Raub is a small historic town in Pahang, on the main road linking Bentong to Kuala Lipis situated 110 km from Kuala Lumpur and 265 km from Pahang’s capital, Kuantan. Raub district consists of 7 sub-districts, namely Batu Talam, Sega, Semantang Ulu, Dong, Ulu Dong, Gali and Tras.
Raub was explored and founded most famous for its gold mining heritage. Gold was first mined here in the 1800s. According to the history, it was named Raub after a group of miners found a handful of gold in every tray of sand they dig. This is described by J. A. Richardson in his book, The Geology and Mineral Resources of the Neighbourhood of Raub Pahang. According to him on page 36, “People found that for every “dulang” of sand there was a handful (raub) of gold.” Referring to the old folks tale in the early 19th century, an old man and his two sons discovered gold every time they scooped up the earth in Raub. Thus, the town and the district derived their name from the Malay word raub which means “scoop”.
The old heart of the Raub town consists of just two parallel streets of traditional shophouses surrounded by a few colonial-era buildings.
Highway is the main route to Raub. People from Kuala Lumpur will usually exit the Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) at Bentong and then enter Highway 8 to get to Raub. Raub is also a stopover for motorists travelling to Kota Bharu, which is the northern end of Highway 8 respectively.
Raub is the eastern end of Route 55, which begins in Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor and passing through Fraser’s Hill in the process. Besides that, Raub is also a gateway to the hill resort of Cameron Highlands, using Pahang state route.
Buses in Raub are operated by several companies which include Pahang Lin Siong, Union and Central Pahang. Other interstate express coaches also stop by Raub central bus station as Raub is strategically located along routes to cities like Gua Musang and Kota Bharu in the eastern states.
A fairly well-known 30-year old shop, opened since 1984, the Ratha Fishhead Curry came from its owner, Ratha and his famous, signature fishhead curry. The restaurant has always been crowded with customers for decades due to the most essential curry sauce being served. They deal with the spices on their own, grinded into perfection, cooked upon selected fishhead and ingredients with only limited portions per day. Thus, there won’t be additional orders available if it is sold out. This is to ensure its quality and taste is well preserved in its originality. This restaurant has been reputed to serve many great men, including the Sultan of Pahang and even the King of Brunei.
An enchanting picnic spot hidden from plain sight is the Lata Berembun Waterfall. The entry point at the Sungai Klau town is located about 38 km from Raub town. From there, the only accessible mode is via the deployment of four wheel drive vehicles and the journey takes approximately an hour. Lata Berembun Waterfall is a two-tier waterfall; the first waterfall flows into a lake at the bottom nicknamed “The Lake Goddess” while the second waterfall provides water fun natural structure representing its name “The Sliding Lake”.
A place where people wants to swim and have fun located about 52km from Raub town is the Lata Lembik Recreational Park. Since 2013, the place has been upgraded by adding more facilities to play including flying fox, kayaking, jungle trekking, archery, tree climbing and rock climbing. The management provides all the necessary safety equipments and they also have professional guides.
For a more peaceful and calm environment, people may head on to Fraser’s Hill just 19 km from Raub town. Fraser’s Hill is the backbone of Malaysia with temperature around 17 degrees Celsius. The famous landmark of Fraser’s Hill is its clock tower at the roundabout mimicking the London’s Big Ben clock tower. Every year, during the month of May, there will be bird sighting event called Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race. Contestants observe, record down and photograph as much bird types along the race route in limited time.
During the 90’s, durian planting became the real deal in Raub. There is even a replica of a giant durian statue to mark this occasion in Raub. The major production places of Raub’s Musang King durians are at the Sungai Klau and Sungai Ruan whereby most of the residents engaged with durian planting. The important reason is the existence of mountainous range in Pahang ensures that when durian trees are planted, the rainwater can flow through the slopes, avoiding roots from getting flooded and wet. Raub’s big fruitful durian peak season occur starting at the end of June and lasts throughout the month of July.