swiss garden kuantan instead. Its affordable and the resort is nice. Its has its own beach but its quite murky when low tide. It also has a nice big pool. It also have shutle service to town where you can have your lunch there. Most of the eateries will only open after 6 pm till late.

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