Known as the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, Pahang is endowed with nature, culture, history and myth. Some part of the state lies at Titiwangsa mountainous range and east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Due to its strategic geographical location, there are so many interesting natural wonders and attractions to visit in Pahang that you can choose from its amazing mountains of tropical rainforest, breathtaking waterfalls, pristine white sand beach, huge natural freshwater lakes and historical sites. Get started on planning your holiday in Pahang!
Those who crave for adventure will be very excited to visit Taman Negara which is Malaysia’s largest national park and also Rompin State Park. The National Park has two main entrances which are Taman Negara Sungai Relau, Merapoh and Taman Negara Kuala Tahan, Jerantut. While Taman Negara Kuala Tahan is very much known for its canopy walk, Lata Berkoh, and Bukit Teresek trekking, Taman Negara Sungai Relau is not less than its sister and very much famous for its unique limestone cave formations. The highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia, Gunung Tahan lies in the middle of these entrances where it is said to be the most challenging mountain to be conquered in Peninsular Malaysia. The word Tahan itself comes from the Malay word which means to withstand, endure, and stand, referring to its difficulty.
Located in the south of Pahang and within the Rompin district, Rompin State Park is a must visit destination for outdoor junkies. The state park shares the same forest reserve of Endau-Rompin with its neighbour, Johor National Park.
The combination of forest type at the state park and the geological factor have formed an ecosystem which is rare and infrequent. A type of heath forest at elevation less than 1000 meter from the sea level has been discovered where the vegetation is a combination of palm forest and plants that have a small diameter like a bonsai that usually can be seen at summit. Visitors will be amazed with the scenic garden of palm trees, wild orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants. The main factor is due to the soil acidity due to the geological history of the area which lead to the forest classified as High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) type three. The state park is also home to the 253 birds and one of the Important Birds Area (IBA) sites that is heaven for bird photographers and birdwatchers. Hence, Rompin State Park is one of the attractions in Pahang that should be in your bucket list.
Apart from the mountains and tropical rainforest, Pahang is also known for its beautiful island and beaches. Tioman Island is the perfect getaway to seek the serene and escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. It is also known as the heaven for divers due to the richness of underwater marine life with its beautiful coral reefs, fishes and seaweeds. It is one of the must places to visit in Pahang that is definitely worth spending your holiday.
Capital City of Pahang, Kuantan has few amazing tourist attractions too including the Pulau Ular, Kuantan River Cruise, Turtle Sanctuary, Sungai Lembing tin mines, Cherating beach and Black Stone Beach. There are many good restaurants that serve tasty local delicacies. You may choose to travel by own transportation or use public transportation as the Rapid Kuantan provides bus services to this attractions area which is much more convenient and good for the environment.
Food hunters should not miss the trip to Temerloh as the town is famous for its Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak. Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak is the dish of freshwater catfish cooked with fermented durian gravy and eaten with steamed rice and some ulam (Malaysian style salad). While in Jerantut town, there’s another similar dish unique to the district but using different ingredients. Ikan Gulai Asam Rong is regarded as one of unique local delicacies where the freshwater fish will be cooked with the rubber tree seed paste that was fermented. It is also eaten with steamed rice and some ulam and eaten as lunch or dinner.
From picking strawberries in Cameron Highland, exploring the theme park at Genting Highland, cruising along the large freshwater lake to bird watching at Fraser hills, Pahang has so many attractions to offer. Read your map, plan your journey and holiday to Pahang today!