Pantai Sri Tujuh: Tumpat’s hidden paradise

Pantai Sri Tujuh is the northernmost beach on the East Coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, stretching for a distance of about 7km from Tumpat up to the mouth of the Golok River which marks the border with Thailand.

This long, golden sandy beach is fringed with Casuarina trees which provide shade for beach goers. At the south-eastern end, there is a sandbar or spit separating the sea from a brackish lagoon.

The middle part, which is also called Pantai Geting, has no lagoon while the north-western end is separated from the fishing village of Pengkalan Kubor by a lagoon-like river called Sungai Geting.

Things to do and see

  • Swimming: The sea may look calm and inviting but the sea can be dangerously rough during the monsoon season (November to March). The sand is soft on the feet but plastic litter is strewn across the beach. Swimming is not permitted in the lagoon behind the beach.
  • Boating: The lagoon has a centre for renting paddle boats.
  • Eating: Those who don’t bring their own picnics can find restaurants here where grilled fish is the speciality.

  • Fishing Village: There are plenty of picturesque small fishing boats along this part of the coast. You might be able to persuade a fisherman to take you out in one if you would like to try fishing. There are a number of floating fish farms and aquaculture sites here.

  • Wau Museum: There is a small kite museum showing off the types of elaborate kites which are popular in Kelantan.
  • Galeri Tengku Anis: At the Pengkalan Kubur end of the beach, where the Golok River separates Malaysia from Thailand, is a beach park and a nice building with traditional Malaysian architecture called Galeri Tengku Anis. This gallery mainly contains information pertaining to fishing.

Getting there

Drivers from Kota Bharu can follow highway 134. There are a number of Thai-style Buddhist temples on the way which are well worth a visit.

Accommodation

There are a few basic accommodation choices such as Chalet Pantai Sri Tujuh Resort which has rooms on stilts above the lagoon, or D’Geting Beach Resort which has a nice beach-front location.

This article first appeared in malaysia-traveller.com