Settled in the Pahang state, Raub is a small town with a population of fewer than 10,000 people. A few decades ago, it was considered as one of the biggest gold mines in Malaysia and had contributed significantly to the country’s economy at that time. It’s now an abandoned mining town with a paucity of residents. Despite that, it’s still a good place to visit in Pahang. The town is strategically located along the road that links Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan in Pahang state, Malaysia. Meanwhile, In Raub itself, the best way to discover its rich heritage is by visiting several forts and historical landmarks by foot set around natural vistas of paddy plantations and pine trees.
Lata Berembun is located after Raub town in Pahang near a Chinese settlement known as Kampung Sungai Chalit. On the slopes of Benom Mountain, this beautiful waterfall is hidden, and to reach it, tourists must trek 10 kilometres of mud, dirt, and gravel in either a 4WD vehicle or by foot. Those who are dedicated to getting to the top will be rewarded with a glimpse of one of Malaysia’s most untouched waterfalls. After Raub, there will be signboards along the road you can follow towards Berembun. The beautiful waterfall is wonderfully positioned with a picturesque backdrop that makes it the ideal picnic spot.
Lata Jarum is a waterfall that also happens to be the highest waterfall in Malaysia, with a height of 43 meters. The name “Lata” which stands for prawns, suggests that there may be prawns here at one time. There are mountain peaks and limestone hills around this area called Bukit Cheras. Lata Jarum and the hills of Bukit Cheras are located in a nature reserve area that has now been developed as a tourist attraction. Addition to various types of flora and fauna that exist in this place, you may find deer, monkeys, pythons and snakes here too. Visitors can also enjoy nature trails or trekking on foot from the entrance to Razak Mansion Raub, which is about twenty kilometres from here.
Another popular place in Raub town is the Old Fire Station Museum which has been made into a museum for visitors to explore various fire fighting equipment used over the years, particularly during the early days of Pahang state. It also contains pictures and accounts of Pahang firefighters who had made sacrifices for their countrymen before technology had reached its current level. The building itself has an interesting history as it was originally built in 1913 as an office block, known as block A. After the Japanese occupation in Pahang, (Yes, Pahang was amongst the first states to be invaded by Japanese forces even before Penang) it became a police station and prison for Pahang police personnel. There are many cells available within the building which people are free to explore!
The Lata Lembik is located in Kampung Bukit Murshid, Lembir. The place is famous for many things like the jungle trail that leads to this location, paddy fields and some historical remnants or another that are still found around the area. If you’re keen to do a little paddy field walk, then why not come here? This paddy field trail can actually take more than one hour depending on how fast you walk through it! Lata Lembik is a place where paddy fields surround it, and there was once an old abandoned water tank called Tanjung Batu located at Kampung Bukit Murshid right smack in the middle of paddy fields. While the paddy fields were used as a deterrent for soldiers during WWII, there are still remnants of bunkers and trenches that can be seen around this paddy field trail which can be appreciated as we reminisce about the past and how times have changed for the better.
Jeram Besu is a popular paddy plantation area in Raub. This place provides a scenic view of paddy plantation while also giving water sports opportunities like speed boat riding, fishing and boating. The paddy plantations that are seen here are some of the biggest paddy plantations in Malaysia. For paddy enthusiasts, the plantations at Jeram Besu are definitely worth visiting with most paddy plants being neatly maintained, abundant and fresh green. When you arrive at Jeram Besu paddy plantation, there is an entrance fee of RM2 per vehicle (for non-permit Holders). The ideal timing for a visit is during the paddy harvesting period where most padi fields are open for visitors to see their paddy plants up close. This paddy plantation is also an ideal photo-taking spot for padi plants and padi planters alike so make sure that you do not forget to bring your paddy planter hat when visiting!
For foodies, visiting the pekean sehari or also known formally as weekly bazaar is a must! They are held on Sundays in two places, Raub Town and Benta. Local villagers are there selling their products from as early as 7am to 12 in the afternoon. For those expecting to feast on the local delicacies, special ones such as Nasi Keduli, Gula Kabung ( brown sugar), Sempalit GroundNut, Asam Rom, Keladi Kemahang, Sambal Belimbing Hitam and Lemang are all available as well as so much more! It is also a must to try out pengat pauh. Not only will you find pengat pauh, but the local ferns called paku pakis are sold here too. Pengat pauh has many variations and taste may vary for every pengat pauh seller. Some prefer to add more pomelo and santan, while some like it with pau. As for the paku pakis, you can top it with prawns or chicken. So what are you waiting for? Drop by the weekly bazaar on your trip here and decide which style of pengat pauh is your favourite!
Sungai Asap is a small, somewhat hidden waterfall just south of Benta, Raub. Accessible by motorcycle or car, it is located about 5 km from the town centre of Benta. This place is very nice for swimming and picnicking during weekends. You can also see the pythons sunbathing at the pythons’ rock. The pythons’ rock is a large rock just beside the pythons’ pool. Nearby, you can see pythons sunbathing or resting on this rock. Legend has it that pythons living in the pythons’ pool and pythons’ rock used to hang about at the pythons’ cave which is about 100 metres away from pythons rock. Sungai Asap also has natural pools at the base of the waterfall where you can take a dip in after your hike.
There are also stairs that you have to climb, making this waterfall easier for young children and the elderly!
Known locally as Goa Jepun, this cave contains ancient inscriptions believed to be around 700 years old; some of which are still visible today. It is known that there were at least three kingdoms that ruled over the Pahang area. The inscriptions found in this cave are between 700-1000 years old and can still be seen today. Nearby to this cave are three other caves, thought to have been occupied by the Japanese who were believed to have come here in the 19th century. Located at the foot of the Tun Razak Memorial Hall, it can be easily accessed by car or motorcycle. There is also a small canteen selling Malay food nearby.
With paddy plantations, pythons, waterfalls and World War II bunkers; Raub, Pahang is an attraction not to be missed!. I hope that you will visit Pahang to experience this one of a kind location, up close and personal!