Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia with an area of 13,884.2 sq. miles (35,960 sq. km) and a coastline of 129.24 miles along the East Peninsular Coast. The state has a population of more than one million people. It lays claim to having Peninsular Malaysia's longest river, the Sungai Pahang, and its highest peak, the 7,175.1 foot high (2,187 m) Gunung Tahan.
Places of Interest
A reminiscent of England with Neo-Tudor style cottages and colonial bungalows, the highlands' main attraction is the beautiful scenery it offers. Rose gardens, strawberry and vegetable farms as well as the famed tea plantations give Cameron Highland a quiet vibrancy that refreshes the mind and body. Buses leave from Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. Alternatively you may drive to Tapah via the North- South Highway and turn off at the Cameron Highland 's exit.
Malaysia's City of Entertainment, Genting Highlands, boasts an impressive 24-hour casino, the only casino that can be found in the country. With a theater-restaurant known for international-class performances, a theme park, outdoor activities, sidewalk cafes, restaurants and a number of hotels, this 6,561.6 feet summit is the perfect getaway for the entire family.
Getting there: Buses from Kuala Lumpur and nearby towns leave regularly. Long distance taxis may be hired too. If driving, use the Karak Highway and turn off at the Genting Highland's exit.
Amidst the Pahang rainforest at 5,000 feet above sea level, Fraser's Hill is a naturalist's paradise, boasting innumerable plant, bird and animal species. It's a popular destination for those who are interested in nature-based pursuits such as trekking, bird watching, horse riding, fishing, and camping. Fraser's Hill is similar to a small Scottish village with granite colored mock Tudor buildings dotting the landscape. Much of the activity is centered around a market square dominated by a little clock tower. Most of the town's amenities are housed in colonial styled buildings.
Home to a few hundred Semelai aborigines, Tasik Bera is known for its nature related activities. With 95 species of fish, 200 species of birds, 328 species of flora and a multitude of other wildlife, it is indeed a nature lover's paradise.
Getting there: Drive using the trunk road from Kuala Lumpur to Temerloh and thereafter, follow road signs to the lake.
This famous island paradise is the largest on the east coast and yet sparsely populated. The island used to be a popular spot with sailing ships, which would stop over for fresh water and supplies. Tioman's beauty lies in its waterfalls, large tract of jungle and lovely beaches with clear waters teeming with fish and coral formations.
Teluk Cempedak Beach
Teluk Cempedak is a white sandy beach with beautiful casuarinas and pine tress lining the coast and facing the South China Sea. The popular beach is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Visitors can sail, sunbath, or even go for a hike in the nearby jungle.
Bukit Tinggi Resort
Rising impressively atop Pahang's jungle-clad hills is the picturesque and invigorating Bukit Tinggi Resort. This 16,000-acre 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. Higher up at about 3,500 feet above sea level is the Japanese Village. The Botanical Garden is also an interesting discovery, with its collection of colorful temperate flowers and fruits.
About 30 miles north of Kuantan is Asia's first Club Mediteranee, located on Cherating Beach. Cherating is a popular and lively tourist spot with plenty of activity going on throughout the year. Highlights of these include cultural performances and all types of water sports.
|The sea has generally good surf for board sailing. Workers here are skilled in weaving pandanus leaves into hats and baskets. Besides the Club Med, Cherating has hotels with excellent beach frontage.|
|Many trails through jungle canopy walkways lead to observation hides, allowing visitors to catch a glimpse of wildlife. There are hides close to the Park Headquarters for observing wildlife, but the hides further in offer a better chance for visitors to chance a sighting. This observation is usually best done at night. Other activities here include fishing, bathing in crystal clear pools or shooting down the raging rapids.
For more details on places of interest, please visit www.pahangtourism.org.my.