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“Rainbow Waterfall - One of Mother Nature's Best Handiwork”
Review of Rainbow Waterfall

Rainbow Waterfall
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“Rainbow Waterfall - One of Mother Nature's Best Handiwork”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

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

Visited June 2012
18 Thank hypernut
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“great experience”
Reviewed 11 April 2012

Visit these place 4 times in year 2011. Sungai Lembing is a small town (it is really small, with 2 main road, three rolls of old shop), situated 21 km from Kuantan. From Kuantan, take the road to Inderapura, than turn right and follow the signboard , after 45 minits drive , you will reach this isolated small town. Can take public transport from bus stand Kuantan too, but it is not very frequent.From South or west coast itself, no need to go to Kuantan, you just follow Jalan Maran than finally see one big junction, take road to Kuantan, after 30 minits driving than turn left, to Kg Felda Panching, there are army camp at your right hand side. Straight on the road, until you meet the junction, and turn left to Panching, than drive to the end of roan, here you will see Sg Lembing.
Rainbow waterfall, is the major attraction here. Stay overnight is better for those who join these activity. Can book with any homestay owner, they all are very friendly and willing to help in do such. The journey will start early in the morning, with more than 10 people squuze into special rebuilt four wheel drive, than taking a uneven trails to the destination, drive almost 60 minits. -The four wheel journey itself is really fun and interesting. Very narrow road, but the scenary itself is great. Along the road, there are deer farm (told that owned by state government) at your right hand side.
Finally the fourwheel stop at the river bank, it is Sg Lembing bank, and the journey begin here. First , across the river. If going at dry season, Mei-Ogos, the water level only to leg ankle, but when I went there last December, the water up to Chest, and the conducter must use rope to make sure everyone cross the river safety. The beginning is consider challenging for city people.After crossing , take 40 minits hiking, go through all the jungle, this are typically rainforest jungle, walking not so tough, but when come to final stage, you need to climb up all the big rock(altough it was not slippery,but make sure you are really be careful)to reach the waterfall itself. Along the trails, there are one point that can view Wterfall from far. It is amazing. !!! So, when reach the destination, you will see a REALLY HUGE waterfalls, almost 150 meters, with its special structure, and actually the mountain is limestone mountain. Waiting for see the rainbow is interesting, one can swimming, but the water is SUPERB COOL. If there are not cloudy day, chances to see rainbow is bigger. The conducter will prepare each one one cup of Instant noodles, either curry flavor or chicken flavour, and a cup of coffee or milo or tea. Sip coffee in such environment is really different experience.
After the trip, walk back again to the river bank, another 40 minits, than take fourwheel back to town. Normally there are no trip on Monday to Thursday, because Sg Lembing is local tourist hotspot, so come Friday to Sunday, than you can join the group.otherwise you must chatered the transport than it will be expensive.
Fees of joinning trip is RM 50 , include the noodles.
Only got public toilet at the river bank, built by local conducter, start used 2011.

Tips: Make sure bring a plastic beg for your camera. Bring limited things to make sure you enjoy the hiking.

Visited December 2011
10 Thank wlysolo
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