An Introduction to Pahang


Pahang, known as the largest state in West Malaysia, is located on the east coast and has its own charm and attraction. Kuantan, its capital, is a thriving city with new businesses, homes and lots of new developments. It is comparable to other cities in Malaysia like George Town, Ipoh, Johor Bahru and now even Kuala Lumpur with its up and coming residential and commercial centres. Other than that Pahang is also a tourist spot with its beaches, lush forest and hill resorts drawing locals who want a quick getaway and foreigners wanting to truly explore the culture of Malaysia and the heritage of its people. Some say that Pahang’s attraction is threefold in nature with its famous beaches such as Cherating beach, Teluk Cempedak and Beserah beach, its hill resorts such as Cameron Highlands and Frasers Hill, as well as its natural forest reserves such as Taman Negara and Endau-Rompin State Park.

Pahang’s population is about a million. It borders Terengganu and Kelantan in the north, Perak in the west, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan to the southwest and Johor to the south. It covers an area of 35,964 km² and its history goes way back to the Mesolithic Era when it was known for its tin and gold deposits. It was under the Srivijaya influence at first, followed by Siam and then Melaka in the late 15th century. After the fall of Acheh and the Portuguese in the early 17th century, Johor gained back its influence and after that power was restored back to Pahang making it an independent state.

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