Everyone is going back to the usual travel routine. That includes fellow minimalists and nature wanderers who like adventuring into the woods for waterfall exploration.
Just in Malaysia itself, we’ve already been equipped with over a hundred places to visit for waterfalls. With the geological factors, our waterfalls came with different shapes and sizes, all based on the location that they were formed.
As we depend a lot on social media and technology to discover places for our itchy feet, many tend to spend more time on the city spheres and further, countryside areas throughout their journey. Only a few people would dig deeper into underrated or unfamiliar places for the hidden gems.
If you happen to be one of those adrenaline-seekers who prefers a day of waterfall trekking but are not sure where to, this article would be suitable for you. Thus, we want to introduce you to the 5 breathtaking places for waterfalls in Malaysia.
Chiling Waterfall, Selangor
(Image credit: M Zulfadli DB @ Chilling’s Waterfall Kuala Kubu Bharu)
Known as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Selangor, Chiling Waterfall is located at Sungai Chiling Fish Sanctuary, a fisheries research project by the local government. It takes approximately an hour of walking across the Chiling rivers six times from the entrance of Kuala Kubu Bharu.
An entrance fee of RM1 is needed at the ranger office upon entering and there are campsites with toilets for the visitors to rest. This waterfall is a good place for picnic, photography, and most excitingly, river jumping for fun.
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for Raja Brooke Birdwing butterflies around the river bank. There are a lot of them there.
Lata Kinjang Waterfall, Perak
(Image credit: Lata Kinjang Waterfall, Chenderiang Perak)
Speaking of one of the tallest waterfalls in Malaysia, one shouldn’t remove Lata Kinjang Waterfall from the list. Located in Chenderiang, Perak, the park is 15km from Tapah and 45km from Ipoh.
There’s a myth about the waterfall that has been circulated by the locals in that area. Based on folklore, Sang Kelembai, an ancient giant with the power to turn people into stone, visits Lata Kinjang occasionally. That explains the surrounding stones that look like animals and markers that resemble footprints.
On top of the 200m tall waterfall to admire, there is an orchid garden and a bamboo park nearby. Be sure to check out the different types of flora and fauna when you visit there.
Rainbow Waterfall, Pahang
(Image credit: Rainbow Waterfall)
Does the idea of admiring the beautiful rainbow reflection on the river appeal to your heart’s desire? If so, you should definitely check out the remarkable Rainbow Waterfall in Pahang.
Located in Sungai Lembing, jungle trekkers are required to walk for 45 minutes from Lubuk Beruk before reaching the magnificent waterfall. As the location itself was known as El Dorado of the East for its tin mining activity back in the 1800s, the Muzium Sungai Lembing is just within a walk away and deserves your visitation if you want to learn more history of the town.
If you plan to travel there, make sure you do it in the morning (around 9am to 10am) if you want to witness the reflection of a rainbow on the water.
Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Sabah
(Image credit: @hijazirija)
Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA) also known as Sabah’s Lost World is a huge bowl of pristine forests described as one of the few remaining untouched wilderness areas in the world. The whole Basin is a single huge water catchment, drained by only one river, the Maliau River, which flows out through a gorge in the southeast of the Basin, joining the Kuamut River and eventually the Kinabatangan, Sabah’s largest and most important river (source from MBCA).
While the conservation area is well-known for its geomorphological wonders, the visitors will expect to explore various flora and fauna within the woods with programs and activities available, that includes the waterfalls exploration. According to the field investigation, Maliau Basin houses the highest number of waterfalls per unit area in Malaysia, one of them being the magnificent 7-tier Maliau Falls.
It’s definitely worth your attention if you happen to travel to Sabah across East Malaysia.
Chin Farm Waterfall, Penang
(Image credit: @Joeltzy)
Here’s another hidden gem that isn’t known by many, including locals as well. Chin Farm Waterfall is a marvelous waterfall in Batu Ferringhi, Penang.
The entrance is across the road from Bayview Beach Hotel and it requires a few minutes’ walks before you reach the waterfall area. The depth might not be suitable for water jump stunts, but it’s good enough for someone to dip their body down in the water and enjoy the quiet nature.
This place is undoubtedly a heaven for daredevils to walk through the forest and climb through slippery rocks before reaching this bucolic utopia.
Waterfall serves a jolly good purpose for hiking trails and trip goals. Apart from that, it’s also a haven for your mental health break (meditation, yoga, and cold water to release your tension). There’s also a scientific explanation that goes with the theory of humans getting positive energy from waterfalls’ negative ions and turning them into happiness. With several reasons to love waterfalls, there’s no excuse for someone to navigate the closest destinations from the list we provided above for their next nature adventure. We hope you enjoy the fun with the waterfalls in Malaysia.
Travelling during the National Recovery Plan (NPR)
Meanwhile, be sure to check out the latest SOPs before travelling.
- The tourism bubble is only eligible for fully vaccinated individuals, except those living in the EMCO areas.
- Children below 18 without vaccinations are allowed to travel with fully vaccinated parents.
- Tourists must present their digital certificate of COVID-19 vaccination whenever asked by the authorities.
- Tourists must bring along the receipts and booking confirmation as evidence that they are visiting for vacation.
- Tourists are allowed to travel by flight and land. However, they are instructed to book the transportations through a tour agency if they journey by land.
- Most travel activities are allowed to resume, such as nature parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, galleries, theme parks, and other activities such as watersports, jungle trekking, hiking, camping, island hopping, and more.
- Hotel facilities and amenities such as swimming pools, gyms, and lounges can resume their operations as usual.
- Everyone still requires to follow the SOPs to minimize the risk of virus outbreak despite the relaxation applied.
- Swab test is essential prior to departure.
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Featured Image Credit: Rainbow Waterfall
Curators: Crystal Lim and Jane Lim