2D3N Sungai Lembing Retreat

Once dubbed as the ‘El Dorado’ of Malaya, Sungai Lembing used to be the biggest tin producer in Pahang and was the site of the largest subterranean tin mine in Southeast Asia. Today, Sungai Lembing is a small quaint town with nostalgic pre-war buildings and streets where time seems to have stopped in the decade of the sixties.This short escapade offers ample opportunities for you to interact with friendly locals, savour delicious local specialities and immerse yourself in this laid back atmosphere. Take an easy hike up Panorama Hill to enjoy spectacular sunrise views over the picturesque Sungai Lembing town. Explore the cave complex of Gua Charas with its interesting geological structures of stalagmites and stalactites. Get up close with hundreds of cute baby turtles and learn about their breeding lifecycle at the well-mantained Cherating Turtle Sanctuary. Chill out at Teluk Cempedak overlooking South China Sea – one of the most beautiful beach along Malaysia west coast. Take an adrenaline 4WD ride through plantations and jungle to the trailhead of the mesmerizing rainbow waterfall where you can enjoy a nice picnic while watching the beautiful rainbows form up gradually above its plunge pool.

ITINERARY

Day 00                       

SINGAPORE – SUNGAI LEMBING

Depart from Singapore for Sungai Lembing via seat-in-coach (~7 hrs drive). The seat-in coach departs from Beach Road around 10pm and reaches Kuantan around 5am the next day.

Overnight: Overnight travel

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Day 01

SUNGAI LEMBING

Upon arrival at Kuantan bus terminal,you will be picked up by our friendly driver to Sungai Lembing (~30 min drive). Enjoy an early breakfast at Sungai Lembing hawker center which sells delicious local cuisines like Yong Taufu with its homemade springwater tofu, with tomato noodles or curry noodles that are locally produced in Sungai Lembing. You will then hike up Panaroma Hill, an easy 45min – 1hr climb via concrete steps with railings to the summit, to catch the sunrise. At 270m high, it is only one and a half times taller than Singapore’s Bukit Timah Hill but its summit’s sunrise view is considered as one of the best among all the mountains in Malaysia. At dawn, the heavy mist casting over the forest canopy creates a magical phenomenon of sea of clouds forming against the backdrop of taller peaks. After the hike, you will check-in to your resort to shower and rest.

At noon, your driver will pick you up from the resort to town to try another speciality – handmade duck egg noodles with charcoal boiled soup.  After lunch, you can explore the town via bicycle (Sungai Lembing Museum, hanging bridges etc) or visit vicinity sights such as Gua Charas (huge limestone cave with statue of a reclining Buddha), Cherating Turtle Sanctuary (get up close with hundreds of cute baby turtles) and Teluk Cempedak (a beautiful beach overlooking the South China Sea). You will also have the opportunity to pick up some local produce like Dan Sha (deep-fried crackers with black sesame seeds), coconut biscuits, keropok, etc. Enjoy your dinner in Kuantan city before transferring back to your resort in Sungai Lembing.

Overnight: Lembing Riverview Resort or similar

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Day 02

SUNGAI LEMBING – SINGAPORE

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the Sungai Lembing hawker center. After breakfast, you will be transferred via the 4WD (1 hour ride) to the trailhead where you will trek for about 45 min to the Rainbow Waterfall. Enjoy a nice picnic beside the beautiful plunge pool of the waterfall. After indulging in the magical sight of multiple rainbows being cast over the waterfall plunge pool, you will trek back to the trailhead where the 4WD will transfer you back to the resort. In the evening, your driver will transfer you to Kuantan for your night coach back to Singapore. Estimated time of arrival in Singapore is 7 am next morning.

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Package includes:

  • Return seat-on-coach* tickets between Singapore and Kuantan
  • Private transport within Sungai Lembing and Kuantan
  • Homestay in Lembing Riverview Resort or similar
  • 4WD and trekking guide to Rainbow Waterfall (group tour)

Package excludes:

  • All meals
  • Travel insurance**
  • All expenses of a personal nature

*For bigger group size (e.g 10 pax or more), we can arrange a chartered coach for the whole trip including the journey between Singapore and Kuantan. For smaller group size, it is more economical to travel via a combination of seat-in coach (between Singapore and Kuantan) and private transport (within Sungai Lembing and Kuantan).

**AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.

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TESTIMONIALS

Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.

– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)

Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.

– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)

Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!

– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)

We have went for hiking in Mount Lambak. Though its our first hiking have enjoyed it to the full. Guide received us with his warm wishes and provided his support through-out the trip and gave tips on what are all things to do and not to do during the trekking/hiking.

– Mahendran (Group of 5 on a Mount Lambak Trip in Feb 2017)

Transport - Driver was friendly and punctual Guide - Experienced and knowledgeable; was able to resolve any issues that cropped up in a calm, steady manner

– Paul (Group of 4 on a Mt Panti & Kota Tinggi Trip in Jan 2017)

Organisation is very efficient, we can get all the help we needed. in terms of transport , bus guide and mountain guides. food was great , ready and prepared sufficiently.

– Qinmei (Group of 6 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Kinabalu with Via Ferrata in Dec 2016)

The whole planning process went very smoothly, and Ying was very accommodating to our requests. We were even able to secure a chalet instead of camping like our initial plan, because we were worried about the monsoon season. We were kept well-informed of what we needed to take note of as well, and all our queries were answered promptly.

– Pearlyn (Group of 4 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Nov 2016)

Transport was great, the driver knew his way around well and was always ready to pick us up. The fact that one of the organizers came down at 5am in the morning to ensure that everything was in order and to send us off, gave a great personal touch to the trip. The guides for the trek were both friendly and experienced.

– Alexander (Group of 21 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Nov 2016)

Transport was good. Always around and never late. The hiking guide Azizi was really good also. Could tell he enjoyed his job and enjoyed the people as well. Friendly, fun and very supportive. Accommodation's facilities were quite old but the functionality is there.

– Joy (Group of 17 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Sep 2016)

The trip was well planned and the guides provided were experienced and friendly. Azizi, Chamin and Boy were our guides. Azizi was motivating us with the hot coffee that he will make for us at the peak, best coffee ever! He was really friendly and continuously motivating us.

– Serene (Group of 17 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Sep 2016)

I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.

– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)

The coordinators (Bob and HS) were very accomodating and patient in answering all my queries. They were also quick to provide our group with options for budget-friendly trips. HS also made sure that our group’s transport is comfortable by providing us with a friendly driver – Mr. Kumar. HS also provided us with a guide – Mr. Nan , who has ensured our group’s safety throughout the whole trek. Last but definitely not the least, our group loved the dinner at the Firefly Leisure Park. My friends and I had so much fun over the weekend. Overall, the organisation is excellent! *^_^*

-Michelle (Group of 5 on a Mt Panti Day Trip in Nov 2015)

Our driver was very accommodating. He never made us feel like we were imposing and always asked us what we preferred. As with our previous trip, I really did enjoy IWT’s responsiveness. The speed with which Ying managed to book everything was great.

– Rachel (Group of 4 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Panti & JB in Nov 2015)

A well-organised and overall pleasant trip. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we returned home in high spirits. On behalf of Yale-NUS GOYAC. thank you!

– Yale-NUS Good Ol’ Yale-NUS Adventure Club (Group of 22 on a day trip to Mt Panti & Kota Tinggi in Oct 2015)

Thanks Bob for organizing and leading this memorable getaway for me and my cousin. Bob’s attention to details was exemplary. He kept us constantly updated on the daily activities, meal times, coach timing and helped us get a good pair of kampung adidas for the caving which spared our shoes from getting drenched. Yeah, thanks for “saving” my “dao sa piah” from being ended up in the dustbin:) 

– Willie Peck (Group of 2 on a Gopeng 3D2N Trip in Oct 2015)

Despite the heavy rain, slippery and gruelling hike, it was a fantastic trip made possible by the guide Aiyee. Bob was very accommodating too. We managed Stong only but surely will come back for Ayam.

– Piruz (Group of 2 on 4D3N Mount Stong Trip in Aug 2015)

Loved everything about the trip! It was very well organized by IWT! Especially to HS! He was very informative in providing us with instructions and tips before the trip.Transport was on time and the driver was flexible in his timing. He was nice to recommend a couple of food places for us to have our breakfast and lunch. He even agreed to take us to our favorite massage place after the hike. The overall hike was great! Definitely an experience not to be missed. The guide was very experienced too although he was only 21. He would constantly check on us when we slept in tents through the night. He watched out for our safety too.

– Claire (Group of 6 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Aug 2015)

My friends and I felt that the entire trip was well put together from the arrangement to climb Mt Ophir to the extension of our stay in Melaka. The iwannatravel service was prompt and always on the ball. This was one of my best trips to Malaysia. 

– Ian (Group of 3 on a 5D4N trip to Mount Ophir & Melaka in Apr 2015)

We had a brilliant day climbing Mount Belumut after what we thought may be a show stopper – heavy rain in the morning which luckily cleared for perfect climbing conditions. The climb was a great challenge, and we have taken back memories of our wonderful guide, the twists and bends, the summit view, beautiful forests and wildlife. Thank you to Bob and his Team at Iwannatravel for arranging our trip and providing an unforgettable experience.

– Rekha and Christian (Group of 2 on a Belumut Day Trip in Feb 2015)

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The most memorable part would be that all the service providers had a very personal touch.

– Charmaine (Group of 7 on a Belumut & Kluang 3D2N Trip in Aug 2014)

The transport was appropriate for our group & it was comfortable. The driver also helped us get to places safely & efficiently. Azam & Fairus were very jolly (mountain guides) who made our hike an enjoyable one. Azam was very encouraging and helpful too. It was also good that guidelines, packing list & other necessary information were clearly put across.

– Rachel (Group of 13 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Aug 2014)

Overall arrangement is good. The hiking guide take good care of us. Is nice to know that HS call the guide make sure everything is ok. Well done! Thank you!

– Eng Hwee (Group of 12 on a day trip to Mt Panti & Kota Tinggi in Aug 2014)

We had an awesome time on Mt Ophir thanks to HS! He checked in on us a few times to make sure we were safe and even managed to get us some sparklers to play with. The independence of traveling without a (tour) guide was also a plus point!

– Sharlene (Group of 16 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in July 2014)

A very unforgettable trip! Everyone pushed themselves to the limit and even though it was tough. With many encouragement from the organizers, everyone managed to reach the summit and finish the hike.

– Wai Keong (Group of 15 on a Belumut Day Trip in June 2014)

Climbing the mountain (Mt Panti) is great for us. Thanks very much HS in patiently arranging the trip for us, making it possible for us to enjoy climbing. Appreciate your good work! And hope to enjoy climbing more with your agency.

– Soh Beng (Group of 2 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Panti in Apr 2014)

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