Are you planning a trip to Malaysia and working out where to go? No Malaysia holiday in this far east paradise is complete without a visit to Kuantan.

As the 17th biggest city in the country, it is the Pahang district’s capital.

Everything is here, from historic, religious and culturally significant mosques, pristine beaches and glorious waterfalls.

This city is wonderful and to give you some encouragement to go there, we have highlighted five of the best things you can do there.

The Authenticity of the City

A popular place to stop at when travelling around Malaysia, Kuantan is the second largest port and one of the main bases for bus services.

Lots of people tend to avoid stopping too long, but it’s actually worth spending a bit of time there.

There’s an authentic and real feel to the city because it has not gone overboard with trying to draw tourists and visitors in.

This makes it ideal if you’re really wanting to experience what Malaysia is really like and immerse yourself in the culture. It’s strange that it doesn’t figure more highly in more tourist guides, given that there is so much on offer there.

Cherating Turtle Sanctuary

Not too far from Kuantan is Cheating Turtle Sanctuary. This was build back in 1972 with the purpose of helping to protect the Leatherback turtles in the area.

It’s visitors centre first opened its doors in 1998 to the public. You can visit the sanctuary in the evening and staff will tell tourists when the turtles come into shore to lay eggs.

Panching Cave

About 25 km outside Kuantan centre is Pandan Waterfall and Panching Cave. This cave is a sacred site for Buddhists and is home to many important statues, but probably the most stunning of all is the 9m long one that depicts Buddha reclining.

Once you’ve checked out what the caverns have to offer, spend time watching the powerful Pandan Waterfall and enjoying chilling in the natural pools.

Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque

Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque, an intimidating building, is also found in Kuantan. This beautiful structure was designed and built in 1991 and consists of regal domes and intricately made spires.

The design of the mosque is inspired by and a tribute to the areas Ottoman-Moorish influences and has a capacity of 8,000.

It is situated in the business district of the city and therefore, relatively easy to access.

Teluk Chempedak Beach

Fancying a bit of R and R? Why not head to Teluk Chempedak Beach for a relaxing lie in the sun. This is by far the best beach in the local area and worth a stop off at. Top up your tan before heading back home.

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Malaysia, an often overlooked location in Asia, where a traveller can satisfy their need for variety.

From colonial influenced small cities like Penang and big metropolis’ like Kuala Lumpur, Kuatan offers everything that these cities offer all rolled into one, big cultural ball.