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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.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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Otak-Otak

snack | Indonesian, Malay
a grilled snack of spicy fish paste wrapped in banana leaf

Soto

noodle dish, Soup | Indonesian, Malay
Soup with meat and vegetables which is originated in Indonesia but also commonly found in Malaysia

Satay

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
marinated dices of meat on bamboo skewers grilled over charcoal fire, served with a spicy peanut sauce

Bergedel

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
mashed potato patties with vegetables (sometimes also meat)

Cendol

dessert | Indonesian
traditional Javanese dessert with shaved ice, coconut milk and starched noodles

Rendang

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
Minangkabau specialty with beef cooked with coconut and spices for hours

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Nasi Lemak

main dish | Malay
Malaysian signature dish with coconut rice - a must try
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Pan Mee

main dish, noodle dish | Chinese
Hokkien-style egg noodle soup and one of the few Chinese dishes that are served with Sambal Belacan
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