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Chukai & Kemaman


Terengganu has a beautiful coastal road that takes you through most of the fishing ports and towns in the state. The Kemaman district developed tremendously during the mid-90's economic boom, when housing projects mushroomed overnight. Modern shops replaced the quaint old wooden shops and roads were widened to accommodate increased traffic. But, the slowdown in the economy has left an obvious mark on the towns. Apart from a stopover to refuel and for some food, Kemaman has little to offer. Kemaman Port is the main port where large oil tankers anchor and not too far away, the Star Cruises dock at their private jetty close to the Awana Kijal Resort. Star Cruise is a luxury liner that sails frequently along the coasts of Terengganu on the way to Phuket, Thailand.

The first excise and customs department on the east cost was set up at Chukai because of the busy port at the estuary. Chukai means 'tax' in Malay. However, the beauty of Chukai's old town has been reduced to a few landmarks here and there but not impressive enough to make one stay.

Just on the outskirts of town, along the river sits a little fishing village little known to outsiders. The tiny river jetty is often crowded with colourful Terengganu fishing boats. Noises from fishermen sailing in after a day's catch can be heard from afar, blown in with the sea breeze. During the hot afternoons, the fishermen are seen mending their nets and traps under the shady trees nearby.

It is not surprising therefore that there are quite a number of seafood restaurants in the centre of town. A good restaurant in town, facing the river called 'Malaysia coffeeshop', serves great baked crabs and has a reasonable selection of seafood, for a reasonable price. The restaurant can get quite busy at times but no worries as there are others to choose from on the same row of shops.

The other flavour to look out for is Chukai's famous Malaysian Coffee. Kedai kopi Hai Peng, a local popular coffee shop has packed coffee grains for sale. The coconut jam and toast is lovely and the ice blended coffee is to die for at only RM4.50, the cost of a house brew in KL! Open during the day, Kedai Kopi Hai Peng is housed in a 3 storey white indiscript modern building, just across the road from KFC.




Accommodation and Holiday Packages to Kuala Terengganu, Merang, Marang, Kapas Island, Tenggol Island, Gemia Island, Redang Island, Lang Tengah Island, Bidong Island, Penarik, Rantau Abang, Kenyir Lake, Tanjong Jara, Dungun, Paka and Surroundings

Accommodation & Holiday Packages :

Kuala Terengganu

Budget Inn | Hotel Grand Paradise | Ping Anchorage Backpackers Lodge

Motels | Batu Buruk Beach Resort | DJ Citi Point Hotel | Ming Star Hotel | Motel Desa | Hotel Kenangan | Qurata Riverside Resort | Seri Indah Resort | Seri Malaysia Hotel | Hotel YT Midtown |

Hotels | Felda Residence | Hotel Grand Continental | Permai Hotel | Primula Beach Resort | PrinzPark Terengganu |

Hotel Apartments | Sumai Hotel Apartment |

Day Trips | Kuala Terengganu City Tour | Terengganu Countryside Tour | Cemerong Waterfall & Pasir Raja Trip | Sekayu Waterfall & Terrapin Conservation Centre Trip | Fireflies Night Trip & Penarik Fishing Village Trip | Candat Sotong/Squid Jigging Trip |

Overnight Packages | 3 Days 2 Nights Terengganu, Firefly & Penarik Fishing Village | 3 Days 2 Nights Kuala Terengganu & Setiu Wetland | 3 Days 2 Nights Kuala Terengganu & Cemerong Waterfall | 3 Days 2 Nights Kuala Terengganu & Marang River Safari | Terengganu on a Shoestring Tour |

Pulau Duyung

| Awi's Yellow House | Pak Haji Abdullah's Chalets |


| Seri Malaysia Hotel Marang | Marang Guesthouse |

Rantau Abang

| Rantau Abang Hidden Treasure Day Trip |

Pulau Kapas

| Kapas Island Day Tour | Makcik Gemuk Chalet | Kapas Coral Beach Resort | The Light House | Yellow Beach Resort | Kapas Island Resort |

Pulau Gemia

| Gem Isle Resort |


| Kembara Inn | Aryani Resort | Sutra Beach Resort | Merang Suria Resort |

Pulau Redang

| Coral Redang Island Resort | Mutiara Beach Resort | Redang Paradise Resort | Redang Bay Resort | Redang Beach Resort | Redang Camping Adventure | Redang Island Resort | Redang Kalong Resort | Redang Lagoon Resort | Redang Pelangi Resort | Redang Reef Resort | Redang Holiday Beach Villa | Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa | The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort |

Pulau Redang Day Trip ~ | Redang Island Day Tour |

Pulau Bidong

| Pulau Bidong Island |

Pulau Lang Tengah

| D'Coconut Lagoon Resort | Summer Bay Resort | Lang Sari Resort | Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa |


| Terrapuri Penarik | Penarik Inn | Fireflies Night Trip | Sekayu Waterfall & Terrapin Conservation Centre Trip |


| Bukit Keluang Beach Resort | Manor Residence Besut | Primula Pointray Besut Hotel |

Volunteer Programmes

| Terengganu Turtle Conservation Expedition | Perhentian Turtle Conservation Volunteer program |

Tanjung Jara

| Tanjong Jara Resort |

Kenyir Dam

| Kenyir Lake Day Tour | Lake Kenyir Resort & Spa | Musang Kenyir Resort | Uncle John Resort | Kenyir Lake Plus (Houseboat) | Kenyir Tourist Resort |

Pulau Tenggol

| Tenggol Day Trip | Tenggol Coral Beach Resort | Tenggol Island Beach Resort |


| Hotel Kasanya | Ulek Beach Resort | Cemerong Waterfall & Pasir Raja Tour |

Chukai & Kemaman

| River Garden Hotel |


| Residence Resort | Rumbia Resort Villa |


| Awana Golf and Beach Resort |


Malaysia Cities , Towns & Villages

Peninsula Malaysia Cities , Towns & Villages


| Alor Setar |


| Chukai | Dungun | Kemaman | Kijal | Kuala Terengganu | Paka |


| Ipoh | Kuala Kangsar | Lumut | Taiping |


| Klang | Kuala Selangor |


| Kota Bahru |

Federal Territory

| Kuala Lumpur |


| Mersing |

Negri Sembilan

| Seremban | Kuala Pilah | Lukut |


| Sungei Lembing | Kuala Lipis | Kuantan |


| Melaka |

Sabah and Sarawak Towns , Cities & Villages


| Kuching | Long Bedian | Long Lama | Long Terawan | Miri | Marudi |


| Sandakan | Kota Kinabalu | Tawau |

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