Short trips are the best. Travelling with people that click with you are the best 🙂
Sungai Lembing is a place that I always wanted to visit, mainly because of Panaroma hill, with legends of its beautiful view of sea of clouds in the morning when ou hike to the peak ><
The drive from Maran to Sungai Lembing took about 1.5 hrs. We departed at around 3pm.
We stayed at Lembing Riverview Resort. Honestly, this place is way better than I thought it would be, but to get here you’ll have to drive through a chinese cemetery hill, which I was kind of scared at first, but I got used to it later, with respect to the deceased.
I didn’t capture any pictures of our room and the interior of this house, but trust me, it looks exactly like what you find online and their rooms are super clean!!! You have to take of your shoes before you enter, therefore the floor is not sandy at all!!! Our room was so cozy, we didn’t want to leave the bed the next day when we checked out cause we love this place so much!!! They even provide towels and body shampoo. Highly recommend to everyone although it is located at the opposite side of the river, it’s just a 5 min drive or less to the main street because this kampung is just that small 🙂
After settling down, it’s time to explore the town.
Seriously every attraction you can find about Kampung Sungai Lembing is just a few minutes or even seconds away from each other.
The owner of our homestay recommended this shop (永順茶室) since other shops weren’t open, it’s a vegetarian restaurant. I wonder why there weren’t many tourists around although its a official school holiday week 😦
Nothing much to do after early dinner as most of the shops were closed. Therefore, we head back to our resort to do some exploring (actually just chilling around 🙂
Gotta get to bed early, as we are expected to wake up at 4.30am the next day.
Our intentions of wanting to witness the sun rising from a beautiful sea of clouds were disrupted by a morning drizzle. Overall, it was an relative easy hike as the path has already been laid out by concrete staircases.
That concludes my hike, should I cross it off my bucketlist since I didn’t get to witness the legendary sunrise from sea of clouds?
My biggest motivations for all my hiking activities is the FOOD I get to eat after I come down.
阿凤面档 is located downhill behind Pasar Sungai Lembing (sounds far but really it’s just a less than 1 min drive away). We were there for the Lembing noodles (actually we already had them for dinner yesterday, but it’s never enough right?). Lembing noodles: made from mountain water of Sungai Lembing, that’s what I read online…
They provide you 3 options to have your noodles: clear soup, curry soup or just dry with black noodle sauce (I have no idea what sauce is that but they sell it in the Lembing Noodle Factory, I think it’s soy sauce and sesame oil mixed with other spices). How was the Lembing noodles? It just tasted like any other homemade noodle, I wasn’t really wowed by its texture or taste (this is just solely my opinion), but the Lembing tofu was something special, it was really really soft and silky smooth.
There was still a lot of time left to burn, so instead of going back to get a nice hot shower, we went to the hanging bridge instead.
After we reached to the other side, there was a short row of shops. One of them was the Lembing Noodle Factory/shop.
The shop also sells the again I’m going to say it LEGENDARY soyabean jelly: made with mountain water of Sungai Lembing (but they call it toufufah, looks more like jelly to me). RM2 for one, it’s expensive but OMG, the texture is soooooooo freaking smooth, silky smooth and soft,. It’s not bouncy like agar agar, how should I put it? Ah, it;s similar to sea birdnest jelly(maybe I’m exaggerating, maybe not ><)!! You have to try this when you come here, I wouldn’t say it’s worth every penny, but you are on holiday right?
That concludes my short trip across the hanging bridge.
Checkout time was 12pm. What should we do next? Visit the museums of course!
First stop: Sungai Lembing Museum, RM2 per entry for Malaysia Citizens.It was quite informative overall. I admit that I did not read through every single piece of information available in the museum, but I can tell you it’s about the history and past events in Sungai Lembing (if it isn’t obvious enough lol)
Last stop: Sungai Lembing Mining Tunnel
Lucky us, it was Friday, which means lunch breaks were longer. We had to wait till 2.45pm when the ticket counter opens.
Honestly, the tunnel was just like reviews I read online, disappointing.
- Water was dripping everywhere, maybe because it’s a cave?
- Most of information boards have lightings that don’t work, well I’m not born with night vision so I can’t read anything from it.
- A few of the interactive learning boards are not even functional, which is disappointing to me, as hands on experience adds fun to whole journey in understanding the history of mining back in the old days.
It’s Malaysia, don’t carry high expectations for everything and you won’t be too disappointed. Still, I gotta say for RM15.90 per entry, my trip might be more worth it if they actually maintained the place properly 😦
Recommended reading if you would like to get more info about this place.
Tip: you can actually walk into the tunnel if do not want to ride the cart, there is another entrance/exit located at the futher right of the cart entrance.
But before you leave, make sure to grab some homemade (RM5) Lembing Coconut Biscuits!!! Btw, beware of the place of production of the biscuit, I actually found 2 different packaging and I though it was from 2 different shops in Sg. Lembing until I read the details—one of them is actually from Kuantan town == SO make sure you get the Sg. Lembing one, not the Kuantan one, okay ? 🙂
And that concludes my little trip. Things I haven’t done yet here are
- visiting the Rainbow Waterfalls
- visiting the Crystal House
- trying Lembing roasted pork (the shops selling roasted pork are only open on Friday nights and weekends)
- trying the Egg Cheecheongfun (it wasn’t open, I wonder why)
Till next time, Kampung Sungai Lembing 🙂