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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!


Well-known for the Cherating Club Med Resort, Cherating is a popular destination for tourists to soak up the sun and have fun in the cool waters at the scenic beaches. Located approximately 45 km north of Kuantan, Pahang, Cherating is also a popular destination for surfers especially during the north-east monsoon season from November to March, which brings about high waves ideal for surfing. The best time to surf at Cherating is at the peak of the monsoon season in November and December.




Do remember to take a breather from the adrenaline rush and discover the quiet coastal villages too. There, you will be awed by culture and way of life of the locals, such as their skilful ability to weave pandan leaves and how well-trained the monkeys are at plucking coconuts for visitors to drink the refreshing juice!




A fun activity is the Cherating River Cruise through the mangroves, operated by Mr. Hafiz. Depending on the tide there are two daily trips, on in the morning and one in the afternoon. Duration of the trip is about one hour. We paid RM25 per person. Always check up front if Hafiz is in business, especially during the monsoon season. Besides the standard river cruise, you can also book a firefly trip there. Guides have a very keen eye for all kinds of wild life, including beautiful snakes hanging in trees.




The main attraction in Cherating is the Club Med resort, the first Club Med that was built in Asia. This exclusive resort is one of the high-end hotels in the region with room charges approximately RM665 per person per night, inclusive of all meals. There are various sea sport facilities provided at Club Med, such as kayaking, catamaran sailing and windsurfing.


The resort also offers day passes to non-guests to visit the resort and enjoy its facilities. The day passes are available at the price of RM230 per person and are valid for use from 11am to 6pm. However, do take note that the day passes may not be available for sale during the peak season to enable hotel guests to fully enjoy the resort’s facilities. Diners who wish to sample the eats dished up by the chefs at Club Med may also come over for a satisfying meal. Lunch is priced at RM180 per person while dinner is priced at RM280 per person.


Another favorite attraction in Cherating is the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary which is located just next to Club Med. Established in 1972, the turtle hatchery aims to ensure the survival of the turtles that arrive between April to August to lay eggs at Malaysia’s coastal beaches, especially in Pahang. The centre also aims to protect the endangered turtle species found in the country, particularly the Leatherback Turtle. At the centre, there are many educational exhibits on the various species of turtles in Malaysia to explore and visitors can also view the turtle hatch lings which are protected in the centre until they are old enough to be released into the sea. It is certainly a heart-warming experience to watch these little turtles emerge, ready for life out in the deep blue sea soon. The centre is best visited at night for this is the time when the turtles arrive at shore and the turtle hatch lings which are ready to fend for themselves are released into the sea as well. There are no charges for visiting the centre, thus no one should miss this rare experience especially so if your trip coincides with the turtles’ eggs-laying season.

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2 comments on Cherating

  1. Ineeta
    2 years ago
    June 9, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Cherating makes the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle, and it therefore makes sense to spend atleast a few days here. Accommodation options are plenty in this little beach town. For a hand-picked selection of places to stay in Cherating, check out and get the best deals!

  2. Wayanad Resorts
    4 weeks ago
    June 24, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Malaysia is look like Kerala. Thank you for sharing such an incredible post.


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