Faces of
Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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How to get to Redang Island

Pulau Redang can be reached by plane from KL or Singapore or more budget-friendly by boat from Merang or Kuala Terengganu. Kuala Terengganu can easily be reached from any major town by bus or from Kuala Lumpur by plane and is worth a one or two night stopover on the way to or from the island.

Pulau Redang is part of the Redang Marine Park hence there is a RM5 marine park fee imposed on every visitor coming to the island.

Remember that travelling to Pulau Redang that  is limited by the monsoon season which means that the island pretty much shuts down from November to February. Peak seaon is from June to August.
 

getting to Redang by plane

There is a small airstrip on the island which allows for small airplanes to land on the Redang. The airport is located on the south side of the island near the Kampung jetty.
The only airline flying into Redang Island is Berjaya Air from Kuala Lumpur's Subang Airport (55min flight time) and the Changi Airport in Singapore Kuala Lumpur's Subang Airport (80min flight time).

 

getting to Redang by boat

Pulau Redang is a rather up-market destination so usually travellers book 3day/2night or similar packages directly with the resorts which includes the boat transfer to and from the island.
There are 2 jetties as a starting point for the boat ride to Redang Island:
 

from Merang:

  • ca. 30km north of Kuala Terengganu
  • 40min boat ride to Pasir Panjang
  • RM40 one-way (RM80 return)

 

Resort Ferry departure from Merang departure from Redang
Kalong 10am 8.30am, 11.30am
Laguna 9.30am, 12pm 9am, 11.30am
Mutiara 9.30am 11am
Pelangi 9.30am 8-10am

 

 

from Kuala Terengganu:

  • departure from Shahbandar Jetty
  • operating from March to October
  • travel time approx. 1h 15min
  • price RM50 one-way (RM100 return, children half price)

 

Ferry departure from
Kuala Terengganu
departure
from Redang
Public Ferry 9am, 10.30am, 3pm 7am, 11am, 1pm
Coral Redang 9am 11am
Redang Holiday 9am 7am, 11am
Redang Reef 9am 11am
Redang Bay 9am 11am
Redang Lagoon 9am 11am

The journey from Shahbandar Jetty to Pulau Redang takes about 1.5h to 2h.


Shahbandar Jetty, Kuala Terengganu
view towards the Shahbandar Jetty (to the right of the floating restaurant) at Terengganu River from Bukit Puteri / Bazaar Warisan

 

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