About Kuantan      


Around Kuantan

Cherating Village
A laid back village with traditional kampung houses, chalets and budget resorts. It has a nice stretch of beach, ideal for sunbathing or to participate in sea sport activities. Local craft shop that include a Pandanus Weaving Centre where you are able to admire products made from local grass craft, artfully woven into hats, handbags, and table mats. Batik Workshops to see how hand-painted batik is created and you will have the opportunity to try out your skills in making your own batik shirts or scarfs. There are local food stalls and sea food restaurants surrounding.

Beserah Fishing Village
A fishing village by the sea. Witness the process of preparing salted fish (a local delicacy). Fresh catches are brought in by the fishing boats and sold nearby the jetty. If in luck, you will be able to see the village folks using water buffaloes to ferry their catches to the processing area. A short drive away is Pantai Batu Hitam or translated as Black Rock Beach, a beach with black rocks which are of volcanic lava origin.

Teluk Chempedak
Only 3 miles from the city centre. Despite being so close to the city, it is surprisingly beautiful. The sand is fine and white and the length and breadth of the beach is very clean, making it safe for kids to play sandcastles and the like, without hesitation. There are a selection of eateries there local, western as well as fast food outlets like McDs and KFC. The beach is popular with locals especially in the evenings when the ikan bakar (barbequed fish) restaurants open for business. The Hyatt Kuantan is located at the far end of the bay.

Kuantan City
Kuantan is the largest town and the administrative centre for the state of Pahang. It only became Pahang’s state capital in 1955, having been moved by the British Administration from Kuala Lipis.

Although a recently established state capital, Kuantan as a town itself has been around for centuries. Some 12th Century manuscripts listed Kuantan as Tan-Ma-Ling , a vassal of the large trading Kingdom of San Fots’I . Other historians noted that Kuantan was part of the Chih-Tu Empire in the first century. In the 11th century, this piece of land was conquered by another small empire called Pheng-Kheng before being taken over by the Siamese during 12th century. In the 15th century, the Malacca Empire usurped power over Kuantan.

The city has now developed into a bustling modern city with a nice balanced mix of old and new with an abundance of food outlets and eataries. Despite the developments, Kuantan still offers visitors the experience of a laid-back life style rich in traditional and cultural activities. For the more adventurous, try out the many popular local fruits and delicacies that are available along the many food stalls especially by the market area.

Be amazed with a unique firefly experience found in Cherating. Listed in the Lonely Planet book as a must-do activity in Cherating, one can take a cruise trip to see the fireflies sparkle around the mangrove tree of Sungai Cherating. The boat will take you alongside the mangrove trees to give you a really close look at the remarkable insects. It’s just like a Christmas tree by nature.



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