Discover Pahang: Vast mountains and dense rainforests fit for the curious traveller

Discover Pahang: Vast mountains and dense rainforests fit for the curious traveller

On the east coast of Malaysia, nestled into the centre of the peninsula, travellers will find the awe-inducing region of Pahang. 

With a land area of around 36,000 square kilometres and 210 kilometres of coastline on the South China Sea, the area showcases diverse landscapes, vast mountain ranges and dense rainforests and is a favourite among nature lovers and globe trotters alike.

Here are our stand outs for those who are lucky enough to spend a few days in Pahang: 

Mossy Forest

If your clients are looking to fully immerse themselves in the unique Malay jungle, a trek through the oldest ecosystem in the country, the ‘Mossy Forest’ can not be missed.

Mossy Forest. (iStock – Oleh_Slobodeniuk)

Spreading a total of 914 hectares, the forest – and its walkways – are covered in a thick green moss that weaves through sprawling trees in this mystical setting.

The walking track/boardwalk provides the perfect path for curious travellers, although those looking hike on the ground are advised to hire a local guide to navigate the labyrinth.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary 

Also known as the National Elephant Conservation Centre, the sanctuary is a renowned conservation facility, located in Lanchang Pahang, and is dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating Asian elephants. Established in 1918 under the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the Kuala Gandah provides a safe haven for elephants that have been displaced from their natural habitats due to deforestation, conflicts with humans or in some cases, poaching. 

Indian elephant in the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation (iStock – miroslav_1)

Visitors to the sanctuary have the chance to engage in educational and interactive programs to learn more about the conservation efforts and challenges faced by elephants in Malaysia. Guests can also take a guided trek through nearby forests to observe elephants in their natural habitats, roaming freely and engaging in wild behaviours. 

Taman Negara 

Taman Negara is the largest national park in Malaysia and one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world at approximately 130 million years old. The region features a bountiful variety of flora and fauna in its lush setting and travellers can take a guided trek through the rainforest to learn more about the unique plant species, birds, monkeys and even tigers. 

Taman Negara Canopy Walkway.

Another favourite in the park includes the world’s longest canopy walkway, which spreads over 530 metres, providing an elevated view of the rainforest canopy as you walk among the treetops.

The Tembeling River is the main tributary of the Pahang River and a river cruise down the stream is one of the best attractions. Cruise down rapid-flowing water with the dense rainforest on either side of you and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as water buffalo and monitor lizards.  

Cameron Highlands 

The Cameron Highlands is a laid back, relaxing destination in Pahang that sits on a mountain range around 5,000 feet above sea level. It’s a historically rich area for the country’s tea industry thanks to a cool climate, acidic soil, and hours of sunshine which also helps other agricultural products like tomatoes and strawberries.

BOH Tea House, one of the most visited tea house by tourists in Cameron Highland, Malaysia. (iStock – Nirian)

There are a number of tea plantations that enthusiasts can visit, though some of the best include Boh Tea Plantation, the most famous in the area with breathtaking views, guided tours of the tea-making process and of course a well-stocked shop where you can purchase a range of products. Another stand-out is Cameron Valley Tea, which is located near the town of Tanah Rata. It also features incredible views of the surrounding hills, factory tours, and a beautiful tea house to enjoy a freshly brewed cuppa. Colonial history is still very evident in the Cameron Highlands and is another drawcard to the region for the architecturally minded. Tudor-style dwellings with flower-filled gardens add to the mystery of the area, and let the mind wonder what the area was like many moons ago. 

Club Med Cherating 

Club Med Cherating. (Source: Instagram: @clubmedcherating)

Club Med Cherating is best described as a beach paradise tucked away in the heart of the tropical jungle. With air conditioning across all room offerings, the resort is a charming destination to call home during your stay in Pahang and it offers a range of activities for guests. Water enthusiasts can enjoy sailing, kayaking and windsurfing while nature lovers can explore the surrounding jungle and take part in guided eco tours. For families, there is kids club facilities on offer and to totally unwind, the resort has a rejuvenating spa and wellness centre!

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