Thursday, 17 November 2011

Malaysia Info - Pahang


Pahang is the largest state in the Malaysian peninsular and covers an area of 35,960 square kilometers. It lies on the east coast and has a population of about one million people.
Vast stretches of primeval rainforests dominate the state and form part of Taman Negara of the National Park. All the main hill resorts are found here as is Peninsular Malaysia's highest peak, Gunung Tahan, which poses a challenge to avid mountaineers. A myriad of exotic flora and fauna are an intrinsic part of the wild life and unspoiled beauty found throughout the state. Rich varied thoroughly entranced leaves visitors thoroughly entranced, as the magnificent gifts nature has bestowed on this tropical paradise. From pristine waterfalls to tranquil, invigorating mountains, and palm-fringed beaches fronting serene seas to refreshing jungles, it is a rendezvous with diversity and contrast designed to leave you spellbound and delighted.
An astoundingly beautiful coastline stretching all the way to Kota Bahru in the state of Kelantan is generously dotted with fabulously picturesque beaches linked together by quaint, pictorial villages.
All of these not only make up a photography enthusiast's most momentous fantasies, they also impart a soothing repose that tempts you to linger on and savior the unparalleled peace and harmony.

  From Kuantan to
  Balok 16 km
  Bentong 200 km
  Benta 225 km
  Beserah 9 km
  Bukit Tinggi 220 km
  Cameron Highlands 462 km
  Chendor 50 km
  Cherating 47 km
  Endau 158 km
  Fraser's Hill 269 km
  Gap 256 km
  Genting Highlands 240 km
  Jerantut 155 km
  Karak 179 km
  Kuala Lipis 250 km
  Kuala Rompin 133 km
  Kuala Tembeling 170 km
  Lanjut 134 km
  Lake Chini 100 km
  Lake Bera 163 km
  Maran 76 km
  Mentakab 137 km
  Merapoh 301 km
  Muadzam Shah 85 km
  Nenasi 91 km
  Pekan 48 km
  Raub 241 km
  Sungai Ular 37 km
  Tanjung Gemok 158 km
  Tekam Plantation 114 km
  Temerloh 126 km
  Teranum 227 km
   
  Tioman Island  
  By Boat from Tanjung Gemok 70 min
  By Boat from Mersing 90 min
   
  Kuala Tahan  
  By Boat from Kuala Tembeling 3 1/2hrs
  By Road from Padang Piol Jerantut 2 1/2hrs


In Pahang, you will find vivid evidence of fascinating cultures that make Malaysia a rich source of colour, pomp and pageantry. The Malays, Chinese and Indians, each with its own distinct identity, coexist most harmoniously. This is the nuturing result of mutual respect and understanding, a rare and special feature which continues to bewitch and astound visitors.
The many cultures of Malaysia can be found in the clothes, customs, foods, games, art forms and festivals of the various races. It would be hard indeed to fully describe the many faces of Malaysian culture. But even the visitor's brief encounter with this is enough to reveal some of the scintillating vibrancy of Malaysia's rich heritage.

History of Pahang
Evidence of habitation in Pahang dates back to the Mesolithic Era during which the Mesolithic people lived in caves and mountains of Pahang. According to anthropologists and historians, Pahang was also home to the Middle Age men and the Last Stone Age (early Bronze Age men) and the Semang aborigine tribe.
Long famous for the deposits of tin and gold found along the upper reaches of Sungai Tembeling (Tembeling River), Pahang had attracted the interest of outside powers even before the founding of Melaka in 1400. Under the control of the maritime empire of Srivijaya (centered around Palembang in southeast Sumatra), Pahang had expanded to cover the entire southern portion of the Malay Peninsula in the 8th and 9th centuries.
With the collapse of Srivijaya around 1000, Pahang was claimed first by the Siamese and then, in the late fifteenth century, by Melaka. After Melaka fell to the Portuguese in 1511, Pahang became a key part of the territorial struggles between Acheh, Johor, the Portuguese, and the Dutch. Repeated raids, invasions, and occupations devastated the state until the decline of both Achenese and Portuguese power in the early 17th century that allowed Johor to re-establish its influence and became the great Johor-Riau Empire.
When the Johor-Riau Empire collapsed, one Bendahara Wan Ahmad proclaimed himself as Sultan of Pahang in 1882. Not long after that, the British imperialism manifested itself in Pahang with the appointment of a British Resident to the Sultan of Pahang in 1888.
Like others, the Pahang State also suffered during the Japanese occupation of Malaya until the year 1945. Then in 1948, it joined the Federation of Malaya, which gained Independence in 1957. Today, Pahang is a prosperous state with an expanding economy, fuelled by agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

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