Beach Town in Pahang
Cherating is a beach town in Pahang, Malaysia, located about 47 km north of Kuantan and about 280km from capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Cherating has a cultural village and a turtle sanctuary. The turtles lay their eggs in July and August.
Getting to Cherating
Cherating is located off the main East Coast trunk road (Federal Route 5) about 30 km north of Kuantan. From Kuantan town, follow signboards to Kemaman which will bring you past Beserah and Balok. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur on the East Coast Expressway (Route E8), you can completely bypass Kuantan and head straight to Cherating. Stick to the expressway until the final exit (Jabor exit). After paying toll, follow signboards to Kemaman, along the new highway. At Sg Ular you will join the main East Coast trunk road. Cherating is another 15 km from there. Coming from Kuala Terengganu, just proceed south along the East Coast trunk road. The Cherating turn off (left turn from this direction) is about 25 km south of Kemaman.
To/from Kuantan: After the introduction of the rapidKuantan bus service in 2016, the same red-white-blue buses as in other metropolitan areas of Malaysia can be used to travel between Kuantan and Cherating. If you arrive at the Kuantan long distance bus terminal (Terminal Sentral Kuantan), rapidKuantan bus 303 will take you to the city bus terminal (Hentian Bandar, MYR 2). From there, use rapidKuantan bus 600 or 602 to Balok Makmur (MYR 4) and change to rapidKuantan bus 604 to Cherating (MYR 2)
To/from Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu: Some interstate express buses to/from Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu pick up/drop off passengers from/at Cherating. To get on the bus at Cherating, you will have to book the ticket beforehand and the agent will inform the bus company to stop for you. You will be given a time (about half hour after the bus departs from Kuantan) and be told to wait at a particular spot along the main road. If coming from the north, just tell the bus driver/assistant that you want to get off the bus at Cherating.
From Kuala Lumpur: Go to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan bus station (TBS Terminal) and buy a ticket to Kemaman. Ensure that the bus driver will be able to drop you off at Cherating and when entering the bus ask the bus driver again to drop you off at Cherating.
To get to or come from other destinations, it will be easier for you to get to/go to Kuantan first where there are connections to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Johor Bahru, Mersing (for Tioman Island), Jerantut (for Taman Negara National Park) and elsewhere.
From KLIA/KLIA2: Take train (KLIA Transit) to Bandar Tasik Selatan. From Bandar Tasik Selatan station you can walk to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS Terminal) via walkaway & cross-bridge which takes about 5 minutes walking. Then buy a ticket to Kemaman. Ensure that the bus driver will be able to drop you off at Cherating and when entering the bus ask the bus driver again to drop you off at Cherating.
You can get to Kuantan by air from Kuala Lumpur and other major Malaysian cities. There are a few flights daily, operated by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. From Kuantan airport you can take a taxi to Cherating or get a taxi to Kuantan bus station and then proceed to Cherating by local bus.