5 places to visit in Pahang…

Pahang is a Sultanate and is the biggest state in Peninsula Malaysia best known for its mountains, rainforests and beaches…It is rich with nature and perfect for nature lovers…

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Here are 5 places, you should visit when in Pahang…but not neccesarily only this… as there are also many more beautiful places around you shouldn’t miss… These 5 places I visited when MITA brought us for their B2B Tourism Productivity Nexus/Showcasing Tourism Products business networking session in Kuantan..

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

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Located just about a 2 hour drive from KL, about 15km from the town of Lanchang in the Temerloh district, is the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre…

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Established in 1989, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre in Pahang has been painstakingly locating, subduing and then translocating wild elephants whose habitats have been encroached by modernisation and developments..

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It is said more than 700 wild elephants have been successfully relocated to more suitable venues such as Taman Negara by the dedicated team here in the 3 decades they have been in operation…

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Orphaned elephants are also brought to the Conservation centre and taken care of…

A visit includes watching a documentary on elephant translocation activity on two elephants named Amanda and Carolina that was filmed in collaboration with National Geographic…

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Then you will be brought to meet and greet the young elephants roaming in their enclosures and even feed them

Address – Kuala Gandah, 28500, Lanchang, Pahang
Website- www.nre.gov.my
Opening hours-  10.30am to 4pm

Deerland

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Deerland is located not too far from the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary…
It is an interesting deer farm/ mini zoo which is open to public… This privately owned deer farm has about 30 Indonesian deer as well as a few other animals you can see or even pet …

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The environment is slightly unkempt and untouched.. and you get a chance to interact with the deers and a variety of other animals such as Golden Pheasant, Bengal Cat, Rabbits, Prairie Dog, Pythons and others…

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I got to carry and stroke the python and the bearded dragon…

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To get there from Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway to Lanchang then turn left into the road just before the BP gas station, then follow the road signs towards the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. You will reach the junction where you can spot the Deerland( 2km) road signage towards your right..

Deerland also has a camping and jungle survival program where you can campt and do team building in the forest.. and eat basic food which can be cooked or made in the forest…

Web – http://www.deerland.org
Opening Hours – every day(except Friday) from 10.30 am to 5.30pm.

Sungai Lembing Museum

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The Sungai Lembing Museum is located in Sungai Lembing, home to one of the deepest and longest tin mine in the world. The museum is located in a beautiful old wooden mansion which was once the residence of a mining officer…

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The museum houses exhibitions of the history of Sungai Lembing and tin-mining related displays…

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Based on some Chinese records found, tin ore has been mined and exported from Pahang since 1446, and it is here at the museum where visitors can check out the exhibitions and displays and reliving the glorious days of Sungai Lembing as the biggest producer of tin in Malaysia.

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Visitors will find out more of the town’s history through photos, along with descriptions and related artifacts that tell the town’s progress through time.

The Sungai Lembing Mines…

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As I mentioned… for the better part of the 20th century, Sungai Lembing was rich in subterranean tin deposits…

Spearheaded by the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited (PCCL) in the early 1900s, the operations saw the excavation of deep shaft mines that were among the largest, longest and deepest in the world.

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Some of the tunnels dug deep beneath the hills were said to have reached more than 300km, while the mines went as deep as 700m….

The town of Sungai Lembing was flourishing then because the British mining company owners began providing infrastructure such as roads, electricity, schools, bungalows, an office, warehouse, stores and even a hospital…

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A visit to the tin mines include a little ride on the ancient battery-powered tram, pretty similar to the one used by miners back in those days but don’t get too excited as the tram ride is just a very short one.. and you are expected to continue exploring the tunnels by foot….

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It is pretty good exercise since you will walk about 1km or so in the tunnel cave.. it is damp and cooling inside there.. and well, you can cover the mines (at least the allocated areas for visitors) in just about 45 minutes… The only downer is you have to walk out the same way you go in…hahahah…. so it is a boring 15 mins out… Overall it is interesting and fun, in my opinion, though somewhat spooky if you are walking on alone… hahaha…

FB –https://www.facebook.com/SungaiLembingMines/

Address – Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang

Cherating Fireflies

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When I first heard about us going to check out the fireflies, I was like… duh..

However.. being on the trip changed my mind…

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Hafiz’s Cherating Activities which is located in Kampung Cherating Lama organises a firefly tour unlike any other firefly tours you might have been to…

You see…. instead of you going to the fireflies, the fireflies are the one flying to you…..

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Hafiz, the owner, somehow mastered the ability to ‘communicate’ with these insects and get them coming to him when he calls them…

We headed to the swampy mangrove in four or five boats to where these fireflies hover around mangrove trees there… you could see the bugs blinking their lights.. pretty much like a Chriatmas tree… nothing new, if you have seen fireflies before…

But as the boats got nearer to the riverbank, Hafiz took out a red flashlight and send his signal….

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Slowly, these fireflies flew towards us… It was in total darkness and the sight was definitely pretty magical like fairy dust sprinkling on us… It was truly an amazing sight.. sadly.. we could not take any photos so we cannot show… you have to see it or under go it to believe me…

FB – https://www.facebook.com/Hafizs-Cherating-Activities/

Address – 7, 1156, Jalan Kampung Cherating Lama, 26080 Kuantan

Thanks to MITA, Tourism Productivity Nexus and Pahang Tourism for the opportunity to visit these places…

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