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A visit to Rainbow Waterfall at Sungai Lembing near Kuantan, Pahang; Part I

One of them rivers on the way to Rainbow waterfall

One of them rivers on the way to Rainbow waterfall

Rainbow waterfall or Air Terjung Pelangi is located near the quite town of Sg. Lembing in Pahang. The tiny water droplets from this high waterfall create a ‘rainbow’ effect when the sunrise rays hits it…hence Rainbow waterfall. This romantic phenomenon has attracted many visitors from as far as Singapore and has in recent times been a popular get away site for many local Malaysians as well.

John and myself were heading to a remote area in Pahang to re-trace an old communist trail when due to safety reasons, that plan had to be cancelled. So, we decided to drive to Sungai Lembing and pay this waterfall a visit. Another tick on the waterfall list.


We arrived late in the evening at Sungai Lembing town. What used to be a prosperous mining town is now a quiet and almost like a ghost town. There were a couple of shops open with mostly older folks drinking and chatting. We decided to head into the trail, camp some where nearby and start the journey in to the waterfall first thing the following morning.

It was this type of road all the way into Rainbow Waterfall

It was this type of road all the way into Rainbow Waterfall

We would have been able to reach make it to the last 1km to the waterfall if we had a 4WD. unfortunately, we were driving John’s Myvi. Following the old logging road, we made it to the last 9km. The rest we made it on foot.

9km walk on an abandoned logging road may sound boring but this walk turned out to be awesome. We saw a lot of interesting things along the way.

A wasp working on its nest under a leaf

A wasp working on its nest under a leaf

We also saw what could be Tapir’s footprints

We also saw what could be Tapir’s footprints

Another set of Tapir (maybe) footprints compared to a 1.5liter Nalgene bottle

Another set of Tapir or maybe jumbo footprint compared to a 1.5liter Nalgene bottle

Very small wild bananas

Very small wild bananas

Oh…oh…our big friends have been here

Oh…oh…our big friends have been here

A cluster of ‘bigger than average’  jungle ants

A cluster of ‘bigger than average’ jungle ants

A colorful caterpillar minding its own business

A colorful caterpillar minding its own business

It was a long 8km walk. Lucky for us, there were so many things that had us stopping, taking photographs and going ‘wow’…just like any other good tourist should do!

We finally arrived at this big open area. The area seems to be used as a campground by 4WD enthusiasts. It’s real a good place to camp. Wide open area with ample water supply from the river.

To be continued…

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