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Getting to Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

By plane

Kuantan's small Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport (KUA) currently only fields a few daily flights to Kuala Lumpur (40 min, full price RM 122) plus a single weekly flight to Kuala Terengganu.

By bus

Kuantan is about 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur by bus. Fares are currently around RM 14.30.

By car

Opened in 2004, the Karak Highway and East Coast Expressway connects Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur, and the distance of approximately 250 kilometers can be covered in 2.5-3 hours. the East Coast Expressway is evenly distributed with stop-over areas, equipped with toilets, sundry shops and food stalls.


Below is an account of a motorist who experienced the car trip
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Self Drive at Karak Kuantan Highway

02/08/2004, at last I was able to travel from KL to Kuantan by the new Karak/Kuantan Highway. It was officially declared opened by the Sultan of Pahang on Sunday 1/08/2004 at 6.00 pm 6.00 pm? Yes, it was at 6.00 pm when it was opened to the public. When was the declaration made? I do not know. As far as I am concerned I am now able to use the Highway, after all these years.And it took us about 2 ½ hours to reach Kuantan from Kuala Lumpur by the Highway, travelling non- stop. Someone tells me that the normal time would be about 2 hours, but I think that would be speeding. He speed limit is only 110 kmph.

The road is wide, 2 lanes one way but the surface is not very good especially the stretch from Karak to Temerloh. After Temerloh, the surface was better.

Facilities are as usual, except that I observed only in Temerloh where the Refesh & Rest (R&R) has a bigger facilities. In the other R & R areas, these are quite small. Anyway these were not yet opened so maybe things may change in these couple of months.

The road mostly traverse the jungle, and Felda schemes so there is not much of a scenery to be seen along the way, probably only undulating hills, palm tress and secondary jungle. Whereas in the old road, we used to pass along some very pretty Malay villages.

All in all I am happy that the Highway is now being used. Though the toll rate is pretty high at RM 0.12 sen per km, it is is still worth it. When I start looking at my fuel gauge, I realize that I do not loose very much, the toll is compensated by the less petrol I use.

And now I am able to travel to Kuantan with a peace in mind, no more having to overtake lorries and buses at dangerous corners and narrow roads and bridges. No more children running across the road, or even goats and buffaloes (and cows) trying to cross the road when you are driving in Pahang to your destinations in the East Coast.