What are the top Pahang attractions?
Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia with an area of nearly 36,000 sq. km. It is thinly populated and vast tracts are given over to primeval rain forests, pristine national parks, huge freshwater lakes, formidable mountains and refreshingly cool hill stations.
Pahang also boasts some great beaches and one of Malaysia's most popular islands, Tioman Island.
Here is my suggested list of what to see at the state's best tourist sights.
Click on the photo or link for further information on each attraction.
Cherating is home to a beautiful Club Med resort providing an all-in holiday with sumptuous food and stacks of activities for the whole family. If Club Med is not your cup of tea, Cherating Beach has a selection of other resorts ranging from basic up to luxury.
A slightly offbeat choice for a list of top attractions but this charming town is an important part of Malaysia's tin mining heritage and visitors can enjoy the museum, a panoramic hill view, 'hanging bridges' and nearby caves and waterfalls.
Gua Charas (Charas Cave) contains both Buddhist and Hindu symbols including a reclining Buddha statue. It is located in a spectacular limestone outcrop.
Pekan is the royal town of Pahang with palaces, a polo field, golf club and a state museum. The old town centre is quite sleepy. The Chief's Rest House provides accommodation with character.
This volcanic island is rated as one of the world's most beautiful. The island is popular for snorkelling, scuba diving, rock climbing, waterfalls and jungle trekking.
Lake Chini is Malaysia’s second largest body of freshwater, made up of 12 inter-connected lakes amid 12,000 acres of lush wetland wilderness. Great for boating, fishing and relaxing.
Gunung Senyum (meaning Smiling Mountain) is a 478m high limestone outcrop riddled with twenty five caves, one of which contains a grave. If you are energetic and adventurous you can take the path to the summit.
The Cameron Highlands is the most popular and developed of Malaysia's hill resorts. From picking strawberries to hiking peaks there is something for everyone.
Time Tunnel Cameron Highlands contains a fascinating collection of memorabilia from Malaysia’s past. Definitely a highlight of any trip to the Cameron Highlands.
Fraser's Hill still retains the sleepy charm of a colonial hill station where lovers of the outdoors can enjoy fresh air and comfortable temperatures.
Genting Highlands is so close to KL it does not seem like it is in Pahang but it is, just. Genting is famous for the casino and theme park but you should also visit Chin Swee Temple, Cradle Rock, mushroom farm and more.
Bukit Tinggi is a little corner of Alsace which has been created in the Malaysian hills. Find out here what the Berjaya Hills Resort has to offer.
Taman Negara is the largest remaining stretch of untouched rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia. A range of adventure and eco-tourism activities await the intrepid traveller.
At Kuala Gandah you can hand feed elephants, enjoy a bare back elephant ride and give them a scrub-down in the river.
Kuala Lipis is an interesting town and the former administrative capital of Pahang. There are a number of heritage buildings that can best be viewed on foot by following my suggested walking tour.
If you have suggestions for more places that should be included on the list of Top Pahang Attractions please let me know.