East Coast – No 5 Attraction

East Coast is the name given to the belt of coastline stretching from Kuantan to Kota Bharu on the eastern coast of Peninsular West Malaysia. Its beauty is the long stretches of almost unbreakable white sandy beaches as far as the eyes can see especially at the coastline of Terengganu. The best time to visit the East Coast is after the North East Monsoons which regularly occurs from November of each year to February the following year. During this period, the seas are rough and dangerous for swimming and sea activities. However for surfers, these are the best times where the surfs are higher.

A journey to the East Coast normally commences from Kuantan and travelling up north along the coastline to the capital of Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu and then to Kota Bharu, the capital of Kelantan. Driving one’s own motor vehicle would be the best mode of transport. Along the way, will be towns like Cherating, Kemaman, Dungun, Rantau Abang and Kerteh, the oil town of Malaysia’s own petroleum company, Petronas. At Rantau Abang, a visitor can stay at the resort supposedly to see the legendary leather back turtle but due to human activities, this creature is almost extinct and one would be very lucky these days to see it come ashore to lay their eggs.

International class resorts dot the coastline in the East Coast. The most famous resort is Club Mediterranean at Kemaman. Other resorts include Swiss Garden Resort at Cherating and Hotel Hyatt at Kuantan. Other than resorts, backpackers frequent the villages at the Cherating coastline where local villagers rent out small single room chalets with attached bathrooms and air conditioning. Staying at one of these villages enable the visitor to experience the lay back kampong life, Malaysian style. Activities in these areas other than swimming include lazing in the sun on the fine sandy beach under the shade of the coconut palm or coastal tree, enjoying the warm breeze from the sea and seeping ice cool coconut water.

Fishing is the main economic activity for most of the villages along the East Coast. Sale of salted fishes, dried ikan bilis and shrimps, and the prawn and fish crackers (keropok) are common throughout the coastline. Kemaman is famous for its stuffed crabs which is found at most local restaurants. Enjoy a cup local fragrant coffee at the popular Kemaman Kopitiam which is served with local toasted bread in kaya, a jam made from eggs and pandan leaves

Whilst at the East Coast, visit Tasik Kenyir, a man-made lake created by the construction of the Kenyir Dam in 1985. A golf and country resort was built along the edges of this lake for one to enjoy the pristine surroundings of this lake. Fishing is a popular activity in this lake which include fish species like the toman, buang, kelah, kelisah and kalui.

At Kuala Terengganu, the main places of attractions is the Crystal Mosque, China town, Local Handicraft Market and the Kompleks Muzium Negeri Terengganu. North of Kota Bharu and close to the Thai border, is Tumpat district scattered with numerous Buddhist temples which include the massive Reclining Buddha at Wat Phothivihan and largest Sitting Buddha in South East Asia at Wat Machimmaram. Near Kampung Bukit Tanah is a temple in the form of a decorated dragon boat which houses a preserved body of a former abbot.

From the East Coast are many staging villages and towns that will ferry visitors to our Number 6 Attraction, the islands off the East Coast.

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