Kuantan Tourism Guide

Kuantan Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

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Language
Pahang Malay

Currency
Malaysian Ringgit 

Visa
Visa Free 

Cost of a beer
14.50MYR (avg)

Cost of a Meal
50MYR

Average Room Rate
87.84MYR(3* hotel)

Kuantan is a busy, untouristy port city which is worth exploring for a day or two. Filled with museums, mosques, buddhist temples, tasty spicy curries and bustling night markets there will be plenty to keep you occupied! Here modern skyscrapers coexist harmoniously with old colonial buildings offering a unique atmosphere that is well worth experiencing.

By Becky, http://www.globalgrasshopper.com

The Malaysian state capital of Kuantan is a city with many different sides. In some places, it’s sleek and modern, with great restaurants and hotels. In other places, it’s a tropical, unspoiled paradise: the perfect place to get away from the modern world and all of the stresses that come with it. Really, it’s this melting pot of the new and the old that makes Kuantan such a special location. It’s the sense that you’re always just a short journey away to a different world.

 

It also means that, as a holiday destination, you don’t have to choose. If one day you want to enjoy some drinks in your luxury hotel and the next, go hang out on the beach with the locals, then you can do exactly that. What Kuantan offers is the ability to choose the exact kind of holiday you want each and every day.

Kuantan, the hardworking capital city of Pahang, belies a laid-back destination of abundant nature and creature comforts. Explore historical streets, mangrove forests and white sand beaches. Foodies alert! Don’t leave without trying the local coffee at Kemaman Kopitiam. For the adventurous, try the fried durian.

By Karen, https://travelbeckons.com

Top Attractions

Simply for the sheer number of things you can do, Bukit Gambang Resort City has to take a place among our top attractions within Kuantan because really, it’s several potential days out all in one place. Nature fans can explore their many outdoor activities or their safari adventure, while those looking for simple fun in the sun can enjoy their epic water park. There’s also plenty of options to get a bite to eat, making this the complete holiday experience.

 

Pahang Art Museum was closed for quite some time but now that it’s back, it can take its rightful place as one of the most important and fascinating attractions in all of Kuantan. This is a city that has long had a love affair with art and culture but for too long, there were few ways for tourists to really appreciate this fascinating history. The Pahang Art Museum has changed all that, with terrific exhibitions spanning several art forms and time periods.

 

The many beaches in Kuantan are so very special and perfect places of all natural magic and splendour that we just couldn’t go with anything else for our last top attraction pick. The most popular of these is Teluk Cempedak but there’s plenty more, each offering their own variation on a sun-kissed heaven. Get involved in activities, sunbathe or just admire the views. When you’re somewhere this beautiful, you’re bound to have a great time no matter what you do.

If you need a dose of sea breeze, Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan’s very own beach in the city is a popular place among the locals. If you want more however, head over to Cherating, which is popular for activities like surfing, batik painting and turtle watching. The latter could very well be the main highlight of your trip.

By RaW, http://www.rambleandwander.com

Things to do in Kuantan

Sungai Pandan Waterfall

Sungai Pandan Waterfall

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If there’s one thing that Kuantan is best known for, then it has to be its unique blend of metropolitan city and stunning natural beauty. There’s perhaps no better example of the latter than the breath-taking Sungai Pandan Waterfall. It’s a magical, picturesque sight and provides the perfect opportunity to go for a dip or bask in the majesty of your surroundings. It’s also an area with a great deal of intrigue, with rumours of spirits lurking in the jungle. All of this adds to the mystique and ambience of this stunning spot, which remains beautiful no matter your levels of scepticism.

Price: Entry fee to nature reserve is RM2 for adults and RM1 for children
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 09.00 – 17.00, Friday: Closed, Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 – 18.00
Address: Air Terjun Sungai Pandan, 26400 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Sungai Lembing Museum

Sungai Lembing Museum

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This former tin mining town can be found a few dozen kilometres from the main city, and used to be home to the deepest underground tin mines in the world. Although today the tin economy is no longer what it once was, thanks to the collapse of prices in the late eighties, it has given the opportunity for tourists to experience the culture of this town up close and personal with a trip down to the dedicated Sungai Lembing Museum. They do a fantastic job of showing off the scale and size of this once booming industry and for visitors, it’s a fascinating glimpse into a way of life that is now likely gone forever.

Price: Entry fee is RM30 for adults and RM15 for children
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday & Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 – 17.00, Friday: 09.00 – 12.15, 14.45 – 17.00
Address: Jalan Muzium, Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia

Situated 55km from Kuantan (Malaysia), Jerangkang falls are drawn as ideal treks for beginners compared with the strenuous steep climbs of Ophir or Berlumut. To get to Jerangkang from the trail head, a 4-wheel drive along muddy path will bring to the Jerangkang waterfall area consisting of several falls. The magnificent fall with 7 cascades, plunging into a small deep pool is an ideal place for swimming or just laze around the rocks. The water was cold and very refreshing, just perfect for hangout with friends.

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Bukit Pelindung Recreational Forest

Bukit Pelindung Recreational Forest

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Another fine example of the wonderful natural environment of Kuantan is Bukit Pelindung Recreational Forest: an absolute highlight for visitors who appreciate the simple things in life. This is the perfect place to hike or go for a bike ride, while enjoying the tropical splendour that surrounds you. The journey generally takes about an hour or so depending on your level of fitness, so it’s a great way to get a bit of fresh air without taking up the whole day. It’s also a hit with local residents, meaning you’re getting a real sense of what day to day life in Kuantan is really all about.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Pejabat Hutan Daerah, 28000, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Bukit Gambang Resort City

Bukit Gambang Resort City

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The Bukit Gambang Resort City includes accommodation, a safari and a water park, alongside eating options and an active academy. For those looking to stay within the resort, this is a holiday all in itself. The water park is one of the largest in Malaysia, with tons of fun to be had in the sunshine. Similarly, its safari excels as well, being the largest of its kind within Malaysia and spanning 138 acres of all natural wonder. Finally, the Active Academy includes outdoor recreation suitable for all ages and fitness levels. This includes paintball, obstacle courses, a sky trail, night jungle walk and much more. In fact, each one of these elements is so good, they could justify a spot on our list all on their own.

Price: Entry to the safari park is RM68 for adults, RM48 for children (above 90cm until 12 years) and seniors (60+ years), with free entry for children below 90cm. Entry to the water park is RM38 for adults, RM28 for children and seniors, with free entry for children below 90cm. Combo tickets are available. Active Academy prices vary depending on activity.
Opening Hours: Monday: Closed (except during Malaysia school & public holidays), Tuesday – Thursday: 12.00 – 21.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 21.00
Address: 26300 Gambang, Pahang, Malaysia

Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque

Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque

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This iconic mosque is the state mosque of Pahang. Its cultural and religious importance within this region cannot be overstated. For visitors, regardless of faith, missing out on catching a glimpse of its stunning architecture would be leaving your trip without taking in a vital part of the local – along with the state’s – culture. Named after the first ruler of Pahang, it’s architectural splendour hasn’t aged a day in the decades since it was built. If you are a non-Muslim, you are still welcome to visit the Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque of course, but do make sure you respect their rules, including their strict dress code.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Jalan Mahkota, Kompleks Pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pahang, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Taman Esplanade

Taman Esplanade

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Best known for its iconic view of the “Kuantan” sign, which welcomes you to the city, the Taman Esplanade – meaning a long open area near water, also referred to as a promenade in other countries – has become a perfect spot for people to take photos that will last a lifetime. However, the big letters aren’t the only things worth checking out, here as the river itself is quite a spectacular sight. Many use it as an ideal backdrop for a scenic walk or to cycle their bike. There’s even places to eat and the odd cultural show, depending on when you arrive.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Jalan Tanah Putih, 25100 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Pahang Art Museum

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Although it was closed until recently, as of now Pahang Art Museum is back – and it’s back with a bang. One of the best places in the city to explore its fascinating history with art and culture, this museum’s refurbishment means it now takes you across exhibitions by several artists, throughout history and different artistic disciplines to provide a true love letter to Kuantan’s artistic past, present and future. It’s a must see for anyone looking to embrace the local culture and get to know the creative character of their holiday destination.

Price: Admission is RM4 for anyone 13 years and above. Entry is free for children below 12 years, senior citizens and disabled people.
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 09.00 – 17.00, Friday: 09.30 – 12.15, 14.45 – 17.00, Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Address: Kompleks Pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pahang, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

3D Gallery SG Lembing

3D Gallery SG Lembing

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Another example of Kuantan’s love of art and generally all things beautiful is the 3D Gallery SG Lembing. Although visually stunning – just like our last pick – it’s fair to say that these exhibitions aren’t quite as heavily focused on their heritage. There’s a lightness to the 3D Gallery, which makes it perhaps less historically important but for many, a lot more fun. This is an ideal way to get kids interested in art, owing to its more family friendly environment. These images use tricks of the eye to create mind-bending illusions and also provide picture perfect opportunities for those great holiday snaps.

Price: Admission is RM16 for adults and RM12 for children
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.30 – 18.00
Address: 27, North Canton Street, Sg Lembing, 26300, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Beaches in Kuantan

Perhaps one of the most famous aspects of Kuantan and for many, a key reasoning behind their holiday plans, is its exceptional selection of beaches. It’s easy to see why these golden stretches are such a big selling point. Here’s a few examples of the best places in Kuantan to get sand between your toes.

Teluk Cempedak

Teluk Cempedak

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Without a doubt, the most famous beach in Kuantan is Teluk Cempedak, and there’s several reasons why this beach is such a showstopper. Firstly, there’s the crisp, clear white beach itself and its accompanying tranquil waters. There’s also stunning gardens nearby and it’s a great hotspot for people looking to play some sports or get involved in activities. On top of that, there’s excellent restaurants nearby for those looking to work up an appetite.

Pantai Sepat

Tanjung_Pantai_Sepat_Beach

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Pantai Sepat also goes by the name of Tanjung Sepat and it’s a stunningly unspoiled piece of land. Today, it remains a traditional Malay fishing village. It’s a spot that has never strayed too far from its routes and, because of that, it feels very different to many more tourist heavy beaches. The way its beach slopes into the sea in a gradual, almost dreamy manner seems to perfectly sum up the tranquil and serene ambience of this stunning piece of sandy magic.

Pantai Batu Hitan

Pantai Batu Hitan

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Also known as Black Stone Beach, Pantai Batu Hitan gets its name from the dark stones that are found upon the sands. However, despite its rather dark sounding name, this is a bright spot for anyone’s vacation. Stunning views make it a standout amongst some strong competition, and its unique character make it a different experience to the other beaches in Kuantan.

Shopping in Kuantan

Although Kuantan is often best known for its natural beauty and for generally keeping things as down to earth as possible, it is still a state capital and as such, you get the best of both worlds. This is exemplified by the surprisingly robust selection of shopping destinations. Here are a few examples to get your retail therapy started.

East Coast Mall

East Coast Mall

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One of the finest malls in Kuantan is undoubtable East Coast Mall. It’s not the largest of malls when you look at the big players internationally but every inch of space is utilised to its max capacity. Here you’ll find restaurants and a supermarket, along with a great variety of stores selling everything from big brands to smaller vendors. Not too expensive and not too cheap, East Coast Mall gets it just right.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00
Address: East Coast Mall, Jalan Putra Square 6, Putra Square, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Kuantan City Mall

Our next entrant is a brand-new addition to Kuantan’s many shopping destination, having opened in 2017. Although still in its infancy, it is excellent proof that this state capital is always moving to bigger and better things. Due to it being so fresh onto the shopping scene, it hasn’t really garnered too much of a reputation for itself just yet, but with over seven storeys and 468,000 square feet of shopping goodness to enjoy, it’s more than worth a look.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00
Address: 6/1, Putra Square, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Berjaya Megamall

Berjaya Megamall

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While we’re all for new kids on the block when it comes to shopping opportunities, that doesn’t mean you should count any of the old retail veterans out. Having opened in 1998, Berjaya Megamall remains one of the largest in the state capital, and includes plenty of food options, a five-screen cinema, a supermarket, a bowling alley and more.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00
Address: LOT G82, Ground Floor, JLN TUN Ismail, SRI Dagangan, Kuantan, 25000 Pahang, Malaysia

Kuantan Night Markets

Aside from the several malls, there’s also flea markets throughout the capital. One that stands out are the vibrant Night Markets, which start in the late afternoon and carry on beyond midnight. Browse to your heart’s content for great street food, along with a whole bunch of bargain goods that make the ideal holiday souvenir.

Opening Hours: Usually opens from 16.30 – late
Address: Various locations, including Riverside on Sundays, UTC car park on Saturdays and Indera Mahkota 2 on Fridays

Fun Facts About Johor Bahru

  • It has a varied economy: Aside from the money generated from tourism, Kuantan’s economy is quite varied. Major parts of its economy include petrochemicals, the timber and fishing industry, and the sale of things like ice cream, handicrafts and dried fish crackers.
  • Only two seasons: Kuantan is only considered to experience two notable seasons a year. These are known as the hot & dry and the rainy season.
  • A large and busy city: It’s the largest city in the east coast of west Malaysia, ranking at 17th by population in the whole of the country.

Food in Kuantan

Kuantan might not be best known for fine dining, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a foodie haven. It’s just one that has its feet firmly down to earth and that’s exactly what we love about it. All great food, no pretentiousness, and here’s a select few of its finest.

Satay Zul

Satay Zul

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Satay Zul is the perfect example of what makes Malaysian food so special. There’s no silly gimmicks here, no over the top decor to surround you and no absurd price tags. This is great food that’s affordable, keeps everything simple without lacking in ambience and most importantly, tastes fantastic. In terms of sheer quality, there’s plenty of high-end establishments that could learn a thing or two from Satay Zul.

Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 17.30 – 00.30
Address: No. A 2600, Jalan Alor Akar, Pahang, 25250 Kuantan, Malaysia

Alif Curry House

Another wonderful example of affordable food at an astonishingly high level of quality is Alif Curry House. As its name might suggest, the focus here is on curries from throughout Asia, from Malaysia to India and everywhere in between. The latter seems to take precedence in terms of influence though, as this is eating in true Indian style. It’s a communal affair with little time for added frills or indulgences. They’re all about the flavour, and on that, this curry house delivers in spades.

Opening Hours: Daily: 07.00 – 23.30
Address: 25200, 36, Jalan Mahkota, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Crocodile Rock Pizza & Grill Restaurant

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Crocodile Rock Pizza & Grill Restaurant is proof, if ever it were needed, that no matter where you are in the world, if your location has a love of food, you’re bound to find at least one great pizza place. But that’s not all that’s on offer here. It has everything you might expect from a western-style foodie fix, including burgers, steak nachos and pasta, to name but a few. If you’re looking for something a little different from the usual Kuantan flavours, this might just be the place for you.

Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 17.00 – 00.00
Address: 4360, Lorong Dato Mahmud 1, Off Jalan telok Sisek, 25250, Kuantan, Pahang, 25250, Malaysia

Don’t Tell Mama Eco Bar

While most of the restaurants on this list are more about substance over style – as is the way in Kuantan when it comes to eating – Don’t Tell Mama Eco Bar shows that you can have both. From its stripped back appearance and relaxed ambience to its distinctive attitude, this is an eatery you could mistake for no other. A terrific beach bar with food that more than matches its atmosphere, this is a good time all round.

Opening Hours: Monday & Wednesday – Sunday: 18.00 – 00.00, Tuesday: Closed
Address: Ranting Resort, Kampung Cherating Lama, Jalan Kuantan-Kemaman, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Kula Cakes

Kula Cakes

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Sometimes you’re just in mood for dessert! If that’s the case, then head on down to the aptly named Kula Cake to enjoy their terrific selection of sweet treats. Suitable for cake lovers of all descriptions, there’s a great variety here, all made to an extremely high standard. This is your one-stop shop for an after-dinner indulgence. Cake lovers of the world, rejoice!

Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Thursday: 13.00 – 21.00, Friday – Saturday: 13.00 – 22.00, Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00
Address: A96, Jalan Besar, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Nightlife in Kuantan

There’s perhaps few better places to sit in the sunshine and enjoy a drink than Kuantan. Its sandy beaches and warm weather make it simply idyllic. Or, if you’d prefer something a little livelier, it’s also a great place to dance the night away. Here’s a few picks of our favourite nightlife spots in Kuantan.

Nightlife in Kuantan

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Sampan Bar

Our first entrant, Sampan Bar, gets its unique look out of the unusual circumstances in which it was built. A converted boat now makes up its roof, which in a way is very fitting, as here you can enjoy a cocktail or two with perfect views of the crisp and clear waters that make Kuantan such a wonderful place to visit.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort | Telok Chempedak, 25050 Kuantan, Kuantan 25050, Malaysia

Tjantek Café and Art Bistro

Those looking for something a little more cultural to appreciate in the evening should check out Tjantek Café and Art Bistro. Here you’ll get a side order of creativity with your cocktail. It not only boasts a great drinks menu though. In fact, their food offering is so good that it could have equally made our list of best places to eat.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 18.00 – 01.00, Friday – Saturday: 18.00 – 02.00, Sunday: Closed
Address: 56-20, Jalan Besar, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Malibu Club

Malibu Club Kuantan

So far, our list has been made up of spots that might be great for a quiet drink but aren’t exactly the kinds of establishments where you can party until the early hours of the morning. If that’s what you’re looking for, then you can’t go far wrong with giving the much loved and ever popular Malibu Club a try. Open past midnight and playing great tracks all day and all night, make sure to check out Malibu Club and bring your dancing shoes with you.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Tuesday: Closed, Sunday – Thursday: 17.00 – 01.00, Friday – Saturday: 18.00 – 03.00
Address: Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, 2656 & 2657 Mukim Sungai Karang Balok Beach

Coals on the Beach

If live music is more your thing, then you might want to swap out the DJ sets of Malibu Club and trade them in for the live band thrills of Coals on the Beach: a watering hole found in the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel. You’ll be able to enjoy some fine music and even finer cocktails while enjoying the stunning views from veranda. Make sure to not leave it too late though: the best seats can fill up fast.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday: Closed, Thursday – Sunday: 19.00 – 22.00
Address: Kuantan Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort, Telok Cempedak, Pahang, Malaysia

Top Tips for Travelling to Johor Baharu

  • Prepare for the weather: The city can get both extremely hot and wet, especially if you visit during particular parts of the year. With that in mind, it’s important to pack and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Dress modestly: Dressing appropriately also goes for swimwear too, as it is not considered socially acceptable to walk – other than by the beach or poolside – in your swimwear.
  • Carry cash: Most places here do not accept debit cards as a form of payment, so make sure you have a suitable amount of cash for your days activities.
  • Be aware of Kuantan’s lack of Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi is not widely available in Kuantan. This means that you are unlikely to be able to access to the internet outside of your accommodation (assuming it provides Wi-Fi). Keep this in mind in order to avoid racking up a huge data bill.

Hotels in Kuantan

From high-end luxury to much cheaper than you’d expect, at whatever price range your looking at you’ll, be amazed by just how much bang for your buck you can get in Kuantan. Here’s a few selections across budget, mid-range and high-end options to give you an idea of what’s available.

Luxury Hotels in Kuantan

Mangala Resort and Spa

Hotels in Kuantan are almost unrivalled when it comes to their value for money. While the mid-range and budget accommodations offer surprising style and service for the price, the luxury options in the city go above and beyond in terms of service, room quality and facilities. There’s perhaps few better examples of this astonishing level of luxury than the exquisite Mangala Resort and Spa. This is five-star at its absolute peak, with world-class rooms, stunningly decorated, comfortable and with plenty of space. There’s really little more you could ask for from a place to rest your head. The facilities don’t disappoint, with a restaurant, full service spa and outdoor pool all available on site.

One of the most famous luxury hotels in the state capital has to be the Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort, and this is most certainly one that surpasses expectations. It’s an epic, stately hotel which blends together all the finest elements of many of the other hotels on this list. It’s a lovingly crafted melting pot of earthy textures, modern cool and classic hotel design. And it’s much more than a pretty face, with great facilities to match, including three restaurants, a golf course and a tranquil outdoor pool.

Another luxury level knockout is the gorgeous Royale Chulan Cherating, which is one of the few luxury hotels anywhere that manage to pull off this level of quality while also retaining a sense of homeliness: perhaps it’s the obvious love and effort that’s gone into decorating each one of their rooms. Whatever their secret, it’s a truly winning combination, providing guests with something that is at once special and familiar. It’s also one of the most varied luxury hotels in terms of room price, meaning that it’s available to more potential guests. Its facilities can easily stand up to the competition too, with two pools (including a poolside bar), three restaurants and free Wi-Fi.

Mid-Range Hotels in Kuantan

The Zenith Hotel

It’s honestly strange to think of this hotel as being mid-range: such is the incredible level of quality and service on offer here. Nonetheless, The Zenith Hotel might just be a perfect showing of what the mid-range hotel market in Kuantan has to offer. It’s a stunning hotel, which perfectly walks the line between classic and modern beauty. Its rooms more than live up to the hype and great facilities include three restaurants, a golf course and an outdoor pool.

If you like your hotels to have a slick, sleek, modern look then Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Kuantan might just be right up your alley. What’s really impressive though is the way it manages to merge this style with a sense of down-to-earth rustic tones, which prevents the hotel or its rooms from ever feeling cold or uninviting. Customer service here is excellent, with a sterling reputation among guests and its vast facilities include a picnic area, bar and lounge, fitness facilities, full service spa, poolside and three onsite restaurants.

Budget Hotels in Kuantan

Skyview Kuantan

Kicking off our top budget picks, we’ve got a hotel that encapsulates the level of quality you can get for rock bottom prices in Kuantan. The Seasons View Hotel is a three-star hotel that holds itself like something much grander. Here, they never scrimps when it comes to service. Sleek and modern with rooms to match, the Seasons View Hotel might not have gold-plated floors but it’s an absolutely rock-solid choice for anyone looking to travel without breaking the bank. Alongside the usual facilities, there’s also an on-site restaurant and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Our next choice is proof, if ever it were needed that in Kuantan you needn’t break the bank in order to get a hotel with serious style. Riverine Garden Hotel is a budget hotel with an impeccable taste in decor that could really teach the occasional five-star accommodation a thing or two about how to put together an inviting lobby space. Happily though, it’s not all style and no substance, as Riverine Garden Hotel has the quality to back up the expectations laid down by its sparkling first impressions. Its rooms aren’t quite as in your face as the lobby, but they are very fair in terms of size and space for the price, with rates starting at less than RM100 per night.

Another hotel that can go toe-to-toe with the big boys when it comes to charm and good looks is the wonderful Skyview Hotel. It’s a melting pot of styles with its almost bohemian colourful exterior making way to an ultra-sleek minimalistic indoor décor, which allows the rooms to feel bright and spacious. Location wise, it’s only a mile from Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Central Point Kenaman Mall, and facilities include a flat screen TV, coffee maker, kettle and other amenities, alongside little touches like a personal bathrobes and slippers. You can’t find much better for only RM117 per night.

It may seem a little bit strange seeing a four-star hotel on a list for budget accommodation, but you’d amazed at just how cheap you can book a room at Samsuria Beach Resort and Residence. And don’t worry, that star rating is certainly no mistake and no, they haven’t accidently put their rooms at the wrong rate. You really can get a one bedroom apartment here for just RM200 per night. This is just terrific value at a four-star hotel with great apartment rooms and facilities to match. These include a children’s pool and playground, restaurant, free Wi-Fi and more.

If there’s one hotel that can show you just how much you can get for an astonishingly low amount of money in Kuantan, then Lanjut Golden Beach and Golf Resort might just be the pick of the litter. Why? Well, you read the last part of that name correctly: this is a budget hotel with its very own golf course. There are few places in the world you can get anywhere near that level of value. On top of that, the rest of the hotel is no slouch either, with top notch rooms, beautifully put together, great service and excellent facilities, including a restaurant and an outdoor pool.

For more hotels in Kuantan, explore the Expedia Malaysia website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around Kuantan

Getting Around in Kuantan

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The good news for travellers is there have been recent improvement to Kuantan’s public transport system. This is thanks to the introduction of the RapidKuantan bus system, which has several routes from the main part of the city to less populated spots. It is reasonably straightforward to find your way around using this system. They run every 30 minutes from their hub to the side of the UTC building.

Best Time to Visit Kuantan

Best Time to visit Kuantan

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Generally speaking, the temperatures in Kuantan don’t actually change all that much throughout the year compared to other destinations. However, if you are looking for the hottest time to visit, that would be in the summer month of April to June, with the latter usually being the peak.

However, this may be too hot for many. Later in the year, there tends to be more rainfall. Therefore, for milder temperatures and due to there being less chance of rainfall, your best time to visit is generally considered to be around the start of the year, between January and March.

Flights to Kuantan

Flights to Kuantan

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Kuantan is served by the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport. This airport is conveniently located just 15km southwest of the city, meaning it is simple enough to travel onto your destination by private hired vehicle on arrival.

There are around 19 flights per week from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport. The cost of return flights varies depending on the airline and time of the year, but prices start from as little as around RM240. The 200km journey between the two airports takes an average flight time of only 40 minutes to complete.

Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to Kuantan.