Kuantan, Malaysia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Kuantan is the capital of the state of Pahang, the largest state in the Peninsular Malaysia. The Cameron Highlands and the Taman Negara are also part of Pahang. Kuantan has an area of 2,960 square kilometers with a population of more than 400,000 making it the largest city in the East Coast. It is now rapidly growing into a modern commercial center yet retained its unique old colonial structures. It is also the home of the several popular beaches in the country. The city of Kuantan is the state's busiest tourist hub. It is also known as the site for popular local products including traditional textiles like batik prints and local savories like prawn crackers and salted fish.
The blend of the modern and historical attractions with a serene atmosphere and the tranquil beaches are what drag tourists to visit Kuantan. From the natural attractions to the museums, there are plenty of things to do and see in the city. The after-hour scene or the nightlife in the city is not that bustling. There are few bars that operate within luxury hotels offering entertainment until the wee hours of the morning. Aside from the luxury hotels that offer bars, there are other places to stay offering accommodation from splurge to affordable rooms. In addition, some hotels offer its own tours and excursions to the places at the outskirts of the city, while some hotels are affiliated with tour companies and could offer assistance.
The most convenient way to get in Kuantan is by plane. The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport is served by Malaysia Airlines and Firefly. Flights to Kuantan come from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Singapore. There are taxis at the airport that could take tourists to their hotels.
Another way to get in the city is by bus. The long distance bus station is located in Bandar Mahkota, which is several kilometers away from the city center. The Rapid Kuantan bus services from this terminal to the old central terminal for RM 2. There are also taxis to the city center that usually cost at about RM 20.
For tourists traveling by a private car, the East Coast Expressway connects Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan. It usually takes 3 hours for the travel time.
There are public transport available at the airport, terminals, and other areas of the city. Car rentals are also available in getting around Kuantan.