Monday, 28 April 2014


This weekly bazaar happened to be on Sunday held at Lurah Semantan from as early as 7.00 am until 1.00 pm. People from local villages come to sell their products such as all kinds of vegetables, fruits, traditional delicious foods, fresh water fish from the river, ulam (vegetable taken raw) as well as clothes.
They are selling their products on both sides of the road along the mosque, water front until the mini stadium. REBONG (Young Bamboo Shoot) is a favorite delicacy, cook with fresh water fish and coconut milk. Not to be missed is IKAN PATIN MASAK TEMPOYAK (cat fish cook with Durian paste) as this is what Temerloh famous for. If you are looking for fresh water fishes then this is the right place. Here you can easily buy ikan Patin, Temoleh/Temelian, Baung, Haruan, Tapah, Kaloi, Tengalan, Belida, Kerai, Lampam, Jelawat and ikan mungkus (only in season) usually after the flood resume. Although you will find the price is a little bit deer due to the high demand but it is always negotiable.
Whenever you are in Temerloh, don’t forget to eat Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak and Chicken Rice at Temerloh Old Town perhaps it’s one of the best in the country. You can also take away for other member of your family. For those who would like to take some raw Ikan Patin back home, just go to Bangau Tanjung village, buy them from the owner directly.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

National Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah was initially never meant for tourism, but due to its popularity and the relentless efforts of various authorities and organizations to help conserve the Malayan elephant population, the place has now become entrenched in Pahang's tourism map.
A visit to Kuala Gandah is an opportunity not to be missed, given the hands-on experience allowed for visitors.
The Center is open daily from 10am-4:45pm (closed on major public holidays), and visitors are encouraged to come between 1-4pm to join the daily activities like riding the elephants and bathing with the elephant in the river nearby. Bathing in the river will be a special activity for those who like the pachyderms but please be prepared to change your clothing!

Deerland Park existed in Lanchang, Pahang. 
My family and I, with a plan to visit Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, reached Lanchang at about 10am, Sunday, from Temerloh. We stopped by a restaurant somewhere in Kampung Chempaka Kanan to take our late breakfast and later bought some bottled water from grocery shop next door. The taukeh asked me whether I was going to visit the elephants. I said yes and he told me that the activities only start at 2pm. Since it was only 11am, he told me to visit Deerland Park and that the signs would lead me there. I thanked him for the information and told my husband about it. So, we followed the sign and found the place. When we parked, I saw a van full of tourists visiting the same place. I was a bit ashamed of myself; well, who wouldn’t? They came with a plan to visit the place while I, a Malaysian living in Malaysia, just discovered the place by chance. But I guess that is a good sign that tourists are given good information of where to go and what to visit.
We paid RM16 in total; RM12 for 2 adults, RM4 for a kid. We were given entry stickers (to stick on shirt) and a coupon for deer food. My son was really excited to feed the deers. At the enclosure, we exchanged the coupon and get two small baskets of deer food and fed the Javan Rusa deers. It was fun but deers can be quite aggressive sometimes. My purple shirt got chewed by a deer, probably mistaken me for purple sweet potato.

Gunong Senyum or the Smiling Mountain Recreational Park, at 1,549 metres above sea level is an important archeological site. It is located on the Pahang River bank about 68 kilometres away from the town of Temerloh via kampung Awah and Felda Jengka 18.
The park is a part of the Jengka Forest Reserve, which covers an area of 794 hectares. Surrounded by oil palm plantations of the Jengka Felda scheme, there are two main mountains within the park, Gunong Senyum and Gunong Jebak Puyoh, the former being a popular spot to tourist and researchers.
Gunong Senyum is made up of limestone and rock, estimated to be around 3,000 years old, whilst the lowlands on the east is made of mudstone and shale estimated at around 2,100 years old.

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