The last stopover we had was at Gua Charas to see the Sleeping Buddha. Gua Charas is located nearby Sungai Pandan Waterfall, on the way to Sungai Lembing from Kuantan.
There are some stairs climbing before you reach to the cave entrance. There's entrance fee of RM 2 for adult and RM 1 for child. Along the way inside the cave, there are many statues of Buddha and also Indian Gods.
If you are around Kuantan area, Teluk Cempedak is a place that you should not miss. It's a long stretch of sandy beach where kids can play with water and sand. The beach is actually quite clean compared to other beaches like Port Dickson or Morib side of Peninsular Malaysia. There are also other water sports such as banana boats, jet ski, etc however due to year end monsoon, the water sports activities were mostly closed. Waves were high, wind was strong. Some were playing kites there as well. There is also a huge space where kids can play their remote control cars, roller blades, cycle, water bubbles, etc. There were people who barbecue along the beach but you can also find many food stalls selling all kinds of food, especially seafood along the beach. There is also fast food like McDonald's and coffee hang out place like Starbucks.
Sungai Pandan Waterfall is just about 25km away from Kuantan. I think this is a great waterfall for kids as there are a few spots that are quite shallow and safe. The water is so clear that you can see small fishes swimming around. If you stand still, the fishes will come nibble on your toes and feet as if you are doing a fish spa!
The other famous place to visit in Sungai Lembing is the hanging bridge that connects to the other side of the town.
The next place to visit in Sungai Lembing is the Sungai Lembing Mines. Entrance fee for adult is RM 15.90 and kid is RM 7.90. The fee includes a very short (probably only 1 minute) ride of the train into the Mines Tunnel where we were dropped off to walk into the tunnel on our own. Along inside of the tunnel, there were some educational information about how the mining activities were done in the olden days where there were also some experimental stuff for the kids to explore. Inside the tunnel, up to 400 meter depth under sea level, there was also a demo "Kiew", which refers to a lift / elevator that the miners used to travel between different levels within the tunnel. There was a documentary show in the Kiew where at the end of the show we experienced the vibration as if the Kiew was moving like a real one. The kids were excited thinking they would end up in another storey / level of the tunnel!
When I first search for places to go during this year end Christmas long weekend holiday, I was looking at some beaches along the East Coast. However due to year end monsoon where most beaches are closed for public, I then searched for what were the things to do in Kuantan as I was actually looking along Club Med which was popular for its kids friendly family holiday. However, due to our limited budget for the holiday, the searches somehow led me to Sungai Lembing.
If you are planning for a short weekend family getaway with kids, I would recommend a 3D2N family trip to East Peninsular Malaysia with a few stopovers along the way (Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Sungai Lembing, finally Kuantan and Teluk Cempedak).
We started our journey early in the morning on Christmas Eve to an Elephant Sanctuary in Kuala Gandah, located in Termeloh in the state of Pahang. It's about 133km from Shah Alam (approximately 1 hour 46 min drive without traffic).