Things to do in Bentong Town, Pahang

06 October 2017

We highlight six of the best things to do and eat in this charming town.

All across Malaysia, ventricular networks of highways and small village roads lead to thriving settlements that had sprung up during the tin mining boom of the early 1920s. One such settlement is Bentong, Pahang, located along the Karak Highway about 70km from downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Within the past 30 years, Bentong has seen a growth in its trade and tourism, in part because of its growing manufacturing industry and proximity to large townships and tourist attractions such as the Klang Valley, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands. Best known for its ginger plantation, Bentong is also a thriving town of small to medium-sized organic estates and businesses, producing local goods from timber, produce, electronic components and copper.

Today, the township is projected to be a satellite town for the Greater Kuala Lumpur Region, especially with infrastructure projects that will positively impact the town such as the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Central Spine Road (CSR).

Despite its growing population and tourism, Bentong retains much of its historic charm, with pre-war shophouses still forming the commercial backbone of the town. Here, it’s not difficult to discover understated attractions and eateries, each with their unique generational recipe and legacy.


Kedai Buku Lauu
Located on one of the three main streets of Bentong, Kedai Buku Lauu stands out with its hand-painted comic-inspired signboard. Stacked and packed with books that extend all the way to the back of the shop, this humble bookstore is a sanctuary for manga and anime buffs, stocking first and second-hand classics such as Dragon Ball, Naruto, Slam Dunk and more.

Address: Kedai Buku Lauu, No 27, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang. Open Mon-Sun, 8.30am-9pm.


Kicap Soya Bentong

Enter the gates of Kicap Soya Bentong and you’ll be greeted with a salty amalgamation of soybeans, wheat, salt and water. Here, the Wong family has been producing soy sauce with traditional Japanese techniques for over 30 years, and have since expanded their reserve to bean paste and food seasoning.


A short visit to the production centre is an insightful one. Wong Chee Yun, the heir to his father’s business, brings visitors to inspect the collection of aged barrels storing up to 1,000kg of fermented soy at a time. Wong is generous with his knowledge and he’s more than happy to walk visitors through the process of soy sauce making – from pressing, refining, aging, and fermentation. Each 370ml and 1.2L bottle of home-brewed soy sauce can be purchased at the production centre for RM5.50 and RM10.30 respectively.

Address: Kicap Soya Bentong, Lot 27, Kawasan Perindustrian Bentong, Bentong, Pahang (012 606 2269). Open Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm. Visits by appointment only.


Lai Sen Tofu Puff

Lai Sen Tofu Puff is a third generation family business that specialises in producing one of Bentong’s best tofu puffs for over 100 years. The humble factory is open to visitors for a taste of this homemade treat while learning about how it’s made.


Here, the machine whirs loudly, mincing soybeans into a paste, which will then be boiled and subsequently pressed to remove moisture. Once each dreg solidifies, a piece will be cut and deep fried in an industrial-sized wok for a light and crispy tofu puff. On average, Lai Sen produces about 300kg of tofu puffs a day, which are supplied to markets in and around Bentong and the Klang Valley.

Address: Lai Sen Tofu Puff, 128, Ulu Perting, 28700 Bentong, Pahang. Open Wed-Mon, 9am- 5pm.


Chamang Waterfall

At any time of day, Chamang Waterfall teems with local vacationers looking to quell the tropical heat with a dip in the cool water. Located just 9km from Bentong town, Chamang Waterfall is part of a network of rivers that make up the Bukit Tinggi Forest Reserve. Here, a suspension bridge links both sides of the river, and locals park themselves in tents on each side while they huddle around the barbecue pits that dot the forest grounds.


At any time of day, Chamang Waterfall teems with local vacationers looking to quell the tropical heat with a dip in the cool water. Located just 9km from Bentong town, Chamang Waterfall is part of a network of rivers that make up the Bukit Tinggi Forest Reserve. Here, a suspension bridge links both sides of the river, and locals park themselves in tents on each side while they huddle around the barbecue pits that dot the forest grounds.

Address: Air Terjun Chamang, 28700 Bentong, Pahang. Open Mon-Sun.


Weng Fatt Coffee Shop

The scent of dark roast coffee attracts sleepy locals into a tiny nook of Weng Fatt Coffee shop. While many traditional coffee shops boast their own hawker food, the 29-year-old Weng Fatt Coffee Shop sets itself apart for the popularity of its drinks, and more importantly, the roti bakar: generous slabs of butter and homemade coconut kaya spread across two slices of light and fluffy toast. Wash it down with Weng Fatt’s signature cham (coffee and tea mixed with evaporated milk) – a local’s favourite.

Address: Weng Fatt Coffee Shop, 215 Kampung Perting, 28700 Bentong, Pahang. Open Mon-Sun, 6am-4pm.


Kow Po Coffee Shop
For over 40 years, Kow Po has been the locals’ go-to spot for ice cream. More than ten flavours of handmade milk ice cream are available at a time, and flavours feature simple twists on local delights. Go for the Kow Po special, a mix of everything under the Kow Po list of favourites – pandan and peanut ice cream, served with atapchi (nypa fruit), cendol, evaporated milk, corn, red bean and grass jelly.


Address: Kow Po Coffee Shop, No 2, Bentong Heights, Pahang, 28700 Bentong. Open Wed-Sun, 11am-6.30pm.

Take a photographic look around Bentong here.
For more attractions and things to do in Bentong, visit www.gobentong.com.

Text and photos by Lillian Wee

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