There are several bus companies, as well as airlines, that will take you from the capital, Kuala Lumpur to the coastal town of Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang. The KL to Kuantan bus ride is three to four hours. The expressway recently opened takes three hours, and if the bus takes the slower route, it takes about four hours. Kuantan is an interesting city with many things to do, with beaches facing the South China Sea and being on the mouth of the Kuantan River. The KL to Kuantan bus ride on the East Coast Expressway is the fastest way and a pleasant ride through the green countryside. Here are some things to do once you get to Kuantan.
One reason people come to Kuantan is the beaches, and they are not disappointed. Pantai Batu Hitam is a beach covered with black or dark brown stones. Teluk Cempedak is the most popular with all kinds of water sports, a long boardwalk that connects to another beach, and there are small monkeys running around. Beserah is a fishing village where you can get fresh fish, including the locally famous salted fish. Balkok is a beach known for wind surfing and has resorts.
One interesting site is 40 km northwest of Kuantan, which is a small mining town of Sungai Lembing. This was once the largest tin mine in the world. it is now closed but there is a museum that shows the history of mining there. Outside there is a hanging bridge, or climb up Bukit hill for a great view of the valley below.
Panching Caves are under limestone mountains just out of town in the village of Panching. In addition to the caves, is a statue of sleeping Buddha.
Berkelah Falls is near the Kuantan air force base on Gambang Road. The waterfall is in the Pandan River Forest Reserve.
The Buddhist Association Temple is on the edge of town on the Kuantan-Sungai Lembing road in Pahang. In addition to a large Buddha, it has a park that has a pond with fish and other water creatures.
The State Mosque is in downtown Kuantan. It is among the colonial era buildings that surround the mosque.
There is a free mini zoo at Taman Teruntum near the Kuantan golf course.
There are several walkways along the river and ocean. There is one that starts behind the town council buildings on the Kuanton River. A new one has been built along the river near the Christian Cemetery at the end of Taman Gelora Road.
There are many restaurants around Berjaya Megamall along the road called Jalan Tun Ismail. There is local food here, as well as some chains and international type places.
Keropok Lekor is also famous in Kuantan. This is a traditional Malaysian fish snack. It is sometimes called fish sausage or fish sticks. The ones you find in Kuantan are a little different than many parts of the country, softer yet still some crispness.