Pahang - Malaysia
Few places thrill me as much as Sungai Lembing. It’s a time warp..Sungai Lembing is an historic town. A village that started out as an outpost deep in the jungle of Pahang way before the British came on an exploratory search for tin
Kuantan is the largest town and the administrative centre for the state of Pahang. It only became Pahang’s state capital in 1955..
Kuala Lipis began its life as a trading centre for jungle products such as animal parts for medicinal values, feathers from exotic brids for decoration, roots and herbs, and gaharu (a fragrant aloe wood used for joss sticks) collected by the tribes in the interior and traded with Chinese middlemen for rice, salt and other basic necessities .
One of the larger islands in Malaysia, Tioman has long been inhabited by visitors, from pirates to slaves in the ancient mariner days . Today, sun worshippers make their way on their pilgrimage to this almost paradise island
If you're planning to go to the islands during the Full Moon or when there is no moon, then be warned that there will be very extreme tidal conditions ie very high hightides and very low lowtides so boats may have difficulty leaving or entering the Mersing jetty. You may have to wait quite a while for the tidal change
Visiting Juara after Salang, ABC and Tekek feels alien. None of the annoying din from rows of resorts and chalets, no big restaurants and cafes, no hordes of tourists - well, except for the occassional local student packages arranged by a few of the resorts closer to the jetty.
Cherating is situated just 1/2hr from Kuantan in Pahang. This coastal town is fast becoming a favorite destination for the surfing community especially during the monsoon season when the waves are wicked!
Fraser's Hill still retains its old colonial charm and should not to be missed. It is almost as if time has stood still for the 1,000 or so residents.About 103km from Kuala Lumpur is an area of seven hills originally named Ulu Tras just coming down the Titiwangsa Range. This range is the backbone of Peninsular Malaysia which runs from the Thai border all the way down south, ending in Negri Sembilan rarely dropping below a height of 1000m.
There is an area deep in the jungle where the ancient sacred burial grounds of the Orang Jakuns are kept safe and away from prying eyes. According to the locals, it may take a 1-2 days trek to the burial grounds
As a form of escape, they retreated into the cool mountain plateaus like Cameron Highlands on the Titiwangsa Range to convalesce, searching for relief from all sorts of tropical maladies such as malaria and dysentery.
Tasik Bera is important for its biodiversity. This is Malaysia's largest natural lake. It is a shallow, seasonal, riverine lake system that flows into the Pahang River (Peninsular Malaysia's longest river). It is home to 94 fish species, approximately 200 bird species; and endangered reptilian species such as the Malayan False Gharial (a freshwater, fish-eating crocodile),
Alas, since the building of the dam, much has changed at Tasik Chini. In some areas around the lake, oil palm plantations have crept up almost to the edge. The leaching and flushing of pesticides and fertilisers into the lake from the plantations is likely to damage the fragile ecosystem of the lake. With proper management and use of organic fertilisers this would help retain the natural conditions of the lake.
Before I proceed further with my travel journal I thought it would be good to share a thing or two about Taman Negara. Well for the benefit of the foreigner,
Merapoh is the alternative entry point into Taman Negara and is not as popular as through the Jerantut way but is definitely more scenic and tranquil minus the crowd. It is also the shorter route for those wanting to climb Gunung Tahan which takes 3days rather than the normal 8 - 9 days via Kuala Tahan.
Krau Reserve - a reserve set aside mainly for wildlife research only. Will the captive seladangs be set free eventually into this tiny reserve or will poaching render such an important move, futile?
Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre at Lanchang, Pahang is some 1hr 45mins drive from Kuala Lumpur city. It is a temporary shelter for orphaned or displaced wild elephants. The wildlife department has turned this elephant centre into an educational centre for the public to learn more about our wild elephants
Kenong Rimba Park is located in the heart of Pahang. It's entry point is from Kuala Lipis town, travelling either by sampan or by train and then sampan. The latter will cut short the journey by half the time. The batek people still roam in this tiny patch of reserve which once spread throughout the state.
The Kain Tenun Pahang first arrived in Peninsular Malaysia in 1722. When the Dutch invaded the port of Makassar in Sulawesi in 1669, it caused an exodus of the local Bugis to lands far from colonial influences. They finally landed in Pahang known then as Inderapura
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