Balok Beach just outside Kuantan

Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.


With over 500,000 people, Kuantan is the largest city on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. There are a number of places in and around Kuantan that are worth visiting.

Get in

By plane

Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport (IATA: KUA) is a about 15 km southwest of the city. The airport is currently served by Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiary Firefly. Flights to Kuantan come from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA), Penang and Singapore.

By bus

Kuantan's long distance bus station (Terminal Kuantan Sentral, new in August 2013) is inconveniently located several kilometres from the city centre, at Bandar Indera Mahkota (basically, in the middle of nowhere). A Rapid Kuantan bus (#303, RM2) will bring you the old central terminal (Terminal Makmur, beside Stadium Darul Makmur), or taxis to the city centre will cost about RM20.00.

By car

Opened in 2004, the Karak Highway and East Coast Expressway connect Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur, and the distance of approximately 250 kilometers can be covered in 3-3.5 hours. The East Coast Expressway is served by evenly distributed stop-over areas that are equipped with toilets, sundry shops and food stalls. You may exit at either the Gambang or Kuantan exit. Both expressways are toll roads to travel the entire journey via the expressways costs RM27.60 for a car.

Federal route 2 also links Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan. As it is an ordinary road, it has no toll. However it is a somewhat slower route than the expressway as there are traffic lights along the way and a lower speed limit.

Get around

Rapid Kuantan, the local bus service, was established in December 2012, and has an expanding network of about 13 routes. The central hub is at Terminal Makmur (the old long-distance bus terminal). Important routes for visitors include 200 (to Teluk Cempedak Beach), 303 (to Terminal Sentral Kuantan), 400 (to Pekan) and 500 (to Sungai Lembing). Most routes operate approx. hourly.


Pahang State Mosque





Old Chinese shophouses located along Jalan Mahkota in the city centre.

Shopping Centres:

Local Salted Fish supplier: Hasil Laut Kiah Kee

Address: Batu 8, Jalan Gambang Tel:+60 9-5382455 Coordinates: 3°46'1"N 103°13'23"E

Some recommended buys are salted fish, dried or roasted cuttlefish, satay fish,dried shrimps, dried mussels, dried scallops, fish /prawn / cuttlefish crackers etc.Most tourists will drop by this shop to purchase some local produce as gift for relatives or friends.






Go next

Routes through Kuantan

Kuala Terengganu Marang  N  S  Pekan Mersing

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