Cherating, about 35 miles north of Kuantan on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Southeast Asia. The beach village is, according to one source, "the perfect antidote to frantic city life.
But it is more than just beach that brings visitors to Cherating. Atmosphere is essential to the charm and attraction of Cherating. The actual town is basically a Malay kampung, or traditional village. Handicrafts and cultural events are everywhere. You can participate in the manufacturing of batik cloth. You can see Malay dance or watch a traditional shadow puppet play. And of course there is food.
But there are also plenty of the more normal sorts of beach vacation activities to pursue. Jet skis are available. You can swim, sunbathe, wind surf, or just work on the perfect tan. There's a river cruise that allows you to see some of the surrounding jungle's wild life. And there are hiking trails.
Built on a beach fronting the pristine waters of the South China Sea, Club Med provides a most exciting holiday.
The Turtle Sanctuary and information Center is a protected area. The center carry out turtle hatching program, research and provide educational information on turtles. To preserve this protected species, several hatcheries have been set up by the Sanctuary to protect the eggs until the young turtles are hatched and then later, released into the seas.
At the Kampung Budaya Cherating, cultural shows are frequently held. Here you can watch a variety of graceful traditional dances of Pahang performed by professional dancers.