The Raub district is one of the oldest town situated in the west of Pahang and between two range, Titiwangsa Range, and Benom Mountain Range. The town is situated 110 km from Kuala Lumpur and 265 km from Pahang’s capital, Kuantan. Raub district consists of 7 sub-districts, namely Batu Talam, Sega, Semantang Ulu, Dong, Ulu Dong, Gali and Tras.
Raub was explored and founded in the 18th century. It is a historic gold mining settlement. According to the history, it was named Raub after a group of miners found a handful of gold in every tray of sand they dig. This is described by J. A. Richardson in his book, The Geology, and Mineral Resources of the Neighbourhood of Raub Pahang. According to him on page 36, “People found that for every “dulang” of sand there was a handful (Raub) of gold.” Referring to the old folks' tale in the early 19th century, an old man and his two sons discovered gold every time they scooped up the earth in Raub. Thus, the town and the district derived their name from the Malay word Raub which means “scoop”.
How to Get There
The highway is the main route to Raub. People from Kuala Lumpur will usually exit the Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) at Bentong and then enter Highway 8 to get to Raub. Raub is also a stopover for motorists traveling to Kota Bharu, which is the northern end of Highway 8 respectively.
Raub is the eastern end of Route 55, which begins in Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor and passing through Fraser’s Hill in the process. Besides that, Raub is also a gateway to the hill resort of Cameron Highlands, using Pahang state route.
Buses in Raub are operated by several companies which include Pahang Lin Siong, Union, and Central Pahang. Other interstate express coaches also stop by Raub central bus station as Raub is strategically located along routes to cities like Gua Musang and Kota Bharu in the eastern states.
While staying in Raub district, there is just so much interesting activities to be enjoyed. Raub Lake Park is a very popular spot located 2 km from Raub town. People can have a picnic, jogging, fishing or just relaxing, rent a boat and sightseeing around the lake area.
Other family get-togethers and picnic spots are Lata Lembik Waterfall about 42 km from Raub town or a nearer Lata Jarum Rapid about 30 km from Raub town. For a different experience, Sungai Pasu Recreation Centre situated 13 km from Raub town offers the location for the local homestay programme. For a more peaceful and calm environment, people may head on to Fraser’s Hill just 19 km from Raub town.
Tasik Ria Kundang Puah Recreational Centre has situated 21 km from Raub town. It is a former tin mine turning into a lake clustered with tiny islands ideal for fishing activities. For adventure goers, Jeram Besu Rapid is one of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Malaysia.
1. Lata Berembun
To get there head towards Kampung Baru Sungai Chalit. It is about 30 km away from Raub via a rough drive through fruit orchards, oil palm and rubber plantation by a four-wheel drive vehicle. It has the only natural water slides. The waterfall is gloriously set with a picturesque backdrop that naturally offers great spots for picnics. The wild and domesticated fruit trees yield fruits aplenty during the picking season.
2. Lata Jarum & Pulau Chekas
Lata Jarum is a popular spot for family outings. It has a series of rapids that culminate in a cool rock pool. Located 35 km. from Raub Town visitor must go to a small town called Dong. From the junction, it will take another half an hour journey through a village road until Kampong Ulu Dong. Just a few more kilometers, you will first reach Pulau Chekas another swimming and picnic spot and not long after that is the Lata Jarum Fall to the Lata Jarum Recreational Forest.
This place is developed by the Forestry Department in the vicinity of Ulu Dong Reserve Forest. There are a number of facilities provide for the visitors such as toilet, rest bench, stalls, parking area, suspension bridge and camp-site. For those who are looking for cozy treatment, there are chalets available manage by the local entrepreneur.
Jungle trekking is a rewarding activity, engage a guide to take you deep into the jungle to see ‘Rafflesia’ ( the biggest flower on earth ), herbs plants, as well as giant tropical trees. Local bus service is available from Dong – Ulu Dong, the taxi can be hired from Raub/Kuala Lipis/Dong. Since this is a forest reserve, please keep clean, do help to conserve the ‘Flora and Fauna’ for the future generation.
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3. Lata Lembik
You may reach this spot from Raub to Kg Ulu Sungai, then proceed to an orang asli settlement named "Pos Buntu". From this point onwards it's only 3 km to the cascading waters. This scenic waterfall features an intriguing natural rock formation that is over millions of years old.
There are public toilets, surau, parking lots, camping site, and food stalls available.
To reach this cascading waterfall from Raub Town you must drive in a direction to Felda Sungai Koyan and turn left at the junction to Ulu Sungai until you arrive at an Orang Asli Settlement called Pos Buntu. From there it is another 3 kilometers to the waterfall. Public transport is not available, If you were to drive it will take about one hour from Raub. The facilities provided include parking, toilet, stall, and camping sites.
4. Jeram Besu
For the thrills and spills of white water rafting, try Jeram Besu, which is fast becoming a haven for whitewater rafting enthusiasts. The place is known as one of the best places in the Peninsula for whitewater rafting and kayaking, offering a challenge to beginners as well as the experienced. It's located on the trunk road between Raub and Kuala Lipis and about 8 km from the town of Benta.
Engage a local agent to arrange for white water rafting from Jeram Besu itself row down along Lipis river until Penjom village (first stop) or further down to Kuala Lipis. This river trip might take only half a day or the whole day long. This nature adventure trip is a must try the activity for the outdoor enthusiasts.
5. Pekan Sehari
These Pekan Sehari (weekly bazar) is held on every Sunday at two different places, Raub Town and Benta. People from local villages come with their products as early as 7.00 in the morning until 12.00 noon.
If you are looking for something extraordinary product, here is the right place. Here you will find a lot of vegetables, fruits, freshwater fish and Ulam-Ulam (vegetable has taken raw). Special local delicacies such as Nasi Keduli, Gula Kabong (brown sugar), Sempalit Ground Nut, Asam Rom, Keladi Kemahang, Sambal Belimbing Hitam and Lemang are also available.
6. Homestay Program
Raub also boosts their homestay program located at Kampong Sungai Pasu and Gali Hilir some 12 km. away from Raub town towards Kuala Lipis. There are interesting packages available for a day, 2 days and 3 days.
The opportunity to stay with a local host, eat local foods, taking part in local activities should not be missed. Activities available during your stay will include Rubber tapping, White water rafting, fishing, Waterfall, Traditional music, and dances, learn ‘Silat’ (The Malay arts of self-defense) and Kompang. In addition to that, local delicacies such as Asam Rom, Sambal Belimbing Hitam, Lemang and Sambal pecal is must try a product. For an outdoor activity, you may visit an Orang Asli settlement and do jungle trekking.