Friday, December 7, 2012

Sungei Lembing, Pahang

Entrance to Sg. Lembing
I finally decides to make a trip to Sungei Lembing after a month in Kuantan, Pahang. Gettig there is easy if you are driving. All you need is drive straight across Indera Mahkota and Sg. Pancing.
There are two famous places which I wanted to visit. One is the Panorama hill (Bukit Panorama) and the other is the rainbow waterfall. You have to start your journey early if you want to watch the sunrise at Bukit Panorama or visit the rainbow waterfall. I only make it to Bukit Panorama but missed the 4x4 ride to the famous waterfall.
Sungai Lembing, a former tin mining town is about 38 km of Kuantan in Pahang, Malaysia..
Until the 1970s, Sungai Lembing was a major producer of underground tin. Sungai Lembing town developed in the 1880s when the British set up the tin mining industry, although the history of mining in this area extends much further back. From 1891, the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited, (PCCL), which was under British control, had a 77-year lease to mine the area. PCCL managed the mine from 1906 until its liquidation in 1986 when world tin prices collapsed.
The pit mines were closed in 1986 due to high operational costs and low yields, but during their heyday they were among the largest and deepest in the world. The total tunnel length is 322 km, with a depth of between 610 m and 700 m. A museum highlighting the tin mining industry was opened in 2003. The museum is housed in an old bungalow once used by the mine manager. The museum houses a collection of mining artifacts.
Stairs to Bukit Panorama
The town of Sg Lembing is in decline although it was once the richest town in Pahang, In the 1940s about 1400 people worked in the mine. Today many of the wooden shoplots are closed and people are moving away. The town straddles the river, and the main street on the right bank is split by an avenue of majestic trees. At the end, an old wooden building overlooks the padang where games of cricket and other social activities were held.
Today Sg Lembing has a population of about 5,000 locals. There are many locals and Singaporean tourist who visited there everyday especially during the holidays to catch a glimps of the sunrise at Bukit Panaorama and the Rainbow waterfall.
There are also many budget hotels to cater for overnight visitors.
To me, Sg. Lembing which is a small village is a must place to visit if you are in Kuantan. The small village has many bicycle stalls renting out bicycles for recreational activities and at reasonable prices. If you visit there during the fruits season, you can get to taste a lot of varieties including rambutans and durians selling at fair prices.
View from Bukit Panorama
Bukit Panorama view
University students at the base of Bukit Panorama enjoying durians
Public Library
Sg. Lembing town
Another attraction in Sg. Lembing is the hanging bridge