Pahang is Nature’s piece of treasure trove in Malaysia. The largest state in Peninsular Malaysia is mostly reigned by pristine rainforests, majestic mountains, chilly hill stations and refreshing national parks.
Many local and international travellers make their way here to escape the city, whether it is in amidst the peaceful hills of Cameron Highlands, the colonial-style beauty of Fraser’s Hill or grandeur of Genting Highlands.
Along the coast, there is Kuantan, the state capital and a major seaport, as well as a number of beautiful white sand islands such as Tioman Island and Cherating Island.
This seaside city and state capital has many sightseeing spots worth exploring. Within the city centre, there is the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah and Lao Zi Temple. An idyllic fishing village at Beserah offers a glimpse into the village life, while beaches like Teluk Chempedak and Batu Hitam grant a sweet respite away from the urban hustle.
Taman Negara is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world at 130 million years old. Surrounded by untouched jungle and crystal clear rivers, a trip to Taman Negara is bound to be adventurous. You can walk along the world’s longest canopies, enjoy rapid shooting, hike, fish, and visit aboriginal tribes, among others.
Once a hill station for the British thanks to its chilly temperatures, Cameron Highlands has all the ingredients for a laidback weekend getaway: swaying tea plantations sprawled across the hills, afternoon tea and strawberry farms. We suggest planning a morning hike to the Mossy Forest, an enchanting jungle taken over by moss, ferns, pitcher plants and orchids.
Genting Highlands is the closest you can get to a Las Vegas or Macau in Malaysia. The hill resort is oft-visited for the casinos, theme park, indoor attractions, golf course, nightclubs, and concerts at the Arena of Stars. But take a stroll outside for a breath of crisp air, and you will see the landscape transform completely with its temples, hilly scenery and rainforests stretching for miles.
Golden beaches, peaceful villages and thick jungles make the islands of Pahang some of the most beautiful in the country. Tioman Island is home to plenty of resorts, snorkelling spots and secluded beaches with views to leave you in awe. Others prefer Cherating Island, complete with beach resorts, leatherback turtle sanctuaries, and traditional textile workshops. Conversation here.
Locals know little town of Bentong as a foodie destination. From tofu puffs to homemade ice cream, wan tan mee to Guang Xi dishes, there is no end to how much you can eat in a day. Durian orchards are abundant in Bentong and its neighbouring towns of Raub and Karak. Depending on the season, you can indulge in a durian buffet or go straight into the durian orchard for a bite of the King of Fruits.
Sungai Lembing is one of the most underrated towns in Malaysia. A hanging bridge connects the tin mining town to the other side of the river, with an olden-day vibe that seems like a scene straight out of the movies. Climb up Panorama Hill and you’d be rewarded by a sea of clouds. Hike to the Rainbow Waterfall to see multiple rainbows appear in the glints of sunshine.
Temerloh is a lesser-known town in Pahang, best known for their rich supply of ikan patin, or silver catfish. Visit the Sunday Bazaar, the longest in Pahang. Get close to wildlife at the Deerland Park, Kuala Krau Wildlife Reserve and Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. Another must try in Temerloh is the ikan patin gulai tempoyak, with its strangely delectable combination of catfish and fermented durian gravy.
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