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Kuantan is the capital of the state of Pahang on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Home to approximately 500,000 people, Kuantan is the largest city on the east coast of the peninsula and has several sites of interest popular with visitors.  

Kuantan has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging between 27 and 35 degrees year round. The northeast monsoon season begins in November and lasts through January, during this time the area is subject to daily heavy rains and high winds. It is best to avoid visiting during this period.  

Kuantan has beautiful beaches along the peninsula’s coastline. One of the most popular beaches in the region is Cherating. Found 50 kilometres north of Kuantan, it is highlighted by its fine white sand, peaceful water, and casuarina trees the beach is a favourite of tourists and locals alike.

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A tropical climate

Beautiful beaches along the peninsula’s coastline

Another scenic beach, only five kilometres from Kuantan, is Teluk Chempedak. On the shore of an enclosed bay, the gentle water of this beach is perfect for water activities such as swimming, surfing, or jet skiing. For some quiet time in the sun, visitors will find no better spot than the Tanjung Pelindung section of the beach. The name translates to “cape of refuge.” Local villagers have been flocking to this secluded area to bask in its tranquillity for years.  

Balok Beach is approximately 15 kilometres north of Kuantan and is a favourite destination for windsurfers so much so that it hosts an annual professional windsurfing regatta called “Monsoon Madness.” Other water activities are also available such as snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, and sailing.  

There are also several breathtaking waterfalls worth visiting in Kuantan. The Sungai Pandan Waterfalls are located 25 kilometres from Kuantan in the midst of a 50 hectare jungle. The source of the waterfalls is dropping mountain water and the falls peak approximately 100 metres above ground level. The falls come to rest in a large pool of icy-cool water that makes for a nice relaxing swim if such a foray suits a visitor’s fancy.  

Jerenkang Waterfalls features over 40 different cascades and numerous pools for a cool relaxing swim. Adjacent to the Jerenkang falls is Sungai Berkelah, which is a popular destination for campers and hikers. A unique activity available at Sungai Berkelah is “canyoning” which involves rappelling down the “rocky outcrops of a waterfall.”  

Shopping in Kuantan can be a fun experience, there are many opportunities to purchase locally made crafts. Great places in Kuantan to purchase cultural items are Medan Pelancong in Jalan Besar, and the Pahang Silk Weaving Centre in Pekan.  

Kuantan offers a wide variety of cuisine at its restaurants including Malay, Chinese, and Indian food. The region is especially well known for its savoury seafood dishes including locally caught crabs and prawns as well as the silver catfish.  

Kuantan is a beautiful city with many fun things to do and places to visit. A holiday in Kuantan is likely to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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