HIGHLANDS, lowlands or beaches, Pahang has a wide range of lovely holiday destinations catering for different passions and interests. From lazying on beaches and chilling out on hill resorts to bonding with nature in state parks, you will be spoilt for choice.
For those who love the sun and sea, the biggest state in Peninsular Malaysia has some pretty exciting beaches to offer – Teluk Chempedak, Cherating, Beserah, Lanjut, Chendor and Balok, among others.
Located some five kilometres from Kuantan, Teluk Chempedak (literally, Jackfruit Cove), is an excellent beach for water sports activities such as sailing, surfing, skiing and sunbathing.
TC, as locals refer to Teluk Chempedak, offers hawker food, night spots and seaside promenade similar to Penang's famous Gurney Drive. Less happening than Gurney but much lovelier.
From the northern end of Teluk Chempedak, take the walkway which leads to Teluk Tongkang. This is the only access to this secluded cape, as it is surrounded by rocky outcrops on both sides. Its seclusion proved the perfect landing site for Japanese troops during the Second World War. The locals named the cape tongkang after the type of landing craft the Japanese used.
Less than 50km north of Kuantan is Cherating, a lovely stretch of wide sandy beaches and sparkling water. Apart from the usual beach activities, you can also visit the turtle sanctuary and the Cherating Cultural Village where you can catch the wayang kulit and silat.
Beserah is a fishing village and is well-known for salted fish. Do also try keropok kering and keropok lekor, which are different types of traditional crackers.
Lanjut Beach, meanwhile, is one of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches on the southern coast of Pahang. Fishing for freshwater prawns is popular so do give it a try.
Immortalised as the mythical island of Bali Hai in the Hollywood musical, South Pacific, Tioman is ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing and windsurfing.
Pahang's most famous tourist destination must be Genting Highlands, which is very popular not only among locals but foreign tourists as well, especially those from China and even from the Middle East.
One reason for its success is the range of exciting activities it offers, from indoor and outdoor theme parks to scintillating magic shows and concerts.
Recent additions to the theme parks are Snow World, sky-diving and indoor rock climbing. For just RM99, the entire family (two adults and two children) gets to enjoy the indoor and outdoor theme parks! If it's just the Outdoor Theme Park you want, it'll cost RM78.
With a temperature of -5°C – the snow is created by a custom-made machine from Japan – you can really get into the spirit of things at Snow World, warmly dressed in a winter coat and boots which are provided free. Located at the First World Plaza, ticket prices are RM13 for adults and RM9 for children.
The Genting Sky Venture is a state-of-the-art skydiving wind tunnel that gives people the chance to feel the thrill and sensation of jumping out of an airplane and freefalling through the sky just like a skydiver. Other highlands: Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill and Bukit Tinggi.
See how tea is grown at Cameron Highlands, visit the Robinson Waterfalls, flower nurseries, vegetable farms and butterfly farms and taste freshly picked strawberries. Or, experience French culture and cuisine without having to go to France by visiting the French themed resort Colmar Tropicale in Bukit Tinggi.
Nothing beats an expedition at the Endau-Rompin state park, a rainforest that has remained undisturbed in its original state through the years. Explore its jungle trails and limestone caves.
Don't forget your fishing rod as some of the best fishing spots in Malaysia can be found within the Endau Rompin grounds. The most popular sites are along the lower reaches of Sungai Kinchin and Sungai Kemapan.
It is advisable to acquire an entry permit before making any arrangement to visit this area. For more information, contact Perbadanan Taman Negeri Johor (tel: 07-2237344/5 and fax 07-2235253).
Taman Negara is one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests. The diversity of its fauna and flora is a result of undisturbed evolution over 130 million years.
A visit to Taman Negara is not complete until you have taken up the challenge of the canopy walk. The world's longest such walk, it winds over 400 metres in the forest canopy allowing you to view the rich and diverse flora and fauna at the very summit of the forest, 25 meters above the ground.
Cuti-cuti Malaysia offers several packages to Taman Negara from RM300 and above depending on accommodation. For more information, contact 03-33432884 and fax 03-33448087.
Kenong Rimba Park in Kuala Lipis, with its 130-year-old trees and caves, is another haven for nature lovers.
Located next to Taman Negara, you can go rock climbing, explore limestone caves, swim, go mountain biking, jungle-walking or camp beneath a tropical canopy.
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