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Pahang



                                      

The largest state in West Malaysia, Pahang covers an area of 35,960 sq km with a population of about 1 million. Kuantan is the state capital while Pekan lying 45 km away is where the royal family resides.

Pahang offers a liefetime experience of endless excitement, with its pristine forests, idyllic fishing villages and white powdery beaches. The state is also home to the longest river on the peninsula, Sungai Pahang, and its highest peak, Gunung Tahan.


Population and Area

Pahang Area: 35 965 sq km, popullation around 1,534,800 million, races are Malay 69.1%, Chinese 15.34% & Indian 4.5%


Places Of Interest

1. Kuantan
Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, the 3rd largest state in Malaysia. It is situated near the mouth of the Kuantan River and faces the South China Sea. If one measures the distance along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is located roughly halfway between Singapore and Kota Bharu. Kuantan is the 9th largest city in Malaysia.

2. Cameron Highland
This is Malaysia’s green bowl supplying vegetables to the major cities of the country and to Singapore. The cool climate makes it an excellent tea growing area and indeed the Cameron tea is highly priced in the world market. Places of interest are the Robinson Falls, the Rose Garden nurseries and the vegetable farms. There is also an 18-hole golf course. The small town of Tapah at the foot of Cameron Highlands is the gateway to the resort and can be reached by bus, taxi or train from Kuala Lumpur. From Tapah, regular bus and taxi services are available to the highlands. Accommodation facilities include old English country inn-styled hotels, chalets and Government resthouses. Special mention must be made of the Ye Olde Smokehouse which has been preserved in the same state as it used to be during the colonial period, except for the addition of some modern conveniences.

3. Genting Highland
Genting Highlands which located at an elevation of 2,000 metres above sea level is one of the most developed hill resorts in Malaysia and is popular with many local and foreign visitors. It offers a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget and taste. The cool mountain air and lush greenery make Genting an ideal escapade away from the heat, hustle and bustle of the city. There are numerous activities that one can indulge in dining at the Genting Theatre Restaurant, featuring shows by international stars, boating and enjoying the many other fun-filled rides at the Genting Theme Park as well as the attraction of “Virtual Reality”, an exciting and unique game. Punters can try their luck at the world class Casino De Genting. The Awana Golf & Country Resort, a luxury condotel, provides first class facilities, a breathtaking 18-hole gold course, horse riding at the Awana ranch and jungle trekking. Genting Highlands is accessible by a well-maintained road and is only an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. At the Gotong Jaya township, 950 metres above sea level, visitors can take a thrilling cable car ride above the clouds to the summit.

4. Fraser's Hill
Fraser’s Hill 104 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur can be reached through the Karak Highway. Turn left at the Bentong junction and proceed to Teranum. At Teranum, take the left turn towards Gap before the short ascent up to Fraser’s Hill. Alternatively, one can also take the old trunk route heading towards Penang and turn off at Kuala Kubu Bharu for the drive to the Gap. The last 8 km from the Gap to the top of Fraser’s Hill is along scenic, narrow winding road which carries one-way traffic from 7am to 7pm. At the Gap, there is a gate control system with scheduled times for ascending and descending traffic, at both ends to facilitate the flow of traffic. Fraser’s Hill offers visitors cool mountain air, an abundance of luxuriant vegetation, peace and tranquility as well as other attractions such as pony rides, a nursery containing many exotic flowers, the Jeriau waterfalls and a pleasant 9-hole golf course. Other facilities include a children’s playground and a roller skating rink. For accommodation, Fraser’s Hill has a range of hotels, chalets and colonial-bungalows to suit one’s preferences and budget.

5. National Park
The 4,343 sq km National Park or Taman Negara is home to million year old tropical rainforests. Within the park boundary are picturesque jungle trails, giant trees, limestone caves, excellent fishing spots and exciting river trips. The 400-metre long and 25-metre high canopy walk is the longest in the world. Within the park is Gunung Tahan, the highest peak on Peninsular Malaysia at 2,187 metres. Camping grounds, resthouses, chalets and hostels are available here.

6. Bera Lake The 240 sq km Lake Bera is one of the two major natural bodies of freshwater in the country. The Tasik Bera watershed includes 328 species of flora, 200 species of birds and more than 95 species of fishes. Visitors can take a river safari, paddle around the lake or trek through the surrounding jungle.

7. Chini Lake The second largest natural lake in the country, Lake Chini is set amidst 12,000 acres of lush tropical forests. Legend has it that an ancient Khmer city once existed here, resulting in several scientific expeditions by local and foreign archaeologists. It is also believed that a mythical monster lurks in its depths and guards the lake. Chalets, restaurants and camping grounds are available here.

8. Tioman Island Pulau Tioman is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Pulau Tioman is the biggest of 64 volcanic islands off the coast of Pahang, the others being Seri Buat Island, Sembilang Island, Tulai Island, Chebeh Island, Labas Island and Renggis Island.Situated approximately 80km off the southeastern coast of Pahang, Tioman Island is reputedly one of the most beautiful islands in the region. The island was said to be the transformation of the princess of the Dragon Emperor and has since time immemorial be the perpetual abode of the princess.

The crystal clear waters here make Tioman one of the best diving spots under the sun where one can see as far as the 33-metre deep seabed. The Salang beach on the island is an ideal location for diving. The colourful corals and wide variety of fishes here captivate the hearts of many a diving enthusiast.

The adjacent Tulai Island and Renggis Island are places not to be missed by die-hard skindivers. Divers can also explore the underwater caves near Pulau Chebeh, as well as the coral reefs off Pulau Sepoi and Pulau Labas. The boat journey from Pulau Tioman to these serene islands takes about an hour. If you don’t want to get wet, try the round-island glass-bottom boat tour to discover the island’s underwater marvels. Tourists can also indulge themselves in windsurfing, canoeing or rod fishing in Pulau Tioman.

Cycling and horse riding can be arranged at Tioman Beach Resort. Here, you can aslo find an 18-hole golf course embraced by untouched rainforests. The course also offers the magnificent view of a huge granite rock and gushing waterfalls.Pelangi Air provides daily flights from Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to Tioman Island. Berjaya Air also offers scheduled flights from Kuala Lumpur, while Malaysia Airlines and Silk Air both offer regular flights from Singapore to the island. Tourists can also take a boat from Mersing in Johor. The journey takes about one and a half hours. The Island Pearl Catamaran provides daily ferries from Singapore’s World Trade Centre. The journey to Tioman Island takes four and a half

9. Bukit Tinggi Bukit Tinggi is a hill retreat area with several resorts taking advantage of the cool, fresh country air that pervades the area. Among the resorts here are Selesa Hillhomes and Bukit Tinggi Resort. Visitors can jungle trek, take long invigorating walks or head for nearby Genting Highlands. Also in this area is Janda Baik, a resort-cum-residential vicinity that is popular with urban dwellers seeking to escape the bustle of the city for a brief respite