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Pahang Darul Makmur, covers an area of 35,694 square kilometer, is the largest state in Malaysia with the population of one million people constitute a representative mix of Malaysia's three main ethnic communities, the Malays, Chinese, and Indian. The state consisted of 11 districts namely, Bentong, Cameron Highlands, Jerantut, Kuantan, Lipis, Pekan, Raub, Temerloh, Rompin, Maran and Bera. The state of Pahang encompasses a remarkable range of Malaysia's many different environments, from the majestic peaks and cool hill regions of the state's western region to the miles of soft sand beach along the South China Sea. Pahang in many ways, is the most wild and endemic state. Two thirds of its land is covered by unspoiled tropical rain forest. The State is bounded on the north by Kelantan and Terengganu, the east by the South China Sea, the south by Johor and Negeri Sembilan and the west by Selangor and Perak. Spanning north to south of the state is the Titiwangsa mountain range that also forms a natural divider between the Peninsula’s east and west regions. Pahang’s highest point is Gunung Tahan (2,187 m), which is also Peninsular Malaysia’s highest peak.

Visitors to Pahang are usually attracted to the state's famous hill resorts, its internationally-known island and beaches, or Taman Negara, the Peninsula's finest park. The natural heart of Pahang is unquestionably Taman Negara, Malaysia's oldest national park. Within the park is also the peninsula's highest point, the forest encrusted Gunung Tahan. Also in the interior are many of Malaysia's hill stations, mountain resorts where the tropical heat is kept at bay by the altitude. On the coast of Pahang, the jungle gives way to clean, palm-lined beaches, fishing villages, and the multicultural state capital, Kuantan.

Malaysia’s longest river, Sungai Pahang and tallest peak, Gunung Tahan are located in Pahang, offering white water rafters and mountain climbers an exhilarating experience. Much of the state is still covered by extensive rainforests. The jungles in Taman Negara, the country's most well-known national park is estimated by scientist to be about 130 million years old. The park is home myriad of flora and fauna and is high on itinerary of tourists seeking an experience of the rainforest. Special canopy walkways have been constructed to allow nature lovers a splendid view of the park surroundings. There are also elevated hides to allow for night viewing of wildlife. For the more adventurous, white-water rafting, trekking, camping, fishing and a host of other jungle activities make their stay in Taman Negara an exotic holiday in the Malaysian jungles. Tasek Bera and Tasik Cini in the southern sector of Pahang are two major natural freshwater bodies worth a visit. Observe the intriguing way of life of the Semelai aborigines in the jungles of Tasik Bera or participate in jungle tracking and exciting river safari activities. Apart from jungle adventures, Pahang offers fabulous resorts for those seeking a cool retreat to the hills. Cameron Highlands, with its cool climate is home to Malaysia's tea, vegetable and flower growing industries. Fraser's Hill which is only about 100km from Kuala Lumpur, is another cool hill resort dotted with quaint and colonial holiday bungalows. It is acknowledged as haven for bird watching enthusiast. Genting Highlands is an hour by road from KL and is perfect escapade for those seeking relaxation in a cool mountain setting. It also houses a world class casino, a theme park and an excellent 18-hole golf course.

In the vicinity of Kuantan, the capital of Pahang, there are tempting beaches such as the world-renowned cherating, the site of Asia's first Club Mediterranean, Teluk Champedak, Beserah and Balok. Tioman Island, acknowledged as one of the world's most beautiful islands, is accessible by boat from mersing or Tanjung Gemuk on the coast, as well as by air from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This fantasy island in the South China Sea is an irresistible retreat for sun seekers and diving enthusiasts. The takam Plantation Resort in Jerantut , near to Taman Negara, entices those interested in agro-tourism with its vast rubber and oil palm plantations and fruit orchards.

History of Pahang

Evidence of habitation in Pahang dates back to the Mesolithic Era during which the Mesolithic people lived in caves and mountains of Pahang. According to anthropologists and historians, Pahang was also home to the Middle Age men and the Last Stone Age (early Bronze Age men) and the Semang aborigine tribe.

Long famous for the deposits of tin and gold found along the upper reaches of Sungai Tembeling (Tembeling River), Pahang had attracted the interest of outside powers even before the founding of Melaka in 1400. Under the control of the maritime empire of Srivijaya (centered around Palembang in southeast Sumatra), Pahang had expanded to cover the entire southern portion of the Malay Peninsula in the 8th and 9th centuries.

With the collapse of Srivijaya around 1000, Pahang was claimed first by the Siamese and then, in the late fifteenth century, by Melaka. After Melaka fell to the Portuguese in 1511, Pahang became a key part of the territorial struggles between Acheh, Johor, the Portuguese, and the Dutch. Repeated raids, invasions, and occupations devastated the state until the decline of both Achenese and Portuguese power in the early 17th century that allowed Johor to re-establish its influence and became the great Johor-Riau Empire.

When the Johor-Riau Empire collapsed, one Bendahara Wan Ahmad proclaimed himself as Sultan of Pahang in 1882. Not long after that, the British imperialism manifested itself in Pahang with the appointment of a British Resident to the Sultan of Pahang in 1888.

Like others, the Pahang State also suffered during the Japanese occupation of Malaya until the year 1945. Then in 1948, it joined the Federation of Malaya, which gained Independence in 1957. Today, Pahang is a prosperous state with an expanding economy, fuelled by agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.


Accommodation facilities available for the state of Pahang are Swiss-Garden Resort Balok Beach, Kuantan, Holiday Villa Cherating, Legend Hotel Cherating, on Cameron Highlands are Strawberrypark Resort, Lakehouse Resort, Bala’s Holiday Chalets, Century Pines Hotels & Resort and on Fraser’s Hill are Fraser’s Silverpark Resort. For Kuantan City Centre we have Hotel Pacific Kuantan. For Taman Negara we bring to you Mutiara Taman Negara.


On the whole, Pahang’s climate is tropical monsoon. The temperature is relatively uniform within the range of 21°C to 32°C throughout the year. During the months of January to April, the weather is generally dry and warm. Humidity is consistently high on the lowlands ranging between 82% to 86% per annum. The average rainfall per year is 2,032 mm to 2,540 mm and the wettest months are from May to December.

Places of Interest in Pahang

Interesting places in Pahang not to be missed are their Islands & Beaches such as Balok Beach, Beserah Beach, Chendor Beach, Cherating Beach, Rompin and Lanjut Beach, Teluk Chempedak Beach, interesting island such as Tioman Island, Highlands resorts such as Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill, Genting Highlands and Bukit Tinggi. Other interesting places includes Empang Jaleh, Endau Rompin State Park, Gunung Senyum Caves, Gunung Tapis Park, Jeram Besu, Kenong Rimba Park, Kota Gelanggi, Lake Chini, Taman Negara, Tasik Bera and Tekam Plantation Resort.

Malaysia Hotels Dot CC, brings you some of the best hotels in the state of Pahang. On Cameron Highlands we bring to you Strawberrypark Resort, Lakehouse Resort, Bala’s Holiday Chalets, Century Pines Hotels & Resort and on Fraser’s Hill we bring to you Fraser’s Silverpark Resort. For Kuantan City Centre we have Hotel Pacific Kuantan and for Taman Negara we bring to you Mutiara Taman Negara. We present them here comprehensively with factual information on all our participating hotels and resorts for the state of Pahang.

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Ancasa Royale, Pekan

Situated only 47 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destination. CLICK HERE


The Lakehouse in Cameron Highlands is about 199km from Kuala Lumpur. Set in an area dubbed "The Valley of Eternal Spring", this Tudor-style country house sits atop a hill overlooking the lake and landscaped green terraces. CLICK HERE

Bala's chalet has 25 cottage style rooms offering good value for money to travellers and holiday makers. Famous for their blended tea and scones. Highly recommended in all Guidebooks.

Set on a hilltop, Hotel Rosa Passadena in Cameron Highlands, located in the far North west corner of Pahang is tuck in lush greenery with great view far from hustle and bustle of the city. Offering guest mesmerizing view of the surroundings, Hotel Rosa Passadena in Cameron Highlands, Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia is a 3 star hotel built for the comfort and enjoyment of traveler. CLICK HERE


Mat Leon Village offers budget accommodation located at Kuala Tahan, the gateway to National Park Taman Negara. The Village offers 10 chalets and hostels for those who want experience the Village embience. CLICK HERE


JapaMala Tioman Resort is an exclusive boutique resort that offers the ultimate Asian Resort Experience. Situated on Tioman Island, off the East Coast of Malaysia, JapaMala Tioman boasts luxury Sarang Villas and eco-friendly chalets designed to exist in harmony with nature. Our combination of luxurious accomodation and fine-dining facilities make JapaMala Tioman the perfect place to get away from it all. CLICK HERE


Situated by the Southern east coast of Kuala Rompin along Hiburan beach, Rompin Beach Resort offers wonderful sea views , private pristine beaches, and many activities. CLICK HERE

Summerset Colonial Hotel & Villas aptly briefed as “Summerset” with an eco-themed environment is the first operating 4-star deluxe resort facility at “Summerset at Rompin” an integrated resort, leisure, recreation, adventure park and holiday home. CLICK HERE

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