Kuantan, Pahang

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Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, the third largest state in Malaysia. It is near the mouth of the Kuantan River and faces the South China Sea. If one measures the distance along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is located roughly halfway between Singapore and Kota Bharu. Kuantan is the ninth largest city in Malaysia.

Culture & Heritage

Pahang Art Museum is the main center to promote and develop the arts and crafs industries of the state. This museum displayed works of arts by well-known Pahang artists and various works of art can be seen here such as modern realism, portrait, landscape, batik and other styles.


Kuantan's main sightseeing attraction is the beach at Teluk Cempedak. Kuantan is also known to tourists for its waterfalls. The most well-known is the Sungai Pandan Water Fall. Two others are the Sungai Berkelah Waterfall and the Jerangkang Waterfall. Bukit Gambang Resort City (BGRC), Kuantan is one of the largest water theme park resorts in Malaysia, spanning 547 acres and offering a 17.1 acre lake, and a 24,000 square feet wave pool.

Food & drink

Kuantan is famous for its delicious fish crackers (called keropok in Malay) and salted fish, where the fish are marinated mainly with salt and left out to dry in the sun for days. 'Ikan Bakar' or grilled fish can be purchased at Tanjung Lumpur, a village located near the mouth of the Kuantan River. Very popular and sold by street vendors (especially at the fascinating night markets) are varieties of satay which consists of grilled meat on a stick which is dipped into peanut sauce and roti canai, a thick chapati-like bread dipped in a unique curry style sauce. Recommended ethnic Indian dishes include the naan and tandoori chicken.


East Coast Mall shopping mall houses a number of fashion labels including Bonia, Samsonite, Giordano, Clarks, Padini Concept Store, Brands Outlet, Quicksilver, Royal Sporting House, Samuel and Kevin, Carlo Rino and many more. Another shopping malls are Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan Parade, Kuantan Plaza, Pasar Besar (The Store) and many more. Salted fish, the famous local production of Kuantan which you can find lots of salted fish shops along Jalan Besar (Besar Road). Locals and tourists will drop by here to buy salted fish.

Kuantan Facts:

  • Population - 607,778
  • State - Pahang
  • Closes airport - Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport
  • Local food - Silver Catfish in Durian Paste, Laksa Pahang (rice noodle dish)
  • Nearest towns/cities - Kemaman, Mersing
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