Thursday, July 3, 2014

See Pekan On A Bike

It was not listed in our iteneray but cropped up as an additional side tour to promote biking tour in Pekan. When the organiser asked who want to be models for the cycling tour shoot, I volunteered and was given a full attire and a mountain bike. The photoshoot was to promote cycling activity at AnCasa Royale Pekan and also Pekan. 

AnCasa Royale Pekan has bikes for rental @ RM10.00 each. Enquire at the poolside office.
It was an experience to cycle away from home and later on appeared on Santai Travel Magazine. Hoping larrrr........... The first photoshoot was done at the AnCasa Royale Pekan Esplanade along the Sungai Pahang. 

The next day only three of us left for the second photoshoot in front of the Istana Abu Bakar. We did not follow the bus for the Royal Darul Makmur Golf Club but cycle our way there. We did a session of photoshoots before moving to Royal Pahang Polo Club.

 We did a brief stop at the Polo Club for a few shots and had the opportunity to see this locomotive that was used to transport iron ore in Sungai Lembing. Sungai Lembing has one of the deepest mining tunnel in the world.
Once in a while being part of the centre of attraction......................... Photo Credit 

After arriving the Darul Makmur Golf Club and made a brief tour of the golf course we decided that we want to cycle back to the hotel instead of taking a lift and we did. After all it was just a short distance of about 5km. It was an opportunity to travel and see Pekan on a different perspective even though just a small part of it.  
It feelsso nice to peddle on the Sultan Abu Bakar bridge. Even with the hot sun above our head, the breeze sweeping the body in the heas feels so refreshing.

That was another dimension of traveling that I had experienced unexpectedly. While cycling is a bit tiring, but you have more freedom to explore. The air in Pekan to me is still quite healthy since development had not eaten up the trees, flora and fauna. It is quite safe too since traffic is not so heavy compared to larger towns. However my suggestions if AnCasa Royale Pekan or any Cycling Club in Pekan were to organise bike tours in Pekan, participants should not be left by themselves. Safety measures should be taken into consideration by having it organised and have marshals to look after their safety.

Touring on a bicycle is not only cheap but at the same time you can explore more while keeping yourself fit.

AnCasa Royale Pekan


AnCasa Royale Pekan sitting strategically overlooking Sungai Pahang and at one end of Jambatan Sultan Abu Bakar looks as if waving and welcoming anyone who is going to cross the bridge to Pekan, the Royal Town of Pahang Darul Makmur. The Jambatan Sultan Abu Bakar too acts as a gateway into the town for those arriving from Kuantan. 

Being the first and only star rated hotel in Pekan, AnCasa Royale Pekan will not be missed as it is going to be a new landmark and very visible before crossing Sungai Pahang. It is strategically located in the centre of everywhere. The outomotive industry areas is located within reach while Pekan town on the other side of Sungai Pahang is just barely 10 minutes away. 

Map showing location of AnCasa Royale, Pekan, Pahang Malaysia

When I was with the Sahabat Media CC1M entourage to visit Royal town of Pekan recently, we had the opportunity to stay at the AnCasa Royale Pekan that was opened in May 2014.

AnCasa Royale Pekan has 22 units of Deluxe Premier Single rooms, 103 Deluxe Premier Twin besides 2 units of Junior suite, 4 Executive Suites and a Presidential and Royale Suite each.

We wre provided with the Deluxe Premier Twin and the room is very spacious and amenities provided in each room looks prestiguous. The best thing for guest who needs internet access, speed is excellent in all vacinity of the hotel building.


I had been staying in many hotels in the country during my working days but Ancasa Royale Pekan has something different to offer. The wardrobe can be accesses from the bedroom and also from the bathroom. Therefore the spacious bathroom with bathtub and seperate covered shower also function as the dressing room. Just slide the door and have access to any of your clothes or dress in the wardrobe. However if you share with friends make sure you re not naked in bathroom since the sliding door is not locked. Who know your friend incidentally opens wardrobe door when the sliding door from the shower is also opened.
From the shower you can access your clothes in the wardrobe. See the beds in the background?

There's also a weighing scale but at the time it was not working, maybe due to worn out batteries. 
Keeping yourself fit is not a problem since AnCasa Royale Pekan has their Sports Department who operate the mini gymasium equipped with cardio machines, weights and multistations. Either you can swim in the large swimming pool with infinity end facing the Sungai Pahang. There is also the kiddie pool next to the main pool. 
You can also keep an eye on your kids who want to build sandcastle at the kids playground. Its hard to find hotels providing sand playground unless it is situated at the beach. AnCasa Royale Pekan provides the opportunity for kids (maybe adults to, LOL) to play with sand. 
Walk, Jog or cycle along the Esplande at the bank of Sungai Pahang and best time to do so in in the early morning when the surface of Sungai Pahang is covered with mist, a beautiful sight not t be missed. 
For guest recreational activities AnCasa Royale Pekan provide bicycle for rental and enquire at the pool counter. 

After a hectic and tiring day, visit the Spa and have your body pampered and refreshed. 

Saffron Brasserie offer guest scrumptuous food and of course don't miss your Patin Masak Tempoyak or the Puding Raja. It is open until 10.00 pm after which its only through room service. 
I really enjoy the food while staying besides learning about some local cuisine from the friendly Chefs, that might be a signature of Pekan dish esp the Rendang Opor, the difference of Kueh Akok of Pekan from the same cake in Kelantan. . 
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Ancasa Royale Pekan, Pahang
No 2670, Kampung Peramu,
Jalan Pekan - Kuantan,
26600, Pekan,
Pahang Darul Makmur.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar

Historically it was a wooden building built in 1888 and then replaced with a two storey brick building in 1929 and was used as home for the British Resident during the British Colonialisation of Malaya. During the 2nd World War (1942-1945), the Japanese turn it into their operation centre.

In 1948, the building was renamed as Istana Kota Beram before being converted into Sultan Abu Bakar museum in 1976.

Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar is located on Jalan Sultan Ahmad in the Royal Town of Pekan, Pahang. 

It also acts as the Pahang State Museum portraying three concepts;

Open space adapted from the Malay Traditional house, Truly Pahang that only represent the history and culture of people of Pahang and Open Intellectual Garden.

Where museum are synonym to ancient and historical displays, Sultan Abu Bakar Museum has it own uniqueness. As soon as you approach the building it is very visible the sight of herons and horses made of drift wood on the front of the building. Horses are unique to Pekan, since it is home of one of the famous polo ground in the country. The royal family of Pahang has a passion for the sports.  

Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar is departmentalized in to 6 Galleries to represent the different themes related to Pahang Darul Makmur.

The Galleries are

The Istana Kota Beram as the main entrance and ticket counter. This galleries is made up of the History of Pahang, Islam and Laws of Pahang. Visitors can also view the display of weapons used by Malay warriors such as the Kris and lembing or tombak besides the musical instrument of the Royal Gamelan on the first Floor. 

      The second floor house the Royal room, Antlers & hunting, Currency, Royal Sports – Polo and Monarchy in Pahang.  It also has the display of the Roya Ladies of the Istana Gallery and Ceremonial Customs/Royal Ceremonial Regalia.

Inderapura housed the archeology and Orang Asli artifacts and livelihood and cultures. Inderapura is the old name for Pahang and was mentioned in the Malay Annals and Hikayat Hang Tuah, the iconic Malay Warrior from Malacca who is very faithful to the Sultan of Malacca.
      
      Artifacts on display in this gallery date back to the prehistoric era (Mesolithic/ Haobinhian/Neolithic and bronze age).  It also includes the proto Malay era  including ceramics from Tioman, treasures from the sunken Royal Nan Hai. History of Pekan, arrival of Islam and discoveries of arches and monuments are also on display.

      The Orang Asli display greets visitors to this gallery. It tells the story of how the Orang Asli live, their cultures, beliefs, art and craft besides their architecture. The Orang Asli who mostly living a nomadic life has close relation with the flora and fauna for their survival.

       There is also one Islamic gallery displaying Islamic work of art made up of Khat, the Islamic Calligraphy, Qurans published in the olden days.
    

      Visitors can also see what is the Tenun Pahang Diraja at the Textile and Fashion gallery.
  
      Bunga Pekan that is believe to be the name of the flower where Pekan town derives its name is given to a block of the Museum complex located at the back of Istana Kota Beram. This building house the Museum Shoppe, Bonang Café, Tun Razak Theatre, Ceramics displays and Arts and Culture of the East Coast.

      Mat Kilau is a well known Pahang Warrior who together with Dato’ Bahaman fought the British to help the Malay Peninsular free of British colonization. His name is depicted on one of the section of the museum and it housed the Political & Cultural personalities of Pahang besides the Malay Warriors & the Art of Silat, the Malay art of Self Defence.

      Balai Tun Teja is an open workshop display and performance of local music and culture is   being held.  

OPENING HOURS

Galleries
Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday and Sunday 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Friday 9.30 am to 12.15 noon and reopens at 2.45 pm to 5.30 pm.
Last call to visit the galleries 5.00 pm.
Closed on Monday

Keriang Aji & Library (Blok Keruing Aji & Perpustakaan)
Monday – Thursday 7.30 am to 5.30 pm
Friday 7.30 am to 12.15 noon and reopens 2.45 pm to 5.30 pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Tun Razak Theatre & Tun Teja Hall (Panggung Tun Razak & Balai Tun Teja)
Enquire at the administration office

Belibis café & Bonang café
Monday – Sunday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
Souvenir Shoppe
Tuedsay- Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Friday 9.30 am to 12.15 noon and reopens at 2.45 pm to 5.00 pm.

Enquiries:

Tel:  +609 422 1371 / 1459
Fax : +609 422 1572

Entrance Ticket

Malaysians   RM 5.00
People of Pahang RM 4.00
Foreign visitors RM 15.00

Students in School Uniform, Children Below 12 Years of Age, People with Disablities and Senior Citizens FREE.

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