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Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, the 3rd largest state in Malaysia. It is situated near the mouth of the Kuantan River and faces the South China Sea. If one measures the distance along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is located roughly halfway between Singapore and Kota Bharu. Kuantan is also considered as the social, economic and commercial hub for East Coast Peninsular Malaysia due to its strategic location. Rapid development since early 21st century has transformed and modernized Kuantan.

Kuantan in the first century was a part of Chih-Tu empire. In the 11th century, this piece of land was conquered by another small empire called Pheng-Kheng before being taken over by the Siamese during 12th century. During the 15th century, Kuantan was ruled by the Malacca Empire.

One of its major economic activities is tourism. Domestically, it is famous for the production of handicrafts, batik, keropok (dried fish crackers) and salted fish. Kuantan serves as the administrative and commercial capital of Pahang. Trade and commerce are also important in the economy of the town.

The timber industry, ice cream and the fishing industry also play major roles in the local economy.

Kuantan is connected to Kuala Lumpur via the East Coast Expressway and Karak Expressway. Kuantan is now more accessible by road transportation than before, primarily because of the opening of East Coast Expressway. The East Coast Expressway also links Kuantan to other major towns in Pahang. Two other important east coast towns: Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu are connected via coastal trunk roads.

Scenic coastal roads that runs through Mersing, Kuala Rompin and Pekan also links Kuantan to Johor Bahru and Singapore. This route winds through verdant forests and small coastal towns, and a stretch of beautiful quiet beaches at Rompin and Lanjut.

Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport is located 15 km from Kuantan city. This is the only airport in Pahang State that is controlled by Malaysia Airport Bhd. Currently, there are two airlines that fly to Kuantan, namely, Malaysia Airline System (MAS), Firefly. Firefly has scheduled direct flights to Singapore. This is plan is much more trustworthy compared with AirAsia's one because Firefly has accomplished the flight from Singapore to Subang Airport located in a miniature distance from Kuala Lumpur.

Currently, planes from Kuantan fly only to KLIA and Singapore Changi Airport. Seasonal flights to Taipei are operated by China Airlines.

Sources: Wikipedia





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