Ancient rainforests dominate the state and form part of the Taman Negara or the National Park. All the main hill resort 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 unspolit beauty found throughout the state. A rich scenic structure leaves visitors throughly entranced, as the magnificent gifts nature has bestowed on this tropical paradise are supremely top-notch. 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 savour the unparallelled peace and harmony.
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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.
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A must for the uninitiated is satay - succulent morsels of meat skewered on palm - leaf sticks and barbecued on open flame, and eaten with piquant, spicy peanut-based gravy. Accompanying dishes are cucumber and onion slices, and ketupat (rice boiled in woven palm cases).
Generally, Malay cuisine is spicy and pungent in nature, but once you have developed a taste for such tantalishing flavours, it is hard to dissociate yourself from them.
Rice is the staple food of Malaysians and is cooked in a variety of ways - one of which is nasi lemak, which is rice cooked with coconut milk and eaten with a spicy anchovy sauce, hard-boiled egg, peanuts and cucumber slices.
Dim sum and its 30 over delicacies are among the many items on the Chinese menu. The incredible number of ways they cook rice and noodles prove the innovation and creativity know no bounds. If you visit Pahang and do not feast on the ample sea-food available, you would be missing some of the best dishes the state has to offer. Ikan baker, or grilled fish, is a hot favourite.
Indian cuisine's star attractions is nasi briyani, a rich Moghul dish, with a varied spectrum of dishes. It is hard to decide which to choose as each has established its own popularity.
Tropical fruits are abundant and seasonal. Durian, which holds undisputable appeal for those who love it, often leaves the novice peplexed and intimidated as its overly pungent odour takes some getting used to. And it has culled lifelong fans even among Westerners - those who have stayed here long enough to cultivate a taste for this exotic fruit. Rambutan, ciku, mango, watermelon, guava, mangosteen, papaya, pineapple and starfruit are but some of the succulent fruits that offer delights to all .
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Karyaneka, which showcases Pahang handicrafts, can be found at Teluk Chempedak, Sungai Karang and Cherating. Pandanus household articles, wood carvings, brocades, shellcrafts and batik are sold at reasonable prices here.
Pahang Silk from the Pahang Silk Weaving Centre in Palau Keladi, Pekan, is an intricately woven material is made. At Beserah is the Batik Cottage where you can view how batik, the unique wax-printed fabric, is made.
If you are looking for eye-catching, conversation-piece items to take back with you, you will be thoroughly beguiled by the pandan leaf (mengkuang) mats. Songket, the fine hand-woven gold and silver brocaded attire comes in a wide variety of radiant designs. At the Souvenir Centre, about 1.8 kilometres west of Kampung Sungai Karang, one will find shellcrafts and local gemstones.
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There is also an 18-hole golf course. The small town of Tapah at the foot of the hill is the gateway to the resort which can be reached by bus, taxi or train from Kuala Lumpur. From Tapah, regular bus and taxi services are available. Accommodation facilities included old English country inn-styled hotels, chalets and Government resthouses. Special mention must be made of the Ye Olde Smokehouse where everything, outside as inside the building is preserved as it used to be during the colonial time, except for modern conveniences added for your comfort.
Genting Highlands (Bentong)
Fraser's Hill (Raub)
Bukit Tinggi (Bentong)
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