I always enjoyed cycling to the town of Dungun when I stayed at Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu, Malaysia. How come? Aside from biking being already a great exercise, I also have a marvelous view of the eastern coast of Malaysia!
Tanjong Jara Resort: Cycling to the town of Dungun in Terengganu, Malaysia
Tanjong Jara Resort bike tour
I was living in the resort for two months and I always looked forward to this physical activity. A perfect time since it was also Malaysia’s summer season.
I would start by borrowing a bike (thanks Peter!) and head my way out. On the left side, they have a smaller road where you will be greeted by pine trees as you begin the journey.
heading to a small road safe for cyclists
If I wasn’t on this backpacking adventure, I knew I’d invest on a bike after I quit my job. Maintaining an active lifestyle, biking seemed an ideal way to incorporate exercise in my daily routine and work up a sweat!
About a 4 kilometer stretch of sand and sea and pine trees while biking is a breathtaking experience for me. I’d stop for a minute and take my time admiring the amazing view of the coastal area.
I would stare at the beach and enjoy the fresh air while hearing the sound of the waves.
I love this lone tree and the broken stairs
Biking in Dungun felt like biking in Siem Reap. It’s very relaxed and the town is very peaceful. Only this time, I had a beautiful view of the east coast!
I also noticed locals spending time under pine trees. I say how lucky these children are to grow up having picnics by the beach.
how lucky these kids are to have the beach as their playground
Malaysia East Coast
I look at the sea and I am at peace. Dungun is a very quiet place and staring at the sea made me glad to have had the opportunity to stand still.
One time I stopped by a stall selling fried food and snacks. A great way to grab something to eat while staring at the amazing view! I bought fruits in tamarind sauce.
pineapple, guava and papaya in tamarind sauce
about 1.50 RM
car parking freely after a long road trip
Passing through Kampung Life
I would also pass by the kampung (Malaysian term for ‘village’) and witness how locals live their life. Sometimes during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Muslim’s biggest holiday) month, I’d wonder how it would be like to get invited to a feast with the locals. If only I had more time, I’d probably invite myself in! haha. Really, I like the fact that I’d smile at these locals and they would smile back.
Hari Raya celebration
monitor lizard crossing the street
The Bridge and the Fishing Village
After passing through the town, I’d end up at the bridge where I could see plenty of fishing boats. Normally, this is the end of the cycling tour where resort guests will stop by to have local coffee. Since I was headed to town, I’d have to cross the bridge.
I would then stop at this point as my legs were already in pain from non-stop pedalling. No worries as it’s always great to take a breather while observing my surroundings.
Dungun fishing village
So what’s in the town proper? Nothing much. There’s no mall, but they have KFC and McDonald’s. There are a few supermarkets, but this area doesn’t scream commercialism which adds to the charm of the location.
I’d drop by the grocery area to buy ice cream and snacks. I’d also pass by a 7/11 shop to buy top-up load for my mobile phone.
Dungun town proper
Many vehicles but it’s not as busy as it looks.
Biking at Night in a Thunderstorm
One night, I took Jana out on a tour to the town. I was really glad that she could experience the biking adventure. On our way home though, there was a sudden downpour accompanied by thunderstorms. We sought shelter in a supermarket until the rain subsided. When it did, we headed back to the resort.
Everything seemed alright until the power went out. We were already on the bridge when we couldn’t see anything except for lights from vehicles passing by.
pitch black except for headlights of vehicles passing by,
and lightning too.
I thought it was already dangerous to be biking in a thunderstorm. Upon writing this post, I realized that we didn’t have any warning signals for cars to see that we were around! Good thing we were on the sidewalk and not on the road.
Here’s a video I took while we were cycling during a thunderstorm. I kept lowering my head because of the lightning.
biking during a thunderstorm, not recommended!
There were two roads leading to Dungun town proper. In the beginning, I took the longer route of 10 kilometers. Aside from taking more time, I had to be extra cautious of other vehicles plying the same route. This was a highway so speeding trucks and cars made it more dangerous. It was only during the later part when I was informed that I used the 4 kilometer route. A much better way indeed.
I even recommended it to a few resort guests when we were trekking to the Chemerung waterfalls. When I showed them photos, they said they wanted to try it out; if only they weren’t checking out the next day.
Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia
Guided Bicycle Tour
Experience the daily lives of those who live on the shores of the East Coast of Malaysia with a guided tour through a local fishing village. Guests are able to have a taste of authentic Malay life by riding along the paths that weave through Dungun’s fishing village, meeting the locals, drinking Kopi Kampong, sampling local snacks and genuinely discovering the area that surrounds Tanjong Jara, accompanied by a very knowledgeable and truly fascinating guide. – Tanjong Jara Resort Activities
and the lights came back
Cycling is one of the activities being offered by Tanjong Jara Resort. I recommend you try it out. It’s a great workout activity. Plus you’d feel really good after, with all the perspiration!
Tanjong Jara Resort: Unmistakably Malay
Tanjong Jara Resort is a YTL Luxury Resort located on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia which is built on a 17-hectare site facing the South China Sea.
For two months in my backpacking adventure, I worked in a restaurant in a five-star resort in Malaysia. Check out my other adventures in Tanjung Jara Resort here:
- How I Lived in a Five-Star Resort for Two Months
- Snorkelling at Tenggol Island in Terengganu, Malaysia
- One More Week in Dungun, Terengganu
- Cycling to the town of Dungun in Terengganu, Malaysia
- Tanjong Jara Resort Review in Terengganu, Malaysia
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