This page is for you, the traveler, visitor, guest or invitee to Pahang - whether you’re traveling alone, with your family, loved ones, or in special groups.
Just some short snippets of useful information plus some recommendations before you come to savor the joys in this delightful state.
Yes, rather brief Pahang travel facts, tips and tools – but perhaps all you ever need for a rough guide to your travels in the delightful Malaysian state. And there are some general information on Malaysia that are also applicable to the state of Pahang.
The Federation of Malaysia was formed in 1963 and comprises the 11 states in West (or Peninsular) Malaysia and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo. There are three Federal territories -- Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya in West Malaysia, and Labuan in East Malaysia.
The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is a modern cosmopolitan, world-famous for its Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world.
Malaysia has a population of a little above 28 million people, comprising 60% Malays (in a grouping called "bumiputra" meaning "sons of the earth"), 25 % Chinese, 10% Indians and the rest comprising other indigenous races, like the Ibans, Bidayuhs and Kadazans, including Eurasians and other Asians.
Pahang Darul Makmur (the official name of the state) is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia with an area of 8,846,000 acres or 35,960 square kilometers.
It has a population of about 1.3 million people with Malays comprising more than 80%.
Read here on the geography and climate of Malaysia, and some tips for visitors.
Bahasa Malaysia, which is essentially the Malay language, is the national language of the country, and it unites the various races and ethnic groups as a form of communication amongst them through its daily normal use.
But as a former colony of Great Britain before independence in 1957, as well as a language studied in the education system, English is spoken and understood widely especially in the main towns.
Learn some simple Bahasa Malaysia words and phrases on this page
The Malays, who form the largest community, are all Muslims since one has to be Muslim to be legally Malay under Malaysian law.
Although Islam is the official religion of the country, other religions are practiced freely, with freedom of religion being enshrined and protected in the Federal Constitution.
So you will find that Muslim mosques, and temples for Buddhists and Hindus (and Sikhs), are found everywhere, while Christian churches are found in the towns.
Visitors should also understand the dressing etiquette especially when visiting places of worship in the state of Pahang as well as in the country generally.
The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM, and there are 100 sen to the Ringgit.
It is a free floating currency and currently is about RM3.20 to US$1.00 and about RM4.80 to 1.00 Euro.
Do check for the latest exchange rate at banks and authorised money-changers where foreign currencies can be converted.If you wish to convert your currency amount into Malaysian Ringgit, use the exchange rate calculator here.
Visit this webpage -- Directory of Banks in Pahang -- to locate the particular bank you wish to do your banking services when you are in the state.
Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners and Amex) and travellers cheques (or checks) are accepted in most big hotels and shops.
All visitors to Malaysia are required to have a valid passport and must complete a Disembarkation Card, which is printed in English.
See here on Getting to Malaysia
Malaysia is well connected to land or terrestrial, satellite and electronic communications networks with the main communications companies being Telekoms Malaysia (TM), Celcom, Maxis and Digi.
Like all developed countries, mobile or cell phones are used extensively, and phone credit or top-up cards can be purchased at many shops and retail stores.
Malaysia is a relatively safe country to travel through, with few physical and security threats. Just be careful and follow normal safety procedures as in other places.
Visitors should however take care in areas where pick-pockets and snatch thieves normally operate, such as crowded bus stations, shopping malls and busy markets. Beware of not only locals but also foreign con-men and cheats who exist everywhere in this world.
Before travelling it is wise to take up travel insurance to cover cases of theft, illness, accidents, loss of baggages or other problems that you may encounter during your travels.
When you walk throughout the large cities of Malaysia, you will find that most shops and malls are open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. In the smaller towns, shops normally close somewhat earlier, around 7.00 pm.
For shoppers, the best time for shopping would be during the Year End Sale (YES) when nearly all big shopping centers and retail outlets in the whole country have their annual sales and discounts for shoppers.
Markets, especially food and wet markets are popular in the early morning and late evening as many Malaysians like to buy fresh ingredients for their everyday cooking.
"Pasar malam" or "night markets", and "Pasar Tani" or "Farmers’ Market", are popular with the locals. Their locations vary daily, so do ask a local person for the nearest one if you intend to visit or enjoy the atmosphere in there.
And during the month of Ramadan (fasting month for muslims), every town will have its own ramadan bazaar with plenty of local food and dishes to whet your tastes and appetite.
To ensure that you enjoy your stay in Pahang, keep these useful contacts and important telephone numbers with you.
Or come back here to this Pahang travel facts, tips and tools page and surf for these useful contacts.
To all of you, Enjoy PAHANG.
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