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Introduction
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  Kawasan Daerah Rompin

Map in Pahang, Malaysia

 

Rompin is the first stop in Pahang if you are approaching the state from either Johor Bahru or Singapore. It is 133 km from Kuantan. The gateway to the magnificent Endau-Rompin State Park as well as the sea gateway to the Tioman Islands, Kuala Rompin itself is not short of attractive destinations. Rompin offers water lovers a choice of exciting yet soothing holiday destinations.

Don't forget to take home some lovely rattan souvenirs produced by the Orang Asli or aborigines living in the surrounding lush green forest. If you're a seafood lover, the months of September and October are the best time to visit Rompin, especially for lobsters. They are usually caught fresh from Rompin River, Nenasi River, Anak Endau River and Endau River.

Rompin is the first stop in Pahang if you are approaching the state from either Johor Bahru. It is 133 km from Kuantan. The gateway to the magnificent Endau-Rompin State Park as well as the sea gateway to the Tioman Islands, Kuala Rompin itself is not short of attractive destinations. It offers water lovers a choice of exciting yet soothing holiday destinations.

 

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"Trademark" Kuala Rompin

 

You can see this trademark when you reach Kuala Rompin’s Town is "International Destination for Sailfish's Sport Fishing (Destinasi Antarabangsa Sukan Memancing Ikan Layaran)".

 

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History
 
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Rompin City , Pahang

 

Rompin is the 5th Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge this weekend will see many international anglers pitting their skills for the biggest catch.

The annual competition is expected to draw participants from around the world, putting Pahang on the international anglers map and elevating its reputation in global marine sports.

The term billfish describes predatory fish characterised by their large size and long sword-like bills, such as in the sailfish and marlin.Rompin is one of the world’s top three destinations for sailfish anglers.

Sailfish are two species of fishes in the genus Istiophorus, living in warmer sections of all the oceans of the world. They are blue to gray in color and have a characteristic erectile dorsal fin known as a sail, which often stretches the entire length of the back. Another notable characteristic is the elongated bill, resembling that of the swordfish and other marlins.

 

Rompin river, Pahang

 

The competition is recognised as one in the qualifying series of the Offshore World Championship sanctioned by the International Games Fishing Association.The winner will qualify for the final round of the International Game Fishing Association championship at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Pahang Tourism Action Council general manager Idros Yahya said one of the objectives of the event was to attract tourists to Pahang, especially those seeking adventure and eco-friendly sports.

“International competitions like these can promote recreational-angling tourism in Malaysia and make Rompin a destination for anglers from around the world.

“This year, we expect 250 sailfish angling enthusiasts in 50 teams from places such as Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States,” he said.

 

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Sailfish in South China Sea

 

The competition only covers catches of sailfish and marlin based on the catch and release concept.Idros said that 285 sailfishes were caught and tagged last year.

He said such competitions could create economic activities for locals in sectors such as food, services and hospitality.For the challenge, the Department of Fisheries has placed 18 artificial reefs to attract billfishes.

 

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Kuala Rompin
 
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Pintu gerbang Kuala Rompin

 

Kuala Rompin adalah sebuah perkampungan nelayan yang terletak di tepi Kuala Sungai Rompin. Sejarah namanya  dikaitkan dengan sebatang pokok.  Pada masa dahulu banyak pokok ru atau cemara tumbuh di sepanjang pantai daerah Rompin.  Boleh dikatakan tidak ada pokok selain pokok ru atau cemara tumbuh dengan banyaknya disitu. Antara pokok ru yang banyak itu, ada sebatang pokok ru yang besar dan tinggi.  Yang ganjilnya ialah batang pokok ru itu ramping di bahagian tengahnya.  Walau bagaimanapun keadaan ini tidakpun menjejaskan kekuatan pokok ru itupada keseluruhannya.

Hal ini cukup menghairankan penduduk tempatan dan cerita ini sering menjadi buah mulut mereka pada setiap masa.  Ada yang menganggap keganjilan itu sesuai dijadikan penempatan.  Semenjak daripada itu tempat ini dikenali dengan Ru Ramping.  Oleh sebab nama itu panjang, akhirnya penduduk tempatan memendekkan kepada Rumping. Seterusnya dialek tempatan menyebabkan perkataan Rumping menjadi atau disebut Rumpin tetapi lama kelamaan ianya dieja Rompin.     

Kuala Rompin telah menjadi salah satu tempat yang popular di Rompin, Pahang. Kuala Rompin menjadi semakin pesat dengan pelbagai aktiviti di laut dan darat. Kuala rompin ini juga mempunyai keindahan persekitaran yang menyegarkan dan mendamaikan.

 

Di sini juga dapat melihat matahari terbit dari sebelah laut selepas subuh dengan panorama yang indah, di tambah pula dengan kicauan burung yang memang sekaligus dapat melapangkan fikiran dan menyegarkan mata.

Terletak di Daerah Rompin, Kuala Rompin yang semakin menjadi sebutan sebagai destinasi pelancongan mahupun kaki pancing yang mengenali Kuala Rompin sebagai Bandar Udang Galah.

Jolokan nama bandar itu yang dikaitkan dengan udang galah bukanlah satu perbualan kosong atau legenda. Datanglah ke Kuala Rompin dan berkunjung ke Kampung Leban Chondong, kira-kira 16 kilometer dari bandar itu, anda boleh menikmati masakan udang galah dalam pelbagai rasa.

Tumpuan pelancong antarabangsa kini bukan saja untuk menikmati udang galah di bandar itu, sebaliknya mencuba gelanggang Laut China Selatan yang menempatkan ikan layaran serta marlin untuk dipancing.

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Ikan Layaran yang ditangkap oleh pemancing

 

Hobi memancing ikan layaran dan marlin menjadikan Kuala Rompin pusat sukan memancing baru yang menarik, malah dikatakan ikan layaran besar pernah ditemui di perairannya. Satu daripada lokasi jajaran ikan layaran terbesar di Asia, selain Amerika Syarikat dan Australia.

Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge telah meletakkan Kuala Rompin sebagai pusat sukan memancing dunia dan mencuri tumpuan pemancing antarabangsa.

Bandar Rompin semakin pesat dengan pembangunan dan kunjungan pelancong-pelancong luar mahupun di dalam negara.

Dari Kuala Lumpur-Bahau-Muadzam Shah-Bandar Rompin-Taman Negara Endau Rompin. Dengan perjalanan kira-kira empat hingga empat jam setengah, tindakan anda mengunjungi Taman Negeri Endau-Rompin berbaloi. Dari Kuantan ke Rompin pun, kira-kira dua jam perjalanan.

JIKA anda dari Johor Bharu, anda hanya perlu ke Mersing-Tanjung Gemok, kemudiannya ke Bandar Rompin sebelum meneruskan perjalanan ke Felda Selendang Satu dan beberapa minit kemudiannya anda sudah memasuki Taman Negeri Endau-Rompin.

 

 

South China Sea

Rompin Beach, Pahang

 

Kuala Rompin faces the South China Sea. This place is, perhaps, the next best thing after the beaches of Kuantan and beyond. In fact, Kuala Rompin is developing into an attractive holiday destination in its own right. The minimalist approach in tourism development in this area is what makes it great if your idea of a great holiday is peace and quiet.

Also during those times, the raging waters of the South China Sea would sometimes spill on to the road during the tempestuous moments of the monsoon. Perhaps, the only form of creature comfort then was the Batu 16 retreat for the Pahang royalty. People would often stop over at this place to stroll on the beach or have a weekend picnic. Like many a desolate zones such as this, there would be amazing stories, which were sometimes chilling when they were told on location.

One was about the profusion of saltwater crocodiles in the area. It sort of made you wonder whether it would be safe to be in the water. However, to this day there have never been any reports of such creatures attacking humans although there were many cases reported in the vicinity of Kuala Sungai Pahang (mouth of the Pahang river) near Pekan.

 

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To bask in all its power and magnificence

 

The Royal Pahang International Billfish  Challenge is a world-class event to look out for come August every year. This event is all about international teams vying to bag the most number of marlins from the waters off Kuala Rompin. It is a catch-tag-and-release affair but I wouldn't want to comment on the level of stress suffered by this graceful creatures. But, still it is quite a harmless pursuit. Besides this, the annual Rompin Fiesta is another much-awaited event. It is held around mid-June.

If there is no rain and night sky is clear, you can go upriver from Lanjut jetty to see fireflies by the thousands nesting on beremban trees growing on the banks of Sungai Rompin. You can also do a spot of star gazing and bird watching in Rompin. The increasingly popular sport of woodball has its Pahang base at the Lanjut Golden Beach Resort. Several international woodball championships have so far been hosted at there. The 188-acre Lanjut Golden Beach Resort, which is about 21km from the town of Kuala Rompin is the only place with a golf course.

 
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Endau Rompin National Park
 
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Signboard in Endau-Rompin National Park

 

Endau-Rompin adalah salah satu Taman Negara yang popular di Malaysia. Ianya ini terletak di antara negeri Pahang dan Johor. Endau-Rompin ini merupakan salah satu daripada sebilangan kecil hutan hujan tropika tanah pamah di Malaysia. Endau-Rompin ini terletaknya di legeh Sungai Endau dan Sungai Rompin di Johor bersempadan dengan Pahang, kawasan ini yang seluas 50,000 hektar (500 kilometer persegi) dianggar berumur sekitar 250 juta tahun.

Endau-Rompin National Park is made up of a lush, pristine tropical rainforest. Covering an area of 50,000 hectares (500 sq. km). Endau-Rompin is the second largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia after Taman Negara and has been upgraded to a national park in 1980s. With rock formations dating back some 250 million years, Endau-Rompin is mostly hills with some prominent sandstone plateaus. It also happens to be the watershed of several rivers such as Endau River, Selai River and Jasin River.

The first scientific study of the area was conducted in 1892 by H.W. Lake and Lieutenant H.J. Kelsall. With the aid of the study, the forest complex of Endau-Kluang was gazetted as a forest reserve in 1933. Later in 1972, the forest reserve was expanded to include Lesong forest reserve in Pahang.

 

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Endau River, Endau-Rompin

 

In the same year, the federal government came up with a proposal to federally protect 2,000 kmē of the complex as a national park. At that time there was no legal mechanism to create a national park. In 1980, the National Parks Act 1980 (Malaysia) was passed by the Malaysian Parliament. However, dispute between federal and state powers prevented the creation of a national park in the area at that time. Five years later, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks proposed roughly the same areas to be gazetted as wildlife sanctuary to protect the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.

In the early 1980s, logging was a major concern in Johor. It was discovered in the decade that the logging had come up to the boundary of the forest reserve and threatened to devastate the area. The Malaysian Nature Society, in an effort to promote public awareness surrounding the issue of Endau Rompin conducted a scientific study in 1984 into the area, completely financed by the public. The expedition discovered 25 new species. In the same year, the government of Johor finally allowed 251.95 kmē of the area to be gazetted as a national park. The national park was further enlarged after Pahang and Johor agreed to such action. In 1993, the Endau Rompin National Park was finally created with the total area of approximately 900 kmē of forest cover.

 

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Jasin River, Endau-Rompin

 

According to legend, the Jasin River and the Endau River were dwelled by Were crocodile and thousands of dangerous crocodile. The man-eaters often endanger people in the area. Several attack cases and near death experience were a common story among the people who use the river for their daily activities. The ‘Orang Asli’ (aborigine) believe that the fear might be over if they could kill the crocodile king. After hunting for a period of time the ‘Orang Asli’ finally catch the crocodile king and then throw it at Seganggong hill. The crocodile was unable to move as it trapped at the rocky hill. The trapped crocodile causes the water to change it direction to the Endau River. Finally the crocodile died and the waterfall then named after the sank crocodile or known as the ‘Buaya Sangkut’.

 

periuk kera

Periuk Kera

 

Endau-Rompin is a major conservation area due to the diversity of flora and fauna found within. Its rocks and hills are estimated to be nearly 250 million years old.

Botanists have found many new species of flora and fauna along the stream and on the nearby hills in Endau-Rompin National Park. The most spectacular of the discoveries was the fan palm species, characteristic of the ridge and hilltop, named the Livistona Endauensis dominating the forest on the plateau of Gunong Janing Barat. Others interesting plants include the ‘Rhopa Coblaste’, more commonly know as the climbing bamboo, and the walking stick palm or ‘Phychorapis Singaporensis’, identified by its slender stems and feather-like leaf fronds, and many varieties of toadstools and orchids.

 

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Meranti Tree

 

Terdapat pelbagai jenis-jenis tumbuhan yang unik di Endau-Rompin seperti keruing, meranti, paku pakis, periuk kera, orkid hutan dan sebagainya.Di Taman Negeri Endau-Rompin ini juga terdapat banyak hidupan liar seperti harimau, gajah dan babi hutan serta bilangan badak sumbu Sumatera yang terbesar di dunia.Spesies tempatan yang lain termasuk binturung (bear cat) dan Ungka Tangan Putih (white handed gibbon) yang merupakan spesies mawas yang tunggal di kawasan ini. Di sini juga terdapat pelbagai jenis serangga dan burung yang jarang ditemui di tempat lain.

A great place for nature lovers, there are many activities that can be pursued such as botany, nature study, bird watching, photography and jungle trekking. For nature study, the unusual flora that can be found include the famous fan palm of the 'Livistona endauensis' variety; climbing bamboo; the walking stick palm; toadstools; and orchids.

Wildlife include tigers, elephants, deer, Sumatran rhinoceros, binturong or bear cats (Arctictis binturong), chirping drongos, hornbills, argus pheasants, and white handed gibbons, the only ape species in the region.

The jungle holds many secrets that defy modern technology. Some of the most unique species of plants and animals still inhibit in this jungle. Most of the rare flora and fauna is hard to discovered if you are just ‘passing through’. Do not miss visiting the ‘Orang Asli’ settlement to see the life style of the traditional aborigine people.

 

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Trip from Johor Baharu to Kahang, Johor

 

A trip from Johor Bahru to Kahang (entrance to the National Park) will take at least 3 hours by road. Before you are allowed to visit the National Park, you need to get a permit from the National Park Corporation of Johor. A 4x4 is a best choice to trek in the log trail. The conditions of the road depend on the season. In the raining season, it will be much more thrill to drive as it is slippery and adventurous. The first stop is at ‘Peta’ village. In order to move to the next destination ‘Pacau’, a guide from ‘Orang Asli’ is needed to assure you are safe and sound as you need to walk through the jungle. With 2 hours walk, you will be catching ‘Upeh guling’ waterfall. Refresh yourself and try your luck fishing in this area. Common species is ‘Patin’ (Catfish).

 

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Upeh guling waterfall, Endau-Rompin

 

A night in a jungle full with thrill and excitement as you will hear a creepy sound and the feeling that someone is at your back. As night falls, the forests become alive with the spooky sounds and fireflies and beetles with fluorescent wings and tails.

Endau-Rompin is best to contact your travel agent for guided tours, as the area is largely underdeveloped and infrastructure is minimal. Entry permits are a must and visitors will have to provide two passport sized photographs and a photocopy of their identity card or passport. Endau-Rompin is accessible by road from KL and Singapore but it is advisable to use 4WD. It takes 5 hours from KL. Your travel agent will be able to provide further details as to the itinerary of your tour. The tour will typically include all meals, accommodation, and transport to and from Endau-Rompin, as well as transport within the park.

According to legend, the Jasin River and the Endau River were dwelled by Were crocodile and thousands of dangerous crocodile. The man-eaters often endanger people in the area. Several attack cases and near death experience were a common story among the people who use the river for their daily activities. The ‘Orang Asli’ (aborigine) believe that the fear might be over if they could kill the crocodile king. After hunting for a period of time the ‘Orang Asli’ finally catch the crocodile king and then throw it at Seganggong hill. The crocodile was unable to move as it trapped at the rocky hill. The trapped crocodile causes the water to change it direction to the Endau River. Finally the crocodile died and the waterfall then named after the sank crocodile or known as the ‘Buaya Sangkut’.

During the monsoon season that covers from November till March, the park is closed to the public. Further, fishing is banned from September till October during mating season.

 

 
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Lanjut Beach
 
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Lanjut Beach Rompin, Pahang

 

Lanjut Beach is one of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches along the southern coast of Pahang.

Lanjut Beach has the reputation of being one of the cleanest beaches in the state, with few developments around.

Lanjut is situated in the Rompin district, and is on the southern part of the state’s coastline.

 

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Lanjut Beach Rompin, Pahang

 

The new Lanjut Golden Beach Resort is ideally located where hotels and chalets are easily available, in fast-developing Rompin district.

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Lanjut Beach Rompin, Pahang

 

Fishing for freshwater prawns is a popular outdoor activity in the many rivers found in the district.

Kuala Rompin is also a gateway to Tioman Island, as well to the newly opened Endau-Rompin State Park.


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Map to Lanjut beach Rompin, Pahang

 

By road:
From the West: Kuala Lumpur - Seremban - Bahau - Mu'adzam Shah -Lanjut (3.5 hours drive = 285 kilometers)
From the South: Johor Bahru - Mersing - Kuala Rompin - Lanjut (2.5 hours drive = 215 kilometers)
From the North: Kota Bahru - Kuala Terengganu - Kuantan - Pekan - Lanjut (6.5 hours drive = 496 kilometers)


By Air
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Kuala Lumpur) - Kuantan Airport

 

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