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Pahang shares borders with Kelantan to the north, to the west by Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, to the south by Johor and to the east by the South China Sea and Terengganu.
The British wish to escape the intense tropical heat was the catalyst to the dawn of the Malaysian hill station and with Pahangs close proximity to Kuala Lumpur coupled with its mountainous terrain it was the ideal location for a highland retreat.
Another famous Pahang hill station that was not founded by the British is of course Genting Highlands. The brilliant entrepreneur Lim Goh Tong risked everything he had in developing Genting and overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges became routine for this great man who finally opened the doors to Genting Highlands resort in 1971.
Paths were cut through and places such as Cameron Highlands and Frasers Hill were developed during colonial times and they exist to this day as both tourist attractions and agricultural mini economies producing a variety of vegetables and fruits more suited to its temperate climate.
Travel to Pahang and you will find find rugged natural beauty extending from the mountainous highland regions to the pristine coastal beaches that lead to beautiful tropical islands such as Tioman extolling a charming ecological appeal that showcases the best that mother nature can offer.
Pahang is the third largest state in Malaysia and the largest in peninsula Malaysia covering a colossal 35,964 sq km with a population of just over 1.5 million people, the state capital is Kuantan and the royal capital is Pekan.
Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation
Cable Car To Genting Highland
He never looked back and Genting is now one of the most successful casino resorts in the world and the only operational casino in Malaysia.
Rainforests cover nearly 70% of Pahang including the country's largest national park, Taman Negara which is spread across the formidable Titiwangsa Mountain Range covering 4,343 sq km.
Careful measures have been taken to preserve the precious flora and fauna of Taman Negara rainforests that are estimated to be 130 million years old and home to rare species such as the Tiger, Tapir, Kancil and Leopard.
Mount Tahan standing at 2,187 metres within Taman Negara is the highest peak in peninsula Malaysia and a challenging one for adventurous mountaineers.
This route takes about 7 days to complete a round trip to the summit and is not advised for inexperienced climbers or the physically challenged.
The mountainous interior of Pahang state gently slopes down towards the coastal region where the state capital Kuantan is situated and as you go north from Kuantan there is mile upon mile of endless beaches all the way to the Terengganu border.
Kuantan has a population of over 600,000 and the city sits facing the South China Sea around the mouth of the Kuantan River.
Kuantan has many tourist attractions such as its waterfalls with the most noteworthy being Sungai Pandan Water Fall. Kuantans' main beach is Teluk Cempedak where a plethora of watersports can be enjoyed in the azure blue waters of the South China Sea.
Cherating River Cruise
Cherating River From Little Bali Bar
Lying a few kilometres off the southern Pahang coastline is Tioman Island that was famously featured in the Hollywood blockbuster South Pacific in 1958 and has since been labelled by the best selling Time magazine as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
High accolades indeed, but once you visit Tioman Island you begin to understand why as the words 'Tropical Paradise Island' were probably first penned by someone who had the good fortune to visit Tioman. It is quite simply stunning, but there will be more on Tioman on the tourism page.
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The so called 'Kuala Tahan classic trail' is the more difficult route as several ridges and rivers have to be successfully traversed before even reaching the base of the mountain.