Pahang, the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, is endowed with a diverse range of attractions. Nearly two-thirds of the state is enveloped in verdant rainforest, making it a magnificent enclave of lush greenery, exotic wildlife and an abundance of natural attractions. Pahang is also a famous destination of cool highlands retreats to lakes and caves.
Kuantan, the administrative capital, is an interesting discover of modern buildings and charming cottage industries. It is situated beside the Kuantan River and the South China Sea. Pahang’s majestic nature, beautiful beaches, bustling townships, quaint villages, friendly people, unique craft and delicious food make for mesmerizing and unforgettable vacations.
Choose to stay in camp sites, hostels and lodges for those who enjoy nature. Well-appointed resorts and comfortable chalets are found on the islands. Pahang offers a variety of Malay, Chinese, Indian and international cuisine. There are also many fast food outlets, street stalls, cafes, restaurants and food courts to choose from.
Getting to Pahang
Pahang is accessible from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) via a 40-minute flight. There is also a good road link from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kota Bharu in Kelantan. Express air-conditioned buses and taxis to Kuantan, the state capital, are available from Kuala Lumpur. The state is also accessible by rail through the towns of Mentakab and Kuala Lipis from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bahru.
Places of Interest in Pahang
The largest hill resort in the country, Cameron Highlands is filled with sprawling tea plantations, terraced flower gardens, orchards and vegetables farms. Head up to the highlands for a refreshing cool retreat where you will be surrounded by undulating valleys and majestic mountains.
Dubbed the ‘City of Entertainment’, this resort offers indoor and outdoors theme parks, an 18-hole golf course and a casino. Located forty-five minutes from Kuala Lumpur, tourists can drive up to the resort or stop at the Genting Skyway Station and take a cable car ride to the summit.
This quiet getaway is akin to a little Scottish hamlet with granite-colored mock-Tudor buildings dotting the landscape. A popular recreational pursuit here is bird watching, made more interesting with the annul International Bird Race.
This is a seaside destination long popular with budget travelers. It is the site of Asia’s first Club Med and the charming CheratingVillage.
This 16,000-acr retreat captures the essence of different cultures of the world in a single destination. The main attraction here is Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed resort town.
Acclaimed as one of the best island getaways in the world, the warm waters and good visibility make it a paradise for divers and snorkelers. Tioman’s verdant greenery is home to a splendid variety of plants and small animals, including butterflies, monitor lizards, deer and monkeys.
Covering an area of 434,350 hectare, Taman Negara or the National Park has been a focus of plant and animal evolution longer than any other forest in the world. Check out the canopy walkway high up in the tree tops and the giant buttressed tualang trees as they tower 200 feet above you in the dense forest.
Kenong Rimba Park
This park is sprawled about 120 sq km in the Kenong Valley with its eastern and northern boundaries fringing Taman Negara. Caving is a popular sport here. Take a cruise along the Kenong River and enjoy the scenic view.
Besu Rapids is one of the best white-water rafting sites in the country. Organized tours offering off-road adventures as well as caving and abseiling activities can be arranged.
Elephant Conservation Centre
This centre is dedicated to rescuing and protecting the country’s elephants. Take a close look at these friendly jumbos during their feeding times or watch the fun as they enjoy a muddy splash in the nearby river.
This is a traditionally popular weekend retreat for its calm waters and beautiful casuarinas-lined coastline. Enjoy sailing, surfing and water skiing or take in the lovely views of its sunrise.
Endau-Rompin State Park
This is the second largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia, named after the Endau and Rompin Rivers that flow through the park. The untouched wilderness awaits nature lovers with a host of attractions including a variety of flora and fauna, majestic rock formations, lovely waterfalls and rivers.
Located on the banks of the Kuantan River 50km south of Kuantan, Pekan is the royal town of Pahang. Only 15 minutes from Pekan is the Pulau Keladi Cultural Village. Among the attractions here is the birth place of Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s second Prime Minister.
Tekam Plantation Resort
Fresh air, chirping of birds and lush greenery greet visitors upon their arrival. This resort offers a refreshing ambience of being surrounded by tropical trees and fruit orchards. Visit the cocoa, coffee, oil palm and rubber plantations and be greeted by the sound of greese and rooster.
A serene town tucked away about 40km northwest of Kuantan, Sungai Lembing offers a glimpse into Malaysia’s bygone days during the British and Japanese eras. At its heyday, Sungai Lembing had the largest subterranean tin mine in Southeast Asia. Visit the museum here for a look into the town’s rich past.
About 15km north of Kuantan, this vibrant beach is a playground for windsurfing, sailing and kite-boarding. Participants gather here early in the year to welcome the monsoon winds and outdo each other in the Asian Windsurfing Tour.
Kota Gelanggi Caves
Marvel at the astonishing geological formations of this million-year-old cave system. Explore its cave chambers, once home to prehistoric communities.
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