Chukai, also known by the name of Kemaman City is a mukim and capital of Kemaman District, Terengganu. The name "Chukai" or cukai means 'taxes' in Malay. The town is so named due to its position near the estuary of the Kemaman River whereby taxes and levies were imposed on riverine traffic during the British colonial period. It is also the biggest town in southern Terengganu and the population is over 170,000. The position between the state capitals of Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu as well as the distance to the oil town of Kerteh has turned Chukai into a major commercial hub for the region.
There are flights from KLIA to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport at Kuantan, Pahang which takes around 40 minutes. Once you reach the airport, you can a take taxi or rent a car from airport to Chukai town via Route 3/AH18 which consumes another 1 hour and 5 minutes.
From Kuala Lumpur city centre, the journey is by using Lebuhraya Segamat – Kuantan/Lebuhraya Tun Razak/ Route 12 to Chukai, Terengganu which takes around 5 hours 10 minutes.
The Hai Peng Coffee Shop, a Chukai landmark famous for its coffees and toast since in 1940. The founder passed the business to his son. Hai Peng is not only popular among local, it also serves as a pit stop for road travellers on the way to Kuala Terengganu or other towns on the East Coast. The food served here is typical and authentic Hainanese coffee shop including homemade tuna sandwiches, roti kaya, French toast and half boiled eggs and the famous fresh and satisfyingly strong brew coffee. The atmosphere and ambience are welcoming and the classic decorations and marble table tops act as a tribute to many years of culture.
A beautiful stretch of beach in Kemaman acts as a sanctuary or home to a turtle sanctuary where turtle are collected and are hatched and the hatchlings safely sent to sea, away from predators and poachers. The Department of Fisheries Malaysia, BP and WWF-Malaysia have developed this sanctuary to be a model turtle conservation centre in Malaysia. The Ma’ Daerah turtle hatchery is open to all and is an important resource on turtle conservation and where anyone can come and learn about turtles and their roles in our marine ecosystem. The Turtle and Marine Ecosystem Centre also has been set up to act as a conservation reserve for these turtles. On a different note, most part of the beaches is safe for swimming although some are restricted by the Fisheries Department for turtle conservation purposes. The beach is open for all kind of beach activities such as beach volleyball, picnic, kite flying and camping.
This hotel is located nearby attractions at Chukai and offers numerous on-site facilities. The hotel features 20 beautifully appointed guest rooms many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, free WiFi, air conditioning and desk. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Designed for both business and leisure travel and for the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk and Wi-Fi in public areas. A selection of top-class facilities such as 24-hour security, convenience store, daily housekeeping, gift/souvenir shop, taxi service can be enjoyed at the hotel. Other than that, there are also dining options which serve a wide variety of local and western dishes and free parking is also available for guests.