Just 45 minutes drive from KL city centre, Selesa Hills could rival Cameron Highlands as a hilltop escape. A valley of lush vegetable farms surrounded by forested hills, it is dotted with attractive holiday homes, and for the roving gourmand there are seafood restaurants to dine at and stalls selling fresh produce for cheap. Sure, Selesa Hills’ climate is not as temperate and it lacks the tea plantations, but its bucolic setting is just as soothing, and its accessibliliy and absence of crowds are hard to beat. Besides, if the heat does get to you, there’s always Tanglir Waterfall.
A 3 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur along the East Coast Highway, Kuantan and Cherating have always made for an easy weekend escape, even for those living on the West Coast. However until recently stylish accommodation offerings were thin on the ground.
Located within the 50 hectare Sungai Pandan Forest Reserve on the outskirts of Kuantan, Pandan Waterfall is a dramatic 100 meter vertical torrent that’s almost as wide as it is high. It’s also incredibly accessible with no hiking necessary
For a town whose fortunes were built on the back of tin mining in one of the world’s deepest mines, where the only light source would have been a headlamp, Sungai Lembing’s most appealing natural attractions revolve around light. Rainbow Falls, located 10 kilometres outside of town is it’s prettiest.
The magical cloud-covered views of Sungai Lembing are reason enough to wake up early and make the heart-pumping stair climb up Panorama Hill.
The chilled out vibe and ramshackle huts of Cherating’s beach have been attracting urban escapees and foreign backpackers to it’s golden sands for decades. Yet the area’s best attraction has to be its river.
A new resort and the promise of satar and stuffed crab were sufficient reason for me to tag along on a trip to Cherating.