Photo: Pretty light at Cherating.



The standard of accommodation in central Cherating is generally poor. This is a selection of some of the better options, but if you’re not picky there are another half dozen budgetish digs along with a couple of hotels on the main road to the beach to choose from.

Tanjung Inn
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Beachside, Cherating
T: (09) 581 9081

Tanjung Inn is by far the pick of the litter in Cherating Beach. Recent remodelling and expansion efforts include new beachfront chalets as well as new beds and furnishings in some of the original bungalows along with a new backpacker wing on the northern end of their beachfront property. While there is no swimming pool, the beach is practically at your doorstep in addition to the ample lawn for... Read our full review of Tanjung Inn.

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Cherating Bayview Resort
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
Southern end of beach, near the river
T: (09) 581 9248

Cherating Bayview Resort is the most isolated of the accommodation options along the main Cherating beach and is a solid 20- to 30-minute walk from the main gaggle of restaurants and shops. The rooms come in two main flavours, newer, pastel blue chalets by the beach and older, more typically ordinary (by Cherating standards) bungalows back behind the swimming pool. Rooms are okay, drab and... Read our full review of Cherating Bayview Resort.

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Matahari Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
Off the beach, behind Cherating Cottage
T: (01)7 924 7465

Matahari lies between the beach road and the main road just past Little Bali and offers reasonable wooden bungalows in both private-bathroom and shared-bathroom flavours. The overall layout is far more spacious than Payung, with a leafy garden and precision cut lawn. The bungalows themselves are tight on space, but adjacent private verandas open it up a bit more. They rent bicycles for 15 ringgit... Read our full review of Matahari Guesthouse.

Payung Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
Lot 1156 Kampung Cherating Lama
T: (019) 917 1934

Set on a compact block between the beach road and the mangroves, Payung is a backpacker favourite in Cherating, with a selection of well kept bungalows running back in two rows from the travel agency cum reception that faces onto the road. All of the bungalows have attached bathrooms. Simple furnishings include a simple bed and mosquito net along with each bungalow having a small veranda. Free... Read our full review of Payung Guesthouse.

Ranting Beach Resort
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
Beachside, Cherating
T: (09) 581 9068

If staying seaside is preferred, Ranting Beach Resort has a selection of slightly rustic, wooden chalets on offer. Location wise, they are just a sandy saunter away from Don’t Tell Mama’s Eco Bar and other seaside wonders, such as a lovely sunrise greeting first thing in the morning. Despite it being high season, it looked like a bit of a ghost town when we visited, but on the bright side no... Read our full review of Ranting Beach Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Cherating? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Malaysia.

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