With a land mass spread over 35,000 square kilometres, Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. Much of the state is still covered by extensive rainforests.
The jungle in Taman Negara, the country's most well known national park is estimated by scientists to be about 130 million years old. The park is home to a myriad of flora and fauna and is high on the itinerary of tourists seeking an experience of the rainforest. Special canopy walkways have been built to facilitate the viewing of the park surroundings. There are also elevated hides to allow for night viewing of wildlife.
For the more adventurous, white-water rafting, trekking and a host of other jungle activities make their stay in Taman Negara an exotic holiday in the Malaysian jungles.
Tasik 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-trekking 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. A range of hotel and chalet accommodation is available to visitors.
Frasers's Hill which is only about 100 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, is another cool hill resort dotted with quaint and colonial holiday bungalows. It is acknowledged as a haven for bird-watching enthusiasts.
Genting Highlands is an hour by road from Kuala Lumpur and is the perfect escapade for those seeking relaxation in a cool mountain setting. It also houses a world-class casino, a theme park and several hotels 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 Mediteranee, Teluk Chempedak, 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 sunseekers and diving enthusiasts.
The Tekam 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.
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