Hitching a Ride to Kuantan After the Vipassana course, I got a lift from Lee, a fellow meditator and a resident of Kuantan. We were joined by other participants, particularly, 5 Chinese ladies from Guangzhou, China, who came all the way for the Satipatthana course. We stopped by a restaurant for some sumptuous curry then spent some time in Lee's house for tea where we discovered common ground in yoga. We ended up taking turns doing asanas! They later took me to my lodging place, Kuantan Backpackers, to check-in, but I still joined them until the Guangzhou 5 checked-in at Rocana Hotel.
Guangzhou 5 Lee already left us at Rocana Hotel, but I still hung-out with the 5 ladies - most of them in their 50s except Xiaojing who was 26, and the only one who can speak a rudimentary English. We talked about yoga as they were all yoga practitioners. Later that afternoon, they still tagged me along for a walk to the river esplanade. This was followed by dinner. They again invited me to join them for breakfast the following day after doing a yoga class.
along the river esplanade with the Guangzhou 5
Feisty Ladies Although the 4 were in their 50s, they all had this youthful bounce in them. The oldest, 62, didn't look a day over 50! And she did a headstand! They're also feisty, telling off the local shop keeper when they thought something wasn't in order. I enjoyed their company as I felt they enjoyed mine.
Ending Thoughts They had to leave on the 3rd day but I really enjoyed being with them, despite the language difficulty. They extended an invite for me to visit them in Guangshou to be their English and Yoga teacher. How nice! But I think I'll have to learn Chinese first.
I just hitched a ride to Kuantan not knowing what awaited me - I didn't know anyone, didn't speak the local language and didn't know the place. Who would expect I'd get tagged along for 2 days by 5 ladies who hardly spoke English? Whoa! This is what I like about traveling...you let go and magical things spontaneously happen.
Global Max Trading (durian store) - durian during season starts at MYR15/k, Musang King at MYR55/k
Tanjung Lumpur - fishing village and seafood eating place
Kuantan Backpackers - MYR 30/day, clean, wifi, a/c, central location, all-day toast/coffee, common kitchen/fridge, walk to bus terminal No 39, 1st Floor, Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuantan City
Hoi Yin Restaurant - Curry Noodles, No. 31, Jalan Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan
Operatings Hours: 7am-2pm (or until sold out), closed alternate Mondays
Kedai Kopi Ah Soon - Nasi Lemak | Lorong Kubang Buaya 21, off Jalan Kubang Buaya, Kuantan
Operating Hours: 7.30am-12pm (or until sold out), daily
New Capital Chicken Rice Restaurant - Chicken Rice | 59, Jalan Bukit Ubi, Kuantan
Opening Hours: 8am-3pm, daily with unfixed closed days
Terminal Satay Zul - Sate | No. A 2600, Jalan Alor Akar, Kuantan
Operating Hours: 6pm-12.30am, closed alternate Mondays
Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant - spicy sweet sour tilapia fish, herbal beggar chicken, spicy pineapple crabs, pork and fruits in yam cake and hot pot tofu, homemade sugarcane juice | Lot 7695 & 7696, Jalan Kubang Buaya, Kuantan
Operating Hours: 6pm-12am, daily
Ana Ikan Bakar Petai 3 - Ikan Bakar | Kampung Tanjung Lumpur, Kuantan
Operating Hours: 5.30pm-12am, daily
Restoran Zaman - Nasi Lemak | Lot 1-3811, KM14 Jalan Gambang, Kuantan
Opening Times: 6am-2pm, daily
Mustafa Cendol - Cendol and Rojak | Jalan Teluk Sisek, Kuantan (near the Shell gas station)
Operating Times: 11.30am-7pm, daily
Pak Soh Corner - Keropok Lekor | Cherating Tanjung Tengah, Sungai Karang (Balok)
Operating Hours: About 12pm-6pm, daily
Jess Cafe - Yong Tau Fu | No. A15, Jalan Seri Kuantan 80, Kuantan
Operating Hours: 9am-6pm, daily, closed Mondays
Globalmax Trading - durian | Jalan Dato Lim Hoe Lek, Taman Pacific, 25200 Kuantan
+60 10-933 1079
Lai Yien - Mee Kari (fav of Lee Boon Tai) | Lorong Seri Kuantan 25
Hentian Bandar Bus terminal if you plan on using the local public bus, rapidKuantan, in exploring Kuantan, you'd be better off checking-in near the Hentian Bandar station. You get immediate access to all the buses plying the essential destinations in and around Kuantan.
Kuantan Backpackers and if you decide to stay near the Hentian Bandar station and you are a backpacker, I recommend Kuantan Backpackers. I stayed there almost 3 weeks. For the money (MYR 30/night), you get wifi, all-day bread/coffee/tea, a common kitchen where you can cook your meals, common fridge and recreation area, tv, computer, a/c in the dorm room, strong water pressure, adequate toilets/showers. It's also clean and walking distance to the malls and river.
How to get to Kuantan from Kuala Lumpur
take the local train from KL to TBS(Terminal Bersepadu Selatan)
at TBS, go to the ticket counter (there are over 50 of them) and book a bus for Kuantan (3 hours, 40 mins/MYR ~24). You can also view the jumbotron for bus schedules, but the counter staff can advise you about bus schedule for Kuantan.
you will be getting off at the main bus terminal in Kuantan, TSK(Terminal Sentral Kuantan). Take the local Rapid Kuantan 303 bus (to Hentian Bandar, MR 2.00) to get to the city proper
Hentian Bandar station is the main local bus hub of Kuantan with buses taking you to essential destinations in Kuantan, MR 2.00
How to get to KLIA2 Airport from Kuantan
go to Hentian Bandar bus terminal - Hentian Bandar station is also the main local bus terminal (303). Any local bus usually takes you to that station (MYR 2).
Hentian Bandar bus terminal to TSK (Terminal Sentral Kuantan) - first trip is 6am and last trip from Hentian Bandar is 11pm (MYR 2, 20 mins). TSK is the provincial bus terminal in Kuantan.
TSK (Terminal Sentral Kuantan) to TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) - earliest trip from TSK is 12:30am but the next one is already 7:30am. TBS is one of the main bus terminals in Kuala Lumpur (MYR 24, 3 hours, 40 mins)
to purchase tickets online from TSK: BusOnlineTicket.com
TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) to KLIA2 Airport - earliest bus leaves TBS at 3am (1 hour, MYR 12)
to purchase tickets online from TBS: https://eticketing.tbsbts.com.my