The state of Pahang, located in the Eastern Peninsula of Malaysia, is one of the biggest states in the country that dates back as early as 5th Century.
With an area of almost 36,000 square kilometres, Pahang offers tourists a chance to discover more of Malaysia’s not-so-popular, but still equally fascinating attractions. Despite the recent development that the state has seen in the recent years, Pahang is still the home of many well-preserved rainforests, jungles, stunning mountains, intriguing rivers, and pristine beaches. Pahang is the perfect stop not only for tourists who want to experience Malaysia’s fascinating natural wonders but also for those who want to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities of Malaysia.
Pahang boasts not only of stunning sights and breathtaking landscapes, it also holds such a rich culture and interesting history. Tourists can have their first stop at Genting Highlands, a well-developed resort located on top of a hill, where they can enjoy amusement rides, experience virtual reality, ride on boats, or simply just savour the cool, clean breeze of the green hills. Nature buffs can visit the cloud-forests of Cameron Highlands where the mossy, dwarfed trees, wild orchids, and unique moss-filled flora and fauna often make the place look very similar to the forests of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. If you are looking for adventure mixed with relaxation, head over to Tioman Island, Pahang’s world-famous island where tourists can hike its bountiful rainforests, and soak in its beautiful beaches.
Visitors can get to Kuantan, Pahang’s capital city, via air, bus, and rented car or taxi.
Fly from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport located in Kuantan via Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia. Flights to Kuantan are available daily, with 45-minute intervals between flights.
If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, bus services at Pudu Raya Bus Terminal offer daily trips to Kuantan.
Renting a taxi service to Kuantan is also possible. However, it can be an expensive option especially that drivers opt not to use the meter most of the time.
The official currency accepted in Pahang establishments is the Malaysian Ringgit that comes in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banks and ATM machines are widely available in the cities of Pahang. Foreign exchange services are offered in malls and other authorized establishments.
The weather around Pahang remains warm and humid throughout the year. Rains, brought about by the monsoons, are at the heaviest during October to March. The best time to visit Pahang is between the months of April and September.
From Kuantan, tourists can visit other points of Pahang via bus, taxi, or a rented car. Buses, which can take you to the outskirts of Pahang, are available at Jalan Basar Bus Station and Makmur Express Bus Terminal.
You can find taxis near Makmur Express Bus Terminal. Taxis will take you anywhere but it’s better to set your fare first before you board. If you prefer to rent a car instead, you can find them in Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport.
Malaysia has unique culinary masterpieces and some of them can be tried in Pahang. Satisfy your cravings for savory dishes by trying the famous Gulai tempoyak ikan patin, patin fish cooked in durian curry, and Restoran Ho Yin’s ultimate comfort dish, the curry mee. Those who have a sweet tooth can indulge in Pahang’s different durian delicacies such as durian tarts, cakes, and durian bombs. If you are looking for a refreshing dessert, go for cendol air putih – a satisfying treat made of coconut milk, red beans, palm sugar, shaved ice, glutinous rice, and Pahang’s pulut ikan or also known as fish fillings mixed with glutinous rice.
Pahang is for everyone who wants to see what’s beyond Kuala Lumpur and desires to enjoy the sights, the attractions, the tastes, and the experiences without worrying about the crowd. Whether you are a solo backpacker or one who leads a group, Pahang is the best stop to help you discover and know Malaysia even better. Just don’t be overwhelmed with the seemingly endless attractions, and plan your trip well ahead of time.