Top things to do

Museum in Pekan

Museum Sultan Abu Bakar

This museum is housed in a wonderful building constructed by the British in 1929. Exhibits are largely about the Pahang royal family, with other displays featuring weapons, pottery (including Chinese porcelain and A…
Chinese in Pekan

Umi Café

Right across from the shady padang this is the most airy and pleasant place to eat in town. There’s a Chinese-Malay buffet at lunch and delicious curry pao (RM1; steamed bun filled with meat) all day.
Thai in Pekan

Restaurants

A handful of spicy Thai-style ikan bakar and tom yum seafood restaurants open for dinner along Jln Sultan Abu Bakar.
Museum in Pekan

Galeri Pengangkutan Air

Displays traditional Malaysian watercraft. Look out for the fabulously carved craft with the head of a mythical beast.
Hawker in Pekan

Food Stalls

Food stalls, in the grid of streets between the Padang and Sungai Pahang and along the riverfront Jln Sultan Ahmad.
Market in Pekan

Fruit Stalls

Fruit stalls in the grid of streets between the Padang and Sungai Pahang and along the riverfront Jln Sultan Ahmad.
Mosque in Pekan

Abu Bakar Mosque

The active Abu Bakar Mosque is crowned with gold domes. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter.
Historic Building in Pekan

Pekan Lama

Behind the Sultan Abdullah Mosque stands this old tower fashioned from wood and stone.
Mosque in Pekan

Sultan Abdullah Mosque

This blue-domed mosque is a large, slightly mouldering creation dating back to 1932.
Palace in Pekan

Istana Permai

The focus of Pekan’s palm-lined royal quarter is the Regent of Pahang’s palace.