This is where you should be: Taking in the view at Chamang waterfall. Photo: Filepic
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Then, head to the cool and refreshing waters of Chamang waterfall in Pahang.
The waterfall, located 10km outside Bentong town, is just 90 minutes’ drive from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Expressway. To get there, just head north from Bentong towards Raub and turn left when you see a signpost for Chamang.
Keep going on the country road as it winds its way inwards. When you reach a huge Chamang waterfall signboard, this means you are almost there. The rest of the gravel road is slightly uphill and might be a bit bumpy due to potholes.
The majestic waterfall seems to burst out from the mountains and into a fast-moving river. Chamang waterfall is a suitable place for a picnic, swimming, or to try out the natural outdoor “spa” as torrential waters massage your body.
Other people are seen fishing in the river while some just sit and enjoy the view. The amenities at the waterfall are fairly well-maintained with food stalls, toilets and changing rooms.
Don’t break a sweat
For those who want to enjoy being at a magnificent waterfall without sweating a jungle trek, this is the right place for you. All you need to do is to park your car, jump out and the waterfall is just a few steps in front of you!
Note that if you do decide to go, try to be early, because it is an extremely popular picnic spot for the locals, especially on weekends and public holidays, and parking may be tight.
For cycling enthusiasts, you can also cycle to the waterfall from Bentong town or further (if you prefer a better workout)!
This is a suitable place to pack your nasi lemak or sandwiches, and go on a picnic with your family or friends. You can even tie up your hammock and enjoy a snooze by the refreshing waters as the breeze blows. Besides picnic areas, there are also camping grounds for those who prefer to stay overnight.
For the kids
There are many large wading pools that are safe for children. However, the huge waterfall can be dangerous due to strong currents, especially during the rainy season. There are also hidden whirlpools near the rocks, so always be careful and don’t leave your children unattended.
A suspension bridge connects both sides of the stream, leading to the far bank where there are good picnic and camping spots. Before the bridge was constructed, people used to cross to the other side by stepping on rocks (which could be quite dangerous because of strong currents)
Refresh you soul at these cascading mountain waters where you can picnic, swim, fish, camp, get a free massage or just sit and stare.