Many people seem to give Kuantan a pass when travelling in Malaysia. Perhaps it’s because of the lack of westerners or the fact that locals do not speak good English. Maybe they simply see Kuantan as the jumping-off point to visit Cherating and the Charah Caves. Whatever the case, they’re sorely missing out. The capital of Pahang, the city is a bustling, largely Chinese, business hub and the main transport hub of the east coast. Within the city itself are striking sights such as the Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque and lots of 1920s shop-houses that merit a visit. Meanwhile, around the city there’s a host of popular-yet-rarely-visited sights such as the white sand strip of Teluk Chempedak, the hard-to-get-to Lake Chini and the Jakun and Semelai aboriginal kampungs (villages) of lake Tasek Bera.