Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 20 km east of Ipoh and about 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur in Pahang, Malaysia. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is the highest area on the mainland, and enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25C and rarely falling below 12C year round. The area is popular for it’s tea plantations and jungle walks.

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