Pahang, the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia at approximately 36,000 square kilometres. It is home to huge arrays of attractions that have been drawing visitors from all over the country and beyond, to enjoy its natural and man-made wonders. There’s no telling yet when things are going to go back to normal, but here are five attractions in Pahang that you should include in your travel bucket-list for when they do get back to the way they were:
1. Tioman Island
Pulau Tioman, as it is lovingly known among Malaysians, ranks as one of the most popular islands in the country. It’s a haven for scuba divers, snorkellers as well as those to who wish to escape from the city and experience a relaxing time on a pristine island. The sandy beach and the incredibly clear blue water makes the island such a joy to be at. Other activities to enjoy here are jungle trekking from Tekek to Monkey Bay and Juara, visit to the island’s beautiful waterfalls, mountain hiking to the twin peaks of Gunung Nenek Semukut, golfing at Berjaya Tioman Resort Beach, Golf & Spa Resort, and for those of you who just can’t help going for some retail therapy… some duty-free shopping! The best time to visit Pulau Tioman is between March and October, and a conservation fee of RM5 will be charged upon your arrival to the island, which is a small price to pay for an experience you will surely cherish.
2. Taman Negara
Said to be more than 130 million years old, Taman Negara is the oldest primary rainforest in the world. And it is also the biggest National Park in Malaysia, at 4,343 square kilometres, making it a sanctuary full of activities for outdoor enthusiasts! From birdwatching to chasing waterfalls and cave explorations, more than a day-stay is needed for a worthwhile trip at Taman Negara. While climbing the highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia, Mount Tahan is what visitors usually venture for, the real deal is meeting the Orang Asli (aborigines) living in the interiors of Taman Negara, the Batek and Semokberi tribes. These nomadic tribes still practice a traditional lifestyle and hunt with a blowpipe, which is something you don’t see everyday. Otherwise, a rapid shooting experience will be a thrilling one for sure!
3. Cameron Highlands
One of the most popular destinations in Pahang, Cameron Highlands is an ideal place to visit if you wish to spend a weekend up where the air is so chilly, air conditioners are not needed at all! In fact, heated flooring is what you’d want if you were to live here. So what do you do in Cameron Highlands? Plenty! There’s the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantation, stawberry farms where you can pick strawberries or enjoy scones with strawberry jams, bee apiaries where you can buy freshly harvested honey, butterfly garden, Time-Tunnel Museum, Cactus Valley and so many more! Don’t go home without buying some dried fruits and tea for the trip back! A week’s stay is recommended so you can make time to catch the beautiful sunrise, trek for waterfalls or explore the Mossy Forest.
4. Genting Highlands
This “City of Entertainment” is popular among local holidaymakers and foreign tourists. Despite its reputation as a gaming hub, Genting Highlands offers so much more! Its theme park rides keep thrill-seekers entertained. Many restaurants offer great gastronomic experiences. Its cable car ride is a must-try, while its premium outlet mall is a retail haven. Genting Highlands is home to one of the biggest hotels in the world, as well as Malaysia’s famous Arena of Stars, where high profile concerts, award shows and other entertainment programmes are held. David Foster, Peter Cetera, Ruben Studdard, Boyz II Men, Kenny G and Lionel Richie are among huge names who have graced the Arena of Stars stage.
This beach town is home to Asia’s first Club Med resort. And that’s saying something now, doesn’t it? Located 47km north of Kuantan, Cherating is a perfect holiday destination for families and couples alike. The sandy beaches, beautiful blue waters and crisp air there are more than enough reason to head over for a relaxing holiday away from the big city. And if Club Med doesn’t strike your fancy, you can always choose from other accommodation options, which range from affordable to luxurious. The best time to head over there, though, is between April and October when it’s mostly dry.
No matter what your preferences are, Pahang definitely has something for you. And what we’ve listed here are just some of what Pahang has to offer. So make your plans now and when the time comes, just focus on having a great time.