RMCO Travelling Guide: Pahang, the Abode of Tranquility

RMCO Travelling Guide: Pahang, the Abode of Tranquility

Pahang Darul Makmur, the Abode of Tranquility. Is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. Its size means there are many different places to visit, each with their own uniqueness that can never be found elsewhere. Along with that, there are many awesome activities here as well, from walking through the National Park to enjoying the cool climate in Cameron Highlands to riding an ATV in Karak. With so many things to see and so many things to do, here are some of the top highlights along with some special deals for our dear FlyKLIA readers!

Destinations

Taman Negara

Pahang is most famous for being the home state for Taman Negara, which is Malaysia’s national park. It boasts one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests at 130 million years old. There are many different activities for everyone depending on fitness level: canopy walk, visiting Kampung Orang Asli, observing animals from hides (camouflaged shelters used to observe wildlife at close quarters), inner jungle trekking, etc.

Bukit Fraser (Fraser’s Hill)

Fraser’s Hill is a mountain village in Pahang famous for its cool climate and beautiful birds. There are many different activities that can be found all around the town, including horse-riding, archery, and paddle-boating. Pay a visit to the Bird Interpretive Center for bird watching, where over 250 different bird species have been recorded, including migratory birds from as far as China, Japan and Russia during certain seasons when they are fleeing from the winter.

  • Address: Bukit Fraser, 49000 Fraser’s Hill, Pahang
  • Opening times: 10 AM–7 PM on weekends; visitors may request Puncak Inn staff to open its doors on weekdays.
  • Contact: 09-362 2007

Bilut Extreme Park

If you’re seeking some extreme activities while you’re chilling in Bentong, look no further than Bilut Extreme Park. Bilut Extreme Park is located at Felda Lurah Bilut, the first Felda in Malaysia. It is just 18 km away from Bentong Town and 60 km away from Kuala Lumpur. It was incorporated in May 2013 by a team of adventurous people who love nature and its challenges. As nature lovers, they provide the opportunity for everyone to enjoy nature’s beauty and experience the challenges that it offers. There are different games you may try such as ATV rides, outdoor sport archery, paintball, archery tag, target shooting and hiking! For all the activities available, there are trained professionals standing by to provide guidance and assistance whenever needed, so participants can rest assured that they will not be left on their own.

  • Address: Bilut Extreme Park, Lot 6776 Jalan Bilut – Raub, Lurah Bilut, 28800 Bentong, Pahang
  • Opening times: 9:30 AM–6 PM, closed Wednesdays
  • Contact: 014-608 8803: Isabel
  • FlyKLIA Exclusive Promo: quote “#BILUTKLIA20” at the ticketing counter when purchasing on-site for a special price of RM55 for ATV beginner route (NP: RM70) and RM80 for Paintball game 200 pellets (NP:RM100). Promo is valid until 1 December 2020.

BOH Tea Garden

While the Sungei Palas Tea Garden is quite well-known in Cameron Highlands, its sister location, BOH Tea Garden in Habu, is not to be neglected either. In fact, BOH Tea Garden is the older of the two, being the largest and oldest of BOH’s tea gardens. BOH’s first tea factory is also located here, and it is one of the only few tea factories left in the world that uses a fully rotorvane tea processing system. Not only that, even the old feel of the buildings are preserved, in contrast to the more modern feel of Sungei Palas Tea Garden. There are many beautiful photo spots here, especially with the sprawling tea plantation, and a hiking trail leading to a great mountain view of the tea gardens is hidden behind the factory. During the RMCO, factory tours are halted, but visitors can still dine in at the BOH Cafe while enjoying the view of the tea garden.

  • Address: BOH Tea Garden, Boh Road, Habu, 39200 Ringlet, Pahang
  • Opening times: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
  • Contact: 03-2164 6555

Sungai Lembing Noodle Factory (Mee Sg. Lembing)

Now, you might be wondering why we are recommending a noodle factory, of all places, to visit. That’s because this is no ordinary noodle factory; this place produces a special product that’s unique to this region, and that’s Lembing noodles. What’s special about Lembing noodles? The noodles are made using mountain water, so the water is fresh and full of tasty minerals, and the noodles are then cooked over a charcoal fire before they are packed and sold. They are the sole supplier of Lembing noodles, so all the shops in Pahang get their noodles from the factory. Hence, many tourists also get their noodles from the factory to cook at home using their own recipes.

  • Address: No. 337, Kolong Pahat, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang
  • Opening times: 7 AM–7 PM
  • Contact: 09-541 2395; 019-989 3305

Food

There are many interesting places for food in Pahang, and these are some of the local favourites.

Lemang To’ki

Lemang To’ki is highly recommended by those who often find themselves in Pahang. They prove themselves so popular they even have multiple branches throughout Pahang itself, not to mention the Klang Valley. As its name implies, they serve lemang all throughout the year, along with rendang. Other things recommended to get here are the ayam bakar as well as air asam.

  • Address: Lemang To’ki, Batu 2 Jalan Tras 28700 Bentong, Pahang
  • Address 2: Lemang To’ki 2, 33, Jalan Karak, Kampung Bukit Piatu, 28700 Bentong, Pahang
  • Address 3: Lemang To’ki Serambi Teruntum, Serambi Teruntum, Jalan Tanjung Lumpur, 26060 Kuantan, Pahang
  • Opening times: 8 AM–11:45 PM; 8 AM–7 PM on Mondays
  • Contact: 016-953 0544

Sungai Lembing Food Court (Hawker Centre)

A food court a.k.a hawker centre offers a wide variety of dishes to try. At Sungai Lembing Food Court, one of the dishes that you must try is Lembing noodles. As mentioned, the special preparation of the noodles gives them a unique quality and flavour that cannot be replicated elsewhere, and at this place, Lembing Sanseng Noodles Stall prepares the noodles for you so you won’t have to wait until you get home to try the Lembing noodles all cooked and ready to eat along with a variety of accompanying dishes of your choice, such as green chillies and ladies’ fingers filled with fish paste. Opposite from the hawker centre, there is an old man selling egg chee cheong fun, but they can run out as early as 9:30 AM, so get there for an early breakfast if you don’t want to miss out on this special dish.

  • Address: 8, 231, Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang
  • Opening times: vary by individual stalls

Murtabak Mengkasar Hj Din

Would you like to try a royal dish? Murtabak mengkasar is different from regular murtabak because it uses a special spice blend. The XXL murtabak here is such a favourite of the Sultan of Pahang that it has been served at many a royal event! Even former prime minister Najib Razak could not resist its allure.

  • Address: Kampung Mengkasar, 26600 Pekan, Pahang
  • Opening times: 3 PM–12 AM
  • Contact: 012-951 4668

Travel

Flight

You can fly directly to the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport which is in Kuantan, Pahang. However, it would be more convenient to get to the rest of Pahang such as Karak or Bentong via the surrounding states like Selangor and Perak since the airports in those states are much closer to some locations in Pahang compared to departing from the airport in Pahang, so plan your flights depending on which part of Pahang you intend to visit.

Bus

Buses to various parts of Pahang are cheap and aplenty, though they might take hours to get there by bus, not counting traffic on the roads. Taman Negara has provided a few suggestions for those planning to visit them, including bus routes and a complete shuttle service for those departing from Kuala Lumpur or Cameron Highlands. 

Train

There are many train stations throughout Pahang, but they are all located only through the centre of Pahang, so getting to places like Kuantan and Cameron Highlands from any of those stations would be a bit of a challenge. On the plus side, there is a train station right in Jerantut, which is about an hour and a half drive away from Taman Negara.

Accommodation

Karak Orchard Resorts

If you love durians, then Karak Orchard Resorts would be your heaven on earth. With a wide variety of durians fresh from their very own orchard, from Tekka “Bamboo Leg” Durians to the universally famous Musang King, the resort also occasionally offers a durian buffet for only RM75! On top of that, there are many fun activities at the resort for the whole family, including one of the coolest dinosaur parks in Malaysia where you can pose with lifelike dinosaur statues, horse riding, ATVs, and even an animal farm where kids can get close and tend to the goats, turkeys and peacocks. It is a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Karak, so the place is tranquil and relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • Contact: 012-730 8919
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Colmar Tropicale

Colmar Tropicale was modelled after the 16th century town of Colmar northeast of Alsace, France. It is located 3,000 feet above sea level as part of the 16,000-acre picturesque mountain range in Bukit Tinggi. The resort features  rooms and suites that are designed and inspired from traditional yet sophisticated French design furnishing that offer guests an exact replica of a French town but without the exorbitant price. They also offer a range of activities for the whole family at the Adventure Park with extreme sports and recreation available such as Flying Fox, Rock Climbing, High Rope Obstacles, Canopy Walk and Paintball Warfare. For those who prefer to have a more relaxing experience, they can climb up to the Japanese Village to enjoy the cool breeze and tranquil ambience surrounded by verdant flora and fauna and embrace the Japanese tradition of wearing kimonos as well as savour Japanese cuisine at Ryo Zan Tei restaurant.

  • Contact: 09-266 1111
  • Current ongoing promotions:
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      • – Entrance to Japanese Village & Botanical Garden
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      • – Offer not valid for Fridays, Saturdays, Eve Of Public Holidays & Public Holidays
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      • Promotion period until 31 March 2021
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      • – One-way toll fee reimbursement with a cap of MYR6.00 (Gombak Toll) & MYR3.50 (Bentong Toll) nett upon check-in         
      •  Restrictions:
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      • – Offer is not applicable for group bookings and/or use with other special offers/promotions
      • Booking: via website http://www.colmartropicale.com.my/home/promotions/
      • Promotion period until 30 September 2020
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Song Yan Resort

Located in Bentong, Song Yan Resort is a farmstay with a beautiful view of the forest, a cooling breeze throughout the day, and access to fresh mountain water that is popular throughout Pahang. Song Yan Resort boasts ecological harmony and sustainability, with an on-site organic farm that provides for all the meals at their vegetarian restaurant, so you can be sure that all the food you get there is made using only the freshest and most organic and pesticide-free ingredients for healthy living. Activities there include a walking tour along multiple paths throughout 22 acres of the countryside, dipping into the chlorine-free pool filled with natural mountain water, learning about sustainable practices as you take a tour of their organic farm, bird-watching, and meditating at the Tea Pavilion.

  • Contact: 017-300 6280

And there we go, those are some of the places in Pahang that we thought it best to highlight to our readers on where to visit. Are there any other places in Pahang that you think we should talk about? Let us know in the comments down below!

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