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Kuantan is the capital of Pahang, in Malaysia, and its town fathers are devoted to making it a "progressive, beautiful, clean, and organized development center." This is reflected in its public transportation, including Kuantan Airport (also known as Great Circle Airport), and Kuantan Seaport. Its efforts are such that the city has won itself several national awards.
Taxis serve Kuantan Airport and will haul you to your hotel, or any of Kuantan's attractions. While taxis are metered, the drivers may arbitrarily add charges for traffic congestion, rain, or a headache (you get the idea). Be sure to confirm the fare before you hop inside, no matter how heavy your luggage is. Many visitors opt to book bus tours around Malaysia, which usually include one or two days in Kuantan. If that's not your style, or you want to spend more time in Kuantan, several bus lines serve the city from one terminal in the center of town and will get you all or most of Kuantan's area attractions. The buses come in various sizes and conditions.
Traffic congestion is a problem in Kuantan and the cities of Malaysia. Often, multi-lane highways merge into two-lane city traffic in the center of town (explains the taxi driver's headache). Road conditions, themselves are decent, though, as the country's roads are pretty well maintained.
The country of Malaysia has a rail system but it does not enter Kuantan.