Pahang Attractions
Genting Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Genting Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Genting Highlands, located at an elevation of 1,800 meters above sea level is one of the most developed hill resorts in Malaysia and is popular with many local and foreign visitors. It offers a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget and taste. The cool mountain weather and lush greenery is an ideal escapade away from the heat, hustle and bustle of the city.

Genting Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions


There are numerous activities that one can indulge in : dining at the Genting Theatre Restaurant featuring shows by international stars, boating and having fun at the newly added roller-coaster and many other fun-filled rides at the all-new Genting Theme Park as well as the attraction of "Virtual Reality", an exciting and unique game. Punters can try their luck at the world class Casino De Genting. The Awana Golf Club, a luxury condotel, provides at the Awana ranch and jungle trekking.

Genting Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Genting Highlands is accessible by a well-maintained road and is only an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur. Adventure-conscious visitors can soar above the clouds on cable cars from Awana to the summit.

 

Genting Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

 
Kuantan Batik - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Batik has long been a fabric for traditional dress and costumes of the Malays, especially for the people in the east coast states of West Malaysia.

In fact, batik is quite normal dressing attire for these states of Kelantan and Trengganu, and also for the Pahang Malays near the borders of these states.

Especially in Kelantan and Terengganu, you can see folks wearing the batik shirts as well as the batik sarong not only in the villages or kampung, but also around town. And do not be surprised that the batik sarong usually associated as women’s wear in the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia is actually normal sarong wear for the men in the east coast as well.

Products that are made from the batik cloth range from dresses, shirts, sarongs and headwear to table covers, bedcovers, handkerchiefs, etc., in fact anything which can be made from the batik cloth.

At Natural Batik Village, teams of artists turn cotton and silk cloth into works of art, either for dress, wall hangings, paintings, or to be used in producing cenderamata (Malay for handicrafts) such as purses, bandannas, bed coverings and so forth. Some designs are drawn free-hand, using copper canting (also known as tjanting) which enables a fix line of hot wax to be laid down. The cloth is then dyed with only the waxed portion retaining the color covered by the wax.

Kuantan Batik - Pahang Tourist Attractions
Artist Applying Dye

For a regular, consistent pattern of wax to be applied, copper blocks are dipped in hot wax and used to lay out the design.
Kuantan Batik - Pahang Tourist Attractions
Copper Block Used for a Consistent Pattern

Kuantan Batik - Pahang Tourist Attractions
Large Selection of Copper Blocks

Kuantan Batik - Pahang Tourist Attractions
Material for Clothing Undergoing Dye Process

The Natural Batik Village also provides classes for tourists and other who wish to learn the art of batik. In addition to the production of batik cloth, there is a shop attached to the "factory" which sells a variety of batik material and Malaysian-produced crafts.
Kuantan Batik - Pahang Tourist Attractions
Batik Village Shop
Kuantan Batik - Pahang Tourist Attractions
Beach Wear...
So, if you are touring through the Kuantan area, be sure to check out the Natural Batik Village. It is only a few meters from the turn-off to the De Rhu resort road in the village of Balok. Teak and his gang highly recommend it, just be aware that a European nude painting may surprise you!

Although not as famous or popular as the batik of Terengganu and Kelantan, Pahang batik has, nevertheless, thrived as a small industry in the periphery of the fame and popularity of the Trengganu and Kelantan batik.
 
Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist Attractions

 

Cherating has its fair share of attractions – there’s the beautiful sweeping beaches bordered by coconut palm trees, the first-rate wave breaks that make it a surfers’ paradise and a great band of friendly residents. It may not be the liveliest place in the country – the village has more cats, monitor lizards and monkeys than people – but it’s got an undeniable laid-back charm that makes it so appealing.

Cherating is best known for the uber-posh Club Med – the first in Asia. Additionally there are stores and guesthouses sprinkled around but it’s the people here that make it so genuinely alluring. There’s an eclectic posse of hipster Malay surfers, musicians, artists and kampong folk who are ever-eager to greet you with a friendly smile and share a beer with you at one of the few nightlifeclubs in town.

Cherating Beach

Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist Attractions

It goes without saying that most people who come to Cherating are going to head to its strip of white-sand beach. It’s not as crowded here as some of the country’s other beachside destinations but that doesn’t mean Cherating is not charmingly alluring. Its relative obscurity has resulted in seemingly empty beaches but don’t be fooled into thinking that there’s not much to do – some of the best surfing waves in Malaysia pound Cherating’s shores, so you’re likely to see a band of surfers along the coastline waiting for the perfect swell.

Cherating Turtle Sanctuary

Turtle Sanctuary Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist Attractions

 

If you’re interested in wildlife conservation, then the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary – located beside Club Med – is a good place to head to. You can see tanks with baby and rehabilitating sea turtles and you can also glean information about the laying and hatching periods of these gentle sea creatures. The best time to visit is between April and August when you can participate in night tours that allow you to see the turtles come ashore to lay eggs.

Firefly and Mangrove Exploration

Firefly Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist AttractionsMangrove Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Take a river boat cruise up the Cherating River to watch the fireflies at night or take advantage of the river mangrove tours. The night-time firefly boat tour upriver along the mangroves, are the best excursions – you’ll not see sights like this anywhere else and guides are especially skilled in spotting assorted animals, including snakes.

Limbong Art

Limbong Art Cherating Kuantan - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Take a tour of this batik-making boutique where you can see the Malaysian art of applying paint and wax to transform fabric into batik artwork. The centre also offers inexpensive courses where you can try your hand at making your own batik handkerchief or sarong – there’s also a souvenir store here where you can purchase batik creations.

 
Fraser's Hill - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Fraser's Hill - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Fraser's Hill is about 105km north of Kuala Lumpur. It was built on seven hills, just like the ancient city of Rome. The hills straddle the Pahang-Selangor border. The hill resort was named after an English adventurer, Louis James Fraser, who built himself a shack in the hill in the 19th century. He operated a primitive mule train and embarked on a lucrative trade in tin ore. Stories about his life include rumours of an opium and gambling. However, he disappeared during the first decade of the 20th century and was never seen again.

In Fraser's Hill it's cool throughout the year at an average of 18 - 20 degree Celsius, the attraction of Fraser's Hill as a tourist resort has not diminished through the years. Today, Fraser's Hill is popular as a site for company retreats and weekends.

Fraser's Hill can be reached through the Karak highway. Turn left at the Bentong junction and proceed to Teranum. Alternatively, one can take the old trunk road route heading towards Penang and turn off at

Kuala Kubu Bharu for the drive to the Gap. The last 8 km from the Gap to the top of Fraser's hill is along scenic, narrow winding road which carries one-way traffic from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

This stretch (35 min to 45 min) is for one way traffic during the day and 2 way at night. It is narrow and wide enough for one car only except several stretches where 2 cars can squeeze through. Gates (Lower Gate & Upper Gates) control the passage of traffic at the last 7km stretch to Fraser’s Hill. The gate times are :

Traffic Schedule Fraser's Hill - Pahang Tourist Attractions


Going Up (Odd Hours)
07.00am – 07.40am
09.00am – 09.40am
11.00am – 11.40am
01.00am – 01.40am
03.00am – 03.40am
05.00am – 05.40am
07.00am – 07.40am

Going Down (Even Hours)
06.00am – 06.40am
08.00am – 08.40am
10.00am – 10.40am
12.00am – 12.40am
02.00am – 02.40am
04.00am – 04.40am
06.00am – 06.40am

There’s so much to do, see and dine in Fraser’s Hill ….there’s archery, whitewater rafting, waterfalls, bird watching, jungle trekking, golfing, nature walks, sightseeing tours, picnics, hiking, cycling, abseiling, mountain climbing, horse rides at the Paddock, fishing and boating at the Fraser’s Hill Lake and an unending list of activities available all year round in cool refreshing climate for everyone. There are beautiful sunrise and sunsets to view, lush pine tree forests for picnics, highland flower nurseries to appreciate, golf courses to enjoy and karaokes for entertainment. Children will also find interesting nature discovery attractions at the Fraser’s Hill Nature Education Centre.

The Fraser's Hill town centre is actually a very small commercial area where there are restaurants, public facilities and markets.

The Fraser's Hill Golf Course (FHGC) Clubhouse (on the top right hand corner of photograph) houses the Par on Tenth Restaurant and Karaoke. The restaurant serves Malaysian food and opens from 8.00am to 12.00 am while the Karaoke opens from 8.00 pm to 12.00 am.
Golf Course Fraser's Hill - Pahang Tourist Attractions
The Spices Restaurant & Pub (the small bungalow on top of the photograph) opens form 9.00am to 12.00am and serves Malaysian cuisine but Indian food is their specialty. Beside the Spices Restaurant is the Puncak Inn. This is a budget inn catering to budget travelers with basic rooms in the range of RM50.00 per night.

Below the inn are a few food outlets and a mini-market. The food outlets are the Hillview Restaurant which serves home cooked Chinese food (non-halal) and opens from 9.00am to 12.00am. The restaurant is operated by the Yap family and has been residents in the hill for over 2 generations. The Arzed Restaurant & Puncak Restaurant serves Malaysian food and you should not miss their "roti canai" and "nasi lemak". They open from 7.00am to 10.00pm

The Fraser's Hill Mini-Market which supplies almost all daily wet and dry provisions opens from 9.00am to 10.00pm.

On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, Mahmud and Daud's Burger Stall opens in the town centre and serves sizzling burgers sandwiched in soft buns; a delightful treat in the cool weather.

Nearer to the upper Gate is the Kheng Yuen Lee Restaurant which opens from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm. The restaurant is famous for its "curry laksa" and available during weekends only. Opposite the restaurant is the Maniam Cooperative Store which also supplies daily dry and wet provisions.

At the bottom of the photograph, you can see the roof of a bungalow. This rustic stone-built bungalow is now the Post Office which dates back to 1923. It opens from 8.00am to 5.00pm except Sundays and Public Holidays.

Beside the Post Office is the Police Station which was built in 1919. The Officer-In-Charge is Sarjan Masara.

Opposite the Police Station is the Medical Dispensary which was also built in 1919. The dispensary is run by Medical Attendants and opens from 8.00am to 4.15pm. First aid and minor treatments are available but emergency and outpatient treatments are referred to the Raub or Kuala Kubu District Hospitals about 20km away.

 
Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Mossy Forest

Mossy Forest - Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

The forests of the high mountains of Cameron Highlands are able to strip moisture from the clouds, hence referred to as 'cloud-forests' or 'mossy-forests'. Here the general appearance of the forest trees tends to be dwarfed to about 10m tall.There are also large numbers of mosses, liverworts, ferns and fern allies, as well as, pitcher plants, rhododendrons and wild orchids associated with these forests.These forests are often likened by the locals to the mystic forest of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

 

Strawberry Farm

Strawberry - Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

There are a number of strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands. Always worth a visit for their novelty value and the chance to taste strawberries and ice cream! Some strawberry farms will let you pluck your own strawberries and charge you according to the weight.

 

Cactus Farm - Brnchang

Cactus - Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Newly built tourist attraction with numerous types of cactus on show. Its hillside location makes for interesting viewing of the cactus and other placnts which include Strawberries, Roses, Apple & Peach trees, Orchids, Cherry Tomatoes etc.

 

Rafflesia Tour

Rafflesia - Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

A half an hour walk through Bamboo Forest and Hill Dipterocarp Forest will take you to the Rafflesia flower. Several tour shops bring you to see the Rafflesia Flower but make sure it comes with a 4WD taking you into the forest and saving you an hour's mud trek.

 

Flower Nurseries

Flower Nurseries - Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Fresh flowers are cultivated in the highlands and is a leading export product. Flower nurseries can be found located on the hilly inclines bordering the main road in Brinchang. Blooms like roses, chrysanthemum, carnations, dalia, geranium, fuschia, gladioli and 'everlasting flowers' are grown at the nurseries. No visit to the highlands is complete without purchasing some of these fresh colourful cuts to take back home.


Cameron Valley or Bharat Tea Estate - Ringlet / Tanah Rata Road or Kuala Terlah

Tea Estate - Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Great views of the estate from the tea and souvenir shop located around 5km up from Ringlet on the main Tanah Rata road. At cooling temperatures, this tea shop is a wonderful place to just sit back and relax, especially after a long drive up the highlands.

Boh Tea Centre - Gunung Brinchang Road or Habu.

Boh Tea Centre - Cameron Highlands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

This is an amazingly scenic tea estate open for visitors to view the tea processing factory, tea and souvenir shop and audio visual center. Enjoy a cup of tea with your friends and loved ones overlooking beautiful views of the tea plantation on an elevated platform. Located along the Gunung Brinchang road.

 
Tioman Islands - Pahang Tourist Attractions

DISCOVER TIOMAN

 

Located just 56km off the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia on the South China Sea, Pulau Tioman is truly a tiny slice of paradise. A volcanic island covered in rainforest, Tioman is blessed with long, white sand beaches and warm, crystal clear waters that is home to a thriving coral reef.

Of Malaysia’s West Coast islands, Pulau Tioman is best known as the ideal holiday getaway and is fondly regarded as “one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world”. Accessible by sea and air, this tiny island offers an unspoiled natural environment, with a multitude of activities and accommodations to suit every traveler.
Climate
The dry season in Tioman Island extends from March to October. The East Coast Monsoon is between November and February when the frequent rains are punctuated by intermittent sunshine. This is the cool season. Temperatures year-round range from 21°C to 28°C.

The Best Time to Visit
The monsoon season peaks between November and March every year. You can expect more rain and rough seas and consequently frequency of ferry services are reduced during this time. Some resorts are closed for the months of December and January, typically re-opening from Chinese New Year (late January or early February) onwards. Those that remain open often offer reduced rates during this time.

Tioman is very popular with Malaysian and Singaporean holidaymakers and it is highly recommended to book well in advance for weekends and the public and school holidays of Malaysia and Singapore.

Climate
Equatorial with fairly uniform temperatures year-round, ranging from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). Humidity is high (85-95%). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm and most rain can be expected between November and February.

Clothing
Very casual. There are no dress restrictions on the islands and light cotton clothing, t-shirts and shorts would be suitable. In some villages and rural areas, modest clothing is more appropriate.

Customs
Tioman is a duty-free island, which means that cigarettes and alcohol can be bought at rock-bottom prices and that resorts and restaurants are exempt from the usual 5% government tax.

Please note that there is no duty-free exemption for cigarettes and alcohol carried over the Malaysia-Singapore border into Singapore. When crossing from Malaysia to Singapore, you are required to carry your luggage through the customs checkpoint for inspection

Shopping
Most of the duty-free shops can be found in Tekek and mostly stock alcohol and cigarettes at duty free prices (no perfumes or chocolates). Every village has one or two souvenir and convenience stores and some of the resorts have their own small convenience store stocking T-shirts, sunscreen, batteries and other essentials.

Telephone and Internet
Some resorts have telephone facilities, including facilities for international phone calls. The access code for making international calls from Malaysia is 00. For more information, dial 103.

Mobile phone reception is intermittent on the island, particularly in the southern areas.

Internet access is sparse and expensive (RM 8-10 per hour). Some villages, particularly in the south of the island,  have no internet access whatsoever.

Water
Tap water is safe for drinking in Malaysia, provided that it is boiled first. On Tioman, many resorts make use of mountain sources for their water supply and the water is filtered and safe for immediate consumption. There is also ample bottled water for sale and all dive centres provide freshwater bins for the rinse of cameras and equipment.

Electricity
Available 24 hours a day. 220V, 50 cycles using a plug with three rectangular prongs similar to UK plugs. Adaptors for other plugs can be purchased at airports and some stores elsewhere.

Health and medical services
The only vaccination requirements are yellow fever for those from infected areas. While still listed as a malaria-infected country, most literature states that malaria has been widely eradicated from most parts of Malaysia. Discuss your needs with an experienced travel doctor.

Warning: divers should never take Lariam because of common side-effects including nausea and vertigo. Discuss alternatives with your doctor.

Resorts and dive centres have basic first aid services and the closest clinics are in Tekek.

Language
Bahasa Malaysia is the official language but English is widely spoken and understood.

Immigration
Citizens from the following countries are required to have a visa to visit Malaysia : North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. Nationals other than those stated will receive a visa upon arrival or are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month. However, it is recommended that visa enquiries are made at the Malaysian embassy or Malaysian consulate closest to you, as regulations are subject to change. Also check http://www.imi.gov.my/ for updated information.

Time
Malaysia is eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time.

Driving
Visitors will need an international driving licence. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and it is advisable to observe the speed limits, which are generally 50km/h in the city or residential areas and 80km/h or 110km/h on the highway and expressway.

There are no roads on the island apart from the short stretch between the airport and the Berjaya resort and the jungle road between Tekek and Juara. There is a secure car park at the jetty in Mersing.

Police stations
There is a police station in Tekek and a small police station in Salang.

Anti-drug law
Visitors to Malaysia are advised that the trafficking of drugs in the country is an offence punishable by the death penalty

Religion and culture
The official religion of Malaysia is Islam but there is freedom of worship. When entering mosques, women are required to cover their hair and no shorts or tank tops are allowed for either men or women

There are no dress restrictions, but it is best to dress modestly when visiting villages or Muslim families. For the beach a normal bathing suit or bikini is perfectly acceptable, but topless sunbathing will not be well received.

Shoes are usually removed before entering homes and also in some shops and restaurants.

Tipping
Tipping is not mandatory but is widely practised. RM2-RM5. Most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service charge in all their bills.

Currency
The Malaysian currency unit is Ringgit (RM) and sen, where 100 sen equals one Ringgit. US$ 1 is roughly RM 3.20 (Check www.oanda.com for up to date exchange rates). Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers at the airport and in Semporna.

Visitors are not permitted to take more than RM 1000 in Malaysian currency out of the country and no more in foreign currency than was brought in.

There are no banks and only one ATM on the island, in Tekek, but it only accepts Malaysian cards (with the Bankcard logo). Some resorts and dive centres accept VISA and Mastercard but it is best to have enough cash with you to cover your expenses while at the island. The closest ATMs and banks can be found in Mersing, a 10-15 minutewalk from the jetty

Entry Requirements
Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits. For further information, please check with the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission or Tourism Malaysia office.

Money
There are currently no ATMs on Tioman. However, we accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards. Note that not all resorts on Tioman offer this facility. If you are planning on traveling outside of our resorts, it is advisable to change some currency on the mainland.

Health
It is not necessary to take malaria tablets or vaccination for yellow fever, but if in doubt, please consult your doctor or family physician.

Getting Around
Tioman is a relatively undeveloped island - getting around is done mostly by trekking or by sea taxi.

Eating Out
The local food is hot and spicy. Guests who prefer their food less spicy may inform the chef or waiter of their preference when ordering their meal.

Tipping
Tipping is not a common practice on Tioman, so you don't have to tip after your meal, etc. But if you wish to show your appreciation, a tip of RM1 is sufficient.

Telephones
Local calls can be made from public phones using coins or pre-paid cards. International calls can be made from public phones with card phone facilities or at any Telekom offices.
The People
The local population are friendly to visitors to the island. Much of Tioman’s charm comes from the warmth and hospitality extended to guests.

Language
Malay is the native tongue but English is widely spoken.

Time
Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time

Electricity
Voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second.

Underwater photography
Enquire with the dive centre of your choice about their underwater photography and videography services or camera and casing rental.

Tourist Information Centers

Please contact the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board for tourist information. (http://tourism.gov.my)

 
Taman Negara Pahang (Pahang National Park) - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Taman Negara Pahang (Pahang National Park) - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Formerly known as King George V National Park, Taman Negara National Park, Pahang was established in 1938-1939. But after Malaysia achieved its Independence it was renamed Taman Negara National Park, Pahang which literally means ‘national park’. Governed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the Taman Negara National Park in Pahang is spread across a total area of 4,343 square kilometers.

The Taman Negara National Park covers three Malaysian states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, each having its own legislation. Among the three, the Taman Negara National Park in Pahang is the largest. One of the most famous and popular eco-tourism destinations in Pahang, Malaysia, the Park features a range of geological and biological attractions. The most attractive feature of the Park is the Gunung Tahan, the highest point of the Malay Peninsula. But this range is not very popular among the regular travelers who prefer climbing the Kuala Tahan which is popularly known as Merapoh.

Taman Negara Pahang (Pahang National Park) - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Taman Negara Park offers travelers, especially the adventurous ones, a never-ending chance to discover and understand the rich natural treasure of Malaysia featuring unspoilt jungles, rivers and mountains. Wildlife lovers will certainly enjoy their visit to Taman Negara National Park in Pahang as it houses few of the rarest mammals in the world. The rare species which can be found at the Park include Indochinese Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Gaur and Asian Elephant.

Taman Negara Pahang (Pahang National Park) - Pahang Tourist Attractions

Along with the above listed mammals, nature enthusiasts are treated with a variety of fish species including the Malaysian 'mahseer', a type of game fish.

But the first aspect of the Taman Negara National Park, Pahang that impresses the tourists is the rich diversity and beauty of the plants and trees species that constitute one-third of all the flowering plants that are found in the country.

Tourists at Taman Negara National Park, Pahang can also indulge in canopy walkway bird watching or jungle trekking or simply sit by the flowing Tahan River enjoying the serenity of the place.

Prior to visitation, the travelers must get permits from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. If one intends to stay at the National Park then no need to worry as there are quite a few quality hostels and hotels near the park satisfying the lodging requirements of the tourists.

 



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