Pahang Map


Pahang, the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, is endowed with a diverse range of attractions. Nearly two-thirds of the 35,960 sq km state is enveloped in verdant rainforest, making it a magnificent enclave of lush greenery, exotic wildlife and nature?s wonders. The country?s premier national park, Taman Negara as well as the Endau Rompin State Park contain an astounding ecological diversity with a vast collection of flora and fauna. The state also has the distinction of being the home of the first Ramsar heritage site at Lake Bera. The Orang Asli or indigenous people, with their intriguing traditions and way of life, add colour to Pahang?s heritage. Pahang?s long scenic coastline is a paradise of swaying palms and sandy beaches washed by the South China Sea.


Cherating Beach and Tioman Island are renowned as some of the region?s most popular ...A gift of nature beach resorts, captivating sunseekers with their exciting beach activities, underwater attractions and pristine charm. The formidable Main Range divides the state into east and west, and Gunung Tahan, the highest peak in the peninsula, provides challenging adventures for serious climbers. The state?s mountainous terrain has also endowed it with several invigorating hill stations, ideal for fun-filled family holidays. Genting Highlands, dubbed the city of entertainment, and Bukit Tinggi, a French-themed resort, are excellent getaways situated an hour?s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Kuantan, the state capital, is an interesting mix of modern buildings and charming cottage industries. Pahang?s majestic nature, beautiful beaches, bustling townships, quaint villages, friendly people, unique craft and delicious food make for mesmerising and unforgettable vacations. Come, discover this gift of nature.





The first human settlement in Pahang was probably at the Tembeling River according to evidence dug up by archaeologists. Chinese records indicated that Pahang was a vassal of the Buddhist Sumatrabased Srivijayan Empire from the 7th to 13th centuries. Pahang was ruled by the Malacca Sultanate in the 15th century. In the course of the next century the wealthy state became a pawn in the four-way struggle between Johor, Acheh, the Dutch and the Portuguese and was sacked several times. Johor later claimed Pahang and ruled the state for a good part of 200 years. When the Johor sultanate lost its influence, Bendahara Wan Ahmad of Pahang became sultan. In 1888, a British resident was appointed for the state and it later became part of the Federated Malay States until the Japanese invasion. Pahang joined the Federat ion of Malaysia in 1963.




Two thirds of this huge state is covered in forest and Pahang?s population is dependent mainly on agriculture and natural resources. There is extensive oil palm, cocoa and rubber cultivation. Pahang has a long coastline and fishing and tourism related activities are prominent. There are some small-scale manufacturing and cottage industries which are important. Pahang Adventures off the Beaten Track PLACES OF INTEREST Kuantan Located near the midway point of the east coast, Kuantan is a bustling town and a major stopover for travellers heading north, south or across the peninsular. The journey to Kuantan takes one along picturesque stretches of coast. The town is a charming combination of old and new shophouses.


Souvenir row is at Jalan Besar, where a number of shops sell local souvenirs and craft work and others offer antiques from China and Southeast Asia. At the centre of town is a field fronting a colonial-style courthouse and magnificent state mosque. A nearby park at Jalan Teluk Sisek has a lovely water-lily pond. The Kuantan riverbank offers some atmospheric sights and there is plenty of activity to keep your interest. There is a jetty at the end of Jalan Masjid from where you can board a ferry to cross the wide Kuantan river to the small fishing village of Kampung Tanjung Lumpur. Kuantan has some good handicrafts and visitors can observe batik printing at factories on the road leading to the airport. You will also come across a Saturday market on the same road.





Malaysia Airlines operates daily flights between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan. The journey takes about 40 minutes.



Kuantan is situated about 260 km from Kuala Lumpur and 325 km from Johor Bahru in the south of the peninsula. There is a good road link from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kota Bharu in Kelantan to Pahang. Kuantan is a 3 1/2-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the East Coast Highway. Express air-conditioned buses and taxis to Kuantan are available from the Puduraya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.



Pahang is accessible through Mentakab and Kuala Lipis from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu.




Tioman is accessible by boat from Tanjung Gemok in Pahang and Mersing in Johor. Journey time is approximately 1 1/2 hours. It can also be reached by a 4-1/2 hour ferry ride from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore. Berjaya Air operates daily direct flights to Tioman from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. The journey takes about one hour from Kuala Lumpur and 40 minutes from Singapore.




Getting around Pahang will be interesting as the state offers views of unspoilt natural beauty and scenic coastlines. Due to the vast size of its land, visitors are advised to plan their trips to make the best of their excursions and avoid long drives. Buses and taxis are easily available from Kuantan to other parts of the city. The two main bus stations are located in Jalan Besar and Jalan Pasar. Alternatively, cars can be rented for self-drive holidays.