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Kuantan Rundown

The dominant state in Peninsular Malaysia by area captures and captivates many a tourist. From the royal capital of Pekan to hill resorts like the Cameron Highlands, exquisite national parks to the white sand dunes of the South China Sea, Pahang is a hefty parcel of the country to unwrap. State capital Kuantan is a good place to start.

The city of over 600,000 people is discreetly urban and includes a desirable swath of coast that garners the lion’s share of attention. As a result, Kuantan coaxes hordes of domestic visitors in particular but, increasingly over the last decade, a steady trickle of international travellers on the make for inexpensive, harmless fun under the tropical sun.

Happily, Kuantan offers more than parasols in the sand and has begun to develop and muscle up a bit in recent times. As the commercial and political heart of Pahang, the city plays host to vital points of interest like Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque, Pahang Buddhist Association Temple, Gelora Park and is the gateway to the likes of Berkelah Falls and Forest Reserve, Charas Caves, Pulau Ular and Bukit Gambang Resort City.

Kuantan’s Top 10

10. Pekan is the lovely royal capital of Pahang.

5. Charas Cave is a beautiful temple cave not far from Sungai Lembing.

9. Gelora Park is a sublime oasis in the city and popular congregation spot.

4. Batu Hitam is a black stone, white sand beach 10 km from Kuantan.

8. Beserah is a beach village not far up the coast from Kuantan.

3. Balok is a beach with idyllic waves for water sports.

7. Sungai Lembing, some 30 km from Kuantan, is home to the world’s foremost underground tin mine.

2. Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque is the primary mosque of Pahang. The landmark is by far the most impressive in the city.

6. Berkelah Falls is a first-rate cascade 50 km from the state capital.

1. Teluk Cempedak (Jackfruit Bay) is the most popular beach area in Kuantan and a wonderful place to observe local life and people-watch on a sunny day.

Kuantan History

  • State Museum – Shows the history of the royal family, as well as displays of Chinese treasure from sunken junks.
  • Kuil Sri Mariamman Kuantan – The oldest temple in the area and was built in 1833.
  • Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque – A beautiful white and blue mosque that looks stunning at night.
  • State Mosque – This huge mosque located in the center of town contains stained glass, minarets and a distinctive dome.
  • Pekan – South of Kuantan, this royal city is where the sultan of Pahang resides in a gorgeous palace.

Kuantan Arts & Culture

  • Putra Square – This city square of Kuantan is located opposite the prime minister’s complex and used for festivals and ceremonies.
  • Hero’s Museum – Near the state mosque, the museum contains several different galleries.
  • Orang Asli – Aborigine settlement that displays the native hunting and other activities in native life.
  • Wan Fo Tien Temple – This Buddhist temple built in 1967 has a 5.5m Buddha statue.
  • Beserah – A fishing village at the edge of the city where local fisherman use water buffalo to pull in the boats and their catches.

Kuantan Shopping

  • Berjaya Megamall – Contains many stalls and shops in Kuantan.
  • East Coast Mall – This is the largest mall along the east coast of Malaysia and contains a Parkson and Carrefour.
  • Hasil Laut Kiah Kee – The place to buy fish you can find salted fish, cuttlefish, dried shrimp and more.
  • Teruntum Complex – One of the first shopping malls in the area that contains a cinema and the KTV.
  • Sunday Market – The fresh farmers' market takes place every Sunday morning, offering excellent fruit and local produce.

Gay & Lesbian Kuantan

  • Teluk Cempedak Beach – Mix and mingle in the evenings at this beach in Kuantan.
  • Pink Borneo – A gay-owned travel agency that customizes holidays specifically for GLBT travelers.
  • Parkcity Hotel Pub – Mixed pub, gay and straight, that offers live music each evening.
  • Pure Bar – What was once a gay-friendly guesthouse has morphed into a funky nightclub that still welcomes GLBT customers.
  • Massa Sutra – Gay-friendly massage academy and spa that offers massage treatments and courses.

Kuantan Outdoor

  • Sungai Lembing – The largest underground tin mine in the world contains a museum and interesting hanging bridge.
  • Pandan Waterfalls – These popular waterfalls located about 40 minutes away are a lovely sight and spot for a picnic.
  • Bukit Gambang City Water Resort – This 24-hectare water park has an enormous wave pool, slides and raft rides.
  • Esplanade Park – Walk along the esplanade enjoying the views of the Kuantan River.
  • Berkelah Falls – Near the Royal Malaysian Air Force in Kuantan, this is also known as the Ninth Mile Waterfall.

Kuantan Sport

  • Play a round of golf at the royal Kuantan golf course.
  • Join in a game of rugby or just watch at the Kuantan rugby pitch in the middle of town.
  • Catch a Pahang FA football match at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
  • Rent a kayak and explore the coastline near Taman Gelora in Kuantan.
  • Pick up a surfboard and catch a wave at Balok Beach.

Kuantan Events

Water sports of every stripe provide top flight recreation in Kuantan.

Fish markets on the coast serve up the catch of the day, fresh as fresh can be.

Horse races at Indrah Makota Indo Stadium draw rambunctious crowds.

When To Go

Kuantan has a tropical rainforest climate and in typical Malaysia fashion, a wet season and dry (a bit of a misnomer), hot season. The former occurs between October and March and features temperatures from 72°F (22°C) to 88°F (31°C) and a colossal 66 in (1,670 mm) of rain.

The dry season still generates 6.3 in (160 mm) of rain per month at minimum and sees a similar temperature range. The difference is that the mercury often wavers as high as 104°F (40°C) in the middle of the day.

One persistent nuisance in Kuantan and, indeed, throughout other parts of Southeast Asia, is thick haze and air pollution from Sumatra, the result of forest and peatland fires.

Getting Around

Wee Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport is about 15 km southwest of Kuantan proper. The micro-hub serves several daily flights from Kuala Lumpur-KLIA and Penang and four times a week from Singapore.

Long distance bus to Terminal Makmur is a popular and very affordable mode of transport. The total trip time may not come close to a plane (3.5 hours versus 40 minutes) but factor in the hassles of air travel and it may prove worthwhile.

Within the state capital, the public transport system is inconsistent and shoddy. Most tourists rely on taxis or simply rent a car.

Kuantan General Information

As the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia (Sarawak and Sabah are bigger but reside on the island of Borneo), Pahang draws the gaze of many a tourist. From the royal seat of Pekan to the Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara National Park to Pulau Tioman, Pahang is a formidable parcel of the country to explore. One must-see destination in the state is the lively capital of Kuantan.

The city of over 600,000 people encompasses not only a vibrant urban area but a fortuitous necklace of South China Sea coast. As a result, Kuantan entices scores of domestic and international arrivals alike, all driven by the same sun, sand and surf urge. The city however, is much more than a one-dimensional leisure tourism hub. Kuantan is the capital of Pahang after all and fulfills that role gamely, certainly as the de facto commercial, economic and social nexus of the state. Important points of interest in the city include Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque and Pahang Buddhist Association Temple. Kuantan is also a platform for travellers on their way to beach destinations up and down the east coast, in addition to attractions like Berkelah Falls and Forest Reserve, Charah Caves, Pulau Ular and Bukit Gambang Resort City.

Attractions & Activities


  • Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque
  • Pahang Buddhist Association Temple
  • Beserah
  • Berkelah Falls
  • Bukit Gambang Resort City


  • Balok Beach
  • Kuantan River Cruise
  • Charah Caves
  • Pulau Ular
  • Teluk Chempedak

Restaurant & Nightlife


  • Mustafa Cendol
  • Sri Patani Restaurant
  • Restoran Hai Tian
  • Tong Juan
  • Tree Under


While some restaurants in Kuantan serve alcohol, the city is bereft of traditional nightlife outside of hotel and resort bars.


Kuantan has a tropical monsoon climate, with a heavy wet season from August to January and temperatures between 22°C and 32°C for the year.

Hotels in Kuantan

11 hotels in Kuantan, MY

1 Arenaa Batik Boutique Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

E2324-2326, Jalan Dato' Wong Ah Jang Map

Seamlessly fusing traditional charm with modern comforts, Arenaa Batik Boutique Hotel invites cosmopolitan travellers to an urban retreat close to points of interest in this vibrant Malaysia city.... More

2 Hotel Sentral Kuantan

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

No 45-P, Jalan Besar Map

For your accommodation in Kuantan, Hotel Sentral Kuantan offers a total of 97 rooms. All the rooms in this budget 3 star hotel in Kuantan are equipped with 32-inch LCD TV, Hairdryer, In-room safe,... More

3 Vistana Kuantan City Centre

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Jalan Teluk Sisek Map

Discerning travellers in a corporate or leisure trip in Kuantan find suitable base at the plush accommodations and city centre location of Vistana Kuantan City Centre. After having meetings and... More

4 The Legend Resort Cherating

4 stars
3.4 / 5 8 reviews

Lot 1290 Mukim Sungai Karang Map

Offering the contentment of a tropical paradise, The Legend Resort is an idyllic retreat for the weary urbanite and ideal for both business and pleasure. General The Sri Nagasari Banquet Hall... More

5 Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort

5 stars
3.9 / 5 12 reviews

Telok Chempedak Map

Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort welcomes holidaymakers to cosy accommodations and leisure facilities nestled along the shores of Telok Cempedak in Kuantan. Guests at this chic Malaysia resort can also... More

6 Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Cherating

4 stars
3.7 / 5 6 reviews

Lot 1303, Mukim Sungai Karang Map

Being an oasis of relaxation, this property offers unsurpassed service, luxurious accommodation and pleasant ambience for discerning travellers. GeneralThe hotel offers well-appointed meeting... More

7 Caribbean Bay Resort - Bukit Gambang Resort City

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Jalan Bukit Gambang Utama Map

Caribbean Bay Resort - Bukit Gambang Resort City is an expansive leisure complex featuring a host of accommodations, entertainment and team building facilities and conference spaces that sprawl on... More

8 Arabian Bay Resort - Bukit Gambang Resort City

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Jalan Bukit Gambang Utama Map

Arabian Bay Resort - Bukit Gambang Resort City Kuantan welcomes travellers to posh accommodations and various recreational activities nestled on 547 acres of forest land in Gambang fit for a... More

9 Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan

4 stars
3.9 / 5 16 reviews

2656-2657 Mukim Sungai Karang Map

Offering comfortable accommodations amidst lush greeneries, Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan makes for an ideal getaway for travellers in this part of Malaysia. At this beachfront resort in... More

10 Eastern Pavilion Boutique Resort & Spa Cherating

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

Lot 1303, Mukim Sungai Karang Map

Set on the shores of Cherating Beach, Eastern Pavilion Boutique Resort Cherating offers a luxurious seaside haven in the east coast of the Malaysian peninsula. This boutique resort is an ideal base... More