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"The Underrated City of Malaysia"

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Situated in Malaysia, Kuantan is the capital city of Pahang (the largest state in Malaysia) on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This small but lively coastal town is renowned for its beaches, serene atmosphere, friendly weather, beautiful sunsets and rich Malay culture. 

Kuantan, one of the cleanest cities of Malaysia is home to a lot of incredible attractions namely Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque featuring five domes, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Agriculture Park which is an education centre and Tanjung Lumpur which is a traditional Malay village known for its seafood restaurants. The city is known for its extraordinary waterfalls such as Sungai Pandan Waterfall, Sungai Berkelah Waterfall and the Jerangkang Waterfall. Sungai Lembing in Kuantan contains the world’s deepest underground mines and a Tin Museum.

The local museums, recreational parks, handicraft centres and animal sanctuaries present in Kuantan promise to leave the visitors mesmerized and provide a glimpse of the lives of Malaysian city dwellers.

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Beaches in Kuantan

Kuantan embodies a number of ravishing scenic beaches well known for different things.
  • Teluk Cempedak or Palm Beach approximately 5 kilometres northeast of Kuantan offers water sports facilities such as boating and kayaking. It has a long metal boardwalk which connects to another beach named Missionary Bay.
  • Beserah Beach is approximately 7 kilometres away from Kuantan City and is famous for fresh fish and salted fish which can be bought at wholesale prices.
  • Balok Beach, situated at a distance of 13 kilometres from Kuantan is known for windsurfing.
  • Pantai Batu Hitam also referred to as Black Stone Beach is a special beach where all the stones are either black or extremely dark in colour.
  • Other well-known beaches in Kuantan include Chenor Beach, Pantai Sepat Beach and Cherating Beach.

Shopping in Kuantan

Kuantan produces a wide range of handicrafts, silk and batiks available at different stations which can be purchased by the visitors as souvenirs. Batik products of the region are well known such as batik coasters, batik folding fans, batik folding hats, custom batik DIY T-shirts, batik shirts, batik hand block fabric, batik hand drawn tshirts, batik coin purse, batik dolls, batik lady blouse and dresses and batik DIY paintings.

There are various malls in the town which offer comprehensive shopping outlets as well as entertainment options. Many supermarkets are situated in the town operated by the local retailers from where all the local Malay crafts and products can be purchased.

Kuantan Cuisine

Kuantan offers a multiplicity of delicacies including street food and international cuisines such as Hainan cuisine, Indian Cuisine and Chinese Cuisine. The famous local dishes of the region are Keropok Lekor, Otak-Otak (fish paste wrapped in coconut leaves and barbequed), Satay, Nasi Dagang, Nasi lemak and Curry Laksa. The seafood lovers should make sure to come by Tanjung Lumpur village which provides some mouth-watering seafood, especially Stuffed Crab.

Malaysian Chinese Cuisine including wan tan mee, yong tau foo, char koay teow, dim sum, curry laksa and Asam laksa can be found in the town. Malaysian Indian cuisine is another option in Kuantan which includes dishes such as roti canai, tandoori chicken and nasi kandar often served on a banana leaf.

Malay special coffee and the sour plum drink are must tries along with renowned desserts namely mango cheesecake, red velvet cake, chocolate cake and creme brûlée. Keropok (translates to fish crackers) and salted fish are extremely famous among tourists and locals. Ikan Bakar (fresh grilled fish) and keropokare are sold at Serambi Teruntum in Tanjung Lumpur. Varieties of satay (grilled meat on a stick) and roti canai (thick chapati like bread) are offered by many street vendors in the night markets.

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FAQs on Kuantan

What is famous about Kuantan?

A Malaysian cultural display, beaches and the serene atmosphere.

What is not so good about Kuantan?

The nightlife in Kuantan is not so great with only a few bars.

What is the best time to visit Kuantan?

Kuantan is a warm place throughout the year and there is very little change in the average temperature. The months of October to March experience heavy rainfall which becomes a hindrance for enjoying water activities and sightseeing.

The months of April to September are dry with the best weather conditions for a visit. During this time, the tourists will be able to experience all the distinguished activities. The Moon Cake Festival, also referred to as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Lantern Festival, takes place in September which consists of moon cakes, lantern parade and performances.
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What are the things to do in Kuantan?

The top things to do in Kuantan are Teluk Chempedak, Sungai Pandan Waterfall, Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah, East Coast Mall, Taman Esplanade Kuantan, Mini Zoo Park Teruntum. You can see all the places to visit in Kuantan here

What are the places near Kuantan?

The top places near to Kuantan are Kuala lumpur which is 183 km from Kuantan, Petaling jaya which is located 193 km from Kuantan, Georgetown which is located 372 km from Kuantan, Pahang which is located 12 km from Kuantan, Melaka which is located 205 km from Kuantan

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