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Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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Kopi Tiam

restaurant type | Chinese, Fusion, Indian, Malay
Kopi Tiam, Traditional kopi tiam
Traditional kopi tiam
in Kuala Terengganu
Chinese coffee shops, modern versions sell all kinds of Malaysian dishes

Besides the traditional kopi tiams, there is modern version of the coffee shops with modern, clean interior. Most of these modern kopi tiams run as franchises. Typical dishes include grilled toast, tea, coffee, half-boiled eggs but also full meals such as fried rice or noodles.



Kopi Tiam on Wikipedia:

A kopitiam or kopi tiam is a traditional breakfast and coffee shop found in Malaysia and Singapore in Southeast Asia. The word is a portmanteau of the Malay word for coffee (as borrowed and altered from the Portuguese) and the Hokkien dialect word for shop (店; POJ: tiàm). Menus typically feature simple offerings: a variety of foods based on egg, toast, and kaya, plus coffee, tea, and Milo, a malted chocolate drink which is extremely popular in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore and Malaysia.

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Kopi Tiam, Traditional kopi tiam
Traditional kopi tiam
in Kuala Terengganu






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hot drink made of combination of coffe, nescafe and tea

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beverage |
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snack | Indian, Mamak
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