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Pahang lists 41 tourism events, eyes 13.5 million tourists - February 27, 2024

KUANTAN: The Pahang government is strategizing initiatives to attract domestic and international tourists, eyeing 13.5 million arrivals this year. Pahang's tourist arrivals totaled 13.2 million up to Dec 31 last year, up from 10.18 million in 2022 and two million in 2021, when the country's borders were closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. State Unity, Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Leong Yu Man said the state's tourism strategy included holding familiarisation trips for international and domestic travel agents to popular attractions in all 11 districts in Pahang. She said Tourism Pahang would participate in roadshows around the country and hold the inaugural Malaysia International Tourism (MIT) Expo Pahang this year.  "The MIT will be held in Kuantan between Oct 8 and 10. The tourism fair will feature booths that allow people to obtain firsthand information on unique destinations and products in Pahang.

"Tourism Pahang has listed 41 events on the Pahang tourism calendar this year, including Southeast Asia's longest-running international bird race event, the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race, as well as the Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge. "Plans are underway to introduce several international tourism events this year," she said at a press conference here today. Leong said besides focusing on tourist arrivals and promotion campaigns, the state government would also hold specially tailored programs for stakeholders.

"Tour guides will be allowed to join training and refresher courses to update their knowledge and skills. "Short courses on digital marketing and customer service will be provided to tourism industry players. "Besides promoting Pahang as a favorite holiday destination, we want to ensure all stakeholders are equipped with skills, competencies, and digital knowledge to offer top-class services," Leong said last year, tourists spent about RM11.89 billion in Pahang, up from RM9.1 billion in 2022 and RM1.9 billion in 2021. She said Genting Highlands remained the most visited destination in Pahang, recording 8.1 million visitors last year, with state capital Kuantan in second place at 2.18 million visitors and Cameron Highlands in the third spot at 1.36 million visitors. Source - NST

Nik Nazmi: Three wetlands in Sabah, Sarawak being nominated as new Ramsar sites - February 19, 2024

BERA: The Klias Peninsula in Sabah, as well as Loagan Bunut and Sarikei in Sarawak, are being nominated to be recognised as the country's new Ramsar sites, Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad announced. He said the ministry was in the midst of preparing the necessary documents for the nomination as they also expected the recognition will be obtained within a year or two if everything goes according to plan. "At the same time, we also invite other states to propose their own wetlands for consideration as Ramsar sites, as they may have a better understanding of their respective areas.

"The ministry is ready to assist state governments, and can even share the technical criteria for a particular area to qualify as a Ramsar site." Nik Nazmi said this after launching the World Wetlands Day 2024 celebration at the Tasek Bera Ramsar Site, which was also attended by Pahang Unity, Tourism, and Culture Committee chairman Leong Yu Man. The last Ramsar Site registered in Malaysia was in 2017, namely the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands in Sabah, bringing the total to seven so far. The others are Tasek Bera in 1994; Tanjung Piai, Pulau Kukup, and Sungai Pulai in Johor (2003); Kuching Wetlands National Park in Sarawak (2005); and Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands in Sabah (2008). Nik Nazmi said Malaysia possesses a vast ecosystem of wetlands, covering over 5.19 million hectares, including geographical features such as peatlands, mangroves, rivers, and lakes that serve as habitats for various species of flora and fauna.

"These wetlands are crucial and hold high conservation value, whether in terms of economic value through timber, fisheries, and tourism or the benefits of ecosystem services, such as protection from strong winds and huge waves, water retention areas, flood control, and carbon storage. "The recognition as a Ramsar Site can also raise the profile of these areas," he said. Nik Nazmi said Tasek Bera, for example, is the country's largest natural lake, spanning over 30,000ha, serves as a natural freshwater ecosystem with diverse aquatic biology and is home to approximately 2,000 Orang Asli from the Semelai tribe. Meanwhile, Leong said the state government, through Tourism Pahang, was actively revitalising tourism at Tasek Bera with a new resort operator for the previously closed resort at the site is expected to be appointed soon. "Tasek Bera will once again become a key tourism product for the Bera district, and we are also planning other products to be promoted alongside Tasek Bera, including through collaboration with the local Orang Asli community," she said. At the event, Nik Nazmi also launched the "Fishes of Tasek Bera" book, which documented profiles of 36 families and 158 species of freshwater fish, including four newly recorded species, with one species each having endemic and extinct status internationally. — Bernama

Explore the magical Rainbow Waterfall in Sungai Lembing - February 2, 2024

NESTLED within the embrace of Sungai Lembing in Pahang, the Rainbow Waterfall stands as a marvel of natural beauty, drawing seekers of peace and nature enthusiasts. Formerly the world's deepest tin mine, this locale has transformed into a sanctuary celebrated for its tranquil allure and the ethereal play of light that graces its name.

Earning its name from the captivating rainbow that dances across its cascades, the Rainbow Waterfall became an internet sensation, propelling it to fame. TripAdvisor's accolade as Malaysia's most beautiful waterfall in 2017 only cemented its reputation. Visitors are often seen basking in the falls' crystal-clear waters, capturing the unforgettable moments when the 250-meter cascade refracts light into a spectrum of colours. 

Reaching the Rainbow Waterfall is an adventure in itself. Whether by a rugged 4x4 ride through the forest or a hearty trek, the journey is as memorable as the destination. Local 'taxis' – modified 4x4 vehicles – offer a practical and thrilling ride to the campsite at Lubuk Beruk. From there, a 45-minute trek across rivers and up steep trails is required to witness the waterfall in its full glory.

CAMPING AND GUIDES

For the intrepid, overnight camping at Lubuk Beruk invites an immersive experience amidst nature's chorus. Those preferring a day trip are advised to engage a certified tour guide for a safe and informative trekking experience.

When planning a family outing to Rainbow Waterfall, prioritize safety with suitable attire and sturdy footwear. Waterproof bags are essential for electronics, and a minimal approach to packing will make the trek less burdensome. Timing is crucial – aim to arrive between 9 and 10 am for the best chance to view the waterfall's rainbow.

VISITOR RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Those new to the area should engage a certified tour guide for a safe journey.
  2. Dress appropriately for the trek and wear proper footwear.
  3. Carry a reliable waterproof bag for valuable items.
  4. Limit your load to essentials, including snacks and water.
  5. Time your visit to capture the rainbow in its morning splendor.

Source - NST

Taman Negara is a timeless rainforest offering exciting adventures - February 5, 2024

TAMAN Negara stands as a bastion of ancient wilderness. Spanning over 4,343 square kilometres, this sanctuary is not just a park but a journey back in time to when nature reigned supreme. It is believed to be among the oldest rainforests on Earth, a living museum showcasing a biological diversity that is both rare and awe-inspiring.

Declared a conservation site in 1938, Taman Negara's history is as deep and complex as its dense canopies. Originally named the Gunung Tahan Game Reserve, it was an area dedicated to the protection and preservation of indigenous flora and fauna.

Its transition to Taman Negara, which translates to 'National Park', was more than a rebranding; it was a commitment to safeguarding natural heritage perpetually.

WHERE THREE STATES MEET

Straddling the borders of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang, Taman Negara is a cross-state park that offers a plethora of experiences for the eager explorer. The park is a treasure trove of primaeval jungle, home to towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and secretive wildlife that have thrived for over 150 million years.

ACCESSING THE UNTOUCHED

Embarking on the journey into Taman Negara is an adventure in its own right. Whether opting for the rustic charm of a riverboat ride down the Kuala Tembeling River or taking the more direct route by road, each path leads to an extraordinary encounter with nature's majesty.

A PLACE TO REST

Accommodation in Taman Negara blends comfort with nature. Establishments like Mutiara Taman Negara provide a serene setting to unwind after a day of adventure. For those seeking a more intimate connection with nature, guest houses and lodges like Tebing Guest House and Taman Negara Riverview Lodge offer a more rustic experience.

ENDLESS ADVENTURES AWAIT

The Canopy Walk invites you to view the world from above, while the forest trails beckon the bold to discover hidden enclaves within the jungle's embrace. For a cultural immersion, visits to Orang Asli villages reveal the wisdom of the forest people and their harmonious way of life.

AQUATIC THRILLS AND SERENE SPILLS

The river's rapids offer adrenaline-pumping rides, contrasting the peaceful boat trips to Lata Berkoh's tranquil waters. The Kelah sanctuary invites you to commune with aquatic life, while the forest's night symphony sets the stage for nocturnal wildlife observations.

A BIRDER'S PARADISE

With over 380 bird species, Taman Negara is a haven for birdwatchers. The lush biodiversity here provides endless opportunities for sighting rare and exotic birds in their natural habitat.

REACHING TAMAN NEGARA

The gateway to this ancient rainforest is the town of Jerantut, a mere 16 kilometres from the Kuala Tembeling Jetty, where the journey to Taman Negara begins. Regular taxis and buses ply this route, making the rainforest accessible to all who seek its wonders.

Source - NST

Unforgettable activities to experience at Fraser's Hill - February 2, 2024

PERCHED among the clouds on the Titiwangsa Range, Fraser's Hill whispers the legacy of its colonial past through its misty highlands and emerald sweeps of cool, lush forests. With its unique blend of British colonial architecture and verdant Malaysian terrain, this tranquil hill station offers a serene getaway from the relentless pace of modern life.

The ascent to Fraser's Hill is a journey back in time. Travellers wind along a narrow, climbing road controlled by a gate system, ensuring a peaceful, unhurried experience. Here, among the rolling peaks, one can find a variety of accommodations from charming Tudor cottages to modern hotels and resorts, each nestled within stunningly landscaped gardens and towering pines.

NATURE'S PLAYGROUND AND BIRDWATCHER'S PARADISE

Fraser's Hill is an outdoor enthusiast's delight. Its cool climate and abundant greenery make it an ideal spot for golfing, nature walks, and bird-watching. Renowned for its biodiversity, the area serves as the stage for the annual Bird Race, drawing ornithologists and enthusiasts eager to catch a glimpse of rare avian species.

EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

For those looking to delve deeper into the highland's secrets, the nature education centre provides valuable insights into the local flora and fauna. The hill's trails beckon hikers to explore, while the serene lake offers opportunities for boating and fishing, adding to the hill's tranquil allure.

CULINARY DELIGHTS AND COSY RETREATS

No visit is complete without sampling the gastronomic offerings. From the sumptuous steaks at SmokeHouse to budget-friendly local eateries, there's something to satisfy every palate. Those looking to extend their stay can choose from several hotels, including Shazan Inn and The Hill at Fraser Hill, providing cosy accommodations and warm hospitality.

Fraser's Hill offers a diverse range of activities to suit all interests. Here's a beginner's checklist for those overwhelmed by the choices:

  1. 1.Enjoy a guided nature walk or venture on one of the many trails.
  2. 2.Participate in the serene practice of bird watching.
  3. 3.Challenge yourself with a round of golf at the Fraser's Hill Golf Course.
  4. 4.Experience the tranquillity of boating or fishing at the lake.
  5. 5.Explore the jungle through numerous trails or engage in outdoor activities at one of the conferences and seminars.
  6. 6.Relish a picnic amidst the highland's natural beauty.
  7. 7.Indulge in a game of tennis or squash, or learn about the environment at the Nature Education Centre.
  8. 8.Adrenaline enthusiasts can try whitewater rafting or mount   ain biking, while more leisurely pursuits like horse riding and archery await at the paddock.

GETTING THERE

Only 100km from Kuala Lumpur, Fraser's Hill beckons via the convenient Karak Highway or the scenic route from Kuala Kubu Baru. The journey from the Gap to the hill, now more accessible with improved roads allowing two-way traffic, promises its own adventure. 

Source - NST

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