Kuantan is a coastal city in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. It is the capital and the largest city in the East Coast region of Malaysia, and has an estimated population of around 500,000 people.
This Eastern coast city certainly deserves more attention. Yes, we’re talking about the underrated city of Kuantan in Pahang.
For a serene and budget-friendly getaway, you can’t go wrong with Kuantan!
Places to Visit in Kuantan
Teluk Chempedak Beach
Teluk Chempedak is a peaceful and charming beach. It’s one of the best ways to spend time in Kuantan, especially for those who like walking on the sand and enjoying the afternoon breeze. The beach is only five kilometers from Kuantan city center, so it’s really close.
Just by looking at the row of towering pine trees, winding casuarinas, and gorgeous white beach, you will surely be mesmerized.
The sound of seagulls, the little fishes in the river and a breeze that makes you feel completely relaxed. The combination leaves you with an unparalleled feeling of relief and serenity.
Cherating is a popular beach resort city in the state capital of Kuantan, Pahang. It’s mostly famous for its exotic beaches, tropical rainforest trails and mangrove jungles.
Taman Esplanade Kuantan
Taman Esplanade is a 1 kilometer long paved walkway and public space along Kuantan River at Jalan Besar. It has a stunning view of the sea and is a very popular spot for locals looking for a relaxing walk.
Taman Esplanade makes for a great fishing spot, but it also has a playground for children to enjoy. You can find swings, slides, see-saws and other recreational equipment for kids to play on while you enjoy some time off at the benches.
You can find a food court at the center of the Esplanade that sells local cuisine. They have banana fritters, curry-rice dishes, dessert stalls – an assortment for everyone’s needs. As much as it is frequented by locals, it also makes for a good picnic location.
Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah
One of the best activities you can do in Kuantan is to visit this mosque.
The central dome of this mosque is eye-catching and has a very interesting design. You can expect to spot four other domes and minarets, all designed in the shape of rockets.
East Coast Mall
Shopping is one of many activities people like to do when on vacation, so make sure you add it to your list. East Coast Mall is conveniently located in Pahang’s city center, which is right in the heart of Kuantan.
This mall is a great place for families with a mix of international and local stores. They offer fashion, art, gourmet food and more.
The mall is a one-stop destination for locals and tourists alike, with all your entertainment and shopping needs!
Sungai Pandan Waterfall
Sungai Pandan Waterfall is the most elegant waterfall in Malaysia, situated 25km from the city centre of Kuantan. The 100m high waterfall is a sight for sore eyes and is part of Sungai Pandan – which is under protection by the forestry department.