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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.


Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

School Holidays

During school holidays popular attractions and family oriented destinations like Langkawi or Cameron Highlands can get very busy, so it is good to know when are the school holidays when planning your trip in Malaysia.

Kumpulan A (= Group A)
(Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu)
= statest that have Friday and Saturday as their weekend

Kumpulan B (= Group B)
(Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor)
= states that have Saturday and sunday as their weekend


When are school holidays in Malaysia in 2019?

3 - 7 Feb Chinese New Year Holidays Kumpulan A
4 - 8 Feb Chinese New Year Holidays Kumpulan B
22 March  - 30 March Mid-Term Holidays 1 Kumpulan A
23 March  - 31 March Mid-Term Holidays 1 Kumpulan B
24 May - 8 June Mid-Year Holidays Kumpulan A
25 May - 9 June Mid-Year Holidays Kumpulan B
5, 6, 9 June Hari Raya Aidilfitri Kumpulan A
5, 6, 10 June Hari Raya Aidilfitri Kumpulan B
9 Aug - 17 Aug Mid-Term Holidays 2 Kumpulan A
10 Aug - 18 Aug Mid-Term Holidays 2 Kumpulan B
27 - 29 Oct Deepavali Holidays Kumpulan A
25, 27, 29 Oct Deepavali Holidays  Kumpulan B
except Sabah, Sarawak
and Labuan
22 Nov - 31 Dec Year End Holidays Kumpulan A
23 Nov - 31 Dec Year End Holidays Kumpulan B

malay school kids
Malay pupils in their school uniforms

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School Calendar of Ministry of Education Malaysia


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Georgetown / Penang, buddhist temple
Georgetown / Penang
buddhist temple
Food & Drinks

Banana Leaf Rice

main dish, Vegetarian | Indian This typical southern Indian rice dish is served on a banana leaf with a variety of vegetable and gravies and, optionally, meat

Char Kway Teow

main dish, noodle dish | Chinese Popular pan fried noodle dish with egg, vegetables, chinese sausages and cockles

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