Kuantan, Malaysia

Balok Beach, Kuantan
Balok Beach

Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang and the 9th largest city in Malaysia and the largest on the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The city is home to more than 600,000 people comprising of Malays (57%), Chinese (32%), Indians (10%) and other ethnic races (1%). Kuantan is a booming city and tourism is a major economic activity. The city is also a regional hub on the eastern coast for trade, commerce and transportation.

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Getting to Kuantan
Kuantan is located midway along the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia between Kota Bharu (370 km) in the north and Singapore (380 km) in the south. The Karak Highway and East Coast Expressway cuts across the centre of Peninsular Malaysia connecting Kuantan with Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur, covering a distance of about 250 km. Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport is located about 15 km from Kuantan serving flights between Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore.

Karak Highway
Karak Highway

Major Attractions
Major attractions are the sandy beaches in Kuantan and nearby the city. In fact, Kuantan has the most number of beaches compared to other cities in Malaysia. The main city beach is Teluk Chempedak and nearby beaches include Beserah, Balok and Batu Hitam. Other attractions include the Esplanade along the Kuantan River, the limestone Panching Caves (near the village of Panching) and the Berkelah Falls (near the Royal Malaysian Air Force base).

Kuantan River
Fishing boat on the Kuantan River

Kuantan experiences a tropical climate with daytime temperatures reaching 29-32°C and night temperatures dropping to 22-24°C. The city experiences two season i.e. a relatively dry season and a rainy season. The rainy season occurs between October and March featuring heavy rain brought by the north-east monsoon winds. Floods often occur during periods of continuous or excessive rain.

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