Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang, is fast gaining popularity as a beach resort. The region around Kuantan is also well known for village festivals and for the craft of weaving pandanus leaves into mats, hats and baskets. Woodcarving and batik are also traditional crafts in this part of the country.
Asia’s first Club Mediterrane holiday village is in Cherating, about 45 km (30 miles) north of Kuantan. Also in the region is Malaysia’s answer to Loch Ness, Lake Chini, in whose waters mythological monsters are said to lurk, guarding the entrance to a legendary sunken city.