Bentong is a municipality situated in the western part of Pahang, Malaysia. The major tourist spots, Bukit Tinggi and Genting Highlands, are within Bentong’s administration. It is situated 80 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur and bordered by Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. According to the old folklore story, Bentong was previously known as Kapong. The name change to Bentong happened prior to World War I. At the time, Kapong gained prominence due to the discovery of tin ore in its two major rivers, Repas and Perting. People knowing about the discovery would call the event as “Ban Untung”. Over time, “Ban Untung” is used more than Kapong and the Bentong name is derived from this “Ban Untung” term. Another theory is originated by Pak Zek is that the Bentong name gets derived from “Bapong” which meant float. Dato Bahaman used Bentong once as a fort against the British army. British army later sent an army of Gurkha soliders to defeat Dato Bahaman, but then they got ambushed by Dato Bahaman along their way. The killed soldiers’ bodies were thrown into river, their bodies floating. The site is then named Bapong before being changed into Bentong.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the only viable option to get to the area is by bus - from the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) or KL Sentral, you can board the express bus line with direct trips to the Genting Highlands or direct express bus trips to Bukit Tinggi from the Berjaya Times Square. Another way is to rent a car and go through East Coast Expressway to Bentong.
Colmar Tropical French Themed Resort, as its name states, is a French-themed village located in Bukit Tinggi under the management of Berjaya Hills Resort. Opened in 2000, the place is developed by taking inspiration by the original Colmar town in France with some classical elements. The result is a resort with such fascinating atmosphere like its original place in France. Simply by taking a walk around the resort is already a breath-taking sight with the low temperature of Bukit Tinggi due to its location of 790 metres above sea level, giving it the feel of being overseas. Aside from the cultural villages, there are also adventure park, animal park and sports complex meant for recreational activities. Other attractions include a Japanese-themed village and beautiful botanical garden. Shuttle services are ready to and from Berjaya Time Square in Kuala Lumpur on a daily basis too.
Chamang Waterfall is waterfall located just outside the Bentong town, being accessible by taking the road from Bentong to Raub. The waterfall has some mesmerizing view with good spots to take a bath and picnicking with family and friends. There are also a camping site, wooden huts and suspension bridge as well as barbeque area. Nonetheless, as you are having fun and enjoying the nature, one should be careful as there are places around the waterfall which contains high-speed currents. An entrance fee of two ringgit per head is charged to the visitors.
This accommodation is situated in Mutiara Gemilang Business Centre, with affordable rates suitable for travelers with low budget. The room offerings have good comfort with modern feeling, where customers can choose between standard, business and deluxe rooms. These rooms are coupled with amenities such as television, safety deposit box, shower and toiletries. WiFi services as well as luggage storage facilities are provided. There are banking facilities such as ATM, hair salon, grocery shops and supermarket nearby.
This three-star accommodation is similarly located in Mutiaramas Gemilang Business Centre. The settings of the rooms are decent with nice ambience. Rooms are equipped with a television, electric kettle, minibar, ironing facility, hair dryer and private bathroom with shower. WiFi and luggage storage services are provided adequately in-house.