Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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Cherating, Malaysia


Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Cherating, Cherating River Side
Cherating River Side
Cherating, bus stop at the main road (highway)
bus stop at the main road (highway)

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Things to Do & See
Cherating Beach
mostly quiet and peaceful beach near the budget accommodations. popular surfing spot when the weather is right ... more
Mangrove River Tour
A must-do in Cherating is a boat tour into the mangrove forest. The guides are good in spotting various animals, includings snakes. ... more

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Payung Guest House
Chalets, Cherating
well-maintained and inexpensive chalets with a good atmosphere near the river (less than 5min walk to the beach).try to stay here if there is availability ... more
Cherating Cottage
Guesthouse, Cherating
Rooms and bungalows with balconies and good views, could use a renovation though. on-site restaurant with Asian and Italian kitchen ... more
Mata Hari
Chalets, Cherating
nice bungalows/chalets in a nice setting a bit off the beach ... more

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Ranting Beach Resort
pricier accommodation with bungalows at the beach and across the road, on-site restaurant
Mata Hari
nice bungalows/chalets in a nice setting a bit off the beach