Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, with most of its land area covered by Malaysia's ancient rainforests and beautiful national parks. Besides being home to the Taman Negara National Park, it's the state with longest mountain range and the tallest mountain in West Malaysia; Mount Tahan. However, Pahang has a lot more to offer than that; from pristine beaches to historic tin mines. If you're looking for worthy attractions in Pahang, read on to learn more.

1. Cherating Beach

Cherating beach is a small town seaside destination home to numerous resorts from budget to luxury establishments including Club Med. There are numerous things to do in Cherating beach including just lounging at the seaside, watersports, and even watching turtles during the nesting season. The Cherating turtle sanctuary is also conveniently located on the beach, so don't forget to visit when you're in the area.

2. Cherating River Cruise

Pahang's Cherating has two river cruises; the mangrove river cruise, and firefly river cruise. While both cruises take place on the Cherating River, the mangrove river cruise operates twice in the day time, and the firefly cruise takes off around sunset.

On the mangrove cruise, you'll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mangrove forest and catch glimpses of unique animals including monkeys, bats, and snakes. On the firefly cruise, you'll get to experience the magical mangrove river at night when it's being illuminated by hundreds of fireflies. Besides just cruising down the river, you'll get to learn all about the mangrove jungle, its natural flora and fauna, as well as about the fireflies while on the boat.

3. Taman Negara National Park

The Taman Negara National Park was established in 1938 and has a total area of 4343 square kilometres. Being over 130 million years old, this national park a valuable trove of biodiversity for Malaysia. There is no shortage of things to do here as you can walk on the longest treetop canopy in the world at 550m long, watch birds, explore various caves, and even fishing. If you're up for an adventure, you can also climb the tallest mountain in West Malaysia, Mount Tahan.

4. Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is located in southern Pahang and is a two-hour drive from both Kuala Lumpur and Cherating, Pahang. This place serves as a sanctuary to protect Asian elephants who've lost their habitat due to land cultivation and development. The centre rescues and relocates the elephants to other suitable habitats such as the Taman Negara. Here, you get to learn about the elephants and conservation efforts to protect them, observe and feed young elephants, and even bathe with the elephants.

5. Sungai Lembing Tin Mines

Sungai Lembing is a closed underground tin mine developed in the late 1800s unlike others in Malaysia. Besides looking at mining machinery and trams, you can enter the well-maintained mining tunnel to see what it was like to mine tin in pre-independence Malaya. On your visit, you'll get to learn all about the mine from its history to how mining works. It's a huge network of underground tunnels, so there'll be a lot for you to see!

6. Historic Kuantan Town

Kuantan is the capital of Pahang and it has a rich history and culture. Here you can visit major historical landmarks including the Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque and the Sri Mariamman Hindu temple. You can also take a look at how batik fabric and clothes are made at the batik factory. After exploring, you can sample some of Kuantan's delicious local foods. Kuantan is just about an hour's drive from Cherating, and if you're staying at Club Med, we're happy to arrange a tour of Kuantan's best locations for you.

Pahang is a state with numerous natural, cultural, and historical attractions. There's so much to see here that you'll probably need to come back a few times to really enjoy what it has to offer. If you're looking for a place to stay and things to do in Pahang, Cherating is a great place to have a laidback holiday. At Club Med Cherating, we offer many activities and also excursions to Pahang's best attractions - Check us out!