Anne & I were back in Kuantan last weekend for our industrial training presentation. The trip back was a very refreshing one, despite the minor load of the presentation It was a pity that Anne couldn’t join some friends & I on a short holiday prior to our presentation as she was not feeling well at that time. We were in Bentong, Kuantan, Kemaman (Terengganu), & Karak for the 4days 3nights trip
Below are snap shots of our little trip:
Day 1, 20th October 2007
– Stopped by at Bentong around lunch time for the famous ice kacang. This little coffee shop is situated at the main road of Bentong, opposite the Bentong bus terminal. A bowl of ‘ice kacang special’ costs RM3.50. The ice cream is ‘home-made’! Really delicious!
Bentong Ice Kacang
- Stayed at Holiday Villa on our first night at Cherating. The chalet that we stayed in was cosy & it was directly facing the swimming pool!!
Outside our chalet: Joey, Yo, Ruth
- The weather on our 1st day was nice We had a lot of fun at the beach!
Ruth, Wen, Joey
- We drove to a place called Pantai Cherating, about 20 minutes from Holiday Villa, for dinner that night. The name of the restaurant is ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’. Interesting name, eh? Indeed, the yummy food there is something that we won’t forget! After dinner, we actually did something quite interesting We went on a trip to see the fireflies. The fee/person was RM15 for a one-hour boat ride…*wah* It was kinda fun, but the mosquito bites were really something that we didn’t enjoy at all!
Directions to Can’t Forget Restaurant from Holiday Villa:
1. Holiday Villa on your right, go straight for about 10-15 min.
2. When you see a sign that reads ‘Pantai Cherating’ on your left, take the first right turning immediately.
3. Go all the way straight. You’ll see Cherating Bay Resort on your right & Residence Inn on your left. Keep going straight. You’ll pass a horse ranch on your left.
4. Take the right turning after the horse ranch. You’ll see a lot of small restaurants on both sides of the road. Keep going straight.
5. Almost to the end of the road, you’ll see the ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’ on your right!
Seafood Tom Yam (~ RM15)
Marmite Prawns (~ RM15)
Kam Heong Style Crabs (RM17 for ½ kg)
Stir-fried Choy Sum with Salted Fish (~ RM8)
Fried Squid Rings (~ RM10)
Joey, promoting the restaurant
Yo & I in front of the restaurant
Boat trips available
Activities available at the beach area
Day 2, 21st October 2007
- I woke up early to catch the sunrise before heading off to the nearby Malay stall for some good nasi dagang The view of the sunrise was pretty! If I had woken up earlier, I would have caught an even nicer view…
Lovely Waves at Cherating
- While I went out to church that day, the rest went to Kemaman. They visited the famous Hai Peng Kopitiam, went to a very beautiful beach called Pantai Teluk Mak Nik, & even had the chance to see how batik is made!
Vietnamese Coffee at Hai Peng, Kemaman
(This is how the coffee is brewed. The coffee beans are grinded & placed on a special filter, while the coffee slower trickles into the cup. Professionally, the cup should be transparent, but this is a typical kopitiam… )
Pantai Teluk Mak Nik
- After church, I had a taste of the famous cendol in Kuantan. This stall is parked outside a row of shops along Jalan Beserah. It’s not that difficult to locate it, but you just have to be observant to spot this stall The prices are very reasonable, so no worries!
Cendol Campur (RM1.20/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, & peanuts.
Cendol Campur Pulut (RM1.50/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, peanuts, & baked glutinous rice
Day 3, 22nd October 2007
- Before checking in to the next hotel, Vistana Hotel, Kuantan, 3 of us friends headed to Hai Peng Kopitiam, Kuantan, for some coffee. Hai Peng, Kuantan, is situated opposite Public Bank & Am Bank in Kuantan. I can’t recall the road name, but it’s a road apart (parallel) from Jalan Besar. According to Joey, this branch of Hai Peng serves better toast & somewhat more fragrant coffee as compared to the Kemaman branch.
Hai Peng’s Ice Coffee
Toast bread (lightly wholemeal) with Butter and Kaya
Delicious bread & coffee!
- In the evening, we went to Teluk Cempedak (TC) for a stroll & supposedly to climb some rocks, but the weather didn’t permit us to do so in the end *aww*
Joey & Ruth at TC
Ruth & Yo on top of some rocks
- We had dinner at a cozy restaurant called ‘The Cottage’, on the row of shops before Public Bank & Am Bank. Joey wanted to have the petai fried beehoon, which is only available in Kuantan in 2 places, Meng Yang coffee shop (closed that night), & The Cottage.
Petai Fried Rice (yeah, she changed her mind)
Claypot Loh Shu Fun
Seafood Tom Yam (the one at Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant is still much better)
Day 4, 22nd October 2007
- Before heading back to uni for our presentation, we made our final food-stop, roti canai at Kubang Buaya. This stall is a really humble Malay stall & no one would have ever known of its existence, but I assure you that it serves pretty delicious roti canai at just RM0.70! The stall is located at Jalan Kubang Buaya 56.
Roti Canai (RM0.70/piece)
Roti Telur (RM1.30/piece)
The Roti Canai Stall
- After our presentation, which was in the late afternoon, we spent some time with some friends at the cafeteria before heading back to Petaling Jaya. The journey home was a very peaceful one & the entire 4days 3nights was certainly a trip that we’ll cherish for a long, long time.
The journey home…