Tropical Orienteering Week (Malaysia)

Welcome to Kuantan on the east coast of Malaysia! 8 races over 10 days are waiting for you on a tropical paradise holiday!

The Tropical Orienteering Week is brought to you together by Malaysia Orienteering and ORIEN.ASIA.

Online entry on ORIEN.ASIA is now open, so Enter NOW!

What should I do now?

1. Book your flight to KUL or KUA lets you book flights with multiple airlines, even if there is no codeshare or interline.

If needed, book bus from KL to Kuantan and back:

2. Choose a hotel and make a reservation

3. Read the programme below and choose an entry fee option!

4. Optional excursions on rest days!

Here are a few exciting excursions recommended by Viator. You can book online through the links below!

The Malaysian Orienteering Federation notified that they will be moving the Middle Distance National Ranking to 6 October. Therefore, we are making the following changes:

  • 4 October (Friday): now an evening Micro-O event near the event hotel (Sri Manja Boutique Hotel). It replaces the original training.
  • 5 October (Saturday): Sprint WRE (same as original)
  • 6 October (Sunday): now Middle Distance National Ranking. Replaces urban sprint
  • 7 October (Monday): now Sprint near the event hotel
    (Sri Manja Boutique Hotel)
  • 8 October (Tuesday): now a rest day
  • 9 October (Wednesday): rest day as original
  • 10-13 October: changed distances/venues, see below

Event hotel: Sri Manja Boutique Hotel Hotel Sentral Kuantan

4 Oct (Fri)Micro-OEveningSuburbSprintTaman Bandar
5 Oct (Sat)WRE MorningSuburbSprintSultan Haji Ahmad Shah Agricultural Park
6 Oct (Sun)National RankingMorningSuburb Middle Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Agricultural Park
7 Oct (Mon)RaceDayCity Sprint Taman Bandar
8 Oct (Tue) Rest day
9 Oct (Wed)Rest day      
10 Oct (Thu) RaceEveningPark Sprint Kuantan Riverfront
11 Oct (Fri)RaceEveningParkSprintTaman Gelora
12 Oct (Sat)RaceMorningVillage/Suburb/ForestMiddleTanjung Lumpur
13 Oct (Sun)Finale chasing
MorningVillage/Suburb/ForestMiddle-longTanjung Lumpur
  On or Before
1 July
On or before
6 September
6 September
Whole package
(4-13 Oct)
€179 €199 €239
Half package
(4-7 Oct or 10-13 Oct)
€109 €119 €139
WRE weekend
(4-6 Oct)
€89 €99 €119
Other races (each) (non-WRE/NRE) €25 €30 €40
  • 4 more trainings on “metrunner” app (see, free for buyers of whole/half package (€5 each if bought separately)
  • Classes:
CategoryYear of Birth
M/W Elite (WRE Class)Any
M/W 21Any
M/W 20In or after 1999
M/W 18/16In or after 2001
M/W 14/12In or after 2005
M/W 10 or youngerIn or after 2009
M/W 35/40/45In or before 1984
M/W 50 or olderIn or before 1969
  • Online entry on ORIEN.ASIA is now open, so Enter NOW!
  • In Sweden you can also pay by Swish. Please see the Swedish version for prices in Swedish crowns


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 and runnable forests.

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):


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)

A few tours can be booked through Viator:

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)