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Haggle with strident market traders for colorful handmade scarves in local batik markets, enjoy a midnight stroll by the light of the moon on Teluk Chempedak beach, and hunt fireflies by torchlight on the Kuantan River as you cruise noiselessly along in handcrafted wooden boats to visit exciting Kuantan. From impressive waterparks with towering flumes, and thundering rides, to the maze of inner-city streets with colorful boutique stores, the city pulsates with captivating energy from morning to night.

Things to see

Bright and colorful, the vivid oval of the Darulmakmur Stadium sits in the heart of Kuantan, a few blocks from the flowing waters of the Sungai Kuantan River. It’s predominantly used as a football arena, although the permanent athletics track attracts a variety of running meets. It’s busy, and crowded, a popular venue for concerts, and community events. At the Taman Teruntum Mini Zoo, you can step back in time, with horse drawn carriage rides around the landscaped grounds, children’s play areas with brightly colored slides, and of course, plenty of animals waiting to greet you. The Heroes Museum is a historic colonial mansion house, its old drawing, dining, and family rooms now filled with artifacts and relics depicting Malaysian independence. Audio-visual displays give it an exciting, interactive feel, and when you’ve spent time here, exploring the 6 galleries at your leisure, the Wan Fo Tien Temple should be your next stop. Locally known as the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, it’s an elaborate place of worship that is renowned for its white jade carved statue standing around 6 meters tall. Down by the ocean, Teluk Cempedak is a buzzing beach, overrun by kayakers, windsurfers, and a garish collection of boats ready to take adventurers onto the water.

Hotels in Kuantan

Hotels in Kuantan are dotted about this interesting coastal city, and if you head towards the coastline, where the glinting waters of the South China Sea lap at its soft sandy beaches, you’ll find a few higher-priced, and elegant hotels enjoying the dramatic vista. Typically, luxury hotels in Kuantan offer stylish interiors, with spacious guest bedrooms, sprawling grounds, and sparkling blue swimming pools. It’s actually difficult to find a bad hotel in this popular tourist city. Mid-budget hotels are every bit as well-designed, with sumptuous furnishings, flat-screen televisions, WiFi, and occasionally beach access to enjoy.

Where to stay

Kuantan City Center is the old heart of the town, a vivid collection of row upon row of storefront, cafés, and private homes. It’s heavily commercialized, and has a heavy focus on tourism, but hotels in Kuantan that are close to this neighborhood will have easy access to many of the city’s delights. Towards the shore, Balok Beach is a long stretch of impossibly flat golden sand, edged by a few hotels, batik stores, and bistros, although it’s largely undeveloped, making it a great out-of-the-way location for a tranquil stay.

How to get to Kuantan

International travelers can fly to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport, which lies around 10 miles to the west of Kuantan. Although it serves international flights, it doesn’t accept many carriers, and most visitors will find they have to connect at Kuala Lumpur first. From the airport, buses run a regular schedule into the town, and private taxis and shuttle buses can be pre-booked for a door to door service.

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