Pahang is the largest state in Malaysia on the peninsula and has a wide range of tourist offers. It has 35,964 square kilometers with very different landscapes:
Dark, cool mountain countries with majestic mountains, the most beautiful national park with deep jungles, foaming rivers and waterfalls, magical islands and beaches and a friendly and reserved population.
Tourist Attractions in Pahang, Malaysia
Under its Malay name Telok Chempedak, it has long been well known among experienced Malaysia holidaymakers. It is only a few kilometers towards the sea from Kuantan’s city center. There is an international first-class hotel here, another good beach hotel and some more modest accommodations. There is a Karyaneka handicraft center here, restaurants right on the beach promenade and also a good “food stall” which is more than good for varied evening bites.
The Beserah fishing village
The Beserah fishing village is only seven kilometers north of Kuantan, where the water buffalo are still dragged across the beach with the fish. It is very romantically situated; You can also buy small souvenirs made from mussels or coconut shells here.
This cave can be reached quickly, it is only 25 km west of Kuantan in a large limestone rock. The Gua Charah, as it is also called in the local language, houses a Buddhist shrine with a reclining Buddah that is almost nine meters long.
The Panching Cave
This cave is also located in a high limestone cliff on the road that leads from Kuantan past the Gua Charah to Sungai Lembing.
Many stairs lead up, past a small monastery to the Buddha statue, on which the sun’s rays fall through a hole in the roof of the cave to the floor at exactly 11:59 a.m.
The Kenong Rimba Park
The nature park is easily accessible, it lies in the valley of the Kenong River, which is easily accessible via a good country road. It offers beautiful nature experiences: You can look at the many caves, march through the jungle, climb rocks and enjoy the views, fish and also watch animals go by. Incidentally, a small tribe of our “Orang Asli”, the indigenous people of the peninsula, who are called Batak, also live here.
The coastal town of Cherating
Cherating became known when the internationally recognized, large French travel company Club Med built its first facility in Southeast Asia here. But also in the village itself and in its immediate vicinity there have long been every category of beach hotels and other accommodations. Cherating’s fine beaches and the areas in front of them make it very popular with water sports enthusiasts and especially with surfers.
It belongs to the state of Pahang, even if it is already off the coast of Johor. This beautiful tropical island served as a model for the fictional island of Bali Hay in the former Hollywood musical “South Pacific”. Pulau Tioman, as the Malaysians call it, is just a magical place for so many things to do on the beach, in the water, at the beach hotel and inland. Of course, sporting activities on, in and under the water come first: diving, sailing, surfing, water skiing, paddling, swimming and fishing. A large windsurfing regatta is held here every year, with participants from all over the world.
There is a first-class international beach hotel on Tioman, there are also smaller hotels, a number of inexpensive bungalows and accommodation in village style.
There are regular flights to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. They can be reached by ferry via the coastal town of Mersing, from there it is only an hour by hydrofoil or a full three hours by normal ferry.
The Genting Highlands
It takes less than an hour by car to drive from Kuala Lumpur to the Genting Highlands. The popular highlands east of Kuala Lumpur are almost 2000 meters above sea level. This is where townspeople and visitors like to flee from the heat of the plains in the cool heights. There is a lot of entertainment up here, tourists experience that it is hardly different from that in other continents.
Admission is free in the Genting Theme Park, games or horse riding naturally cost something. The park is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. For all those visitors who want to try their luck at the gaming table: Roulette, blackjack, keno and tai sai are just as available as a number of one-armed bandits.
This small highland, 104 km north-east of Kuala Lumpur, is also a nice destination for excursions and longer stays: Green nature, cool air, pretty paths through the dense rainforest to white water and small streams; It is also a paradise for all bird lovers, because many species of the feathered darlings live up here.
Hotels and other accommodations are available in various categories and there is no lack of entertainment and sports facilities: there are tennis courts, even a heated swimming pool and a small 9-hole golf course. There are model gardens full of blooming flowers, a small zoo, market gardens with vegetable growing and a whole range of different restaurants.
The Cameron Highlands
They are the most extensive of all mountainous countries in Malaysia and in its pleasant climate not only the tea bushes thrive, but also the fruit trees, many types of vegetables and especially flowers. The Cameron Highlands are often called the “Green Bowl” of Malaysia because they deliver so many fine vegetables and fruit to all parts of the country as well as Singapore.
There are very good, internationally known hotels here as well as accommodations for the small budget. There is an 18-hole golf course and tennis courts. From Kuala Lumpur, take the expressway north towards Ipoh and turn off at Tapah. The journey takes just over three hours by car.
The Taman Negara
Our large national park in the Central Highlands is over 4,343 square kilometers and its jungle is many, many millions of years old. Most of it is in Pahang. It also protrudes into Johor and Kelantan. By the way, Taman Negara simply means national park in our language, so it has no real name. It is a unique area of absolutely untouched tropical nature, dominated by the highest mountain on the peninsula, the Gunung Tahan with a height of 2187 meters. Mountaineers need a total of five days to climb it.
You can get to Taman Negara with the help of tour operators and our travel agencies, you can also book directly in Kuala Lumpur with the Department for Wildlife & National Parks.
The Chini Lake
About 100 kilometers before Kuantan you turn off the highway from Kuala Lumpur to Chinisee, which is one of the highlights in this region. The Chini Lake District consists of around 13 connected individual lakes, on which you can take a boat to the most beautiful spots. A bungalow resort is also available. The lotus blooms here in August and September, covering everything with pink and white flowers.