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Pahang is the premier state in Peninsular Malaysia in total area and, as such, covers important ground for tourists. From the royal capital of Pekan to colonial hill stations Fraser’s Hill and the Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara national park to beach towns on the South China Sea, Pahang serves up a trove of treasures.
State capital Kuanta is a good base from which to set off and explore the state at large. About halfway between Singapore and Kota Bharu, the city of half a million people is a beach gateway with several worthwhile points of interest. Pahang offers a lot more than sand, sun and surf, however. Waterfalls, caves, exotic wildlife, tea plantations, heritage architecture, archaeological sites and markets dot the superb state which, overall, tops Belgium in size.
Pahang’s Top 10
10. Genting Highlands is a popular casino and leisure resort from the same group behind Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.
5. Charas Cave is a sublime rock temple not far from Sungai Lembing.
9. Pekan is the small royal capital of Pahang.
4. Fraser’s Hill is a picturesque hill resort on the Titiwangsa Ridge.
8. Beserah is a beach village not far up the coast from Kuantan.
3. Cameron Highlands hosts a variety of remarkable attractions and is the premier hill station refuge in Malaysia.
7. Sungai Lembing is home to a colossal, world-record pit mine and a fine museum on the evolution of the tin industry in Malaysia.
2. Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque is the primary mosque of Pahang. The landmark is by far the most impressive in the city.
6. Berkelah Falls cascades 50 km from the state capital of Kuantan.
1. Teluk Cempedak (Jackfruit Bay) is the most popular beach zone in the state of Pahang.
- Kuala Lipis - This is the oldest town in Pahang, with many historical buildings.
- Istana Hinggap - Built in 1926, this was once the royal court.
- Lipis District Administrative Building - Built in 1919, this administrative centre of Pahang was later converted into the Government Office Complex.
- Pahang Club House - Built in 1867, it was formerly the home of a British resident.
- Clifford School - Built in 1913 by Sir Hugh Clifford, the second British resident.
Pahang Art & Culture
- Kampung Pandan – An assortment of souvenirs made from woven pandan (pandanus) leaves.
- Kek Siam – This high-quality art form can be proudly worn as sarongs, sampins, scarves and traditional attire for various events.
- The Sultan Abu Bakar Museum - Displaying state regalia and other artefacts of the colourful heritage of the sultanate.
- Watercraft Gallery - Sited on a sandbar, an island known as Pulau Beram, the gallery exhibits replicas and restored watercraft used in Pahang through the centuries.
- Sungei Lembing Museum – Showcases the history of the world-famous subterranean tin mine.
- Berjaya Megamall - Covering more than 2 million square feet of retail, entertainment and food areas.
- Parkson Group - Along with Parkson Ria and Parkson Grand, these retail centres are equally attractive among shoppers.
- East Coast Mall - The largest shopping mall on the east coast.
- Kuantan - Shopping in Pahang can be an exciting adventure, especially for traditional handicrafts and cultural souvenirs.
- Terengganu - Another great place to look for souvenirs and cultural handicrafts.
As one of Malaysia’s largest states, there is a variety of nightlife, although much of it is concentrated in Kuantan, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, and Tioman Island. The international hotel resorts are some of the best places to grab a drink or two, have dinner, and relax during the evenings. Kuantan’s Swiss Garden Resort and Spa’s Malibu Club is a fun tiki-themed bar with rum-based cocktails to match. The Genting Hotel features a casino, several restaurants, a karaoke box, and two discoes (Cloud 9, Safari). Cameron Highlands has a number of pubs that open until late. Teluk Cempedak Beach is a laid-back beach that’s a popular hangout for both locals and visitors in the evenings.
- Beaches - Surfing, sea kayaking, snorkelling and swimming along the coast.
- Gua Charah - Also known as the Pancing Caves, one of the most revered Buddhist sanctuaries in Southeast Asia.
- Kuala Rompin – For an anthropological experience of a lifetime, visit fascinating tribal settlements.
- Jalan Besar - Check out the colourful street of Jalan Besar in Pahang's capital city Kuantan.
- Ye Olde Smokehouse Hotel - A cool and refreshing place to stay while you explore the outposts and old buildings.
- Go horseback riding from the highland hill stations to the beaches.
- Hit the links at the Bukit Tinggi Golf and Country Club in hilly Bentong.
- For extreme sports enthusiasts, the Telom Descent is considered one of the world's wildest river rides.
- Sailing in many forms is a popular recreation activity along Pahang's coast.
- Adventure-seekers can climb the towering Gunung Tahan.
Water sports offer hours of boundless fun on the coast of Pahang, with first-rate surf, kitesurf, and windsurf waves for all skill levels.
Fish markets sell the catch of the day up and down the South China Sea coast.
Tea estate tours offer a peek at a vital component of life in the highlands of Malaysia.
Taman Negara is the foremost national park in Peninsular Malaysia.
Horse races at Indrah Makota Indo Stadium in Kuantan lure big crowds.
When To Go
Pahang has a classic tropical rainforest climate that features a wet season and hot, dry season. Rain thrashes the coast between October and March, with average temperatures from 72°F (22°C) to 88°F (31°C). State capital Kuantan gets a monumental 66 in (1,670 mm) of rain throughout the wet season.
In the Cameron Highlands, however, the temperature seldom exceeds 77°F (25°C), with regular lows in the 50°F (10°C) range. The primary wet season in hill country Pahang is from May to September.
The dry season in Pahang is often not that dry at all, with a minimum of 6.3 in (160 mm) of rain per month in Kuantan from April to September. The difference is the midday swelter, which often creeps as high as 104°F (40°C) under the sun.
Wee Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport is 15 km southwest of Kuantan and operates daily flights to/from Kuala Lumpur-KLIA and Penang and four flights a week to/from Singapore.
The main gateways to the Cameron Highlands, Tapah and Simpang Pulai, reside on the North-South Expressway in the state of Perak.
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