Overview of Pahang
Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. Pahang has vast stretches of primeval rainforests. The state boasts of a National Park, enchanting beaches, the longest river, which is known as Sungai Pahang and the highest mountain, which is known as Gunung Tahan in Peninsular Malaysia.
With such blessings, the state has an abundance of picturesque scenery and landscapes. Facing the South China Sea, the state capital, Kuantan, is a popular gateway to the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Approximately 45 kilometers from Kuantan is the royal town of Pekan.
The main economic activity of Pahang is agriculture. Well bestowed with fertile lands and ample rainfall, cash crops such as rubber, oil palm, cocoa and tropical fruits trees thrive in the state.
Quick Fact of Pahang
By Flight - Malaysia Airlines and daily flights between KLIA and Sultan Hj. Ahmad Shah Airport are available in Kuantan.
By Car - Use Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and East Coast Highway about 2 ½ hours from KL or drive north along the coastal road into Rompin, Pekan and Kuantan from Singapore. Bus and taxi services have fixed schedules from KL to Kuantan.
By Train - Pahang is accessible through Mentakab and Kuala Lipis by KTM.
Address: Tourism Information Centre, Jalan Mahkota, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang.
Contact Number: (609) 517 1111 / 517 1112
Fax: (609) 514 6900
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History of Pahang
Located at the border of Pahang and Perak is Cameron Highlands. Cameron Highlands is also known as the Green Bowl of Malaysia. This highland supplies vegetables, fruits and flowers to domestic and foreign markets.
Pahang has an extensive shoreline that is the key to the growth of its tourism and fishing industries. These industries have developed so rapidly that they have become major income contributors for the state. In addition, small and medium-scaled manufacturing industries and cottage industries related to handicrafts flourish in the state.
According to the findings of archaeologists, the earliest settlements in Pahang are located in the areas along the Tembiling River. Ancient Chinese records show that during the 7th to 13th century, Pahang was under the rule of the Buddhist Sumatra-based Sri Vijaya Empire.
In the 15th century, Pahang became part of the Malacca Sultanate and it prospered. Pahang became a state that was much sought after by the Johor Sultanate, the Acheh, the Portuguese and the Dutch.
Finally, the Johor Sultanate triumphed and ruled the state for 200 years. When the Johor Sultanate gradually lost its control and influence, Bendahara Wan Ahmad proclaimed himself Sultan of Pahang.
In 1888, the British sent a Resident to help administer the state matters. Later, Pahang became part of the Federation of Malaya. During World War II, the Japanese occupied Malaya and Pahang thus came under Japanese rule. In 1963, Pahang joined the other states of the peninsular to form the Federation of Malaysia.