I had a pre-breakfast swim at the beach, which at that hour was empty.
A Nasi Lemak breakfast. One was enough for me. This was very plain in taste.
It was Monday, the last day of the holiday weekend. We drove up the east coast, keeping on the roads closest to the coast, and stopping for a swim at beaches sometimes.
The roads were quite empty and it was easy driving.
Some beaches were clean, but some were littered with rubbish. Sometimes we saw people picknicking amongst the litter.
Kuantan was very big and urban, but the inland road north was a dual carriageway and fast. Really, I wanted to be driving along the coast, but could find no turnoff to take us there. I was looking for the Samsuria Beach Resort – between Kuantan & Cherating, which I had read about in a magazine. But it was hard to find, and not on my GPS. I gave up, and looked for another place to stay. Then we happened to drive past a sign for the turnoff to Samsuria. It was quite a bit further north than the magazine had written. It turned out to be holiday apartments, and while you could stay on a nightly basis, we didn’t want to pay RM350 or so for a kitchen etc. that we wouldn’t use. So we drove on to Cherating.
At Cherating there is a kind of village of accommodations on a side road on the coast. Many were low-budget. Still being the holiday weekend almost all restaurants were closed, and none of the accommodation looked particularly interesting to us. We drove on, and past the turnoff to Club Med. Soon after we saw a sign for the Suria Hotel. I was hoping for something a bit more upmarket after the previous night, but thought this one would do, as we’d done enough driving for the day, and we thought they would have a restaurant open. We looked at the room, and it was passable. We got a room with a beach / pool view for slighly extra – but were given a discount. They told us they had a restaurant open.
The restaurant turned out to be a coffee shop. The fish and chips were good. Big pieces of juicy fish, and plenty of hollandaise sauce.
Our drive north from near Mersing was very nice, with plenty of empty beaches we could safely – but cautiously as no one else was around – swim at. And I didn’t see a single jellyfish or other nasty beastie. It was a nice drive until we hit Kuantan. I wasn’t so impressed by Cherating area (north of Kuantan), although we enjoyed our stay at Suria Hotel, and the staff were friendly. Next time I would be tempted just to take Route 14 / E8 from Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu and skip the whole area. But perhaps the coastal road north of Kuala Dungun to Kuala Terengganu is nice – on the map it looks isolated and empty.