|PLACES OF INTEREST
Nature and Adventure
Gunung Senyum Cave
At Gunung Senyum Caves there are at least 20 caves, which are
fascinating to explore. While cave exploration and camping in the
shade of tropical foliage are common activities, scientific
research is also gaining in popularity among students and
scientists. Cave explorers must be prepared for the smell of bats,
limestone rocks and the sighting of strange creatures and
| Lake Bera
Lake Bera, covering an area of 24,000 hectares, is one of two major
natural bodies of freshwater in malaysia. At present, several
semelaiaborigines are living in the area within and surroundings.
Lake Bera and a number continue to live and procure their food in
traditional ways. Others have modified their way of life and have
become permanent residents of post iskandar. The Lake Bera
watershed includes a wide variety of flora types ranging from
primitive algae species to higher plants and trees. It was recorded
that 328 species of flora, 200 species of birds and 95 species of
fishes are found in Lake Bera.
Bera is ideal for many recreational and adventure activities.
Trekking through the jungle is both exciting and educational. River
safari can be exhilarating, or simply paddle around the lake for a
moment of tranquility. Thus, it was protected under an
international agreement called the ramsa convention. Lake Bera was
declared a ramsar site in november 1994 encompassing a core zone of
26, 000 hectares and a buffer zone of 27, 500 hectares.
The semelais have been living in Lake Bera and it's near
surroundings since hundreds of years back. Semelai is categorized
under "orang asli" or simply the 'original people' or aborigines.
They are scattered and live much far into the provincial with no
fixed income for a living. Authorities have been trying to bring
the semelais to live together as a community near post iskandar,
equipped with water as well as electricity. This is to enhance
their standard of living.
apart from Fraser's Hill, other recreational areas in Pahang
include the Jeram Besu rapid. The former is just 30 kilometres from
Raub while the latter is only about 3 hours drive from Kuala
Lumpur. Jeram Besu is fast gaining popularity as one of the most
challenging white water-rafting areas in the country.
| Lata Jarum
Lata Jarum is another established picnic spot. It is situated near
kampong ulu dong and is accessible by car through 20 kilometres of
village road. The access junction is at dong, a town along the
Raub-Kuala Lipis road. At Lata Jarum, one can admire the numerous
rapids flowing into a shallow pool of crystal clear water.
Rompin, the latest southern getaway holiday destination now has a
new feature - the Tanjong Gemok Jetty. The jetty provides fast
ferry services (70 minutes) to Pulau Tioman. Situated 160 km south
of Kuantan and only 60 km from Mersing, Tanjong Gemok has business
and tourism investment potential. Providing ample cargo areas,
waiting terminals and offices for services, coupled with counters
and food stalls the jetty awaits the business-minded to establish
| The Orang Asli
The Orang Asli have a thorough knowledge of the jungle and know how
best to make use of the plants found here, utilising these jungle
products as medicine for ailments as varied as broken bones to
mental illness! a number of these plants and herbs have been
scientifically proven to be effective, while studies are still
being carried out on others to ascertain their medicinal value.
Friendly and hospitable, The Orang Asli continue to maintain their
traditional life style, while supplementing their income by acting
as guide for visitors. Their unwritten knowledge of the jungle is
worth sacrificing a few moments to listen too.