Tourism Pahang Blogger

I was invited on Saturday (28th July) to join a Tourism Pahang Blogger colloquium organised by Tourism Pahang, in Kuantan, Pahang. The event kicked-off at 3pm with a speech by Dato’ Shafik Fauzan bin Shariff, the Pahang State Minister for Tourism Malaysia. Pahang Tourism is handled by Fraser’s Hill Development Corporation (Perbadanan Kemajuan Bukit Fraser – PKBF).

Other blogger friends that were also invited include Yafielda, Jard, Rayyan and Lilyriani. All of them are also the Malaysian Travel Bloggers members.

Dato’ Shafik Fauzan

In his welcoming speech, Dato’ Shafik explains about Pahang’s plan to boost its tourism sector with the help of bloggers. He added that traditionally, the tourism body has mainstream media to spread tourism information and activities but however, as part of the efforts to boost tourism industry this year, they decided to invite the new social media — bloggers. Stating about the state’s ‘naivety’ about social media, Dato’ Shafik said that he is open to any suggestions by bloggers to help improve tourism in the state. He explains that bloggers are very powerful when it comes to dissemination of  information as they often come equipped with social sharing tools such as twitter, facebook, etc and that they exert strong influence, reaching millions of people.

During the colloquium (informal meeting), bloggers were presented with information about Tourism Pahang website by the CEO of Secretlab.Media, Mohd Khairul Azizi Mohd Razali. Azizi emphasised the importance of social media and he revealed the fact that previously, the global ranking for the Tourism Pahang is 13M. When his company was given the task to revamp the website, he integrated social media buttons such as twitter, facebook, foursquare, G+1 and many more for easy sharing. Now, Tourism Pahang website’s rank has improved to 3M and as such, it is hoped that it will improve when bloggers shared their articles on the website. This feature is still under testing and will be released soon.

There were also talks about blogging basics by two Pahang-based bloggers, Azwan and Fatin Suhana.

Tourism Pahang is considering to organise many interesting activities (as per suggestion by bloggers during the meeting) including familiarisation tour for bloggers, contests, blogger’s award and many more. Apart from that, Tourism Pahang which has yet to launch its newly revamped website, is very much excited to invite bloggers to join the launch soon.

Pahang, situated on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is blessed with a variety of natural and cultural attractions. It is a home to Malaysia’s national Park as well as three major highlands, namely Genting Highland, Cameron Highland and Fraser’s Hill. Apart from the highlands, Pahang boasts some 210 kilometers of shoreline that includes the famous Cherating beach. For marine life fans, there is Tioman. The island park is teeming with an assortment of exotic marine life that turn the colorful coral reefs as their homes.

I am planning to explore more of Pahang soon. Being a Pahang-born blogger, I feel that I need to explore my birth state. My recent trips to Fraser’s Hill and Deerland Park (Gandah Elephant post still in draft) were some of the starters.



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A weekend in Cherating, Pahang

Initially, my husband and I planned to head back to his hometown but he had a sudden change-of-mind and we headed east coast instead. We checked in a chalet upon arrival. The rate was quite high for a chalet but considering that it was situated in front of the beach, we wouldn’t mind. As we went inside the chalet, we were quite surprised to find out that there was no table or electric kettle! But we as we were tired, we just settled in for the night. We went to check out the food in the area afterward. There were three Chinese seafood restaurants and few small Muslim restaurants. We opted for the latter. The food was very very disappointing except for the grilled fish. It was yummy!

Waking up the next day, we were excited to explore the beach but got really disappointed when we found out that the beach was quite far from the chalet. There was a small swamp in-between. We felt even more disappointed to find a lot garbage, empty bottles and used diapers along the beach. Luckily there was a clean beach (in front of Kampung Inn) few meters away from the ‘garbage’ area. We camped there and Yassin got to built his sandcastle.

Yassin running around in front of the chalet

Yassin playing with sand

Yassin pretending to be a back-hoe loader

Managed to capture my favourite tiny creature!

Yassin and his dad building a sand tower!

In the afternoon, we checked out of the chalet and checked in a 3-star hotel (Residence Inn) nearby and it was far more better. For the same fee rate, we have coffee making facility and I got to boil water to make Yassin’s milk! Later in the afternoon, we drove along the main road in search of a more clean beach and found one at the end of Lorong Siti Nur Hasmah, situated about few kilometers from the chalets area. As for food, we went further up and found a good place to eat, Chendor R&R. We haven’t explored much of the eating places as our main idea was to enjoy the beach. That night we had dinner at the Inn. It was good despite the slow service. The Inn was supposed to have internet connection but we couldn’t get connected even after their technical department assisted the matter. We just watched the tv and settled for the the night. We checked out the next day and dropped by Lorong Siti Nur Hasmah once again to enjoy the clean beach and the great wind.

The beach at the end of Lorong Siti Nur Hasmah

Yassin made friend with a little kitten and fed him with Parmesan Cheesels. The kitten ate about six and ignored the last ring.

My tired baby!

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