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Sungei Lembing - Pahang

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photos of the Sungei Lembing we visited in 2011


It’s funny how, as one grows older and one would imagine, wiser, there is an inclination to return to the woods. To a place all too familiar and all too much like home. Not necessary the home that was but the home that becomes.

Few places thrill me as much as Sungai Lembing. It’s a time warp. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll goes like this, ‘Well, in OUR country,' said Alice, still panting a little, `you'd generally get to somewhere else--if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing.' . `A slow sort of country!' said the Queen. `Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!' `I'd rather not try, please!' said Alice. `I'm quite content to stay here--only I AM so hot and thirsty!'. To read, go to .

You see, that’s what happens in the city, we’re always running to get somewhere, something or someone. When at Sungai Lembing, the running will only ever get you to the same place so why run?

Sungai Lembing Then

Sungai Lembing is an historic town. A village that started out as an outpost deep in the jungle of Pahang way before the British came on an exploratory search for tin. A few neglected tombstones a short distance away from dwellings mark the presence of immigrants from China who sailed in to the coast of Malaya  during the later part of the Qing period in the late 1800’s and trudged through the jungle in search of riches. Immigrants moved in to pan for tin in richly laden Sungai Kenau and its tributaries in these early years. The area was so rich that after heavy downpours, tin got washed down out of the hills and jungle and into the rivers. Then, the British arrived and opened Malaya’s first deep shaft tin mine in 1905. The Industrial Revolution that occurred in Britain during the 18th and 19th century was sparked off by a spurt of inventions and technical breakthroughs. Raw commodities such as rubber and tin were in demand. The British scoured the lengths and breadths of their colonies for  raw commodities. This continued way into the 20th Century and right up till 1957 when Malaya became Malaysia through independence from British rule. Despite the high cost of opening and maintaining a deep shaft mine, the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited, (PCCL), which was under British control, was signed to a 77year lease with the then Sultan of Pahang, to mine the area. The mine flourished and the company voraciously tunnelled deeper into the mountains in search of more tin to feed the revolution.

Soon, the sleepy hollow known as Sungai Lembing ballooned into a boisterous community of miners and families. By the 1950’s half of the 1,350 men working for PCCL toiled in the pits of the mountains. As they worked, the shafts snaked further across to the other ridges of the surrounding hills and punched deeper into the bowels of the earth. By the end of the mines’ tenure, the total tunnel length was 322km, with a depth of between 610m and 700m and there were at least 6 main entrances into these shafts from all round the hills. The 2 mines at Sungai Lembing were Myah Mine at 700m deep, and Tabeto Mine 488m

The miners that worked in the tunnels were mainly of Chinese race. Their typical day’s work started early in the morning. They crammed into a small open lift, and descended some 100s of feet to their work stations. In dark, damp conditions, the miners toiled laboriously for 6 hours and were rewarded with a wages of that commensurate with their job. In 1950, that was $40-$44 per day.

In the early years, the tunnels were manually dug into and later, dynamites were used to crack them open. Iron hammers were then used to dislodge rocks laden with tin from the walls of tunnels. These rocks were then loaded onto an iron cast trolley and lifted up to the surface via the same lift system the miners used. Once at the top, the trolleys are pushed onto tracks and then to the smelting and processing plant located at the bottom of the cliff. Once processed, the tin was then loaded onto flat bottom boats and were floated down the river to Kuantan.

The British miners and managers lived a good life. PCCL made sure that their workers were given the best. They set up a huge convenience store that sold almost anything imported one could get their hands on in Malaya at the time. All duty free! Alcohol, imported tinned foods like baked beans & spam, cigarettes; you name it. The store was like a huge warehouse with shelves of goods reaching storeys high. And to think supermarket is a recent creation! The latest movies were shown at the theatre and night life was bustling. These privileges were also extended to the locals living within the 5 square miles of the valley. However, outsiders were not allowed to walk freely into town. A checkpoint was set up at the entrance into Sungai Lembing. PCCL was also responsible for the wellbeing of the town and provided townfolks with roads, electricity, schools and healthcare. (Unfortunately the beautiful wooden hospital located on a ledge up above the playing fields, was dismantled recently)

Cold weather in the early years brought out men in suits and women in cardigans. The surrounding jungles enveloped and cocooned sungai lembing, keeping it cool and agreeable with the British. The main transportation in those early years was by boat. In 1892, the Company commissioned a stern wheeler (steamer) which would eventually connect Sungei Lembing and Kuantan and hence, contact with the outside world. Unfortunately, due to recent logging in areas around and conversion of land to plantations, Sungai Kenau is no longer accessible by large boats. Silting has just about done it in for the river and flooding is not as rare as it used to be. A recent town flooding was in 2007.

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Kuantan & Surrounding Day Tours ~ Pahang


(ex Kuantan)


Day of Operations


Min adult


Rate (Nett)





Cherating Cultural & Fishing Village Tour *Itinerary






Transportation, driver / guide



Pekan Royal Town Tour *Itinerary








Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Gandah Tour *Itinerary








Kuantan Rivercruise & City Tour *Itinerary








Lake Chini Tour *Itinerary








Kemaman Turtle (Rantau Abang) & Pearl Night Tour *Itinerary








Kuantan Cave & Waterfall Exploration Tour *Itinerary








Terengganu City Tour *Itinerary








Kemanan Fireflies (Kampung Ibuk) Tour *Itinerary








Please Note:

~ The seat-in-coach can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
~ Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuantan town centre
~ For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than Kuantan, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
~ Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
~ Touring by air-conditioned car, van or coach (depending on the group size)
~ Rates are inclusive of entrance fees where applicable
~ Child age between 4-11 years old
~ Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
~ 100% cancellation charge applies for NO SHOW OR CANCELLATION within 48-hrs
~ In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the local operator reserves the right to alter, amend or withdraw the package anytime with or without prior notice.

Redemption Instructions :

~ 24 hours prior to travel date, please call our local tour representative (during working hours) to reconfirm your booking details. Pick up time is required 30 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

Tour descriptions :

Cherating Cultural & Fishing Village Tour

Cherating, lovely village located along the Coast of Pahang is truly an exclusive vacationer’s paradise offering a foray of activities. Situated approximately 47 km north of Kuantan. Cherating has develop from a small un-known village into a popular spot among tourist its began as a traditional fishing village providing homestay accommodations in early 70’s. Cherating has grown into an interesting mix of traditional and modern resorts. A stop at the Beserah fishing village to witness how villagersmake a living with their catch of the day, their daily catch is proceed into salted fish, which is local delivery and is then sold in shop.

Pekan Royal Town Tour

Journey to Pulau Keladi Pekan a small island close to the riverpark in Pekan and continued to Kuala Tanjung, where a fishing village is located near a estuary of the Pahang River. As you approach the Royal Town of Pekan, plenty shop houses line the street of the town. Its offer colorful display of the cultural and historical heritage of Pahang. View thesurrounding of the Royal Palace, home of the Sultan Pahang, Polo Field, the Royal Stabel , the State Museum, Watercraft Gallery and Silk Weaving Center.

Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Gandah Tour

Get on the East Cost Highway exist at Lanchang that’s where the Kuala Gandah elephant. Santuary is located. The department of Wildlife and National Park established Kuala Gandah Relocation Team, which began the elephant translocation program in 1974, presently Kuala Gandah houses an elephant brought in from Thailand and Myanmar. The elephant were trained and use in problem areas thoughtout Peninsular Malaysia. There will be a daily schedule of events for tourist visiting the sanctuary

Kuantan Rivercruise cum City Tour

Visitor to Kuantan should not miss the opportunity of taking a ferry cruise. During the two hours cruise, the interesting sight include mangrove swamps lining the river-banks,fishing boats chugging their way to the port with the day’s catch andof Kuantan. The mangrove swamps cover an area of over 300ha. The swamps have existed for more than 500 years and initiatives by the state to preserve the flora and fauna has lead to an environment rich in marine life. A half-hour stop at mangrove walkway allows to get a closer look at mangrove the ferry meanders its way out of the swamps, one can see monitor lizards lazing around or having their meals. As the ferry moves to sea, scenes of beautifulbuilding reflecting Pahang’s heritage and the serenity of kampong houses emerge

Lake Chini Tour

In the southern portions of Pahang about 100km from Kuantan and 60 km West of the Royal Town of Pekanlies another of Pahang unique attractions. Lake Chini actually is group of 12 freshwater lake in Malaysian’s answers to Lock Ness Legends. Legends and folklores enshroud the lake witha mystical aura. Lake Chini is said to be the site of a submerge Khmer City, guarded by mythical creature . In August and September the lake is filled with thousand of white and pink lotuses. A host of activities can be enjoyed here such as boat ride and for fascinating experience visit the Orang Asli settlement and take home a unique handicraft. (blowpipes)

Kemaman Turtle (Rantau Abang) & Pearl Night Tour

Turtle watching is part time that is unique in this part ofWest Malaysia, a fascinating phenomenon not to be missed by anyone with the slightness instinct of a conservationist.Every of May to September, giant green turtle will come ashore to lay their eggs. Chendors beach is a common nesting ground to these turtles. Watch as the giant turtles lumber up to the “tears” they produce after they lay theireggs as they way back to open sea.

Kuantan Cave & Waterfall Exploration Tour

Bukit Charah is a huge limestone outcrop located northwest of Kuantan towering above rubber and oil palm plantations. Short 60 feet climb to a narrow step flight of steps, leading to a cave, ends at the Forest Reserved where arboretum for ‘Rattan’ (cane) has been establish is a spectacular waterfall with a series of eight cascades ending in a large swimming pool. Don’t miss a cool refreshing in this pool of nature.

Terengganu City Tour

The scenic journey up to the north takes you throughcoconut plantations and quaint Malay fishing villagers dotted with colorful fishing boat of all sizes. Along theway, witness local lifestyle of making Bamboo-rice known as ‘Lemang’ fish cracker (keropok) and salted fish. At the turtle sanctuary, read about giant ‘Leatherback’ turtle. Stop to see local handcraft like wood-carving, batik printing, brass-wares, weaving of pandans leaves, songket weaving and the Malaysian’s silk center. See the Sultan Town and unique architectureof the floating Mosque

Kemaman Fireflies (Kampung Ibuk) Tour

Have you ever wondered about the small blinking creatures that light of up summer night? The yellow glow is a product of their protein it make and as a form of communication . This sections of their bodies which light up is usually about half of a firefly’s total weight watch this as you cruise a long River Yakyah and discover the wonders recorded in the insect world

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.






Accommodation and Packages to Pahang ~ Janda Baik, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara, Kenong Rimba Reserve, Fraser's Hill, Cherating, Pulau Tioman, Kuantan, Tasik Bera and Surroundings



| Caravan Serai Private Exclusive Villas | Tras Mutiara Hotel Bentong |

Cameron Highlands

Tanah Rata ~ | Budget Inns - Seah Ming Hotel | Orient Hotel | Kavy Hotel | Daniel's Lodge | Twin Pine Chalet | Cameronian Inn | Hillview Inn | Hotel BB Inn | Father's Guesthouse | Motels - Rumah Rehat Sri Pahang | The Cool Point Hotel | Shahzan Inn | 3 star hotels - | Casa De La Rosa | Century Pines Resort | Hotel De La Ferns | 4 star hotels - | Strawberry Park Resort | Heritage Hotel | 5 star hotels - | Cameron Highlands Resort | Colonial-styled homes & Inns - | Ye Olde Smokehouse | The Hilltop Bungalow | Bala's Holiday Chalet | Apartment - TM Resort |

Ringlet ~ | Colonial-styled homes & Inns - The Lakehouse | The MNS Chalet & Longhouse |

Brinchang ~ | 5 star hotels - Equatorial Hotel | 3 star hotels - Rosa Passadena | 2 star hotels - Rainbow Hotel | Apartment Hotels - Star Regency Hotel & Apartments |

Fraser's Hill

| FHDC Bungalows | Puncak Inn | Fraser's Hill Bungalows | Jelai Highland Resort | Fraser's Silverpark Resort | Shahzan Inn | Fraser's Pine Resort | The Gap Resthouse | Ye Olde Smokehouse |

Janda Baik

| Cherengin Hills Convention & Spa Resort | Seri Pengantin Resort | Suria Hill Country House | Wadi Samrah Janda Baik |


| Wau Hotel & Cafe | Felda Residence Tekam |

Kuala Lipis

| Appu's Hotel Lipis | Centrepoint Hotel | Hotel London | Hotel Jelai | Rumah Persinggahan Kuala Lipis (Kuala Lipis Resthouse) | Rumah Rehat Tanjung Lipis | Lipis Inn |


| Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Taman Negara Kuala Tahan

| Nusa Holiday Village | Tembeling River View Chalet | Woodland Resort | Rainforest Resort |

Taman Negara Merapoh

| Park accommodation |


| Eastern Pavilion Cherating | Holiday Villa Cherating | Impiana Resort Cherating | Legend Cherating Resort | Residence Inn | Sanctuary Resort | Suria Cherating Beach Resort |

Pulau Tioman

| Salang | Salang Hut | Ella's Place | Salang Indah | Salang Beach Resort | Salang Pusaka Resort | Salang Sayang Tioman Resort |

Panuba Beach | Panuba Inn Resort |

ABC | Bamboo Hill Chalets | ABC(Air Batang Chalet) | Nazri's Beach Cabanas | Tioman House | Johan's Resort | Mawar Beach Chalets | My Friend Place | Nazri's Place |

Tekek | Peladang Inn | Pesona Island Resort | Babura Seaview Resort | Swiss Cottage Resort |

Genting | Japamala Resort | Minang Cove Resort |

Paya | Paya Beach Resort | Tioman Paya Resort |

Juara | Manana | Bushman |

Dive Packages Salang/ABC | B&J Tioman Dive Centre |


5 star | Hyatt Regency |

4 star | Seasons View Hotel | Swiss Garden Hotel & Spa | The Zenith Hotel |

3 star | Grand Continental Kuantan | Vistana Kuantan | Hotel Sentral Kuantan | Duta Sands Beach Resort | Duta Village Beach Resort | Mega View Hotel |

2 star | Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Boutique Guesthouse | Riverside Boutique Guesthouse |

Beach Resort | Black Stone Resort |

Bukit Gambang

| Bukit Gambang Resort City |


| Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Tasik Bera

| Tasik Bera Resort |

Tasik Chini

| Tasik Chini Resort | Rajan Jones Guest House |

Trips and Packages:

Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre

| Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour |

Taman Negara ~ Kuala Tahan

| Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Kuala Lumpur | 2 days 1 night Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Holiday Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Explorer Package at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort | Fullboard Adventure Camping Trail Mutiara Taman Negara Packages |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Fullboard Package at ex-Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package ex - Jerantut |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort & Elephant Centre ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Fullboard Package |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Singapore | 5 days 4 nights Fullboard Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Kuala Lumpur | 2 days 1 night Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Full Board package | 3d ays & 2 nights Fullboard Nusa Holiday Village Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Full Board Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Nusa Holiday Village Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Full Board Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Full Board Package |

Local Village Resort & Elephant Centre ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Fullboard Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Singapore | 5 days 4 nights Full Board Package |

Taman Negara Inner Jungle ex Jerantut /ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Taman Negara Inner Jungle Adventure | 4 Days 3 Nights Taman Negara Inner Jungle Adventure |

Mountain Trekking | 9 Days 8 Nights Gunung Tahan via Kuala Tahan Trekking Package |

Taman Negara ~ Merapoh

| Mountain Trekking | 5 days 4 nights Gunung Tahan via Merapoh Trekking Package |

Combination Trips

Nature/ Highland/ Island

| 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Nature & Island Trip | 9 Days 8 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Highland, Nature & Island Trip | 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Animals , Nature & Island Trip |


Malaysia Cities , Towns & Villages

Peninsula Malaysia Cities , Towns & Villages


| Alor Setar |


| Chukai | Dungun | Kemaman | Kijal | Kuala Terengganu | Paka |


| Ipoh | Kuala Kangsar | Lumut | Taiping |


| Klang | Kuala Selangor |


| Kota Bahru |

Federal Territory

| Kuala Lumpur |


| Mersing |

Negri Sembilan

| Seremban | Kuala Pilah | Lukut |


| Sungei Lembing | Kuala Lipis | Kuantan |


| Melaka |

Sabah and Sarawak Towns , Cities & Villages


| Kuching | Long Bedian | Long Lama | Long Terawan | Miri | Marudi |


| Sandakan | Kota Kinabalu | Tawau |

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