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Cherating is a beachside backwater located between Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Known for its surf and turtles, but not for a great selection of accommodation, Cherating will appeal to those looking for a very no-frills beach break.

The village sits between the mangrove-lined waters of the Cherating River and the South China Sea and tends, at least in low season, to be more of a drawcard for vacationing Malaysians rather than foreign tourists. The beach is pleasant enough, but isn't a scratch on the offshore islands, so if you're thinking of cutting your time in the Perhentians short to take a look at Cherating, we'd say not to bother.

Cherating is well regarded for its surfing, with the left point break getting going in December and January, and, with a number of other outlying spots to surf, and plenty of boards for hire, this can be a place for both novices and more experienced board riders. Surfing lessons are available and reasonably priced.

Waves aside, the mangroves that lie immediately behind the village are worth a look as is the turtle hatchery a little to the north of town, but otherwise, unless you're just looking for a couple of very slow days by the beach, Cherating is totally skippable.

Cherating has no ATMs, so bring enough cash or be prepared to pay the 20 ringgit for a return taxi ride to the closest ATM. There are a couple of basic internet cafes in town; 3G coverage with Digi was quite patchy.

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Text and/or map last updated on 22nd November, 2015.

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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