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Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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PLACES OF INTEREST : Kuantan - Pahang State Capital





This quaint coastal town often referred to as the gateway to the east coast, is the capital and center of administration of Pahang Darul Makmur, the largest state in Peninsula Malaysia. Despite fast becoming a well-developed town, its warm hospitality and friendly people are still felt the moment you set foot. This enchanting atmosphere plus its just as friendly weather, attract visitors to this colourful town. Another aspect of the town that has become the pride of the state and the envy of others is its cleanliness, reputed to be one of the cleanest cities in Malaysia.




You could still savour the towns famous popular delicacies, the pungent aroma of salted fish and fish crackers as you stroll down Jalan Besar. Across the river at Tanjung Lumpur there are several restaurants and eating stalls offering barbecued fish and other sea products - a much sought-after delicacy of the tourists to Kuantan. The town has commercial activities to match its presence as the state capital. The Kuantan Parade and Berjaya Megamall are some of the prime locations for commercial and business activities. As a state with a multi-cultural and multi- religious society, ancient religious practices of these various faiths can be observed in the Hindu Temple at Jalan Bukit Ubi, the Chinese temple at Bandar Indera Mahkota and the Christian Church at Jalan Gambut. For fervent golfers, there are luxurious golf clubs to tee off in, such as the Astana Golf & Country Club Kuantan or the Pahang Royal Golf Club at Teluk Chempedak.




Although new buildings have sprouted all over this charming historic town, you can still find stately homes, colonial bungalows, courthouses side by side with modern office complexes painting the town, lending a lovely contrast to the upwardly developed town. Take for instance the majestic State Mosque that stands regal with its distinctive dome and minarets painted in pastel shades of blue and mint green. Another place of interest is the Muzium Tokoh Negeri Pahang that was built in 1910. Formerly occupied by the Kuantan District Office, the museum was established to acquire and exhibit the life and stories, as well as the sacrifice, struggle, and achievement made by the ?heroes? of Pahang. Adjacent to the museum is another colonial building that now houses the Pahang Tourism office.




The Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Agricultural Park is just 15 minutes from Kuantan. It is accessible through the Kuantan - Terengganu Highway. It was originally established by the Department of Agriculture in 1988. Today the park covers over 500 acres in radius. It comprises many areas of interest, like the fruit orchard, an arboretum, spice fields, a recreational park and lake, camp sites, an exposition concourse, protected forest plots and an experimental station.




The park established in 1980 is situated about 25 kilometers from Kuantan, off the Kuantan - Gambang trunk road. Easily accessible through Felda Panching at Kilometer 10 (army camp), it spans an area of 50 hectares of lush rain forest and is about 75.8 metres above sea level. The waterfalls is about 100 metres high and consist of a series of cascading rapids, culminating in a large sparkling pool, excellent for revitalizing the senses after a dip. Enjoy the serenity of nature under the shade of tropical foliage.



The Town That Time Forgot


Sungai Lembing, located just 42km from Kuantan, was historically a rich and famous town, as the main producer of tin in Pahang in early 1900?s. Visitors to the museum of Sungai Lembing will be entertained with the spectacular knowledge on the subterranean tin mining, which was once acknowledged as the largest subterranean mine in the world. Visitors will find a lot of activities in Sungai Lembing. On the top of Panorama Hill, you can watch the sunrise if you are an early riser. The hot spring, the mining tunnels , 4x4 vehicle tracks and a deer farm at Sungai Jin which is located about 5 kilometers from the town adds appeal to this once prosperous, now nostalgic, mining town.




The limestone formation of the Charah Caves is located about 25 km northwest of Kuantan. The interesting fact about this cave is that, it consists of a reclining Buddha statute within it. The monks there may tell you the secrets behind the statue?s existence. If you are into rock climbing or bouldering, the Charah Caves is an ideal climbing spot, which takes approximately 15 minutes to scale to the top. For the more intrepid adventurer, there are a myriad of other caves to explore.




Your visit to Kuantan is incomplete without making a stop for its famed batik material which comes in a wide array of ready made apparel to suit your every mood and occasion. Interesting handicraft items made of shells and woven pandanus leaves are also available, making ideal gifts or cherished momentous of your lovely holidays in Kuantan.




Gunung Tapis is a choice area for camping, fishing and jungle tracking. It features a variety of wild life living in their natura! habitat. The wild monkeyand macaques swinging acrobatically from tree to tree amongst the flora and fauna, would be an interesting site to see. For the more adventurous, try the white water rapids in one of the various areas that surrounds the park. If you are into photography or just for a relaxed outing, the Gunung Tapis Park will mesmerize you with its picturesque scenery of nature at its best. This majestic park is located just about 16km from Sungai Lembing, and prior arrangements for the trip must be made through the local Outbound Society or the Tourist Information Centre.




Located 60 km from Kuantan is the Berkelah Waterfalls. While on your journey to Kuala Lumpur, near Paya Bungor, drive 5 km away from the main road and enjoy the majestic view of mother nature and its wonders, the seven-cascade waterfalls. This is natures very owr rest and relax area.




This lagoon has a rather interesting story to tell. Tanjung Pelindung, which generally means, Refugee?s Lagoon, got its name when the Japanese troops landed at Teluk Tongkang in Kuantan, during World War II. The frightened villagers fled their homes and took refuge at a hidden jungle by the coast; hence, the name Tanjung Pelindung. Today, this scenic boulder strewn, shady beach is well known amongst campers and bird watchers.




While you spend your vacation, you might also indulge in things you never had the chance to do before. Try your hand at kite or Wau flying, a popular pastime among the village folks. Wau, the large colorful kites with bold motives reflect the vibrant lifestyle of the people of Cherating. On a clear and sunny day, you can see the people fly the kites while having fun with each other. You too, can learn the art of Wau making from the elderly whose knowledge and skills are much sought after by the younger generation. Another opportunity not to be missed is learning the art of weaving pandanus leaves into various crafts and souvenirs like mats, hats, and bags. You can also get a lesson or two on batik painting that is hand-painted and printed by the village folks to produce beautifully-finished fabrics like scarves, bags, handkerchiefs to apparels, footwear and bedsheets.




Kuantan as a state capital boasts of a wide range of hotels to suit every budget, all within, the town centre and easy reach of all amenities. Cherating, being popular among backpackers, offers a wide range of budget motels that are mostly run by families, wooden huts set among the coconut groves by the sea, chalets to international class resorts. It?s unique identity as a haven for holidaymakers is untouched though development is progressively done on most of the beach areas. Staying at Cherating with its rustic and relaxed typical village atmosphere will definitely win you over.




Getting there is easy either by air or by road. There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which takes about 45 minutes. If you were to drive, the distance is 277 km and takes about 4 hours from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Highway, and 325 km from Johor Bahru/Singapore. For a more scenic journey from Singapore, you can drive north along the coastal roads into Rompin, Pekan and Kuantan. Cherating is 47 kilometers north of Kuantan from where you can take buses or taxis or if you are driving, a 45 minute journey is expected from Kuantan to Cherating. If you?re coming from Kuala Lumpur it takes about 4 hours 45 minutes.

PLACES OF INTEREST : Kuantan (State Capital)