Waterfalls

All my friends should know by now that I am addicted to waterfalls. My website Waterfalls of Malaysia contains almost 180 waterfalls, most of which I have visited personally.

Yesterday I have added two more to my list in the Bentong region. Bentong has a famous waterfall, the Chamang waterfall, a dangerous one, almost yearly people drown here!

Chamang waterfall with a warning signboard in red

Here also is the start of the long trail up to Gunung Rajah. Recently my friend Siang Hui had discovered two more falls along this trail.

Visiting those two falls was the target of Rani and me. The month of the Hungry Ghosts had just passed, so it should be safe, LOL.

After a steep climb up from the Chamang car park, we reached a nice level road, leading us via an Orang Asli village in about 1.5 hour to the first fall, baptised Lubuk Chamang by Siang Hui.

And a magnificent lubuk it was! The fall was not high, but strong with a huge, deep pool in front of it. A good place for a coffee and a dip.

Lubuk Chamang

Unfortunately I was stung by a bee here. Maybe a Hungry Ghost, lost on his way back to his grave? Bees like me very much, because I am a sweaty person. The bad thing is that I am allergic for them. After I had a near-anaphylactic shock, two years ago, I always carry antihistamine tablets, and even a Epipen in case of emergency.

Not needed this time

I did not need it this time, but still I had an uncomfortable half hour, before the allergic effects subsided. After I had recovered, we decided to continue to the second fall, in a tributary of the Perting river. This fall was tall, but not much water.

Anak Perting

During the trip I took pictures with my iPhone. Combined with the GPS data, it resulted in an EveryTrail report Perting Fall . Here is a Google Earth screenshot of our hike

 

13 thoughts on “Waterfalls

  1. i just wonder how many orang asli villages there are around this area. years ago a friend took me to his friend’s durian plantation situated on the road past chamang falls on the same side. it is one of those converted from the nine-acre rubber plantation lots that the government had given out to the new villagers.

    he told me some of his plantation workers came from an orang asli village further up the hill and that there was a BIG waterfall up there. can that be the anak perting waterfall during raining weather, or another fall? something for you to chew on.

    • As far as I know, there is only one O.A. village along the trail to Gunung Rajah. Halfway this trail there is a tall waterfall, Lata Naning. About a 4 hour trek from Chamang, climbers camp there on their way to the mountain. A bit far for a day-trip, but still on my to-do list.

      • Hi Kwai Loh 🙂

        I hiked up to Gunung Rajah 2 weekends ago. Is Lubuk Chamang after the Rajah trail river crossing? If Lubuk Chamang is before the crossing, then there’s another huge waterfall on the left a couple of metres on Rajah trail after the river crossing. Somewhere between river cross and Lata Naning. During my hike, it started raining at about 10-ish in the morning and only properly stopped in the evening. The waterfalls, rivers and streams were gushing with water. Made it extremely hard to cross them.

        Lata Naning is pleasant place for camping and picnics. There’s a big pool there with huge boulders. The campground is just at the opposite side of the river. I have friends who love this place so much that they camp there almost every month, sometimes more than once a month.

        • Hi,
          Thanks for your comment. I have never gone further than Lubuk Chamang myself, but one of my friends who has been to Lata Naning, confirms that there is a many-tiered waterfall after the river crossing.
          So, maybe I should go back again.
          About the camping, isn’t it always crowded there during weekends? I love camping, but I hate crowds.

          • Yes, you should go. The hike to Lata Naning isn’t that difficult. It only gets steep and hard after Kem Hijau.

            Crowd wise, it’s really hard to say. When I was there, there were no campers. Only our group of 44 day-trip hikers (yes, we are crazy enough to climb Gunung Rajah on a day trip. Took me 16 hours).

            I think the trick is to reach there early and claim the best camping spot. Lata Naning’s camp site is at the opposite side of the river. Clean and spacious.

            If you are adventurous enough, hike all the way to the Last Water Point of Rajah’s trail. It’s a small-medium seized and lovely blackwater waterfall 🙂 According to my friends who have drunk the water unfiltered and unpurified, it’s sweet and refreshing.

  2. Hi Kwai Loh,

    I am more or less forced to subscribe and comment otherwise I will be taken off your “friend” list. Nothing to comment apart from the fact that your maiden effort to start with this blog is commendable. Well designed and easy to read.

  3. Dear Khong,

    Of course you will never be taken off my “friend” list, LOL. As you will have noticed you can freely access the blog. Only when you want to add a comment, you must register first. Exactly the same as with Multiply.

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