Tropical Orienteering Week (Malaysia)

Welcome to Kuantan on the east coast of Malaysia!

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DateTypeTimeTerrainLength
4 Oct (Fri)Training map   SuburbSprint
5 Oct (Sat)WRE MorningSuburbSprint
6 Oct (Sun)RaceDayCity and suburbUrban long
7 Oct (Mon)RaceEveningCitySprint
8 Oct (Tue) RaceEveningCity/Park Sprint
9 Oct (Wed)Rest day      
10 Oct (Thu) RaceEveningPark Sprint
11 Oct (Fri)RaceEveningPark and forestMiddle
12 Oct (Sat)RaceAfternoonForestMiddle
13 Oct (Sun)National rankingMorningSuburb and forestMiddle
  On or before
1 May
On or Before
1 July
On or before
1 September
After
1 September
Whole package
(4-13 Oct)
€159 €179 €199 €239
Half package
(4-8 Oct or 10-13 Oct)
€99 €109 €119 €139
WRE+NRE €76 €76 €76 €96
WRE weekend
(4-6 Oct)
€58 €63 €68 €78
Other races (each) (non-WRE/NRE) €20 €25 €30 €40
  • 4 more trainings on “metrunner” app (see www.metrunner.com), free for buyers of whole/half package (€5 each if bought separately)
  • Classes: M Elite, W Elite, M21, W21, M20, W20, M18/16, W18/16, M14/12, W14/12, M10 or younger, W10 or younger, M35/40/45, W35/40/45, M50 or older, W50 or older
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  • In Sweden you can also pay by Swish. Please see the Swedish version for prices in Swedish crowns

Terrain

Sprint events will be held in the city and parks, with high density buildings set in a grid, and residential suburbs with a tight road network and light traffic. Middle distance events will be held on beaches, hills with dense path network, and runnable forests next to the beaches.

Is it expensive to fly to Kuantan?

No it isn’t. A Skyscanner search of CPH-KUA reveals (as of 7 April 2019) prices of €601 return (Turkish Airlines + Malaysia Airlines). Or check prices through the search box below (Jetradar):

Note that flying to Kuantan will usually require a transfer at Kuala Lumpur. However, if you would like to save the trouble of buying flights on different airlines (especially where Malaysia Airlines doesn’t fly to) or you want to also visit Kuala Lumpur, you can take a bus (4 hours, around 25 ringgits or €5).

You can find buses in Malaysia using 12Go Asia (it will come in handy if you’re travelling around Southeast Asia. Just like GoEuro—now Omio—is to Europe, so is 12Go Asia to Southeast Asia):

Hotels

Kuantan is a seaside resort on the east coast of Malaysia and there are a lot of quality hotels around, for a low price. Indeed, as little as 20-30 ringgits (around €4-6) will get you a room at a budget hotel, around 150 ringgits (
€33) for a mid-range hotel, and as little as 300-400 ringgits (
€70-90) even for a 5-star hotel!

Check out the map below for hotels in Kuantan!

Transport in Kuantan

Kuantan’s bus system is Rapid Kuantan, whose buses run every 20 minutes to most parts of Kuantan. Fares are 2-4 ringgits (cash), and there’s a 10% discount for stored value card (however it costs 5 ringgits to buy the card).

The central bus terminus is at Hentian Bandar just outside downtown.

All venues can be reached by bus, so there will be no dedicated parking zone for the events (however, you may use public parking lots where available).

What can I do in/around Kuantan?

Kuantan is famous for beaches, caves and waterfalls. See the Wikivoyage article on Kuantan for details.

Balok Beach
(Photo by Elizabeth Lisa John, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 1.0)

Venturing further out, the world famous Tioman Island is located off the coast of Pahang state (take bus to Mersing and then ferry). Need us say more?

Tioman Island
(Photo by Jorge Cancela, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY 2.0)