Faces of
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.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Kuantan, Malaysia

Teluk Chempedak (TC) Beach

address: Jalan Telok Cempedak, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Teluk-Chempedak-Beach-Kuantan3.jpg, Teluk Chempedak, also called TC, is a beautiful beach facing the South China Sea, one of the main attractions of Kuantan
Teluk Chempedak, also called TC, is a beautiful beach facing the South China Sea, one of the main attractions of Kuantan

How to get to Teluk Chempedak
TC is located about 10-15min (5km) to the east of the city centre. The easiest way to get there would be by car / taxi but there are also regular local buses.


There are a few guesthouses near the beach. The main hotel at the beach front is Hyat Regency Kuantan Hotel.
Being so close to the Kuantan city, TC is a popular spot to be visited by families, especially on the weekends.
 

boardwalk
the boardwalk at the northern end of the beach connects to another more quiet beach


the boardwalk
the boardwalk offers views of the jungle on one side and the sea on the other


fast food
the are a few western fast food joints (McDonalds, Burger King, KFC) as well as several local food restaurants and stalls near the beach


playground
playground and sitting area around several food stalls


no swimming during rainy season
During the rainy season (monsoon, November - February), swimming is strictly forbidden because of the rough sea during that time. This photo was taken during this time period in mid February.


view south
viewing south from boardwalk at the rocky northern end of the beach


bunker
a bunker from the times of the Second World War

 

map and location of Teluk Chempedak (TC) Beach



Hotels in in Kuantan
HOSTELS
in Kuantan
Kuantan Backpackers
backpacker hostel in the city center of Kuantan
Things to do & see
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. ... more
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 ... more
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