Places of Interest
The east coast state of Pahang is the largest in Peninsula Malaysia and is perhaps nature's gift to the country. It has so much to offer the visitor and is usually the most sought after holiday destination by both locals and foreigners.
Exotic flora and fauna are an intrinsic part of the wild life and there is unspoiled beauty throughout the state. Rich varied scenery and landscape leave visitors thoroughly enchanted with the magnificent gifts nature has bestowed on this tropical paradise. From pristine waterfalls to invigorating mountains, palm-fringed beaches to refreshing jungles, Pahang is a rendezvous with diversity and contrast.
Kuantan is located at the mid of the eastern shoreline of Pahang. Kuantan is a vibrant and bustling capital. Visitors can easily find hotels and restaurants of international standards.
The most prominent landmark of Kuantan is the State Museum, which is an impressive building with its imposing domes and a striking pagoda like structure. The light blue and green colors add splendor to the building’s distinctive architecture.
Kuantan is famous for its “salted fish”. This product can be found aplenty at the “Salted Fish Street”. Kuantan Municipal Council operates a river cruise service in Kuantan River where visitors can enjoy the view of the river including the mangrove forest.
When one is in Kuantan, one must not miss the opportunity to visit the Sungai Lembing Museum, which is located about 40km away from Kuantan. Sungai Lembing, although a small town, it was once the hub of tin mines in the district. This museum contains a wealth of information about tin mining and has an impressive collection of tools used in the quarries.
By Flight - Direct flights from KLIA (Malaysia Airline)
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
Gunung Tapis Park is a beautiful nature park with excellent camping spots can be found in a number of areas. Gunung Tapis offers a number of activities. Visitors can shoot rapids on one of the several rivers, or fish for the delectable “ikan kelah”. Gunung Tapis Park also abounds with hot springs and wildlife.
Pekan is situated at 45 kilometers south of Kuantan. Pekan is the royal town of Pahang. This quaint town has a historical museum, a majestic mosque and an imperial palace.
These three buildings are the landmarks of Pekan and are well known tourist spots. The museum houses a rich collection of artifacts, royal regalia and old Chinese ceramics that were discovered from a sunken ancient Chinese ship off the coast of Pahang.
Kuala Lipis is situated 240 kilometers northwest of Kuantan. Strolling around this old fashioned little town where many great old buildings still stand strong and tall is like traveling back to the past.
Historical buildings such as the Lipis Administration Building, which was built in 1919, the Pahang Club House, which was built in 1867 and the Clifford School, which was built in 1923 are places of attraction that should not to be missed during one’s trip to Kuala Lipis.
A visit to Kuala Lipis will not be complete if one does not visit the Kenong Rimba Park. The Kenong Rimba Park comprises of cascading waterfalls, running streams and mysterious caves. The Kenong Rimba Park is a paradise for nature lovers and explorers.
Sungai Lembing Park, which is also known as the historical park is located just 42km from Kuantan. Sungai Lembing Park is a town that time forgot. Sungai Lembing Park was historically a rich and famous town, as the main producer of tin in Pahang in early 1900’s.
A lot of activities can be conducted at Sungai Lembing Park. On the top of Panorama Hill, one can watch the sunrise. The hot spring, the mining tunnels, 4x4 vehicle tracks and a deer farm at Sungai Jin which is located about 5km from the town are the places that must visit when one is visiting Sungai Lembing.
Raub is one of the oldest towns in Pahang. Raub was founded by Tengku Laksamana Alang Shah from Natar, Sumatra in 1882. As a gold mining settlement early in the last century, it remains of these early days. Raub’s colonial past is evident in the fine old buildings scattered around the town.
A visit to Pahang will not be complete without a visit to the State Museum. The State Museum houses a rich collection of historical items and valuable antique pieces such as a large quantity of glassware and ceramics from ancient China. The history of Pahang is well documented in this museum.