Pahang straddles a thick mountain range that forms Peninsular Malaysia’s backbone. The country’s third-largest state is home to some of its best off-the-beaten-track attractions and tourism remains its principal income generator. From the grand jungles of the Taman Negara National Park and the lotus-filled Tasik Chini (Chini Lake) to the near-pristine beaches of Pulau Tioman and the surf haven of Cherating, Pahang’s tourism starlets are perfect for outdoor action. Just three hours from Kuala Lumpur, the state capital is Kuantan – a major stop on most bus routes that head north, south or across the peninsula. Here you’ll find beaches, jungles and indigenous tribes instead of having to face the crowds at Malaysia’s more popular and well-known destinations.