Kuantan is the capital state of Pahang, which is a state located in Peninsular Malaysia. This city is located near the mouth of the Kuantan River and faces the South China Sea. It is the 17th largest city in Malaysia and the largest city in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. In the past, this large city is known only as Kampung Terumtum, named by the Teruntum River located in front of the current Hospital of Tengku Ampuan Afzan. In the late 19th century, Chinese miners and traders saw the city’s potential to grow and began mining near Gambang and Sungai Lembing. Subsequently, the city grew into what it is now.
Airports in Kuantan, Pahang
1. Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport
This is the only airport in Pahang State that is controlled by Malaysia Airport Bhd. Currently, the airlines that fly to Kuantan: Malaysia Airline System (MAS), Firefly, Scoot and Malindo. AirAsia to restart soon. Firefly has scheduled direct flights to Singapore and Penang. In 2009, the airport handled 226,912 passengers on 3,110 flights, though the airport can handle over one million passengers annually. Planes from Kuantan fly directly to KLIA, Subang Airport, Singapore Changi Airport and Penang International Airport. Passengers have to walk from the plane to the arrival hall.
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Best time to Fly to Kuantan, Pahang
Kuantan features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification. Usually, the area experiences two seasons per year; the dry and hot season and the rainy season. The dry and hot season occurs when seasonal south-west winds blow from Sumatra toward the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia but are blocked by the Titiwangsa Mountain Range. The temperature may reach 40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season usually occurs between October to March. During this season, the north-east winds bring rain to Kuantan. It can get very cloudy with a large amount of rainfall. Floods may also occur. Areas subject to possible flooding include the road to Sungai Lembing and even a few areas along the Kuantan River. Hence, the best time to fly to Kuantan is during the end of the hot season when it is nearing the rainy season to avoid severe heat strokes or even daily downpours.
What are the Top 3 Things to Do in Kuantan?
1. Sungai Lembing, Kuantan -Sungai Lembing is located about 26 km northwest of Kuantan. It used to contain the world's deepest underground tin mines. There is an interesting Tin Museum in the former mining town of Sungai Lembing. Just north of the Tin Museum is a hanging bridge. Access is via a narrow, winding road at the base of the entrance to the Tin Museum. There is another hanging bridge on the outskirts of Sungai Lembing town (visible from the main road, on the right side). There is a Panorama Hill which provides an impressive pre-dawn view. On the Kuantan-Sungai Lembing road at the hamlet of Pancing, there is a limestone mountain which houses a large reclining Buddha in one of its caves, Charah Cave. The highest peak, Gunung Tapis, also can be accessed from here.2. East Coast Mall -East Coast Mall is a shopping mall which consists of the built-up area of 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2) and houses many fashion labels, a nine-screen cinema complex and family entertainment center. Located in Putra Square which consists of a 5-star hotel and corporate tower, convention center and cultural towns.3. Bukit Gambang Resort City and Water Theme Park -Bukit Gambang Resort City (BGRC) 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. Bukit Gambang Safari Park, the biggest safari in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is roughly an hour and a half journey from the city center of Kuantan if you are taking the public bus. It takes lesser time to reach if you are driving your own vehicle there.
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