Saturday, June 15, 2013

A trip to Sungai Lembing, Pahang 林明游记 (Cuti-cuti Malaysia)

At first, I was planning to put this post title as "sunrise on bukit Panorama Sg.Lembing" . But we were not lucky enough to view sunrise, because the cloud was too thick, so no choice have to change this post title ^_^. Also give us another excuses to visit this place again. Now I realized that to view sunrise is tougher than to view sunset (we have nice sunset at Tanah Lot Bali). We have to woke up early morning (about 4.30am), climbed up to the hill top took about 45mins, and no guarantee you can have nice sunrise view.
Anyway, the beautiful 云海 (sea of cloud ) and hills scenery up at the hill is worth a visit..
We went here and staying a night during the school holidays recently.

Sungai Lembing is a nice place to visit for a day or two, less than 3hrs drive from KL.
Sungai Lembing is a tin mining town 42 km northwest of Kuantan in Pahang, Malaysia. Lembing is Malay for spear, and "sungai" means river. Per local legend, the local ruler saw a vision of a spear in the nearby river and thus named his town after this vision.
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.
**extracted from Wikipedia


We departed from home at 6am, as we planned to take breakfast at the Sg.Lembing. This is the only Chinese hawker center located at the Pasar Sg Lembing (market).



Come to Sg.Lembing, sure must try their famous "soft stuffed tofu 林明豆腐" and " Sg. Lembing noodles 林明麵"..
Oh, the tofu is silky smooth, good !  As for the Sg.Lembing noodles, not as springy as expected, similar like yellow noodles here but this noodle is less alkaline added..



Pasar Sg. Lembing (wet market)
Sunday morning market

The road beside the market is the road where leads you to Panorama hill for sunrise view.


After breakfast, we walked around and it only took us 10mins to walk the whole town, really a small town..



back lane..

Public library




I think this is the smaller petrol station in Malaysia !!

A relaxing small town !!





The residents here are mainly Hainanese and Hakka


This is the place we were staying for a night, remind me of the old house when I was a kid..
updated on 18th June 2013- Here is the link of the resort we were staying, check here  . We were staying in a Quad room with two queen size bed and one extra mattress so just nice for five of us. The room is very basic with attached bathroom. There are few rooms inside this house, so prepare to share with other peoples in this house. And this resort is not located at the Sg.Lembing town, about 5mins from the town. One thing good here is there is a river beside this resort, so kids can play there.
One thing not good here is you have to pass by a graveyard before reaching this resort. There are few homestay and hostels in the Sg.Lembing town (I heard the Hakka and Hananese associate center also can rent room), next time I am going to stay right inside the town area..


The best place to understand the history of a place is go to visit museum.



Sg. Lembing has the largest and deepest tin mining in the world

various old collections



Sg Lembing's glorious days of the tin mining activities.


We went to the same restaurant for lunch and dinner because not many restaurant around. This shop has famous Lembing tomato noodles (it was recommended in Ah Xian's TV program)..My daughter said my tomato noodles is nicer than this, hahaha..


We love this nice mango river fish..

we also bought "Cu Cheong Fun" flat rice sheets from this famous stall

this stall is run by an old couples

I need to find one day to make this at home ^_^

something just simple and nice, and it is cheap, RM 0.80 for a plain one and RM 1.40 for adding egg..

we also went to this " hanging bridge 吊桥"


after across this hanging bridge, we reached to the only factory which producing Lembing noodles..

saw this nice kampong house

At night, this small town even more quiet..
We slept earlier because prepare to wake up at 4.30am the next day !!


sunrise view at Bukit Panorama ..






They must be quite disappointed can't see nice sunrise after setting up the tripod at the good spot !



Now I only can see the stairs that we were climbed up
These were the scenery we saw when we went down from the hill. I couldn't believe Malaysia also has such beautiful place, don't need to go China to see this kind of hills scenery..






 You can also buy some the coconut cookies to bring home..

We definitely will visit again until we see the sunrise !! also wanted to visit rainbow waterfall..
Try to avoid this place on weekend, very crowded, best to visit on weekdays..


Somewhere in Singapore said...

Nice place...

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, thanks for all the lovely photos from my home town-Sungai Lembing, really missed all the yummy food there, is a big change since my last visit in 2005 :)
Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you share, I really love them!
Molly from Melbourne

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Amelia said...

Hi Sonia, very beautiful scenery. It's a great place to get away from city life. I love the Sg.Lembing coconut biscuit, typical type only available there.

The Chee cheong fun very easy to make if you use the non stick round pizza pan, no need to use so much oil. I made this very often for breakfast or lunch. You can check out my recipes, got 2 version under Chinese delicacies.

Have a nice weekend.

Esther Lau said...

In that case I would consider myself lucky to be able to cherish the beautiful moment of Lembing's sunrise and云海 (sea of cloud ) during my visit.Sonia, you should go for 2nd time, the view is absolutly fabulous. I miss lembing and the foods...tomato noodle, coconut cookies, tofu...

Mel said...

Oh, I must visit this place one day too. Love to reminisce back the old kampung lifestyles; peaceful and easy life.

Li Shuan said...

Very nice pics... Ohh ... I'm very sampat never know we have such a beautiful place in Msia. The chee cheong fun looks nice. I will wait for ur recipe ya..

Anne Regalado said...

Wonderful photos , Sonia ! The food for sure looks mouth watering :D

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My Little Space said...

Oh dear, Sonia thanks so much for posting this. I didn't know there's such beautiful place at Sg Lembing there. Must show hubby this and plan to go there someday. And those flat noodles look really special. First time seeing them with egg. haha... The texture looks really nice as well.
btw, what kind of hotels are you staying? Or homestay?

lena said...

the hill views are indeed beautiful! and first time seeing cch with egg! sonia sini cuti sana cuti...amboi! amboi!

Tracy Low said...


Baby Sumo said...

Hi Sonia beautiful scenery shots. I especially like the hazy hill shots.

I think sunset/sunrise photo depends on where u r, I can get nice sunrise photos from my house but not sunsets. But when I go PD can only get nice sunset photos :P

Phong Hong said...

Sonia, I love the photos of the hills and clouds. They look like those Chinese paintings. Your photograhpy kau lat lah! I think it is nice to visit small towns and discover their beauty. But since your daughter say your tomato noodles is better, then I come to your house to eat lah! Hee..hee...

Lite Home Bake said...

Thanks for the sharing. I have heard that it's a nice place and with your nice pictures and story i am now quite sure i would want to give it a visit :)

Elaine said...

Good morning,
Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos. I did not know that this is such a beautiful place.

Small Kucing said...

this Sg Lembing reminds me of Tj Sepat. small town and friendly people

Choi Yen said...

I wonder how's your accommodation looks like?

Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes said...

The town looks very neat and tidy. I like the scenery pictures, something like China scenery.

Caca said...

this is a very beautiful place. I like to see you enjoy your life: EAT, PLAY, LOVE

温馨小屋 said...


mui mui said...

Ah Chi,
I always love reading your 出游记:)


I just got back from a holiday trip to Sungai Lembing.
For more pics n info, pls check it out here >>

Cho Zila said...

nice picture.

Shan Shan Lim said...

The trekking to see sunrise - suitable for young children ? 7yrs and 4 yrs

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