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.
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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.
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.
Getting Around 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.
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.