Kuantan's lovely grass padang – the sight of cricket matches during colonial days – is today largely used for football practice in the late afternoon and evenings (when it is floodlit). It's a lovely place to come for a walk at the end of the day, when it's cooler and the adjacent mosque is illuminated. A night market sometimes sets up along its southern border.

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Nearby Kuantan attractions

1. Pahang Art Museum

0.07 MILES

This museum's collection is housed in an attractive colonial-era building just north of the Padang. The museum focuses on the state's culture, history and…

2. Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah


The east coast’s most impressive and imposing mosque presides regally over the Padang. At night it’s a magical sight with its illuminated spires and…

4. Football Pitch

0.53 MILES

Watch football matches here. There are more goal posts and playing fields on the Padang.

5. Beserah Beach

4.15 MILES

This long beach is a lovely place to catch the sunrise and watch large crabs scuttling at high speed over the sands in the twilight. There are several…

6. Sleeping Buddha Cave

14.22 MILES

The colossal Sleeping Buddha Cave at Gua Charas outside Panching is decorated with small altars to various Buddhist Bodhisattvas and leads ultimately to a…

7. Gua Charas

14.23 MILES

Located 26km north of Kuantan, the limestone karst containing Gua Charas towers high above the surrounding palm plantations. The caves owe their fame to a…

8. Sungai Lembing Tin Mines

21.42 MILES

Try and get here early after lunch (or first thing in the morning) to have the eerie sensation of being alone in some of the longest and deepest tin mines…