Kuantan is not a very large place, and most of those who vacation here prefer to stay just a little farther north, in Cherating, which is more established as a resort destination. If staying close to Kuantan is important to you, the Hyatt Regency, about 5km (3 miles) outside of town on the beach at Telok Chempedak, is the best choice for accommodations.
In Cherating -- Most people skip Kuantan and head straight for Cherating, some 47km (29 miles) to the north. The anchor resort, Club Med, opened in 1980. Since then, a couple dozen smaller resorts have opened up, none of them coming close to Club Med's standard. Resorts here are all mostly self-contained units; to stay here means you'll most likely be dining in-house, participating in beach and watersports activities, and possibly leaving the resort only for tours planned through your resort's activities desk.
Windsurfers, take note: Cherating is world famous for excellent conditions and the home of the "Monsoon Madness" international competition, which takes place every January, when monsoon conditions make great waves. In addition to windsurfing, resorts can arrange trips through the mangroves up the Cherating River in a hired bumboat and trips to crafts shops and cultural shows.
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