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Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular
Malaysia with a population of more than a million people. It lays
claim to having Peninsular Malaysia’s longer river, the Sungai
Pahang and its highest peak, the 2187 metre high Gunung Tahan.
Two thirds of this huge state is covered in
forest, making it a magnificent enclave of lush greenery, exotic
wildlife and natures wonders. The country’s premier national park.
Taman Negara as well as Endau Rompin State Park contains an
astounding ecological diversity with a vast collection of flora and
fauna. The state also has the distinction of being the home of the
first Ramsar heritage site at Lake Bera. The Orang Asli or
indigenous people, with their intriguing traditions and way of life,
add colour to Pahang heritage.
Pahang has a long coastline and fishing and
tourism related activities are prominent. Cherating Beach and Tioman
Island are renowned as some of the region’s most popular beach
resorts, captivating sun-seekers with their exciting beach
activities, underwater attraction and pristine charm. There are
small-scale manufacturing and cottage industries, which are
Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular
Malaysia with an area of 39,960sq km and a costline of 208km on the
Kuantan the state capital of Pahang, located
near the midway point of the east coast, Kuantan is a bustling town
and a major stopover for travelers heading north, south or across
Bentong, Bera, Cameron
Highlands, Jerantut, Kuantan, Lipis, Maran, Pekan, Raub, Rompin and
Government offices and banks begin the working
days is from Monday to Friday and the weekend fall on Saturday and
Pahang Darul Makmur was called differently many
centuries ago. A Chinese writer called it as Pang-Hang Peng-Heng,
Pang-Heng, Pong-Fong, Phe-Hang, Pang-Kang and others.
In 1225, Choa Ju-Kua wrote the book 'Chu-Fan-Chi'. He wrote that
amongst the states invaded by San-Fo-Chi was one called Peng-Keng,
The Arabs and Europeans at that time called it as Pam, Pan, Phang,
Paam, Poa, Paon, Phamm, Paham, Fanhan, Phang and Pahagh. G.R Tibbets,
a historian who commented the story written by Mas'udi thought that
Fanjab (in Mas'udi's book) was Pahang. He preferred to call it
Fanhan, Panghang/Panhang, rather than Fanjab.
Certain people said that the name 'Pahang', originated from the
language of a Siamese aborigines tribe, meaning 'ore'. The
aborigines used to live here and opened up several mining areas,
especially in Sungai Lembing.
According to an old Malay story, at the place near the Pahang
River, on the opposite side of Kampung Kembahang, a large 'mahang'
tree fell across the river, thus the name ' Pahang originated'.
Pahang was also known as 'Inderapura', otherwise called Pahang
Inderapura. It's infamous Royal Town and once of the Malacca
Sultanate, Pekan was known as 'Pura'.
Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang is an up and coming up town
located on the east coast of West Malaysia, comprising a population
of 450,000 people. Its favourable tropical climate with rain all
year round and an average temperature of 320c makes it
popular tourist spot.
The town is the charming combination of old and new shop house.
Souvenir row is at Jalan Besar where a number of shops sell local
souvenirs and craftwork and other offer antiques from China and
Southeast Asia. At the centre of town is a field fronting a
colonial-style courthouse and magnificent state mosque. A nearby
park at Jalan Teluk Sisek has a lovely water-lily pond.
The Kuantan riverbank offers some atmospheric sights and there is
plenty of activity to keep your interest. There is a jetty at the
end of Jalan Masjid from where you can board a ferry to cross the
wide Kuantan River to the small fishing village of Kampung Tanjung
Lumpur. Kuantan has some good handicrafts and visitor can observe
batik printing at factories on the road leading to the
Join the Kuantan River Cruise to traverse the state’s mangrove
areas. Monitor lizards and monkey can be seen scurrying at the
riverbanks and on occasions, small crocodiles can be seen making
their way in the brackish water.
The highlight of the cruise is a stopover at the Mangrove Park,
where visitor can explore the mangrove jungle in a 250 m boardwalk.
The mudflat is a home to a host of inhabitants such as cockles,
crabs, shellfish and otters. Bird-watchers can delight in observing
eagles, egrets and kingfishers.
sightseeing attraction is the beach of Teluk Cempedak. There are
also other scenic beaches popular with vacationers in the city's
vicinity, such as Batu Hitam, Balok, and Cherting. Nearby Cherating
Club Med, there is a Turtle Sanctuary. A few kilometers away from
Cherating is Pulau Ular (Snake Island). A legend could be heard here
about 'the snake and the fishing village'.
Kuantan is also known to
tourists for its waterfalls. The most established one is Sg. Pandan
Water Fall. Two other waterfalls are Sg. Berkelah Water Fall and
Jerangkang Waterfall. There are also 3 parks within the city. There
are the Gelora Park, Teruntum Mini Zoo, Agriculture Park at Indera
Mahkota and a small park located in front of the Hospital is named
Esplande Park. The Kuantan area also produces handicrafts and batik.
Other tourist attractions include the State Mosque (Masjid Negeri).
Pekan is the royal town
of Pahang, Malaysia. It is situated 45 km south of the current state
capital of Kuantan, near the coast of South China Sea and on the
southern bank of Pahang River. Pekan is also the name of the
district the town in situated in and a parliamentary constituency in
its own right. It is the home of the state's royal family headed by
Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu
Bakar Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mu'adzam Shah. It is also the hometown of the
second Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and the
current deputy prime minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun
Razak. He is also Pekan's current Member of Parliament.
The Masjid Abdullah,
which dates from the 1920s and the newer Masjid Abu Bakar is near
Sultan Abu Bakar Museum. Other places of interest include the Royal
Palace, Royal Mosque, Royal Mausoleum, Sultan Abu Bakar Museum,
birth house of late Tun Abdul Razak and Silk Weaving Centre.
Kuala Lipis is located at the confluence
of the Lipis and Jelai rivers a population about 84,000. It is about
171 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur and about 235 km from Kuantan.
Kuala Lipis was the administrative capital of Pahang for 57 years
from 1898 until 27th August 1955, when Kuantan was picked as the new
Due to its strategic location, Kuala Lipis,
in the old days of the British era, was an influential trading and
business center. Minerals such as tin and gold, and products from
the surrounding forests were actively traded. Here, as the state
capital during the times of the British colonial era, it was the
main residential location for British administrators and other
British trade and business men in Pahang.
If we wander around Kuala Lipis town, we
will find a number of legacies left by the British during their time
of colonization of the country. We will notice the architecture of
the past in some of the old buildings there.
Today, this building now functions as the
Kuala Lipis Rest House. At the "Sudut Budaya" (cultural corner) of
this Rest House, you can see displays of weapons of the past, such
as the Malay spears, daggers and keris.
It is amazing that Kuala Lipis, despite
its quaint setting, has many pleasurable activities for the visitor
Here, we can relax our body amidst the
clean and soothing comfort of a recreational lake, Empang Jaleh, not
too far from town. A popular picnic locality for the town-folks,
Empang Jaleh will see some crowd and picnickers during the weekends.
near Merapoh, is an alternative entry point (there are about 4 entry
points) into Taman Negara - Malaysia’s Premier National park- and
one of the three embarkation points to Gunung Tahan, the highest
mountain in Peninsular Malaysia standing at 2,187 meters above sea
level. At Sungai Relau is where you can enjoy thrilling and
adventurous activities, like kayaking and also cave exploring. You
can take a four-day trek along a mountainous jungle trail from
Sungai Relau, Merapoh to Gunung Tahan. The trail here to the summit
is in fact shorter than the main route from Kuala Tahan, which can
take about 9 days for a return trip.
Another popular location in the district
of Kuala Lipis is Terenggun
Recreational Park. Here, you will
find that there are four forest reserves, ideal sites for the avid
adventurer to trek and learn about the flora of the forest.
Moreover, for bird-watching enthusiasts,
you will find the place awe-inspiring. Especially when you take the
short ascent to Bukit Taching, where you will get to not only
observe the variety of birds, but to savor and enjoy nature as it
To those keen spelunkers out there, if you
have time for a challenging cave exploration, just head to Bama Cave
at Kampung Relong for an awesome and enriching experience. If you
know the local stories and tales of Bama Cave, perhaps you might
take a pass.
And for anyone who prefers fast paced
action, perhaps Tasik Burung Mandi
Park, just outside town, is the
place to head to. This is where the thrills and spills of dirt bike
competitions are usually held. Seasoned dirt bikers will definitely
enjoy the thrills of bike racing on the sometimes rather muddy
trails of raw earth.
Located about 130 km from Kuala Lumpur
along the Kuantan-Kuala Lumpur trunk road, delightful Temerloh is
the second largest town in Pahang Darul Makmur. The old name for
Temerloh is Kuala Semantan. The change of name from Kuala
Semantan to Temerloh was also significant. It was thought that while
Kuala Semantan was meant to designate the old area, the town
actually covered a bigger area, and not just at the mouth of the
The name Temerloh was derived from the
Malay word "mereloh" meaning "sleep". It is said that "Temerloh"
came about when an Indonesian Minangkabau settler who came to settle
at the place noticed an orang asli (aborigine) who slept ("mereloh")
all through the day without a care in the world.
Temerloh town sits at the confluence of
the Pahang and Semantan Rivers, which is why it is rich with
freshwater fish such as Patin (silver catfish), Jelawat, Baung,
Tenggalan, Lampam, Belida, Tilapia and Kerai. As the home of the
Patin fish, the Temerloh folks have special dishes that bring out
the best taste of the fish. Actually, there are three species of
patin, based on its breeding, and hence to connoisseurs, there are
slight differences in the taste. A patin fish has smooth flesh and
when grilled under a firewood, or barbequed and eaten with sambal
Raub is both a town and
a district in Pahang Malaysia. The town is situated 110km from the
Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and 265km from Pahang's capital,
KuantanRaub is one of the oldest towns in Pahang.
It is a historic gold
mining settlement, and the gold mining industry is now undergoing
something of a resurgence as the gold price has risen. The old
folks' tale recounts that in the early 19th century, an old man and
his two sons discovered gold every time they scooped up the earth in
Raub. Thus, the town and the district derived their name from the
Malay word raub which means "scoop".
Places of interest (Raub) :
Bukit Telaga Waterfalls
An ideal stopover as it is on the way to Fraser’s Hill, the Bukit
Telaga Waterfall is known for turbulent rapids which flows through
rugged rocky area.
Jeram Besu Rapids (Jeram
Besu) is fast gaining popularity as one of the best white
water-rafting and kayaking spot in the country. The rapids, (river
grade 2 to 4 depending on the river water level) has now attracted a
lot of white water enthusiasts i.e. rafters, kayakers and canoeists
from all over the country even as far as Singapore. Complemented by
its easy accessibility, it is both challenging and thrilling. Other
activities such as jungle trekking, flying fox, war games and rubber
rafting are also available. Accommodations come in the form of
chalets, camping sites and hostels.
Tasik Ria Kundang Puah
Recreational Centre Located on Sungai Lipis at approximately 6 km
before the town of Benta and about 2 1/2 hours drive. Its a former
tin mine and now a lake clustered with tiny island that is now a
famous spot for fishing.
Sungai Pasu Recreation
Centre Located in the village fo Sungai Pasu, it offers tranquil
lake setting, lush greenery and a freshwater fish fond. It is also a
location for the local homestay programme.
Lata Jarum A popular
picnic spot next to a series of rapids which culminate in a clear
picturesque rock pool surrounded by tropical greenery. It has public
amenities such as changing rooms and parking lots.
Lata Lembik Waterfalls
This fascinating rock formation, a result of geological change over
millions of years, is set amidst lush greenery - a great spot for
picnics and family get-togethers.
Rompin is a small
fishing village and township on the southern end of Pahang Malaysia.
It is located within the district of Rompin. TheRompin Riverflows
through the town. The Endau Rompin National Parkis partly situated
within the Rompin district.
The area of the Jerantut
District covers 7,563 km per sq ft (7563 hectares), boundering the
northern states of Kelantan and Terengganu, in the south, Temerloh
and Maran district, in the west, Lipis and Raub district and in the
east, Kuantan district.
Tembeling river, the main river in this district is the exciting way
to National Park and the surrounding villages in Ulu Tembeling. The
joining of Tembeling and Jelai river forms the Pahang river where it
flows right through the Royal Pekan town and then through the South
China Sea. The Central district administration in Jerantut town is
situated 200km away from Kuantan or 250km away from Kuala Lumpur.
This town is the main gate to National Park which is linked by
roads, trains and boats.
Jerantut is the largest
district in Pahang state and also a progressive town, like any other
town in Malaysia today, with new mixed property developments having
been built and a beautiful mosque just built on the approach to the
Bentong is both a town
and a district inPahang Malaysia. The district covers an area
of 1,831 km². It is located northeast of Kuala Lumpur just across
the main range, Titiwangsa Mountain. The original main street going
into Bentong town has been modified to a dual carriageway. However,
the part of the road which leads to Raub and Kuala Lipis had been
Bentong situated in the
west side of Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia. In the beginning,
Bentong subdistrict was under the administration of district of Raub.
The administration was separated in 1919 due to the large size of
the district of Raub. The district covers an area of 183,112.35
hectares. It is located northeast of Kuala Lumpur, just across the
main range, Titiwangsa Mountains.
Chamang waterfall is
located approximately 8 kilometers out of town. It is a scenic place
very popular with the locals and tourists alike. The waterfall is
easily accessible by road.
Bera is a district inPahang Malaysia Bera
district is renowned for Bera Lake, a freshwater lake and its
surrounding wetlands, that has been protected under the Ramsar
since November 1994. The major town in Bera is
Cameron Highlands is a
highland region located about 20 km east of Ipoh and about 150 km
north of Kuala Lumpur in Pahang Malaysia.At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above
sea level, it is the highest area on the mainland, and enjoys a cool
climate, with temperatures no higher than 25 °C and rarely falling
below 12 °C year round.
The Highlands were named
after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who
discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame
of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British
planters realised the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for
growing tea, then a prized commodity. The Cameron Highlands are
still home to many tea plantations, being Malaysia's largest
tea-producing region. The area is also known as a major supplier of
legumes and vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore with its many
farms, and is one of Malaysia's prime tourist destinations.
There are nine towns in
the Cameron Highlands. Among others, Brinchang Kea Farm, Trinkap
Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Bertam Valley,
Kuala Terla, Kampung Raja and Blue Valley.
Maran is a small town in a district of the same
name between Temerloh andKuantan Pahang Malaysia which is
surrounded by isolated forest and oil palm plantations. Some of the
tourist sites in Maran are Sungai Berkelah and Lubuk Yu.
RUMPUN MAKMUR, TEMERLOH
Rumpun Makmur is a thriving settlement in the
oil palm plantations. Where one can experience staying with the
friendly and warm villagers and learn their lifestyle. Rumpun Makmur
is situated in the district of Temerloh, about 186 km from Kuala
Lumpur and 170 km from the state capital, Kuantan. Activities;
cultural performance and traditional games, traditional cooking and
'Kenduri' (local feast), experience life as a rubber tapper and an
oil farm harvester, demonstration of handicrafts making, visit to
Gunung Senyum (Cave Exploring) trekking and fishing.
KUALA MEDANG, KUALA LIPIS
Located in the sub-district of Ulu Jelai, 51 km
west of Kuala Lipis, Kuala Medang offers unique 'homestay'
accommodations to tourists who wish to experience a holiday with a
difference. The homestay accommodations at Kuala Medang are cosy,
cheap and comfortable, complimented by attractive packages and
The vilagers who are mostly traditional farmers are warm
and friendly. Activities; cultural performance and traditional
games, traditional cooking and 'Kenduri' (local feast), Jeram
Changkoh Pasir Rapids, Jeram Tema Waterfall, demonstration of
handicrafts making, experience life as a rubber tapper and an oil
Kampung Salong is situated on the southern bank
of the Pahang River. As one of the villages in the sub-district of
Penyor, Pekan, this village is easily accessible by roads.
Activities; jungle trekking and mountain climbing, Lake Chini tours,
Orang Asli Village, experience life as a farmer.
SUNGAI PASU, RAUB
Sungai Pasu Recreation Centre is located in the
village of Sungai Pasu, the centre boasts of natural lake, lush
greenery and freshwater fishpond. One of the locations for the local
homestay programme, Sungai Pasu has won the title as the cleanest
and most beautiful village in Pahang a few times. Activities;
cultural performance and traditional games, Jeram Besu and Lata
Jarum Rapids, experience life as a farmer.
TAMAN SEDIA, CAMERON HIGHLANDS
The fresh mountain air will reveal just how
treasured this mountain hideout is, especially for those who want to
relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the cities. Taman Sedia, a Malay settlement in Cameron
Highlands offers 'homestay' accommodation. The 28-acre village,
located about 1 km from the town of Tanah Rata has all the amenities
of any modern settlements with sundry shops, restaurants and
handycraft outlets. Activities; jungle trekking, tea plantation
tours, farm tours, experience life as a farmer.
DESA MURNI, TEMERLOH
The 40-hectare settlement is located 14 km from
Temerloh, started out as a flood relieve center for Kerdau, Sanggang
and Sonsang in 1973. Now Desa Murni is home for 130 families with a
total population of 625 people. Desa Murni is well provided with all
the necessary facilities and infrastructure such as roads, stalls,
mini markets, schools, mosque, kindergarten, clinics, electricity,
water and telephone.
Its primary economic activity is agriculture.
You will be truely fascinated by the array of banana, sugar cane,
corn and vegetable farms. You will also be exposed to the various
cottage industries such as in the making of snacks, noodles and
chili sauce. At Desa Murni you will witness the talents of locals in
turning rattan and straws into exquisite handicraft products.
Activities; cultural performance and traditional games, traditional
cooking and 'Kenduri' (local feast), trekking and fishing,
experience life as a farmer.
Island & Beach
Located 47km north of Kuantan, enjoy a host of
aquatic thrills such as catamaran sailing, kayaking and windsurfing.
The nearby Cherating village offers an opportunity to watch
handicraft demonstration amidst a rustic and laid-back atmosphere.
This charming village offers modest but comfortable accommodation
for backpackers. At the Cherating Cultural Complex, visitors can try
their hand at kite flying, top spinning and batik painting. Chendor
Beach, just minutes away, is a favorite spot to catch sight of the
rare Green Turtle nesting. Occasionally, Leatherback Turtle coming
to lay eggs between the months of July to September. It is a ritual
experiencing. Chendor beach situated near the border of
Pahang and Terengganu state, north of Cherating.
Getting There :
Road - Accessible from Kuantan to Kemaman road, about
45 minutes drive from Kuantan.
Considered one of the most beautiful islands in
the world, Tioman is the largest island of the east coast of
Peninsular Malaysia and the most developed of the volcanic islands
that make up the Pahang Marine Parks.
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 ship, which stopped 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. The area north and south of Tekek village on the
western coast is fairly well-developed with lovely kampong houses
and one major resort known as the Berjaya Tioman resort located not
far from the airport.
Popular beaches are at the villages of Salang,
Tekek and Genting. The less accessible Juara beach on the eastern
side is a backpackers’ stopover with cheaper accommodation. Another
favourite with backpackers is at the north end of the beach, where a
short trek over a hill leads to Ayer Batang, noted for offshore
corals, cheap accommodation and restaurants. There are several other
kampungs with excellent beaches and accommodation at Teluk Nipah and
Mukut, accessible only by boat. Mukut was one of the locations for
the film ‘South Pacific’.
Tioman is a two hours by motorboat from Tanjung
Gemok in Pahang and can be reached via Mersing in Johor. Berjaya Air
operates daily direct flights to Tioman from The Sultan Abdul Aziz
Shah Aiport in Kuala Lumpur, as well as from Singapore. The journey
takes about one hour from Kuala Lumpur and 40 minutes from
Lanjut Beach is Pahang’s sea, sand and sun
playground at its southern border near the town of Kuala Rompin.
There are two major hotels here, one of which has a golf course.
Lanjut is noted for freshwater and saltwater fishing and there are
several areas off its coast that are popular with divers. The beach offer a host of water activities like
fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, lobster hunting,
underwater photography, wind surfing, canoeing and boating.
From the West: Kuala Lumpur - Seremban - Bahau - Muadzam Shah -Lanjut
From the South: Johor Bahru - Mersing - Kuala Rompin - Lanjut
From the North: Kota Bahru - Kuala Terengganu -
Kuantan - Pekan - Lanjut
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Kuala Lumpur) - Kuantan Airport
Rainforest & National Park
ENDAU ROMPIN NATIONAL PARK
Straddling the Pahang –Johor border, the Endau
Rompin National Park, the newest nature reserve in the countr,
covers 870sq km. Eco-tourism facilities are little developed here
and Endau Rompin has been primarily a study tour for biologists and
scientists. There are some unique attractions in this
little-explored park which is the home of the nearly extinct
Sumatran rhinoceros, some rare tigers, elephants and tapirs. The
lowland rainforest is among the last remaining on the peninsula and
contains some unique flora and fauna. The park can be reached via Kuala Rompin and
Tanjung Gemuk. A special permit is required to visit the park,
available from The State Security Council at the Bangunan Sultan
Ibrahim Building, Bukit Timbalan in Johor Bahru.
The journey take approximately 3 - 4 hours form
Kuala Lumpur or Kuantan via private or public transport (e.g. taxi,
bus, rented cars).
A 45 minute flight is available form Kuala
Lumpur to Kuantan, thereafter road transport to the park.
Taman Negara. Two words in Bahasa Melayu, the
national language of Malaysia, which conjure images of a giant green
garden filled with exotic flowers and creatures. The word ‘taman’
means both ‘park’ and ‘garden’ in Malay while ‘negara’ means
‘nation’ - together they translate simply as ‘National Park’. Even
though there are certainly many other national parks elsewhere in
Malaysia, Taman Negara remains the patriarch of them all, with the
pedigree to back it up.
As the first and oldest official Protected Area
in the country, Taman Negara was originally called King George V
National Park. Declared in 1938 by the Sultans of 3 states Kelantan,
Pahang and Terengganu upon King George’s silver Jubilee and to
preserve the land’s indigenous nature in perpetuity, it was renamed
Taman Negara after the nation gained independence in 1957.
Taman Negara is the largest of all Protected
Areas in Peninsular Malaysia with 4,343 sq km. The Pahang section of
the park is the largest at 2,477 sq km, followed by Kelantan’s
portion at 1,043 sq km and Terengganu’s at 853 sq km. The
Peninsula’s highest peak, Gunung Tahan at 2,187 m rises in the
Pahang sector of the park. Taman Negara in indeed one of the oldest
rainforests in the entire world, estimated at 130 million years old.
The abundance and diversity of nature is phenomenal in Taman Negara,
one of the world’s most complex and rich ecosystem. A veritable
treasure of the planet, it is to be saved for posterity.
SUNGAI PANDAN WATERFALL
The Sungai Pandan Waterfall spans over eleven hectares of nature's
best. Consisting of a series of cascading rapids, the waterfall
culminates in a large pool, which is ideal for cooling off on a hot
afternoon. Enjoy a peaceful picnic under the shades of tropical
Getting There : Road
The Sungai Pandan Waterfalls, 25 km from Kuantan is easily
accessible by road. From Kuantan town, take Kuantan – Kuala Lumpur
main highway. Just after the Malaysian Airforce Base (about 17km
from Kuantan), you will need to make a right turn at the traffic
lights to the Panching and Sungai Lembing road.
From the turn, after driving about 5km you will reach the signboard
for the Sungai Pandan Forest Reserve (Hutan Lipur Sungai Pandan) and
after turning left you will initially drive into an oil palm
plantation and quarry road. After about 3km of winding through the
small two-lane tarred road you will reach the entrance to the
Charas cave lay about 25 kilometers northwest
of Kuantan at Panching on the Sungai Lembing road.
Formed millions of years ago and carved out by the forces of nature
these caves offer an interesting sojourn. This limestone caves just
out from the surrounding lowlands and a 20 foot climb the metal
stairs is necessary. In the interior of the cave is a small statue
of Buddha and the monk's living quarters. Further inside is a
30-foot long statue of the reclining Buddha. The cave is lighted by
using a generator operated by the monk.
From Kuantan, it takes about 45 minutes drive
(30km). Taxi and bus services are available to Charas caves. From
Kuantan, you take a bus from the local bus station towards Sg.
lembing. The bus will stop at the junction leading to the Charas
GUNUNG TAPIS PARK
Gunung Tapis Park is noted for its hotsprings
and as a place to observe wildlife. It also contains some great
rivers for shooting rapids and for fishing. There are spots for
camping within the park area. However, the nearest accommodation is
available only at Sungai Lembing Tapis Resort.
A variety of other species of wildlife also
inhibits the park. As for relaxation, a number of hot springs also
can be found. Visitor can shoot the rapids on one of several rivers
or fish for the 'Ikan Kelah' a Malaysian sub species of the great
Indian Masheer (tortambroides duronesis).
Gunung Tapis located 16km from Sungai Lembing,
Kuantan. From Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak highway and follow the
road to Bandar Temerloh. Taxi services
are available to the park.
KENONG RIMBA PARK
Kenong Rimba’s Park spectacular forest provides
a perfect hideway for adventurous nature lovers as besides exploring
the caves and swimming, you could also indulge in spotting rare
orchids, bird watching, camping, fishing for exotic freshwater fish
and not to be missed, jungle trekking. You also get to know the
people of the forest – the Batik (aborigines) tribe.
This park is sprawled over 120sq km in the
Kenong Valley with its eastern and northern boundaries fringing
Taman Negara. Climbing the Kesong Valley Range will lead to the many
caves in the park. The more popular ones are Gua Hijau (Green Cave),
Gua Buta (Blind Cave) and Gua Harimau (Tiger Cave). Take a cruise
along Kenong River and enjoy the scenic view.
Kuala Lipis is 180 km from Kuala Lumpur and 250
km from Kuantan. Take Karak Highway, turn left to Bentong, and
proceed to Raub. If you are from Singapore, you could board a train
direct to Kuala Lipis. To go to Kenong Rimba Park, take a 20 minutes
boat ride from Batu 9 jetty or a little over an hour boat ride from
Fraser’s Hill derives its name from one of the
more colourful characters in colonial history, Louis James Fraser,
an adventurer and fortune hunter. Stories about his life include
rumors of an opium and gambling den managed by him, which was
frequented by miners. He vanished later on and his disappearance
remains a mystery until this day. The hill rises majestically at
1,524 meters above sea level. Like the ancient city of Rome, the
little Hamlet of Fraser’s Hill is built on seven hills, but unlike
the eternal city, it bears no claim to cosmopolitan fame. Instead,
it exudes a quite rustic air, more in keeping with the tranquil calm
of an English countryside.
Cool throughout the year at an average of 21-23
degree Celsius, the attraction of Fraser’s Hill as a tourist resort
has not diminished through the years. Today, Fraser’s Hill is
popular as a site for company retreats and weekends.
The ardent golfer will find enough here to
occupy his days whereas non-golfers can while away their time
horseback riding or by simply strolling down the picturesque lanes
that weave through the green countryside. The fresh mountain air is
cool and invigorating and when dusk falls, the mist that blows in
brings back nostalgic memories of a simple, gentle era.
Two alternative routes will take you to this
cool hilltop resort that is approximately 102 kilometers away from
Kuala Lumpur. The first is through Kuala Lumpur – Karak highway
where you have to turn left to bentong to proceed to the Gap.
Another alternative is through the trunk road going towards Ipoh
where as you reach Kuala Kubu Bharu, you may proceed to the Gap. For
bus commuters, you may catch it from the Pudu Raya bus terminal
heading towards Kuala Kubu Bharu, noard another bus to Fraser’s
Hill, scheduled at 8.00a.m. and 2.00p.m. daily. Alternatively, you
might also take a direct taxi to the hilltop.
Tea planters and wealthy planters looking for a
cool retreat were initially attracted to the place. They were soon
followed by the Chinese vegetable farmers and the spate of
development caught on. There are three main districts in Cameron
Highlands. Some 45km on the road from Tapah is Ringlet, the main
agricultural area of fruit and vegetable farms. The next district is
Tanah Rata which contains the principal township where the chalets,
cottages, bungalows and restaurants are located.
Some 3km from Tanah Rata is Brinchang where an
international class hotel and an 18-hole golf course can be found.
Brinchang has flower nurseries, vegetable and fruit gardens and tea
Main attractions include strawberry farms,
terraced fruit and vegetable farms, tea plantations and rose
gardens. This is the place to buy fresh, cheap fruits and
vegetables. There are jungle trails for leisurely walks or strenuous
mountain expeditions which can be potentially dangerous as it is
easy to get lost in the forest canopy.
: Cameron Highlands is about 60 kilometers from
Tapah, a town off the Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh Highway
accessible by road and rail. From Tapah, the two winds up
through fascinating jungle scenery. The drive up will take about one
and the half hours to Tanah Rata.
: Coach travel is one of the most convenient and
economical ways to come to Cameron Highlands. A number of companies
provide regular, efficient express and tourist coach services to and
from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore with a choice of day or
night departures on some routes.
: Taxi services is available from Kuala Lumpur (Puduraya)
direct to Tanah Rata. There are also taxis from Tapah town and Tapah
station (for those arriving by train).
: The rail stop is at Tapah. From there, take the
taxi or bus to Tanah Rata
This is Malaysia’s playground in the sky
located at Gunung Ulu Kali in the main range. Genting Highlands is
2,000m above sea level and is a modern resort. The main attraction
is a sophisticated casino complex complete with hotel, show lounges
On the hill there, also indoor and outdoor
theme parks offering thrilling roller coaster rides and family
entertainment. There is an indoor stadium suitable for basketball,
table tennis, badminton and squash. Included are a 32-lane bowling
alley and indoor swimming pool. Genting Highlands also has a
mushroom farm and 18-hole golf course and equestrian club. Another
highlight is the cable car system. Accommodation on the hill
includes apartments, bungalows and hotels. It is 51km from the
capital city of Kuala Lumpur and takes about on hour’s drive.
Bus and Skyway
: Express Bus from Puduraya bus station. From
Putra LRT (Terminal Putra Gombak) to Genting.
8.00am to 7.00pm - from Terminal Putra Gombak to Genting Skyway
9.15am to 8.15pm - from Genting Skyway to Terminal Putra Gombak
Taxi : From KL International Airport, from hotels and
from Pudu Raya taxi station.
located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, is a replica of a collection of
buildings from a north-eastern village in France dating back to the
16th Century. It's just like a picture postcard. The French themed
resort was opened in July 2000. It's surrounded by lush tropical
forest land. Just RM 16 for adults and RM 8 for children below
twelve, you can enjoy the various entertainments at Colmar Tropicale.
A clock tower at the entrance welcomes the visitors. You need to
walk up (and down) curvy concrete staircases to view the entire
About 60 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur via
the Karak Highway
Located in the wilds, Lake Chini is
approximately 100km from Kuantan. The lake, with its fascinating
myths, has attracted tourist from near and far. Legend has it that
an ancient Khmer city once existed there and his has since resulted
in several scientific expeditions being mounted by both local and
foreign archaeologists. It is also popularly believed that a
mythical monster lurks in its depths and guards, the lake.
The lake is surrounded by over 12,565 acres of
lush tropical wilderness. The magical lake that is situated on the
right bank of the Pahang River is blessed with captivating scenery
and tranquil environment, and beneath its calm waters remain an
The lake, a generous treasure trove of natural
heritage is actually a series of 12 inter-connecting water bodies
that is rich with biological resources, approximately 138 species of
territorial flora and some 300 species of non-aquatic vertebrates.
Aquatic vegetation and over 144 species of freshwater fish have also
made the lake their home. Thousand of white and pink lotuses will
emerge on the lake from August through September, transforming the
lake into a heavenly floating garden. Lake Chini has distinct wet
and dry season so you should plan your visit. The wet months are
from April to May and from September to January while the dry
periods are from February to April and June to August.
If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, drive
through the Karak-Kuantan trunk road, and then turn right to Kampung
Belimbing where a boat will cross the Pahang River to another jetty
at Kuala Chini. From Kuala Chini, a smooth boat ride through winding
scenic streams will get you to Lake Chini. If you are coming from
Kuantan, transportation is available via Segamat Highway to Felda
Chini. From the settlement, you can arrange for private
transportation. If you are driving, turn right at Batu Balik through
Salong until the Tourist Complex at Kuala Chini or direct to Lake
Flight from Kuala Lumpur takes about 45 minutes
to the Kuantan airport and from there it is another 30 minutes by
road to get to Pekan town. If you wish to drive to Pekan from Kuala
Lumpur, head towards Kuantan via the Karak Highway. Pekan town is
approximately 300kms from Kuala Lumpur.
Lake Bera, measuring approximately 35km long
and 20km wide, is the largest natural freshwater lake in Peninsular
Malaysia. It also Malaysia’s first Ramsar site, a recognition given
to wtland areas for its international importance in nature
conservation. Nature enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover nearly
328 species of flora, 200 species of birds, 50 mammals and more than
95 species of fish in the lake area. Enjoy a river safari or go
trekking to catch sight of monkeys and flying squirrels. A boat ride
around the lake will be a memorable experience as the boatmen
skillfully navigates through the maze of vegetation. Visit the
Semelai tribe to watch their interesting method of collecting
resin from Keruing trees.
From Kuala Lumpur follows the Karak Highway to
Temerloh and then South towards the town of Triang, where
signboards, just before Kerayong, will lead you to the northside
jetties and tourism complex. Travelling time from Kuala Lumpur is 3
1/2 to 4 hours. A second route goes through Seremban, Kuala Pilah
and Bahau in Negeri Sembilan and then heads north to Triang.
Entering from the south end of the lake, an alternative route leads
from Bahau to Ayer Hitam. Lake Bera is situated 163 km from Kuantan
towards Muadzam Shah, and then look for a turnoff signpost to Tasik
Bera, which leads up the east side of the wetland to the tourism
complex. Alternatively, visitors can also take the train from both
Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Trains stop in Triang and Mentakab
respectively, where taxis for hire are available to the Bera jetty,
about 45 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.
KOTA GELANGGI CAVES
Marvel at the astonishing geological formations
of this million-year-old cave system, located 30km east of Jerantut.
Explore its cave chambers, once home to prehistoric communities.
Among the popular showcaves here are Terang
Bulan, which takes about an hour to explore. The Kota Gelanggi
Service Centre offers further information on the caves, and exhibits
artifacts such as pottery and bones of early humans.
TEKAM PLANTATION RESORT
Fresh air, chirping of birds and lush greenery
greet visitor to this hideaway. Located approximately 130 km from
Kuala Lumpur, this resort offers a refreshing ambience of being
surrounded by tropical trees and fruit orchards. Tempt your palate
with exotic fruit such as durian, rambutan, mango, banana, guava and
mangos teen. Visit the cocoa, coffee, oil palm and be greeted by the
sound of geese and roosters. The Tekam Plantation Resort is popular
with groups for its 9-hole golf course and many recreational
Gunung Senyum Recreational Forest
This recreational forest is a paradise for
nature lovers. The Gunung Senyum and Jebak Puyuh caves, the main
attractions here, offer avid explorers hours of thrill. The former
consists of approximately 18 caves, favorites among explorers and
researchers for their impressive formations and million-year-old
fossils. An ancient tomb within the caves is of archaelogical
interest. The Jebak Puyuh Cave system, located further away,
contains seven caves. It’s variety of cave-dwelling insects and
plants await discovery. Lucky visitors may even chance upon albino
pythons that inhabit the cool, dark crevices of the cavern. A host
of outdoor activities can be arranged for groups.
From Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway and
follow Highway 2 onwards to Pekan Awah, turn left into Highway 83
and turn right into Highway 64 From Kuantan use Highway 2 via Maran
to Pekan Tajau and turn into Highway 83 via Bandar jengka and turn
right into Highway 64.
: KTM Bhd provides service to Bandar Jengka and
Jerantut. The resort management can arrange to pick you up from your
stop point with prior notice.
: A Sri Jengka Express - Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Tun
Razak) to Bandar Jengka, Kuantan to Bandar Jengka, Kota Baru to
Bandar Jengka, Alor Star to Bandar Jengka - Jerantut to Kuantan (via
Temerloh by train; Singapore - Gemas to Jerantut, Kota Bharu to Gua
ELEPHANT CONSERVATION CENTRE
Located in Kuala Gandah, 40 km from Bentong,
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
Kuala Gandah also aims to promote public
awareness of the elephant's plight in Malaysia and to support
research into elephant translocation and conservation. It also aims
to educate the public about the importance of habitat and
: From Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway, turn
left into Lanchang and turn right into Kuala Gandah Elephant
: KTM Bhd provides service to Bandar Jengka and
: A Sri Jengka Express - Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Tun
Razak) to Bandar Jengka, Kuantan to Bandar Jengka, Kota Baru to
Bandar Jengka, Alor Star to Bandar Jengka.
JENDERAK SELADANG & DEER CAPTIVE BREEDING
This deer sanctuary is situated in Bukit Rengit,
Lanchang, about 140 km from Kuantan. Traverse the park’s Nature
Garden on an elevated boardwalk and marvel at its varieties of herbs
and plants. The highlight of visit here will be the interesting and
fascinating deer-feeding session. The park’s Animal World offers
attractions such as ostriches, peacocks, deers and a sun bear.
Visitors can also go camping or join a guided tour to learn basic
jungle survival skills.
Seladang Conservation Centre
This 50-hectare area in South Jenderak, about
130 km from Kuantan, is sanctuary to the endangered seladang or
Malaysian gaur. It is the second largest land mammal after the
elephant and is said to be one of the wildest animals. Enjoy this
rare and thrilling opportunity to stand close to them.
: Road - Located 25km from Temerloh Town, from
Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway and follow the road to Temerloh
Town. Taxi services are available to the park.
MUZIUM TOKOH PAHANG (PAHANG
The Pahang Heroes (or Notables) Museum ("Muzium
Tokoh Pahang") is one of the popular museums visited by locals and
foreigners. This museum depicts the personalities, heroes and
notables who contributed immensely to the political and cultural
history of Pahang Darul Makmur.
This Museum is housed in a brick colonial
style office building located right in the middle of
the state capital of Pahang Darul Makmur. Located at Jalan Masjid,
the Museum entrance fronts the main Town Padang MPK 1 (field) at
This Museum is divided into various
galleries and an audio-visual centre, with the galleries surrounding
an open space with man-made waterfall and an old rickshaw.
Gallery on History of
The histories of the various sultanates of
Malaysia are largely inextricably connected with the past sultanates
of Indonesia and therefore they are both depicted pictorially in a
special gallery in this Museum. Besides the sultanates of the states
of Malaysia, you can read on the histories of the old sultanates of
Aceh, Pontianak, Ternate, Asahan, Deli, Serdang, Bima, and others
Gallery on the Political Government of
The personalities and the history of government
officials who contributed immensely to the political scene in the
state of Pahang are pictorially displayed here.
This gallery traces the political history
of the state, notably the Chief Ministers (Menteri Besar) of Pahang,
from the first Chief Minister to the present time. Among others, the
official attire, state awards and personal items of the fourth Chief
Minister, are also displayed.
Interestingly, among the prominent Chief
Ministers of Pahang are a father and son. The father was the third
Chief Minister while the son was the eleventh Chief Minister of
Pahang. This famous father and son is none other than Tun Abdul
Razak bin Dato’ Hussein and his son Datuk Seri Abdul Najib bin Tun
Razak. The father later became a Deputy Prime Minister and
subsequently the Second Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Gallery on Culture and Arts Personalities
personalities who contributed in the cultural and arts scene not
only of Pahang but also of Malaysia are depicted in this gallery.
Among the personalities mentioned includes Ishak Haji Muhammad (Pak
Sako), Haji Zakaria bin Hitam, the famed
Arshad, the popular Malaysian singer and entertainer, S.
Roomai Noor, the famous Malay actor, Ramli Malek, the
designer and entrepreneur (late owner of the famous "Ramli Batik"
brand), Hajjah Selama binti Sulaiman, the expert
Diraja silk weaver awarded the "Tokoh Tenun" by the
British Government in the 1950s.
A replica of the best
entertainer trophy won by Sudirman at the Royal Albert Hall in
London, his albums, cassettes, and other awards are show-cased here
as well as paraphernalia of items and awards received by S. Roomai
Noor, the actor contemporary with the Malaysian actor and musician
extraordinaire, Tan Sri P. Ramlee.
The main personality to be dedicated here
is HRH the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah ibni Al-Marhum
Sultan Abu Bakar, who is an all rounder in sports, from being the
head of Malaysian football (soccer) to horse-riding and polo, field
hockey, tennis, golf and other sports.
HRH the Sultan of Pahang is undoubtedly
the perfect example of a sports personality who contributes
profoundly to both state and nation to ensure sports will be in the
forefront in nation building not only for the physical well-being of
Malaysians but also for excellence in life. Many sports trophies and
Cups are displayed in this gallery.
Among the artifacts
displayed here, is a century old Al-Quran,the Muslim’s religious
book, a hand-written religious manuscript, and ancient grave-stones
in Jawi script. Historical listings and photographs of the Muftis of
Pahang from the beginning is also shown. An interesting item
exhibited here is a pail or bucket, which is made of solid bronze,
used in the past when drawing up water from wells at mosques.
A huge upper part of the
Malay deadly weapon, the keris,
greets us at the entrance to this gallery.
It is the symbol of the determination to fight for self rule and
independence against colonizers of the state and country.
Here we will find
photographs and portraits of the past heroes of Pahang. Famous
warriors and nationalists who fought against the British in the late
1800s like Datuk Bahaman bin Dato' Imam Noh, his son Mat Lela, Tok
Gajah (Imam Perang Khatib Rasu), and his son
Mat Kilau, are portrayed.
A fierce fighter for independence against
the British rulers of Malaya then, Ibrahim bin Yaacob, is also
pictured. Famous Pahang soldiers who fought against the Japanese
during the second World War, like Pawang Nong Taib bin Santan, Lt.
Mohd. Nor Rani and Tan Sri Gen. (R) Abdul Hamid bin Bidin, and
pictures of soldiers of Force 136 (including Tun Abdul Razak as a
young officer) who fought against the Japanese, are depicted.
SULTAN ABU BAKAR
The Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, which is the
official name of the Pekan State Museum, is a good place to unravel
the bygone days of Pahang. It is located at Jalan Sultan Ahmad, and
was established on the proposal by the second Prime Minister of
Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak bin Dato’ Hussein, in 1970, in the year
Pekan was struck with a big flood.
The Sultan Abu Bakar Museum houses a rich
collection of artifacts. Among the items displayed are priceless
antiques including glassware and ceramics, as well as exhibits
tracing the lineage of the state’s royalty.
At the front entrance, visitors will find
displays of a few large cannons used in warfare in the past century.
An old helicopter and a one-seater Tebuan fighter jet, are also
displayed in the front lawn entrance.
At the Royal Galleries, visitors can see
exhibits on the decorations and attire of the royalties, royal
headwears, royal regalia such as the keris, tombak and spears, and
titles and royal conferments.
There are also exhibits of beautifully
sewn dresses and fine possessions of the late Tengku Ampuan of
Pahang, who died in 1988, and various beautifully crafted products
and handiworks from her hobbies.
At an adjacent to the main building,
visitors can see old and antique household items used by the Malays
in the not so distant past. Utensils such as the kukur kelapa
(coconut scraper), lesung batu (mortar and pestle and used to pound
chillies and other spices for cooking), lesung tepung gandum,
antique pots and pans, and other items.
The Watercraft Gallery building is located
across the road from the State Museum, on Pulau Beram. As a state
with 208 km of land facing the South China Sea and the longest river
(Pahang River) in Peninsula Malaysia, water transport played an
important role in the past social and economic development of Pahang.
Historically, the rivers of Pahang,
Kuantan, Bebar, Rompin, Endau, Tembeling, Jelai, Semantan and other
river tributaries were used as the main transportation system for
travels between villages and districts in Pahang and also to other
states in Peninsula Malaysia. Small boats called perahu jalak were
used to carry both cargoes and passengers then.
This is because, before the advent of the
bicycles and motorized vehicles, only watercrafts which used raw
human power to row and peddle, sailboats and later steamboats were
used to move around and transport goods between the villages and
towns along the coast and river banks upstream.
This unique gallery depicts the various
designs and types of water crafts used by the population in Pahang
in the past. We can see various types, designs and sizes of perahus
(boats), koleks, sampans, and other water crafts. Original perahus
or sampans made from the bark of trees and those carved out from big
logs and tree trunks like the Perahu Tembeling, are displayed.
There is also a small model of a local
fisherman’s traditional wooden house displayed. Like some
traditional Malay house, the houses of the fishermen along the
coasts are built on stilts. Visitors will observe that no nails are
used in the construction of the house, but instead bamboo floors and
rattan strings are used in constructing it. Although it looks
flimsy, it is actually very strong and durable.
MUZIUM SUNGAI LEMBING
The Pahang Sungai Lembing Museum was
set up to remember the glory days of Sungai Lembing town as the
richest producer of tin when the country, Malaysia, was the largest
producer in the world.
However, tin is no more an important
ore in the world, having been replaced by plastics, alluminium and
other cheaper synthetic resources for what were previously its end
products, like tins and containers for foods and drinks.
With the decline in tin production,
Sungai Lembing town itself has slowly dwindled in size and
importance, but the memories of its heydays are still vivid in the
minds of its old residents.
SUTERA TENUN PAHANG DIRAJA (ROYAL PAHANG
This famous Pahang woven silk cloth was conferred royal status by
DYTM Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on the
8th of May 2006.
In fact, the village of Pulau Keladi in Bandar Diraja Pekan,
located about 20 km (or 25 minutes drive from Kuantan) is the main
source of Tenun Pahang Diraja, and the majority of the Pulau Keladi
village folks are skilled in the manual weaving of silk threads into
highly desirable quality designed silk cloth, famed all over
Malaysia. It is a small cottage industry, and just like the woven
silk clothes in the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu,
they are mostly done by the womenfolk of the village.
Nestled amongst the quaint wooden houses of the village, you will
find the Kompleks Budaya Pulau Keladi, (or Pulau Keladi Cultural
Complex), a modern wooden-styled building opened officially in 1996
by the then Chief Minister of Pahang.
This complex is not only a place showcasing Tenun Pahang Diraja
fabrics and related products,it also acts as a center for training
young men and women who are interested in learning the art of silk
weaving that is unique to the place. This is to ensure that the art
and skill of silk weaving of fabrics in the Pahang-style would be
preserved and continued by the future generations.
Inside this building, there are written explanations on the
various stages and processes involved in silk weaving and making.
You can also find a pictorial history of silk weaving in Pahang and
of the prominent personalities involved in Pahang silk weaving in
the past, namely, Tuk Tuan Keraing Aji and also Puan Selama binti
Sulaiman. The latter, who died in 1958, was a renowned Pahang silk
weaver who exhibited her beautiful products in London in the early
1950s and had won recognition and acclaim as "Tokoh Tenun Pahang"
from the English government for her skills.
Besides the pictorial
history and display of the beautiful and fine silk clothes made at
the Complex, this is also a place where visitors can see first-hand
the actual equipment used for silk weaving and closely observe the
actual spinning of the silk threads and weaving of silk into the
actual completed cloth by the skilled craftsmen and women.
Nasi Kebuli is the special rice dish of
Kampung Jeram Landak, a quaint kampung in the Kuala Lipis District
This special rice dish can also be found
and popular with the surrounding villages of Budu, Jelai, Tanjung
Besar and Kampung Hulu and Kuala Medang, all in the district of
Nasi Kebuli is rice cooked with coconut
oil and mixed with chicken. Sometimes lamb or mutton is used instead
of chicken as the meat for this traditional food. Other ingredients
in this traditional dish include raisins, onions, clovers, olives,
and lemon grass, giving the aromatic smell that inevitably creates
hunger pangs from afar.
Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak (Silver Catfish in
It is in fact a traditional dish popular
in the inland riverine areas as the Patin fish is found in abundance
in the rivers of Pahang, especially in the Sungai Pahang ("Pahang
If you come to Temerloh, the home of the
Patin, this Ikan
Patin Masak Tempoyak dish can be found in most of the restaurants
and food-courts in the town. This dish is not that complicated to
cook, except that the durian paste or tempoyak must be available as
it gives the special flavour and hence the name of the dish.
The durian is a
pahang, but the tempoyak (durian paste) can last for many
months. Many rural Malay households keep
the tempoyak in big bottles for use during cooking, and they are
normally sold and found at shops and Sunday markets in smaller
Opor Daging or just plain "Opor" is a
traditional dish of the people of Pahang especially in the villages
around the Royal town of Pekan. It is usually served
Malay weddings and festivals,
being a traditional delicacy dish of beef or mutton/lamb, and eaten
with rice, the staple food of the Malays.
Opor Daging is normally served with plain
white rice, but during weddings and other traditional occasions, it
is part of the menu eaten with the nasi minyak. At home, the Opor
can also be eaten with white or brown bread, or with the local
Indian roti canai or capati, or any cooked flour.
Rendang is one delicious
dish that you can never ever miss during festivals and traditional
weddings of the Malays, not only in Pahang but also in Malaysia.
It is one traditional
dish or cuisine that can be prepared with beef, mutton, lamb or
chicken, and normally eaten with rice ("nasi" in Malay), the staple
food of the Malays.
During Aidil Fitri and Aidil Adha
celebrations, this delightful cuisine is normally eaten with the
ketupat and nasi himpit. In fact, it can be eaten with any other
food like rice, wheat or barley bread (wholemeal or fine) or
pancakes like roti canai
capati and murtabak, or just eaten as is.
However, to the Malays,
rendang is normally taken with plain white rice. During festivals
and important functions like wedding,
however, the dish is taken with the usual variations of the rice
dish, like nasi minyak, nasi kuning, nasi tomato or nasi beriyani.
Perhaps this traditional
Malay dish is delicious to Malays because of the "hot" or spicy
taste, complementing the plain taste of rice. It is a dish like the
except that it is darker in color and it tastes less sourly.
Lemang is a traditional
glutinous rice food and dish of the Malays of Pahang and Malaysia,
and although available year round, like the ketupat,
it is always found and served during the traditional Malay festivals
of Aidil Fitri
and Aidil Adha.
It tastes delicious when
taken with all types of rendang
whether chicken, beef, or mutton. It is also normally eaten with
chicken or beef floss, (called serunding ayam and serunding daging,
respectively, in Malay).
In Pahang and in the
east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu, this delicacy is also
usually eaten with ikan masin (salted fish). It tastes wonderful too
when eaten with ikan bakar (grilled fish), and some other thick
curry dishes of fish and meat.
In Kuala Lipis,
it is also eaten with sambal belimbing hitam (chillied starfruit
condiment), the district’s specialty sauce.
It is actually small
chunks or slices of meat that is poked into a skewer or lidi (Malay
for the spine or rib of coconut leaves, although sometimes it is
made from thin sticks of bamboo), and burned or grilled over
charcoal or wood fire.
It is quite similar to
the kebabs of the Arabs although sate slices are a little smaller,
and the sauce or gravy is Malay in taste, rather sweet and spicy.
there are many stalls and hawker courts selling this delicious dish,
and they can be found sold not only in the town but also at popular
eating-places and stalls at the nearby villages of Beserah
or Tanjung Lumpur.
In Kuantan, perhaps the
most popular restaurant is Satay Zul located at the entrance to
Kuantan Garden, near the traffic lights junction, on the way to
Teluk Chempedak. The place is usually packed with customers, both
eating-in and those waiting for take-away orders.
Ketupat of Pahang
In Pahang and Malaysia,
the ketupat is a popular and favorite dish or food, sometimes
categorized as a dumpling, prepared and offered during the festivals
of Hari Raya
Aidil Fitri and Aidil Adha.
It is a simple dumpling
made from rice, and is normally eaten with a somewhat sweet and
sometimes slightly spicy peanut sauce or gravy, known as kuah kacang
or kuah sate.
Ketupat is something
like nasi himpit (or nasi kapit) except that the rice is boiled and
compacted with coconut leaves that have been woven in the shape of a
In Pahang when we say
ketupat, it is normally referred to the nasi or rice version.
Another version is the ketupat palas or pulut which is made of
glutinous rice and is triangular shaped. It is cooked in a
triangular-shaped receptacle or pouch made from leaves of "palas" or
This is a Malay dish composed of thick
rice vermicelli topped with seafood gravy, which is usually made of
mackerel. The coconut milk added as an ingredient gives it an
extremely rich taste.
Culture & Traditions
In Pahang, you will find vivid evidence of fascinating cultures
that make Malaysia a rich source of colour, pomp and pageantry. The
Malays, Chinese and Indians, each with its own distinct identity,
coexist most harmoniously. This is the nuturing result of mutual
respect and understanding, a rare and special feature which
continues to bewitch and astound visitors.
The many cultures of Malaysia can be found in the clothes,
customs, foods, games, art forms and festivals of the various races.
It would be hard indeed to fully describe the many faces of
Malaysian culture. But even the visitor's brief encounter with this
is enough to reveal some of the scintillating vibrancy of Malaysia's
Getting There & Around
Malaysia Airline has daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sultan
Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to
Kuantan takes about 25 minutes.
Kuantan is 260km from Kuala Lumpur and 325km from Johor Bharu. There
is a good road link from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kota Bharu.
Driving time from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan is about four hours. Buses
and outstations taxis have regular services between Kuantan and main
towns in neighbouring states.
By Train, Pahang is accessible through Mentakab and Kuala Lipis from
Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu.
The cheapest and fastest way to get around
Pahang Malaysia varies depending on who you talk to. While Pahang
has no shortage of transport options available for either holiday
makers or corporate travellers, HotelTravel.com’s guide can help you
get from the airport and back or navigate around Pahang with ease.
Getting around Pahang by car can be a real treat if you have some
extra time as it has some of the best roads in Malaysia.
Most visitors start their explorations of
Pahang state in the capital Kuantan, and the easiest way to get to
this remote city is by air. Daily flights arrive and depart each day
from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan’s small Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport,
situated outside of Kuantan. Malaysia Airlines is the main carrier
into Kuantan, but weekly flights are also provided by local carriers
Firefly, Air Pelangi and Berjaya Air from Kuala Lumpur,
Kuantan’s airport is basic, but visitors will still find all the
essential amenities they need to get started. Currency exchange
offices, shops, and restaurants are ready to serve passengers.
Outside the Baggage Claim area, visitors can hire a
reasonably-priced taxi to take them to Kuantan or Cherating. Keep in
mind that all passengers must pay a departure tax at the airport
If you are already in Kuala Lumpur or a
neighbouring state of
there is excellent bus service linking Kuantan and other main towns
in Pahang with the rest of the country. With a new highway linking
the bus ride takes just 3 hours, 30 minutes. Kuantan’s bus terminal
is at Kompleks Makmur, and from here it’s easy to catch a taxi to
The new Karak Highway and East Coast Expressway make driving
around Pahang a pleasure if you choose to rent a car and go at it
alone. Motorbike rentals are another fun way to travel around Pahang
if you prefer two wheels and fresh air.
There is limited boat service to this part of peninsular
Malaysia. The main ferry port is in Mersing, which is just south of
Pahang state in
Johor state. Taxis are the
best way to get around individual towns and can be hired for the day
to do some sightseeing. Taxis are not metered however so be sure and
agree on a rate before starting off. Kuantan’s downtown centre is
best seen on foot.
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