My friends and I were planning a R&R to Cherating when we came across this place called Rainbow Waterfall in Sungai Lembing. After much research on the internet, we found that the place was about an hour's plus drive from Cherating and hence we tried to book accommodation in Sungai Lembing itself but was unsuccessful.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, we drove all the way from Cherating to Sungai Lembing. We started our journey at 4:15 a.m. and arrived in Sungai Lembing. From Cherating, we headed towards Kuantan and followed the sign boards towards Sungai Lembing. Upon arrival, we made our way to the food court where there are quite a number of stalls serving local breakfast. Sungai Lembing is well known for its "Mountain Water Yong Tau Fu" and it's exceptionally tasty and sweet. The food court was filled with tourists and most of them were also waiting for their transport up to the waterfall.
Prior to this trip, we found a tour operator who runs the transport up to the Rainbow Waterfall and made reservations with him. He arrived at 6:30 a.m. and the four of us climbed into his four wheel drive. The journey from Sungai Lembing town to the foot of the waterfall took approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The road condition was extremely bad and we were thrown around in the four wheel drive like rag dolls. The ride was so bumpy that your body will definitely ache after the trip and sometimes you feel like you are riding a roller-coaster. Anyways, I digress.
After a rough ride up the hill, we've finally reached as far as the vehicles can go. From here onwards, we had to go by foot and hike our way up to the waterfall. The hike usually takes between 40 minutes - 60 minutes and it is all the way uphill. We had to cross the river to get to the other side (water is about knee deep; I'm 5'1"). The water is cool and refreshing on a hot day. The path to the waterfall is quite challenging for some of us.
There were a lot of tourists who reached the top before us and have found a nice spot to rest, while some choose to take a dive in the pool. The waterfall is about 150 meters high and the water feels so good and refreshing after the hike. The crowd waits patiently for the rainbow to appear and sure enough, the beautiful rainbow appears at around 10:00 a.m. There were cheers from the crow as the beautiful rainbow made its debut. The exhausting journey up the waterfall was definitely worth it! The beauty of the rainbow made me feel one with nature and how sometimes in our busy schedule, we forget to stop and smell the roses.
After spending two hours at the waterfall, we made our way back to the four wheel drives and another grueling journey back to Sungai Lembing town.
Notes / Tips::
- Transport to Rainbow Waterfall is only available on Saturdays and Sundays (unless you have a four wheel drive and plan to drive yourself)
- There is only one road to Sungai Lembing and if you are driving there from Cherating or Kuantan, be very careful as some places along the road have no street lamps and you will have to switch on your car's headlamps
- There are also herds of cows crossing the road / lying on the road so be very careful and drive slowly
- Wear rubber slippers (not shoes) when you hike up the waterfall. If you don't have a pair, don't worry, the tour operator will loan you a pair
- The hike up the waterfall may be challenging for some people, especially if you have not been exercising regularly and lack stamina
- The rocks are slippery so be careful. Here's a tip: when you choose which rock to step on, always choose the rock with the flat surface. If there is none, then find a rock with a pointy tip and put your feet on the pointy tip. Never choose rocks which has "sliding" surfaces cause your feet will slip
- It cost RM 40 (without insurance) or RM 45 (with insurance) for the whole trip. Lunch is included and prepared by your driver: Maggie Noodles In A Cup and Milo
- The journey is definitely worth it, just be prepared to come home with a sore body
- This particular tour operator that we went with, which also happens to be our driver, will not take elderly or children for this trip
- If you are sitting on the last row of the four wheel drive, try not to lean against the metal bar as it will hurt when you are bumping against it along the way, If you are sitting at the side, be careful of branches and trees that might hit you as you pass by
- Watch out for deers along the way. There is a deer sanctuary on the way up and you might just spot a deer or two along the way
- I recommend you to try the "Mountain Water Yong Tau Fu", however try to eat early or you might find your breakfast coming out on the way up to the waterfall.
- There is a bathroom at the start of the hike and I would recommend you to go before you start your hike or else you will have to find some bush to do your business
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