When to Visit Cherating
The best time to visit Cherating is between April to October, even though the weather in Malaysia is generally warm and humid all year. The rainy season runs from October to April and Cherating does get quite a heavy rainfall so it’s best to avoid visiting during this time!
Not only famous for its beaches, there are also plenty to do in Cherating if you are a nature and animal lover. Some of the best attractions here are:
Cherating Beach: But of course! The best part about the beach is how relatively quiet it is compared to the other popular beaches in Malaysia, but no less alluring and beautiful. The sand here is white and fine, with soft lapping waves and shady coconut trees lining the shore. The waves here are also perfect for surfing so you might be tempted to try doing that!
Cherating Turtle Sanctuary: Located just next to Club Med, this turtle sanctuary is a must visit in Cherating. You will find tanks of rehabilitating sea turtles and may also be lucky to see some baby turtles that are waiting to be released to the sea. Visitors can also take part in the night tours which will allow you to see the turtles in action, laying eggs by the shore and covering them up with sand. This place is free but donation is much appreciated to keep the conservation work going!
Mangrove River and Fireflies Tour: A unique sight in Cherating is the mangrove river where you can see the mystical jungle world that is quite different from the usual hiking expedition in the forest. Head out to either the mangrove river cruise to observe the lives of the flora and fauna from a boat cruising down the river, or opt for the fireflies tour at night. You will get to see these magical creatures adorning the trees making them look like Christmas trees in the silence of the pitchblack night. Truly an unforgettable experience!
Sungai Lembing Mines: Located about an hour from Cherating, you will find one of the deepest mines in the world and even get to sit in the minecart to experience what it was like to be working in the mine. Be sure to also check out the local town and markets nearby after the mine tour.
With so much to see in Cherating, there is also much to do in your holiday in Cherating. The water sports offering here is vast, which includes surfing, kayaking, sea scooters and more. If you are staying at Club Med Cherating, there are many activities you can take part in such as kayaking, sailing and jet skiing if you would like to be out in the open water.
Besides water sports, the next best thing to do is to just lounge by the beach or poolside and soak in the tranquility of nature. If you would like to be in nature but to be moving as well, check out the jungle treks available in the rainforest or sign up for a treetop adventure which includes flying trapeze and rope climbing!
Cherating is a quiet town but there are still some nice spots if you would like to squeeze some shopping in. There are local handicrafts stalls selling batik near the beach which you can find authentic local delicacies as well.
At night, there is a night market where you can take in the sights and sounds of the local life and enjoy strolling through the brightly lit stalls. Here you can find souvenirs, fruits, street food, toys and so much more. Walk around at your own pace and soak in the vibe of a truly authentic Malaysian experience!