The area of the Jerantut District covers 7,563 km per sq ft
(7563 hectares), boundering the northern states of Kelantan and Terengganu, in
the south, Temerloh and Maran district, in the west, Lipis and Raub district and
in the east, Kuantan district.
The population in Jerantut district is approximately 83,699 in 125 villages in
The large portion of land appears to be forested which forms from Permanent
Forest land (387,917 hectares) and National Park (188,206 hectares). The
segmented use of other lands are FELDA (57,962 hectares), State land (52,162
hectares), Titled lands (45,322 hectares), Clustered (7,585 hectares), Private
estates (6,394 hectares), LKPP (5,792 hectares), FELCRA (3,792 hectares) and
RISDA (1,214 hectares). Agricultural sector makes up the main activity in this
district contributing KDNK (1994) as much as 53%, tourism sector shows a rapid
development with the existing world class tourism like National Park and a few
new tourism locations like Lembah Kiol Golf Course, Lata Meraung waterfall,
Jeram Perahu, Kota Gelanggi Cave, Tekam Plantation Eco Resort and so on.
Tembeling river, the main river in this district is the exciting way to National
Park and the surrounding villages in Ulu Tembeling. The joining of Tembeling and
Jelai river forms the Pahang river where it flows right through the Royal Pekan
town and then through the South China Sea. The Central district administration
in Jerantut town is situated 200km away from Kuantan or 250km away from Kuala
Lumpur. This town is the main gate to National Park which is linked by roads, trains and boats.
Jerantut is the largest district in Pahang state and also a progressive town,
like any other town in Malaysia today, with new mixed property developments
having been built and a beautiful mosque just built on the approach to the town.
It may be hot and humid throughout the year in Jerantut with
temperatures ranging from 21 Celsius to 34 Celsius. There are also rainy period,
but this should not put a damper on you, as you are assured of plenty of
sunshine. The rainy seasons, caused by the monsoons usually occur between November
to February along the east coast of the Peninsular, while the west coast has its
rainy season between August and September. Annual rainfall can be as high as
At most Malaysian can speak, read and or write at least two
language, communicating with them poses no problems. English is commonly
used and spoken throughout the country. It remains the language of commerce,
banking and international trade. Tourists with even a basic understanding of
English will have no difficulty in getting around the country. The
national language is of course Bahasa Malaysia or more commonly known as Malay.
It is widely used by Malaysians in their daily life and even in business.
The other common language spoken in the country are Mandarin and Tamil ?
althrough several dialects are still in use.
Radio and television broadcasts in all the main language. Presently there are
five free TV channels in the country ; the government-owned Radio Television
Malaysia ( RTM ) which has two channels, and privately owned TV3, 8TV and NTV7.
Programmers are in the various language, with a balance between locally produced
documentaries, dramas and variety shows and those that are ?canned ?imports
from the major international networks. There are also satellite TV and
cable TV provides in Malaysia which offer more entertainment and news to
Malaysian. The current paid TV providers are Astro and MiTV.
The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated (RM)
which is equivalent to 100 sen. Coins are issued in the denominations of 1 sen,
5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen. Currency notes are in RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50
and RM100. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be converted to Malaysian
Ringgit at banks or authorised money changers throughout the country.
What to Wear
Light, cool and casual clothing is recommended all year
round. For more formal occasions, jacket and tie or long sleeved batik for men
and dresses for women.