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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.

Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

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

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


When are school holidays in Malaysia in 2018?

15 Feb - 19 Feb Chinese New Year Holidays Kumpulan A and B

16 March  - 24 March
Term 1 Holidays Kumpulan A
17 March  - 25 March Term 1 Holidays Kumpulan B
28 May - 1 June Harvest Festival Holidays Sabah and Labuan
30 May - 1 June Gawai Holidays Sarawak
8 June - 23 June Mid-Term Holidays Kumpulan A
9 June - 24 June Mid-Term Holidays Kumpulan B
17 Aug - 25 Aug
Term 2 Holidays
Kumpulan A
18 Aug - 26 Aug Term 2 Holidays Kumpulan B
4 Nov - 6 Nov Deepavali Holidays Kumpulan A
5 Nov - 67 Nov    Kumpulan B
except Sabah, Sarawak
and Labuan
23 Nov - 31 Dec Year End Holidays Kumpulan A
24 Nov - 31 Dec Year End Holidays Kumpulan B

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Malay pupils in their school uniforms

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School Calendar of Ministry of Education Malaysia


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