Every year, Start In Tioman (SIT), a premier scuba diving event organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Pahang Office takes place at Kampung Genting in Tioman island, drawing many divers of various levels who are grouped into different batches. This programme successfully puts Tioman on the international map as a commendable diving spot, besides creating awareness among the public on the importance of protecting the marine life and ecosystem.
There have been many great individuals who had fought for the country’s independence, including Pahang’s Mat Kilau whose name was so significant that his name remains unforgettable even up to today. However, not many of us really understand his actual story for as he was a private man.
As a travel writer, I feel blessed for the chance to explore destinations outside Malaysia that made me fall in love over and over. However, I must admit that eventhough I have been to exotic locations overseas, I still have not explored enough of my own homeland, especially the islands along Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast,
In mid-April this year, just a week after turning 41, I ventured with some apprehension into the hinterlands of Malaysia’s Taman Negara Pahang, virgin jungle reputed to be older than the Amazon Rainforest. It was an experience that charted many firsts for me — my first time to Taman Negara, my first fishing trip, my
Bamboo raft is synonymous with the earliest mode of transport on Pahang River as it is the most basic of boat design, characterised by the absence of a hull. As such, to reminisce the glorious heritage and the tradition of the people who settled along Pahang River, the National Department of Culture & Arts (JKKN)
Dating back from the Ice Age, Taman Negara Pahang has been in existence for over 130 million years and it is also considered as one of the oldest rainforests in the world. This slice of untouched and lush tropical wilderness is a haven for thrill seekers and nature lovers from all around the world.
In the beginning, the inception of “Start in Tioman” in 2007 was to promote awareness about the importance of marine ecological stability. For that reason, the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia Pahang, Tioman Development Authority, Pahang State Government, Villagers Travel & Tours, Divers Association and Diving Centre Operators joined together to implement the plan.