Pahang is known for its mountains, rainforest and beaches, including the white sands and coral reefs of Tioman Island off the east coast.However, there are other things other than hiking or laying on the beach – we have compiled 10 for you!
- Bathe with elephants at the National Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah
Bathing with these gentle giants in the wild is of course impossible, but we have got a solution for you, right in Kuala Gandah. You can watch the elephants being fed, bathed and then you are given information regarding the conservation of these Asian Elephants. However, there is a specific timetable for the visitation and shows, thus visitors are required to check out the timing in the official website http://www.nre.gov.my/en-my/EcoPark/Pages/National-Elephant-Conservation-Centre.aspx
2. Visit The Hill Stations
Do you know that Malaysia’s most famous hill stations are placed in Pahang itself? Thanks to the Titiwangsa mountain ranges, you have the famous Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, and Fraser Hills for weekend rest and relaxation spots.
3. Eat Ikan Patin Tempoyak
I mean, seriously, you went all the way to Pahang and you missed out their Ikan Patin Tempoyak? You should be convicted for the crime! Well all jokes aside, this is a must try if you ever visit Pahang. You can ask any local who will help lead you to the famous shops in Temerloh to eat this exquisite dish.
4. Chill at Cherating
Cherating is a popular beach resort area in Pahang. It is located about 30 kilometres north of Kuantan on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast. It is a favourite destination for people who love their sun-downers and sunsets. They have amazing pubs and beautiful sandy beaches to relax on.
5. Go for a hike at Taman Negara
Pahang is famous for it’s natural formed rainforest and reserved forests. Taman Negara is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, around 130 million years old. Imagine hiking in a forest that old.
6. Snorkel at Pulau Tioman
Know anything more beautiful than crystal clear water and colourful fish dancing around you? Ever dreamt of being Ariel at least once? Here is your chance. Swim and snorkel with the fish and experience them at Pulau Tioman.
7. Fish at Kuala Rompin
Sportfishing, as the name suggests is fishing for recreational or sport purposes. Some fish in a team and some prefer fishing individually. Thus, if you want to try out something new while exploring Pahang, head over to Kuala Rompin.
8. Go diving with sharks
Rather than seeing sharks as they are depicted in the Jaws movie, you can experience a whole new world by swimming with them. As scary as it sounds, most sharks are not dangerous and these tours are absolutely fun and educational. Head over to Pulau Tioman and explore your shark friends!
9. Shop for Batik at the Natural Batik Village
At the Natural Batik Village, teams of artists turn cotton and silk cloth into works of art, either for dresses, wall hangings, paintings or to be used in producing handicrafts such as purses, bandannas, bed coverings and so on. Take a walk down there and bring one back for your family and friends.
10. Take a walk at the Bentong walk
Bentong Walk is definitely NOT your average night market. With a 118 year old rich culture represented there, Bentong Walk is something not to be missed. A lot of thought and process went into building this place.