Review: Payung Guest House – Cherating, MY

Payung Guest House Cherating Malaysia

Payung Guest House Cherating Malaysia

Payung Guest House – Cherating, MY – Just before the monsoon season begins near Cherating, a lazy window of time opens to the relaxed traveler in the small eastern costal town of the Malay Peninsula. These three or so weeks of late Septmeber and early October gets muggy, even super dank with the sun at its zenith beating hard down upon you.  Life in Cherating comes to a stand still. Yeah there are still locals working, surfing and playing a match of football in the dusk but high season it is not. No, the rush comes in the middle of October when the monsoon hits the north because that is time to surf.  Yet before this rush is the ideal time to visit Cherating because it’s well…laid back…really laid back.
Along the main street of Cherating there are quite a few guest houses offering different types of rooms and chalets. Joup recommends the Payung Guest House (PGH) owned  (co-managed) by Mr. Jasman and managed by Mr. Yanya.
Established in 2000, PGH hosts 11 wooden cabins (chalets) with fans or AC depending. Cabins come in a variety of double and single beds. They range in price from 50RM to 80RM (RM=Ringgit) or approximately US$17-US$27 as of Sept, 2012.

The cabins are clean and well kept with clean linen, towels and mosquito nets.

Payung Chalets Cherating Malaysia

Payung Chalets Cherating Malaysia

Tiled bathrooms are attached to each cabin with full facilities, however hot water (just like AC) will cost extra. Free wi-fi is available with the speed rating at decent.

The grounds are beautifully in season in late September with bushy flowers and green palm trees. Each cabin has a lit front porch ideal for relaxing with a drink and a good book in the evening time. Mosquitos are of small concern as Jasman and Yanya smoke the grounds regularly and provide each cabin with mosquito incense coils, but have repellent on hand as well.

PGH offers plenty of activities to do while in Cherating. Go surfing for sure even if you are a newbie.  The long bay provides many different types of waves for the different skilled surfer. Actually an ideal spot for the beginner and lessons are available.  Take a kayak up the Sungai Ceratung (river). You’ll find a wealth of wildlife including monkeys, kingfishers and oriental pied hornbills in the trees and Monitor lizards and snakes in the river. Watch the fireflies at night on the cruise PGH provides.
And finally follow some turtles on the beach in the early evening (April – September).

 

Sungai Ceratung

Sungai Ceratung

 


Get to and from Cherating

From Kuala Lumpur: A number of different bus companies travel out of in KL to Kuantan on the east coast. The bus ride lasts about 4 hours and costs between 18RM and 25RM. From Kuantan take a local bus north along route 3 and be sure to tell the bus driver to stop at Cherating!


Eats around Cherating:

Numerous spots along main street but Joup recommends Global Village Pizza. Wood fire baked pizzas (Veggie included) and ½ roasted garlic chickens, need we say more? And for breakfast we recommend Warung Ambak . Cheese, Onion and Tomato omelettes or canias for 2RM? Too good to be true.

Joe Grez

Joe Grez

Joe Grzesik (JGrez) is an artist developer focusing online on front end development and keeping up with new techonolgies. Photography has been his most recent and strongest passion. He’s shot thousands of photos throughout the years only recently display a larger portion of his library here on Joup.

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