Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Picnic Day @ Chamang - 21 June 2014

A daredevil tumbling down into the water! The worst thing that could happen is - he could have a crash-landing against those rocks.

Chamang waterfall is easily accessible from Bentong town in Pahang. There's a stretch of winding road of about 7km from the town. The best part is that there's a car park just next to the fall so you don't need to hike. The waterfall is huge with lush green forest surrounding it. There're also stairs of trekking path after the suspension bridge. We came during the dry season, so it's considerably safe. During the rainy season, water flow could swell to a much wider area making it dangerous to play in the water. 

A series of waterfalls zig-zagging from the forest with its own sunken plunge pools - made it ideal for a dip and water play. You could not help but feel so refreshed at the pool, probably cos of the negative ions from the moving water. The sound of gushing, whooshing water over rocks is really therapeutic.

We saw many colourful butterflies and dragonflies around the waterfall area. Kids as well as adults practising their catching skills with the nets.

Not forgetting the tadpoles and tiny froggies.

 The FUN began... the 2014 World Cup Water Balloon Quest!

 Suitable for all ages - young and old!

Never tired of it....

After the water play, we sure got hungry!!

Brandon celebrated his 8th birthday with friends.

A Yummylicious picinic!

Lazing around after the feast!!

So cool, so fun. Bye, "charming-Chamang"!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sg Lembing in a Time Capsule - 28-30 May 2014

The sleepy main street of Sg Lembing town, which is 48 km from Kuantan in Pahang. We arrived on Wednesday, and this place looked like a ghost town. Closer to weekends, the town is alive again. We saw tour buses and cars streaming in steadily, and the old shophouses and market place sprung into action.

The main street from the old tin mining days

This town is known for its six hanging bridges across the river, legacy of the British tin-mining era. Most of them are still in use for walking pedestrians as well as bicycles and motorcycles.

A hanging bridge connecting the main street to the residential houses.

The old wooden bridge was replaced by the newer concrete one. A hanging bridge was seen beside the concrete bridge. It's a place where the old and new co-exist side by side!

A local resident commuting on the hanging bridge.

This modest town served the biggest underground mine in the world, and the 2nd deepest mine after Bolivia in its heydays in 1940s to 1950s. That's why it was known as the El-Dorado of the East. 

An old mini tram that ferried the tin miners and tin ore in the old days. This tram would bring visitors inside one of the tunnels and thereafter continuing the tour on foot.

Only a small part of the tunnel is open to visitors, ie to and fro about 600 meters. It's really cool in the tunnel like in an air con room, and the guide would point out to you that the British has cleverly installed air shafts so that cool air from the rainforest can ventilate the tunnel. There're some mining paraphernalia and info boards along the tunnel.

The tunnel in its original rugged form. Can't imagine the rainforest is on top of the mine.

The engine room. From here, the tin miners were supposed to take a lift to the underground mine, some as deep as 700 meters, almost doubled the height of the KLCC tower! The deeper the mine, the higher the temperature, up to 42C. 

Entrance is RM15 per adult, RM7.50 per child or senior citizen. It's worth the money!

There're many homestays in Sg Lembing. We stayed in a 8-bedded family room with attached bathroom at 'Sg Lembing Recreation Resort'. It's a lovely place with a nice outdoor area for BBQ and relaxation.

At night, the place is one of its kind with many species of cool insects and moths. A perfect place for camping too. 

 The view of the village houses and forest from the homestay.

This is like a view in a coastal town, with coconut trees dotting the background.

Another 'Must Do' in Sg Lembing is watching the sunrise on Panorama Hill. I stayed behind with Brandon. The rest started as early as 5.30am. You need about an hour or more to reach to the top. The seas of clouds hiding the village beneath is simply rewarding.

Steep, and many many stairs to go up...

A beautiful sunrise.

A perfect ending on Teluk Chempedak beach in Kuantan. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Rainbow Waterfall at Sg Lembing, Pahang - 29 May 2014

This is the kinda backdrop when we started our journey to the jungle to see the famous Rainbow Waterfall at Sg Lembing, Pahang. We're seated on a few planks at the back of the pick up truck. 

A close brush with nature. 

Beautiful sunrise around 6.30am with seas of clouds.

The journey was the most memorable. It was a roller coaster ride of more than an hour, speeding on rugged terrain and dirt tracks.

Chilly wind brushing against our cheeks, awakening us to the scent of the jungle.

There was a huge thunderstorm the night before, so creating many challenging mud tracks along the way.

Breathtaking views....

A logyard in the midst of the Permanent Forest Reserve. What a spoiler! They're taking out small- diameter trees, which is really a cause for concern.

A changeable hawk eagle flew past our truck and rested on a huge branch in the early hours. Also a fruitless chase of a partridge bird and a junglefowl!

Our truck came to a stop. We've to cross a stream. The water was icy cold.

Into the mysterious, wet jungle tracks. The thunderstorm last night must have stirred up the homes of the scorpion, green snake and who knows, what's next?

 Gutsy grandma trekking in the jungle!

 Slippery paths and steps covered in lichens and moss!

  It's soooo awesome and majestic! Didn't expect it to be so tall.

At about 9am, we saw the first hint of rainbow when the sunlight shines into the cascading water. It's magical and unforgettable.

Formation of the 2nd rainbow. All in all, the rainbow is visible until about 10.30am.

Spray of water droplets dispersed in the air was so refreshing !

Picnickers frolicking at the waterfall area. Do NOT come during weekend. I heard the number of people can swell to 500 on weekends. There're about 100 of us that day, and that's just manageable.

While we're taking in the view, the local guides cum drivers served us with cup noodle and hot Milo. Before leaving, they worked together picking up any litter.

 Local guides displaying their skills!

A place where Rock stood still!
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