Pahang straddles a thick mountain range that forms Peninsular Malaysia’s backbone. The country’s third-largest state is home to some of its best off-the-beaten-track attractions and tourism remains its principal income generator.
Malaysia is blessed to have so many beautiful jungles and lush rainforests, and we’re lucky that a handful of them are still alive and thriving. Pahang is the best place for a retreat surrounded by verdant trees and colourful flora.
Check out these top 5 nature resorts for your next getaway to Pahang.
Sailor’s Rest Resort
Sailor’s Rest offers several room type options such as bungalows, chalets and actual tents, but we’d opt to stay in the boathouse for the novelty of it.
Great for a team-building excursion, there’s a conference hall, field (dubbed by the retreat staff as a “playground”) and 10 unexpectedly stylish public toilets fitted with rain showers.
Casabrina Vacation Villas
We can’t see why anyone would want to leave this gorgeous place, but if you’re looking for other things to do, you’re spoil for choice.
The retreat staff can arrange for you to participate in activities such as white water rafting, Rafflesia jungle trekking, a elephant and deer sanctuary tour, a waterfall picnic, a Kuala Lipis heritage tour, Melaleuca spa session, golf and even paintball sessions.
Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya Eco Tourism Resort
Being in close proximity to three waterfalls, the last 10-minute journey leading up to the resort is only accessible by 4×4 vehicles — which are provided and included in the room rates.
The space is large, housing 21 chalets and dorms which can accommodate a whopping 185 people. Time to plan that company-wide team bonding trip, maybe?
ENDERONG RESORT AT TANARIMBA, JANDA BAIK
For larger group getaways such as company team-building trips, Endarong is the perfect choice, thanks to the availability of an annex hall to host your functions! Located next to a nature trail, you can refresh yourself with a morning walk to the forest nearby, next to the mountain stream the highland nature retreat is named after: Sungei Enderong.
EIGHT ACRES AT RAUB, PAHANG
Eight Acres offer 5 types of housings, and each housing is designed to accommodate different volumes of guests, ranging from groups of 5 to 28 people. The resort has enough space for guests to participate in high-intensity activities, such as ATV riding!
Stay a night and take a 4WD (four-wheel drive) to Lata Berembun Waterfall – one of the most famous tourist spots located in Pahang! At Eight Acres, you can also try your hand at picking fresh fruits and vegetables that are specially grown in their garden – eating fruits and vegetables that you’ve picked yourself is definitely much more satisfying. Animal lovers, there are also animals roaming around freely on the resort, such as ducks and even a pony!
Now that you have found the prefect nature getaway, time to get the perfect food!
Gulai tempoyak ikan patin
Malay cuisine features a lot of seafood, with patin fish at the forefront.
One of the most famous dishes in Pahang, gulai tempoyak ikan patin consists of juicy, tender patin fish cooked in curry made of tempoyak (fermented durian).
Paceri nanas is a traditional dish among Pahang Malays, and is typically served in Malay weddings, festive occasions as well as formal functions.
Originating from the royal seat of Pekan, Puding DiRaja (Royal Pudding) was said to ahve once been reserved only for royalty.
Cendol air putih
Aside from soft, fluffy shaved ice topped with green cendol strands, red beans, coconut milk, and palm sugar.
Considered a heritage dish of the Kuala Lipis district.
Nasi kebuli is made of rice cooked with coconut oil mixed with chicken (sometimes substituted with lamb or mutton), raisins, olives, clovers, olives, and lemongrass to give it an aromatic smell.
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