The state of Pahang is home to a bit of everything that makes Malaysia special: a former tin-mining village at Sungai Lembing, white sand and windsurfing at Balok Beach, and a unique mix of cultures in Kuantan, the state capital. From beachside resorts to city hotels to rural escapes, here are the best places to stay in and around Kuantan.
Is the admittedly tiny city of Kuantan too urban for you? Then head 5km (3mi) north of “downtown” to this breezy bungalow-based hotel. With an inviting swimming pool as the unofficial centrepiece, the seven rooms here are reassuringly simple and spacious, with lots of natural light, refined design influences and functional, handsome furniture. Splashes of greenery and calming stones bring you back to nature.