Saturday, 25 May 2013

Hello from Raub! Errr...what to do here???

What do you know about Raub Pahang? This is a district and a town in Pahang which is located about 100km from Kuala Lumpur or 265km from Kuantan, Pahang's capital city. This town is one of the oldest town in Pahang state since 18th century. Historically, Raub is a gold miners settlement and the town get its name from the word "Raup" (literarily means "scooping") after a group of gold miners doing a handful gold by using tray and they found gold in every sand they scooped. Detail history, you may get it in Wikipedia as I will continue my posting with my travel experience in Raub.

Snapped this from Raub Guest House's Lobby


Initially, our trip is to visit Bentong only. But since the distance from Bentong to Raub is only about 45 minutes by bus and we were not sure when we will come to this place again, decided to catch up for few hours in Raub before going back to Kuala Lumpur. We check out from hotel around 10.30am and get a bus to Raub around 11.15am. The bus driver was using Fraser's Hill route before turning right for Raub route. Along the way, we saw a very huge scene of durian orchards, palm oil plantations, small Chinese villages and jungle. 

Second floor of a old shophouse

Old shophouses along Jalan Tun Razak


Once we arrived to Raub town, we were a bit blur because not so many information gathered in Google and seems like we have to explore this town by ourself. The weather in Raub was hotter than in Bentong and this town was in slight hilly area. But still, we will be positive to walk in most corners of Raub will a handy bottle of plain water in hand. 


Location guide:
1 - Rokiah Sate
2 - Hospital Daerah Raub
3 - Raub Guest House
4 - Dataran Raub
5 - Raub Bus Station
6 - Tengku Ismail Mosque
7 - Restaurant Sentosa
8 - Mahkamah Raub
9 - Ratha Restaurant



Basically there are 3 main streets for you to cover in Raub, Jalan Dato' Abdullah (this is where the local bus station located), Jalan Cheroh (the intersection to Kota Bahru & here you can see the old building of Majlis Daerah Raub "Raub District Office") and Jalan Tun Razak (the main business street in Raub). 

Raub Guesthouse, Jalan Dato' Abdullah


Majlis Daerah Raub "Raub District Office" at Jalan Chenor
Along Jalan Dato' Abdullah, you can see many shops, just like in other small town in Malaysia with 2 storey shophouses with unique wood-window features on the 2nd floor. Right at the corner of Jalan Dato' Abdullah and Jalan Chenor, you will see the Raub Guest House on the left side which is facing to Dataran Raub "Raub Square" and Raub District Office and Raub Hospital on the other side of the street. 

Next, we browse to the shoplots area behind the Raub District Office and drop by to Rokiah Sate for lunch. I get to know this Rokiah Sate "satay" is a very popular restaurant in Raub. Unfortunately, the satay only will available after 4.00pm and we only can have mixed rice for lunch. But surprise! surprise! it is not an ordinary lunch because this Rokiah Sate Restaurant served authentic Pahang style dishes. 

Gulai Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak at Rokiah Sate


Gulai Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Kerabu Pucuk Paku and Sambal Tempoyak are among our favorite here. I can't say this restaurant served the best as this is my first time in my life to eat "tempoyak" and I know I like it. In the meantime, I managed to trick my mate Christopher to eat the tempoyak dish as well without telling him that the tempoyak was made from Durian flesh (Take note that Christopher didn't eat Durian buut suddenly he liked the Tempoyak dishes). 

Highlighted, "Kerabu Pucuk Paku" at Rokiah Sate


Besides, this restaurant also served chicken rice, noodles and also ABC "Shaved ice". The weather in Raub was freaking hot and this ABC really cool us plus it was really tasty. 


We spent RM20.00 for below items:
  • My Lunch - White Rice, Ikan Masak Tempoyak Ikan Patin, Kerabu Pucuk Paku
  • Christopher's Lunch - White Rice, Chicken with Soy Sauce
  • Additional - Brinjal & Sambal Tempoyak
  • Drinks - ABC & Ice Tea


After lunch, we were continue browsing around the area and we found other famous eating out outlets such as Sarpino Pizza and Merry Brown. Finished with this area, we crossed the Dataran Raub "Raub Square" and found a Restaurant next to Masjid Tengku Abu Bakar "Tengku Abu Bakar Mosque". This restaurant is very unique in pre-independent wooden house in blue colour. According the the restaurant manager, this restaurant open from 11am until night for lunch and dinner and they are serving fresh river fish dishes and other hot foods. I saw some photos on the wall and saw that many government people ate here. 

Next, we were continue browsing along Jalan Tun Razak for more photo shooting and appreciation to old buildings. At the corner of Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Aman you will be the Famous Ratha Fish & Chicken Curry House and Raub Old Police Station (100m ahead from the Ratha Restaurant). 

Ratha Kari Ayam Raub & Kepala Ikan at Jalan Tun Razak

Raub Old Police Station at Jalan Tun Razak


The weather was really hot and without we realized, its already 3.00pm and we need to catch our 3.15pm local bus to Bentong before catching 5.15 bus back to Kuala Lumpur. The question is, will I come back to Raub? I will, not only to Raub, but further north to Kuala Lipis before heading to Gua Musang, Kelantan for more historical tracking. 

Second floor of old shophouse at Jalan Tun Razak


As usual, I would like to credit my mate Christopher for the photos during this trip. You can LIKE his photography page at 祥發 Photography for more photos and sharing. In the meantime, don't forget to LIKE my Facebook Fan Page at Microscopasia Journal.