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Kuantan

Kuantan

Kuantan presents a unique opportunity to watch the sunrise at Telok Chempedak from the comfort of a 24-hour McDonalds outlet. For adventurous travelers, try some kayaking and boating.

General Information

Pahang is the third largest state on Malaysia, after Sarawak and Sabah, occupying the huge Pahang River river basin. It is bordered to the north by Kelantan, to the west by Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, to the south by Johor and to the east by Terengganu and the South China Sea. Pahang has so much to offer the visitor that tourists, both locals and foreign, come back again and again.

Pahang has cool green mountains, rain forests, hill resorts, tranquil fishing villages, long stretches of sandy beaches, mysterious caves and unspoilt lakes.

Pahang offers the finest in beaches such as the famous Cherating Beach, Teluk Chempedak and Beserah Beach. There are the famous hill resorts of Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands and Fraser’s Hill. For your adventure activities, why not stay at Kenong Rimba, Endau-Rompin or Taman Negara (National Park).

Attractions

Culture

Here you will find attractive evidence of the various Malaysian cultures, manifested in the customs, clothes, food, art forms, games and festivals of the different races.

Specialty on songket, besides that Pahang has a rich cultural tradition and, the distinctive hand-woven gold and silver brocade. Teluk Chempedak, Sungai Karang and Cherating are the suitable places if you want to visit the handicraft centres. Household items made from pandanus leaves and woodcarvings, shell crafts and batik are sold at these centers.

Don’t miss Pahang Silk Weaving Centre in Pulau Keladi, Pekan where they can see the process of making the intricately woven material. For those short of time there is a showroom in Kuantan, located on the first floor of Teruntum Complex in Jalan Mahkota.

Batik, the unique wax-printed fabric, is available everywhere with manufacturing outfits at Kuantan, Semambu, Beserah and Cherating. At some of these places the visitors are able to view how batik is made.

Gua Charah

Twenty-five kilometers northwest of Kuantan, the Charah caves are the sites of a revered Buddhist sanctuary. The caves continue to serve as solitary reflection retreats for Buddhist monks and nuns. Visitors may explore some of the caves and gorges, including one that houses an impressive stone sculpture of the reclining Buddha. Along the road that leads to Gua Cherah is the Panching Cave, a limestone cavern that contains an enormous (9-meter) statue of the reclining Buddha. Just before noon, sunlight streaks from an aperture in the cave’s roof and floods the statue.

How to get there?
Approximately 1 1/2 hours drive through a scenic oil palm estate, Charah caves are situated northwest of Panching, en-route to Sungai Lembing. Formed millions of years ago and carved by nature, these caves offer an interesting sojourn. Housed inside one of the caves is a statue of the reclining Buddha.

Tasik Chini

Calm and attractive, the peacefulness of Tasik Cini believes the many secrets that it holds and hides the secrecy lurking beneath its face. Indeed, Tasik Cini and surroundings are shrouded in legends, some of which dates back to the 14th century. Legends have it that the monsters of the lake guard a submerged ancient Khmer City. Local stories assert that the mythical city would escape attack by sinking into the lake. The latter tale has attracted archaeologists to Tasik Cini, and structures have indeed been located on the bottom of the lake. Even if such evocations of Loch Ness and Atlantis leave you cold, the region’s natural beauty is more than sufficient reason to visit. Between August and September, pink and white lotus flowers cover the surface of the water.

How to get there?
Lake Chini is located in Chini Town at Pahang. If you are driving then access to the lake is by road to Kampung Belimbing, about 100 kilometers, south west of Kuantan and then on by boat through the winding Chini river. Alternatively, one can go by road via Segamat Highway through the new town of Chini, and then continue traveling for 15 minutes through palm oil estate roads to the lake.

Teluk Chempedak

Five kilometers from Kuantan is Teluk Cempedak. The beach is superb for water sports’ activities such as sailing, canoeing, jet skiing, surfing, and sunbathing. For those who like jungle trekking, you can trek through Teluk Chempedak Forest Reserve to the peaceful Pelindung Beach. More trekking is accessible on the route from the beach to the mini zoo nearby at Taman Teruntum, which offers some real jungle surroundings.

How to get there?

  • By Express Bus
    Go to any Kuala Lumpur station like Pudu Raya, Pekeliling and Hentian Putra. Get on a bus to Kuantan, which take around 5 hours. Reaching there, travelers can take bus (20-30 minutes) and taxi (5-10 minutes) which will take you to Teluk Chempedak beach.
  • By Air
    You can always get to Kuantan by flight. There are a few flights daily to Kuantan. At the Kuantan airport, take a taxi to Teluk Chempedak beach which will you take 30 minutes journey.
  • By Car
    There would take you five hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. In KL, make your way to the east bound highway. Once you start your journey on the highway, it’s just a 45 minute straight drive all the way to the small town of Karak, where the highway ends.Continue driving through the direction till you reach the town of Kuantan. Once you reach Kuantan, road signs will guide you to Teluk Chempedak beach.

Chendor Beach

About one and a half kilometers away from Cherating is the famous Chendor Beach. You can watch green turtles or occasionally giant leatherback turtles lumber ashore to lay eggs from early July to September. It is a ritual well value experiencing. Besides the turtles, Chendor Beach offers fine bathing spots. Those seeking silence and privacy will enjoy the beach.

How to get there?
Chendor beach is situated near the border of Pahang and Terengganu states, north of Cherating.
By Road : Chedor is accessible from the Kuantan to Kemaman road, about 45 minutes drive from Kuantan.

Balok Beach

Balok is 15km north of Kuantan town and is a delight for passionate wind surfers. Truly perfect and serene with soothing tropical breezes, swaying casuarinas, and unending white sands in harmony with the azure blue sea.

By Road : From Kuantan towards Kemaman, Terengganu. Also accessible by taxi or hourly buses.

Tioman Island

Tioman is the largest group among 64 volcanic islands. Visitors can choose between snorkeling and diving in crystal clear waters, lazing around on the white-sand beaches or exploring rugged trails of the interior. Also, there is a forest on the island that is wonderful to be explored. The dense jungle is a home for many kinds of flora and fauna.

How to get there?
Most visitors arrive by ferry from Mersing on the mainland. There are a number of ferry operators and three types of ferry. The largest, slowest (approx 2 hours) ferry is the most economical; the smaller and faster catamaran costs more; the smallest and fastest (approx 1 hour) outboard speedboats are the most expensive option.

Some ferries also depart from Tanjung Gemuk to the north of Mersing.

Note that due to the significant reduction in demand, ferries run less frequently during the monsoon season (typically late October to mid/late February), and that during this period exceptionally bad conditions may shut them down completely for several days at a time.

Overland to Mersing: several bus companies operate direct services to Mersing,from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, and Singapore; other services that use the east coast highway (eg Johor Bahru to/from Kota Bharu) also call at Mersing.
By plane: The main gateway to Malaysia is through the new K.L. International Airport at Sepang located approximately 50km south of Kuala Lumpur. The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang serves a few domestic and regional airlines. Other major international airports which serve as entry points are Penang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi. Besides that, FireFly which is the new subsidies of Malaysia Airlines also providing you to Kuantan airport twice per day.

Cameron Highland

Cameron Highlands has its own individual magic and attractions, and together they combine to provide all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, no matter what your concern or what time of the year.

Fruits and vegetables like tomatos, cauliflowers, cabbages, oranges and strawberries grow fresh and healthy in the cool climate and fertile soils of the highlands. You can buy them either at the choice of markets or the farms that are placed throughout the highlands.

How to get there?
Tapah , a town in Perak, is the main entry point to the highlands.

By Road : Cameron Highlands is about 60 kilometers from Tapah, a town off the Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh Highway accessible by road and rail. From Tapah, the two winds up through fascinating jungle scenery. The drive up will take about one and the half hours to Tanah Rata.
By Coach : Coach travel is one of the most convenient and economical ways to come to Cameron Highlands. A number of companies provide regular, efficient express and tourist coach services to and from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore with a choice of day or night departures on some routes.
By Taxi : Taxi services is available from Kuala Lumpur (Pudu Raya) direct to Tanah Rata. There are also taxis from Tapah town and Tapah station (for those arriving by train).
By Train : The rail stop is at Tapah. From here take the taxi or bus to Tanah Rata.

Shopping

Shopping centers offer an attractive array of bewitching items which you may not find in another place. You can find modern Teruntum Complex, Berjaya Megamall and Kuantan Parade offers great shopping in Kuantan. Beside cinemas, bowling valley, fast food restaurants and other facilities are made available.

Karyaneka, which showcases Pahang handicrafts, can be found at Teluk Chempedak, Sungai Karang and Cherating. Pandanus household articles, wood carvings, brocades, shellcrafts and batik are sold at reasonable prices here.

Pahang Silk Weaving Centre in Palau Keladi provides you a great quality of Pahang Silk. Pekan, is an intricately woven material is made. Batik Cottage where you can enjoy how batik, the unique wax-printed fabric, is made located at Beserah.

If you are looking for stunning, nice-looking items to take back with you, you will be thoroughly beguiled by the pandan leaf (mengkuang) mats. Songket, the fine hand-woven gold and silver brocaded attire comes in a wide variety of radiant designs. It is about 1.8 kilometres west of Kampung Sungai Karang, at the Souvenir Centre that about one will find shellcrafts and local gemstones.

Food & Beverages

Variety of delicacy can be found in the cuisines of Pahang. Malay, Chinese (Cantonese, Hokkien and Szechuan) and both north and south Indian foods will all inspire the taste. Fine European cuisine can also be found at both coastal and hill resorts.

In between these tasty meals you can snack on wonderfully fresh tropical fruits. When thirsty, try a fresh coconut just plucked from the tree. Satay are morsels of marinated meat skewered on palm leaf sticks and barbecued on an open flame. Eaten with a spicy peanut sauce, cucumber, onions and ketupat.

Lazaria Cafe

Lot 1-95 (1st Floor) Berjaya Megamall
Jalan Tun Ismail Sri Dagangan
25000 Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur
Open: 12.00 noon - 9.30pm

It offers a luxurious selection of food. For meat lovers, apart from regular chicken dishes, the restaurant also tempts your taste buds with exotic and exclusive deer meat, in a variety from stew to soup and sizzling deer steak. ‘Tilapia’ fish are served with special variations.

Yue Yuen Chinese Restaurant - Chinese Food

Hyatt Regency Kuantan, Teluk Chempedak,
25050 Kuantan,
Pahang Darul Makmur
Open: Dinner, nightly except Monday (7pm - 11pm), Sunday brunch (10.30am to 2.30pm)

This comfortable restaurant designed with glass panels decorated with wooden lattices and soft classical music, this restaurant offers Szechuan and Cantonese plates for dinner.

Restaurant Kampung Hainan

B-12, Jalan Lim Hoe Lek ,
25000 Kuantan,
Pahang Darul Makmur
Open: Monday - Sunday (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Restaurant Kampong Hainan is the special restaurant to serve you chicken rice ball. Hainan chicken and the chicken rice ball is cooked using hainanese original recipes together with superb chicken rice. In the other hand, you can get the original taste of hainan coffee during the high tea time. They are providing hananese sifu to cook your meals.

PAKSU Restaurant Seafood

KM 11, Kg. Batu Hitam
26100, Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur
Open: 11.30am - 2.30pm (lunch),
5.30pm - 12.00 midnight (dinner)

The specialties include special stuffed crab, cheese lobster, butter tiger prawns and steam red garoupa. As well as choosing a la carte, the restaurant can easily serve
buffet style meals, depending on your favorite.

SWAN Seafood Restaurant

Ground Floor, Grand Continental Hotel
Jalan Gambut
25000, Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur
Open: 11.30am - 2.30pm (lunch),
5.30pm - 10.30 pm (dinner), 7 days a week.

Located on the Ground Floor of the 4-star Grand Continental Hotel next to the Berjaya Megamall at Kuantan. It serves local mixed food with its specialty being the Siamese Style Assam Tilapia fish, clay pot milky prawns, hotplate curry cuttlefish, mango chicken and curry fish head.

NARA Restaurant Seafood

Lot 405, Teluk Baru Jalan Tanjung Lumpur
26060, Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur
Open: 5.00pm - 2.00am

Specializes in a la carte Thai food. The seafood area is situated near the gorgeous seaside, which gives you a more sensible air.

Lemontree Cafe & Western

A39, Ground Floor Lorong Tun Ismail
10 Sri Dagangan
25000 Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur
Open: Sunday - Thursday (12.00 noon - 1.00am),
Friday - Saturday (12.00 noon - 2.00am),
Public Holidays (6.00pm - 1.00am)

Try to taste their the most popular delight such as Norwegian Grill Salmon, BBQ Beef Ribs, Tenderloin Steak, Fettucine Carbonara, Yam Basket, Black Pepper Udon Noodles, Penang Char Kway Teow followed by our delicious desserts such as moist Chocolate Cake, Brownies a la mode, apple crumble and lots more exciting desserts.

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