Luxury holidays in Pahang

Pahang is known for its mountains, rainforests and white-sand beaches, including those on coral reef-framed Tioman Island off the state’s east coast. The rolling hills and greenery of the Cameron Highlands dominate Pahang’s leafy interior, which is dotted with terraced farms, resorts and tea plantations; stop in for a cuppa while you’re there. Or, visit turtle sanctuaries on Cherating beach, hike along Pine Tree and Bishop nature trails and wander past pretty kampung houses in royal town Pekan… there’s no shortage of picture-perfect spots here. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, sit down to copious cups of tea and big bowls of spicy catfish noodle soup – just go easy on the tempoyak (it’s made with fermented durian).

Areas in Pahang

When to go

Year-round daytime temperatures in Pahang hit a balmy 30°C, so pack your breezy linens when you head to this Malaysian state. It’s busiest between December and February, and the northeast monsoon season stretches from September to February, hitting the east coast hardest in January and the west coast in September and October. Visit from March to June to avoid the worst of the rains, crowds and humidity.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Direct international flights from London Heathrow and hubs around Asia and Australia touch down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
  • Boats

    Singapore has a number of regular ferry connections to Malaysia, and cruise trips are popular with locals. Ferries also run between Kuah on Pulau Langkawi and Thailand from November to mid-May.