Continued from my article : Why Kuantan? This is about a relaxing trip I did with friends there.
In the morning, we planned to hike the top of a hill in Sungai Lembing, Bukit Panorama. But forgive us because we were waking up so late, hahaha. For me, I don’t want to think so much on this trip in Kuantan. Since I had a trip in a row from Penang, Manila, Banaue, for almost 2 weeks, so now I just want to have a relax holiday in Kuantan. I wasn’t disappointed so much but our friend, Seokho will leave Kuantan tomorrow morning, so we decided to still go and see a bit of Sungai Lembing while have a good time in the nature.
I think Kuantan is really a hot city as well, since it closes to the beach called Teluk Cempedak. The city not so crowded and the road are so wide. A perfect place for you who doesn’t want to stay in busy town as in Kuala Lumpur, as my friend, Hninn. She really like her stay in Kuantan. She moved there years ago and doesn’t really want to move to another town.
Hninn drove the car while Seokho sit next to her, as her personal assistant hahaa
As pretty normal view in Malaysia, you will see so many palm plantation along the journey. Hninn drove her car for us while Seokho sit next to her and become her personal assistant. We were so happy that day and singing along the way. This is just a perfect holiday with perfect people around me. I just feel so close to them like we are destined to be together that moment.
We passed a bridge with beautiful landscape so we stop for a while to enjoy the view. The great thing about road trip is you can stop wherever you want. Later on, we stopped in a river, where we can make some fun photos and play with the water a bit.
Yes, we love to play! hahahaa
We continued to our trip to Sungai Lembing and see the area is quiet pretty with lots of colorful and unique house. Why is it unique? Because they look different with normal houses in another part of the area. There is a museum of Sungai Lembing but because we want to go to Cheras Cave and water fall, we decided to not come inside of the museum.
The Sungai Lembing Museum.
If you want to stay over in Sungai Lembing area, it’s possibly can. For instance, I wrote there is HillVille Inn, HP +60178918988 (Pu Siang Chan), Sungai Lembing Rest House (local number 019-9161492, 012-9009622, 019-9062193, 012-9086397) or Lembing Riverview Resort (local number 012-9812692/012-9832692). But I don’t know how much is it for a night.
Typical local house in Sungai Lembing.
Along our way to the cave, we passed (again) palm plantation, I saw one huge rock which remind me of the landscape in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Check my article about it if you don’t believe it. It gave me a humble reminder how Malaysia and Indonesia such a close neighbor, so it doesn’t make sense to feel we are competition and spread the hatred between us as how people think about Malaysians vs Indonesians. There is nothing to be proud about because in fact, our face, our culture and our landscape quite similar. And to be honest, I can applause Malaysia with their better infrastructure, facility, the people with English speaking, clean road, wide road and tourist friendly. I honestly think, Indonesia can learn many positive things from Malaysia without diminish the beauty we have in our country, indeed.
It’s look like in South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
My new crazy friend, hahhaa.
Arrived in the Cave, we need to climb by stairs before arriving in the office place of monks there. We need to pay for each RM 3 to the monk. And he told me once we arrived in the cave, we need to turn on the light. I said yes, even no idea how it looks like. Later on, we found the box, and we tried to turn it on, but can not. Almost give up, finally the light on and it gave us some light and encourage us to go inside of the cave. Hninn waited for us in the car, so there was only me, Seokho and Mariela who decided to go inside of the cave. Wanna hear my honest opinion? I feel so uncomfortable when we came inside of the cave. Not about ghost or everything, but the cave is soooo big! I was worried probably there is snake or scorpions or bats bite us. Thanks God, it didn’t happen. While me and Mariela tried to walk step by step contiguous, Seokho walk so bravely whistling and singing. Inside of the cave, there are so many spot while they put the worship prayer, even a large kitchen. Monks probably sleep here too. At the end of the cave, there is a sleeping Buddha. It’s beautiful.
Sungai Pandan Water Fall
Finished with the cave, we continued to our last stop, Sungai Pandan water fall. We saw a wild bore and it make us laugh because we were making a joke while shouting on him in purpose to make him see us and we can take a picture of him. The thing is, we called him pig, but then Hninn said it’s not nice to call him pig, so we change it into Babe, Darling, Dear, Honey, hahaha. But he didn’t care about us and just keep continue finding food from the nearest trash bin. Haha!
When we arrived in the water fall, again, it reminds me of Indonesia. I have been to the similar water fall like here, in South Sulawesi. Isn’t it interesting? We played on the water but not swimming, since the water current quite strong. Actually we need to pay inside of the water fall since it counted as tourism object, but we didn’t pay it because no one guard the counter. Maybe it’s because we went there in injury time – I mean around 5 pm or something.
When we went back home, we saw a beautiful sunset from the car. It was a nice day! Especially when we plan to cook together and Raihana comes again to cook something for us. This is the thing I love about staying together with another people in one house. You won’t feel lonely, all you can do always laughing and make a joke. I kinda miss it, seriously.