Darulmakmur Stadium, Kuantan
Favorite thing: When approaching Kuantan town, the first famous landmark seen is Darulmakmur Stadium.
This is the venue where many important football games and finals are played out by the Pahang State football team with other rival states.
Football has been an important sport in Pahang because for many years the FAM (Football Association Malaysia) President is held by his Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.
So if you are in town and there is a football game going on, join the locals for a noisy game.
Significance of the Malayan Tapir
Favorite thing: The Malayan Tapir is an ancient animal, much unchanged since the evolution of mammals.
It is black and white. Saw it in the wild for the first time in Taman Negara at 3am in the morning from a viewing hide over a salt lick. At first, we just saw the red eyes and thought it was a panther. Then the entire white body outline revealling that it was a tapir, a gentle herbivore.
What is significant is the tapir is found only in another place - in the jungles of South America. It is a living proof that South America and Asia were once joined as a continent before the great geological continental drift begins.
The Malayan Tapir is chosen as a the logo of the Malaysian Nature Society.
Butterflies attracted to salt
Favorite thing: You will find butterflies landing on your backpack, shoes and T-shirt set to dry. These attractive colorful butterflies attracted to the salf of your sweat.
Similarly some bees are. But they are harmless so do not swat them.
Putting out pieces of fruits will also attract more butterflies.
When you shine your torchlight at night in the tent, more insects will also coming aflocking.
After all, we are the intruders to this insect world that have evolved over milllions of years in this pristine rainforest.
Taman Negara: Keeping your eyes open
Favorite thing: Look out for insects or squirel or even a snake lurking over the branches as you trek the trails.
A stick insect is almost invisible unless you keep your eyes wide open.
In the evening, check out the insects that will sticking all the over the wall in the lighted rest room. You can see an amazing variety of moths and crawly insects. An incredible gathering of species that Charles Darwin will be proud of.
Favorite thing: One of the things you will have to have when you are in Pahang is to enjoy a coconut from its beginning to its end.
After you grab a coconut from one of the local monkey pickers, take it over to a stick and remove its outside shell. From that point, take a machete, cut the coconut open so that you can stick a straw in the middle to drink the "milk". After you are finished with the coconut smoothie, then crack it open all the way and eat the white inner side.
Enjoy this treat when you are out and about visiting the small villages in Pahang!
Surfing or Windsurfing @Kuantan
Favorite thing: Pahang coastline is facing South China Sea and comes monsoon season (Nov - March), it forbids activities such as seaside picnics, swimming and diving.
However, these gigantic waves will attract different kind of activities. You will find some surfers & wind surfers visiting Kuantan & near by coastlines for some surfing actions.Related to:
Favorite thing: If you fancy Rabbits than a small entrance fee required to enter the Rabbit Farm. I really enjoyed (obviously in the picture) feeling and touching tamed hare around me. Unfortunate, i found out one of the it died in the piles of them.Related to:
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