2016 – North-Eastern Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip - day 1

Malaysian Outward Bound Youth Association
1,611km North-Eastern Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip
KL > Marang > Kota Bharu > Taiping > Cameron > KL
A 5day road trip from 30.09.2016 – 04.10.2016
We witnessed this beautiful double rainbow view on road 3 at Kerteh.
Day 1 (30.09.2016) - A 480km long drive from KL to Marang at Kg Rhu Muda, Terengganu
 

The Route:
> by Karak highway E8, road 222 and 2 to Kuantan
> by road 2 and 3 to Cherating > Cukai > Kijal Beach
> by road 3 to Kemasik Beach > Kerteh > Dungun > Marang at Kg Rhu Muda




In the early morning at 6.30am three of us, my wife Catherine, my son Jin Wei and myself left our Subang Jaya house for BHP station, 2km from east bound toll, for breakfast at the Old Town White Coffee café and to meet the rest of the 16 team members. From here we left at 9.10am to Sri Jaya to buy the special ''pillow pau'' at Restoran Sin Tong Kok.
 

At 11.12am we arrived at Restoran Sin Tong Kok for second breakfast break. We then left at 11.45am for Kuantan arriving at 12.50pm for lunch at Restoran Hock Hin. After lunch at 2pm we drove to Chen Hing to buy salted fish. However, we ended up by buying Langsat fruit instead of salted fish.
 
At 2.20pm we departed Kuantan for Cherating arriving at 3.43pm and after a ten minutes’ drive northward along road 3 we stopped for the famous Satar and Otak-otak by the road side store.
 
At 4.57pm we stopped at Kijal Beach. Almost immediately after we left Kijal Beach it was raining heavily for about 20 minutes. At 5.50pm we stopped at Kemasik Beach and then passing by Kerteh at 6.40pm for the sunset view. From here it was a long drive until we reached the Fishing Village Homestay at 8.50pm and then for dinner at D’Rhu Bayu Seafood, Kg Rhu Muda, Terengganu. It was a long drive indeed and we were so tired that the moment we reached our homestay we went straight to sleep without any fellowship.
 
Sleeping: Fishing Village Homestay, Lot 2279, Jalan Lama Seberang Marang, 21600 Marang, (3 storey bungalow, since 15Jun2015) (immediately after the Sg Rinting bridge).
In the early morning at 6.30am three of us, my wife Catherine, my son Jin Wei and myself left our Subang Jaya house for BHP station, 2km from east bound toll, for breakfast at the Old Town White Coffee café and to meet the rest of the 16 team members.

From here we left at 9.10am to Sri Jaya to buy the special ''pillow pau'' at Restoran Sin Tong Kok.

The East-West Karak highway.

At 11.12am we arrived at Restoran Sin Tong Kok for second breakfast break.

As strongly recommended by Wei Wei, we made our second stop at Sri Jaya Restoran Sin Tong Kok for paus and dim-sum but unfortunately their famous ''pillow pau'' was not ready yet.

Restoran Sin Tong Kok for second breakfast pau and dim-sum break.

Restoran Sin Tong Kok, Sri Jaya for second breakfast break.

Restoran Sin Tong Kok, Sri Jaya for second breakfast break.

"The best Pau in the world" written on the wall.
12.03pm - The scenic East-West Karak highway.


Kuantan arriving at 12.50pm for lunch at Restoran Hock Hin. We were here on the last road trip in July.

Taking lunch at Restoran Hock Hin, Kuantan.

This restaurant belongs to Wei Wei's eldest brother who came here from Sitiawan many years ago.


These are the typical Hokchiew food from Sitiawan.

This is stir-fried pork with salted fish, onion, chilly and dark soya sauce..


This is the red-wine chicken stew.

After lunch at 2pm we drove to Chen Hing to buy salted fish. Very friendly lady proprietor and all dried items are reasonably priced.

However, we ended up by buying Langsat fruit instead of salted fish.

3.10pm - Long traffic jam on road 3 outside of Kuantan due to road accident. So we took a country road to avoid the jam.

Arrived Cherating at 3.43pm and then proceeded to Kuala Kemaman Beach for the famous Satar and Otak-otak by the road side.

Somewhere in Terengganu, don't tell my mama ya! — with Mohd Shahrul.

4.17pm - Stopped along road 3 before Kijal Beach for the famous Satar and Otak-otak by the road side.



Satar is cooked over fire till the filling is dry and the slightly burnt banana leaves gives an aroma to the satar which is sweet and fragrant.
The pleasure of seeing skewers and skewers of satars, the smoky, sweet smell, filling the air. Unlike otak otak, satar is wrapped to a conifer shape, skewered in the center.
All waiting patiently for Satar and Otak otak to be served.



A bottle of American Ice Cream Soda. I wonder what is this for?

Otak-otak is a fish-based delicacy of which slices of fish are marinated and soaked in a specially prepared coconut milk together with local spices, and wrapped in a coconut leaf. Smaller fish are normally cut into two while bigger fish are sliced. The concoction is then wrapped in a coconut leaf and cooked over a slow charcoal fire.

Satar is a deliciously succulent concoction of fish paste with shallot and ginger paste, basked in coconut milk. It is wrapped in a banana leaf, folded into the shape of a cone, and stuck on a bamboo stick and grilled to smoky perfection.

The ladies preparing the Otak-otak wrapped in banana leaves. The satar filling is a mixture of mince fish (usually tenggiri), spices, mince onions, garlic, red chillies, ginger and grated coconut.


At 4.57pm we stopped at Kijal Beach.

At 4.57pm we stopped at Kijal Beach.


All required to jump on the rocks to get to the wooden stage platform.

Shahrul checking for updates on his phone.
Ching Jin Wei the camera man.
A group photo taken at Kijal Beach.

The capital for Kemaman district is Chukai.

Almost immediately after we left Kijal Beach it was raining heavily for about 20 minutes.

At 5.50pm we stopped at Kemasik Beach.

The beautiful Kemasik Beach.

As we drove up the coastal road to Marang, Terengganu, Kerteh Beach is one of the best.


This beach is located north of Cherating and is between the town of Kijal and Kerteh.

Kemasik Beach takes its name from the Kemasik River running prominently through.


The only thing makes this Kemasik Beach famous is the tranquil beach and scenery.


Kemasik Beach is one of the beaches in Terengganu that the locals go to in the evening and during the weekends. Take note that the weekends in the state of Terengganu are on Friday and Saturday.

This is Tan Chee Seng our group physician. 


This is Ching Jin Wei our group photograph.


This is Ms Kalaiarasy Subramaniam the youngest in the group.

The little fishing village beside the Kemasik Beach.

The fishing boats along the Kemasik River.

The fishing boats along the Kemasik River.

She says he sells sea shells on the sea shore at Kemasik Beach.



Wow, George Ling tried to lift this log at Kemasik Beach.

All the handsome guys on display at Kemasik Beach.

6.55pm - We witnessed this beautiful double rainbow view on road 3 at Kerteh.

6.59pm - The breath taking sunset view on road 3 at Kerteh.

Another oil industry city in Terengganu is Kerteh which is about 2 hours drive to the south of Kuala Terengganu.

So many of this huge petroleum refinery plants along road 3. Passing by in the evening is an unforgettable experience.

Gases accompanied by fire released from the pipe and the huge plants are brightly lighted and appear in a suddenly on a bare land, like a space city appear in the middle of the sky.

The breath taking sunset view on road 3 at Kerteh.

The breath taking nightfall view on road 3 at Kerteh.

The breath taking nightfall view on road 3 at Kerteh.

7.33pm passing through Dungun.

We reached the Fishing Village Homestay at 8.50pm.

Fishing Village Premium Homes is a bungalow which has two units of the upper and lower level in one bungalow. The lower ground have three rooms and four bathroom and upper floor have four room with bathroom in each room.
The large parking area.

The large living area.


The large double room.



My large triple room.


Dinner at D’Rhu Bayu Seafood, Kg Rhu Muda, Terengganu.



Satay is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce. Satay may consist of sliced chicken, mutton, beef, pork grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings.

Baby sting-ray fish curry.

Fried rice.


 
Click below to view:
North-Eastern Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip - Intro
Day 1 Fri. (30.09.2016) - KL to Marang, Terengganu (480km)

Day 2 Sat. (01.10.2016) – Marang to Kota Bharu, Kelantan (258km)
Day 3 Sun. (02.10.2016) – Kota Bharu to Taiping, Perak (334km)
Day 4 Mon. (03.10.2016) – Taiping to Cameron, Pahang (225km) 

Day 5 Tue. (04.10.2016) – Cameron to KL, Selangor (314km)
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