Teluk Chempedek, Kuantan

Two beaches for the price of one

What we say: 4 stars

It’s not till you reach Teluk Chempedak, a 15-minute bus ride out of Kuantan, that you realise this is actually Kuantan’s main attraction. Sure, as we did, you may need to walk through a McDonalds drive-thru to reach the beach, and there may well be a combined education and mobile phone festival going on, but really, and we mean this, that’s not a big deal — because the beach is worth it.

Not too shabby!

Not too shabby!

Teluk Chempedak is a long, two-bay beach within easy daytrip distance of Kuantan. There is accommodation available, both of the upmarket variety (the Hyatt Regency is down to the right as you hit the beach) and we also saw signs for what would have to be cheap shophouse rooms to the left by where the bus stops (though didn’t check them out). There are also plenty of reasonable and affordable places to eat; don’t be put off by the McDonalds and Burger King that first greets you on arrival as you can eat well at Teluk Chempedak.

The two beaches are connected by a boardwalk that runs around the northern rocks to a second, more secluded and non-McDonaldised beach where there are salas and plenty of shade you could sort yourself out on for a very lazy day. If we had had time for a lazy day in Kuantan, this would have been our choice of the two beaches.

The quieter of the two beaches, as seen from the boardwalk.

The quieter of the two beaches, as seen from the boardwalk.

Talking about lazy days, we visited on a Saturday, arriving at around 10:00 and the scene was already very busy and congested. We’d imagine midweek you’d have a very different, quieter scene and while the off-sand bit is far more developed than say Cherating to the north, as a bonus, the beach is far nicer here.

Kid friendly too!

Kid friendly too.

So what to do? Aside from eat a lot (beer is available off the main strip, from the shopfronts near the bus stop) and a bit of swimming and laying around, well not a lot — but that is what lazy beach days are all about right? When the conditions are right, this is a popular windsurfing spot, but there was no action when we arrived and no obvious means of hiring gear.

Luckily no room for a palm plantation.

Luckily no room for a palm plantation.

To get to Teluk Chempedak from Kuantan, catch one of the regular buses from near the stadium in Kuantan or you can get a taxi to take you there for 10-15 ringgit, one-way.

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Around 5km east of Kuantan
Last updated: 1st September, 2014

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org 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 and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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