About Cherating Beach

Cherating is a popular beach resort area in Pahang. It is located about 30 km north of Kuantan on Peninsular Malaysia's East Coast.

Cherating village is a typical small lazy East Coast fishing village although backpacker-tourism now is the major income earner here. The village, which is just off the main East Coast trunk road between Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu is dotted with guesthouses and small hotels (called chalets here). Asia's first Club Med is also located here. The place is extremely laid-back and the beach is nice and wide, although not as beautiful as the beaches on the islands off the East Coast.

Cherating is a beach town in Pahang, Malaysia, located about 47 km north of Kuantan. It is the location of Asia’s first Club Mediterranee ("Club Med").

Cherating also houses a cultural village and a turtle sanctuary. The turtles lay their eggs between July and August.


From Kuantan city, head north for about 45 minutes. The should be ample signboards that will lead you to Cherating. From Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan city is a breezy 2.5-hour drive away on the scenic East Coast Expressway (ECE). Alternatively, there are 2-3 daily flights from KLIA to Kuantan (KUA) on Malaysia Airlines (MH). AirAsia (AK) does not fly to Kuantan.


The eternal lure of Cherating is embodied by the decision by the Club Med hotel chain to establish Asia's first Club Med resort here many years ago. Since then, various international class hotels and resorts sprouted along this long beach stretch.

What is known as Cherating is actually a series of different beaches with different access points. If you are driving from Kuantan, the row of medium-class resorts such as The Legend, Holiday Villa, and De Rhu Beach Resort should mark the starting point of the beach area. Another 10 minutes further, there is a small right-turn into the rustic village of Kampung Cherating. Further up on the main road