Though known mainly for the islands found off its coast, the captivating town of Mersing, is an idyllic retreat in itself. Its tagline of ‘Naturally Splendid’ lives up to its billing with a great choice of restaurants, cafes and traditional coffee shops, all of which is best explored on foot.

In the north of Mersing district spans Endau-Rompin National Park, Malaysia’s second largest national park after Taman Negara. Shared with the state of Pahang, Endau-Rompin is one of the oldest tropical rainforest complexes in the world and features rock formations some of which are 248 million years old.