Teluk Chempedak in Pahang delivers a perfect beach getaway for locals and tourists alike
Famously known for its white sandy beach, its well-established promenade, Teluk Chempedak in Pahang quintessentially delivers a perfect beach getaway for locals and tourists alike. Located just five kilometres away from capital Kuantan, the stretch of beach has been a favourite haunt for residents in Pahang. For out of towners, especially KL city folk, Teluk Chempedak offers an ideal weekend getaway and a welcome reprieve from city life.
If you’re coming from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, then driving to Teluk Chempedak remains your best option. The distance between KL and Kuantan is roughly 260km, which means you only need to stomach a three hour drive that basically starts from the Genting-Karak highway, which will take you directly into Kuantan town. From centre of town itself, it’s just a ten-minute drive to get to Teluk Chempedak.
Although most visitors tend to opt for Cherating instead, Teluk Chempedak is not without its own set of charms and attractions. On weekdays, the beach is mostly emptied out except for a handful of locals and tourists and guests of the Hyatt Regency, the main property that occupies this stretch of beach. On weekends though, Teluk Chempedak transforms itself into a beach carnival atmosphere complete with water sports activities and stalls that sell a wide variety of snacks and souvenirs.
Beach activities aside though, there is plenty for first-time visitors to see and do at this favourite seaside hotspot even during the off-peak Monsoon season where the beach is closed. If you’re up for a bit of exploring, then stroll along the erected wooden walkway over the rocky section of the bay, which leads to the neighbouring Teluk Pelindung (Sheltered Bay).
The jungle fringes around Teluk Chempedak also beg to be explored and a trek into the pristine rainforest will allow you to witness the native species of birds, insects and monkeys in their natural habitat. And when the hunger pang hits, rest assured Teluk Chempedak has got you covered.
If its local variety you’re hankering for, then make a bee-line for the purpose built food court where fresh seafood, staple fry-ups and hawker fare are available for lunch and dinner. To cater to the demands of foreign visitors, Teluk Chempedak is not without its international F&B chains as well. However, there are two outstanding eateries located here that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Restoran Hoi Yin, just a short stroll from the main beach area is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch. The quaint old-fashioned coffee shop prides itself on serving some of the best curry noodles in Kuantan. Opening from as early as 7.30am to 2pm, the eatery is often packed to the brim with customers waiting to dig into the delectable spicy noodle dish laden with generous portions of chicken and cockles and tofu puffs. Do come early if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Located just a stone's throw away from the beach itself is one of the Kuantan’s most popular chains – Nasi Kukus Mama. Bright red and just off the beach, the eatery is famously known for its steamed rice, which is served with a choice of freshly fried crispy chicken or beef rendang. Each portion comes with a generous serving of rice, heaps of curry and sambal as well as a salted egg and it’s always served wrapped in paper and ready to go.