Friday, February 11, 2011

Sungai Lembing, Pahang (林明)

In March 2010, an unexpected trip to Sungai Lembing, organized by my newly joined photography club - Freezed

The town of Sungai Lembing is located in a suburban area of Pahang, a hidden village in middle of nowhere. It was once the richest tin mine in the world.
Long forgotten mining factory

Our first stop is to Gua Charas. It took us around half an hour drive from Sungai Lembing town to Gua Charas. It's a cave of Buddhism. The cave itself have nothing much special compare to other caves, but we had a great explore above the cave, which there's a slightly hidden staircase on the left hand side of the cave's main entrance... if you able to find your way up there.
Gua Charas

Next stop, is Sungai Pandan Waterfall. Few staircase steps will bring you to the waterfall. None of us get into water as all are photographer. All they care about is the slow shutter waterfall shooting...= =!!
Ouh, please remember to bring along your mosquito repellent. 
Sg Pandan Waterfall

Later at that night we went to the famous roast pork shop in Sg. Lembing, only available on weekends night. It's not a shop but a home-based roast pork factory. The place is at the other side of the Lembing river. We took the bridge opposite our homestay, make a right turn and walk for about 20mins to reach the place. There are few more turns along the walk, look closely for the "shop"'s signboard. It is deep in residential area and kinda hidden. We kept wondering whether we are on the right track. At last, we reached, starving and craving for food!! The roast pork is reaally good! Crispy and well-marinated. With slightly strong pork taste, but who care?! We were too hungry, mayb that makes the roast pork more tasty than it could be. By the way, they only serve roast pork, do not have any other things, no rice nor noodles.

Sg Lembing Roast Pork (林明周末晚烧猪肉)
Tel+6017-909 3580 / +609-541 1975
Address A-259, Jalan Jeram Takar, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan.
GPS Coordinate N 03° 55.500’    E103° 02.185’

Next morning, our destination was Rainbow Waterfall. The route is rugged, it's not recommended for self-driving unless you got a 4WD and experienced with hill site driving. It took one hour drive to reach a river as a starting point of a 45minits trekking to reach the waterfall. The trail do not have stair case, but walkable soil steps. It is not too hard, but need some strength on your leg to climb some big gap between the steps. Our group have 40-ties year-old photograher uncle and aunty manage to get to the top.
Quick stop before trekking started

The 4WD
The view of the Rainbow Waterfall is awesome! You could see rainbow right in front of you! It is said to be able to see rainbows all year long as long as there is sunshine. You manage to see larger rainbow if the water flow from the fall is bigger.. it depends on season or it rains the night before. V, who was the pioneer go right under the waterfall, bring us to the biggest adventure. Rainbows are just all around you when u out there in the water~~~ Try check it out yourself!

The next attraction seems like a must-go in Sungai Lembing as well - Bukit Panorama/ Panorama Hill (林明山). We woke up at 5am to catch the sunrise. Hundreds or thousands stair cases? I could not count... killl half of me though (I am a stair case loser). It took me around 1 hour to get to the top of the hill, while others already got their best place with tripod... But, I still had myself some good view and good pictures. The cloud river (云海?) is the best part of the hiking. The small township beneath the cloud with seven colours, best feel ever...

That's all. We bring back lots of photos and great memory.

We stay at Sungai Lembing Hotel & Cafe (林明旅社) . It is right at the entrance, with "Welcome to Sungai Lembing" big signboard/arch once you arrive Sungai Lembing township. It's not a hotel but a homestay that is clean and cheap. Good for budget traveller. The owners are father-and-son and brothers. The are kind local residents. They have most basic but necessary facilities like air-conditioner, water dispenser, hot and cold shower. Some of the rooms have attached bathroom, some are not. They also provide services guide you to Rainbow Waterfall from their homestay with 4 Wheel-Drive.

Sungai Lembing Hotel & Cafe
Address: No. 81, Jalan Sungai Lembing, Kampung Melayu, 26200 Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur.
Tel: +6019-9981126/ +609-5411924

Room Rate/房价:
Twin-sharing (2pax) : RM60
Quad Room (4pax) :RM80
Deluxe Room/Dorm (6pax) :RM120

4WD to Rainbow Waterfall : RM35 per pax (include 1 cup noodles and drink)