Faces of
Malaysia
Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Kuantan, Malaysia

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.

Getting to and away from Kuantan

Bus
Kuantan's long-distance bus terminal is Terminal Makmur, located beside Stadium Darul Makmur.
Bus travel times: Kuala Lumpur - Kuantan (3h), Singapore - Kuantan (6h),  Kuala Terengganu - Kuantan (2.5h), Kuantan - Mersing (2h15min), Kuantan - Kota Bahru (4.5h)

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Kuantan - Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur - Kuantan

Flight
Kuantan's small airport is called Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport. It is served by Malaysian Airlines and Fireflyz to and from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore.

 

 


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Things to Do & See

Teluk Chempedak (TC) Beach

Teluk Chempedak, also called TC, is a beautiful beach facing the South China Sea, one of the main attractions of Kuantan

Beserah Fishing Village

Fishing Village located about 8km north of Kuantan facing the South China Sea. It is famous for handicrafts made of shells and coconuts and seafood and its peaceful charm of the old times.

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Transport

Terminal Sentral Kuantan (TSK)

New long-distance bus terminal in Indera Mahkota, Kuantan

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ACCOMMODATION

Kuantan Backpackers

backpacker hostel in the city center of Kuantan

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Hotels in Kuantan

Kuantan Backpackers

backpacker hostel in the city center of Kuantan