neglected and forgotten Lata Menkuang
have difficulty in positioning this destination, one that is
suitable for the family? or - for adventure?
place was for a very long time a water catchments waterfall.
However, with its remoteness and low traffic, most locals instead
have opt for another spot, safer and the level ground beside the Main road as picnic spot! The latter, more
accessible, meets the
expectations and needs.
place is about 12 kilometers from Sik, along a country road
leading to a remote town of Kampong Weng near the Thai border!
||This fair sized river, Sungei Chepir, has a
source very close to the rapids shown in the photograph.
The picnic area
within the newly rejuvenated Park area can be reached,
guided by signboards from Sik.
are seen - several new sheds and well prepared camping areas.
among the rapid was very clear and clean. This place was well
frequented on weekends.
used to be a broad vehicular track to reach a waterfall
about one kilometer into the hills.
In the last visit in
November 1999, the track was still there. The beginning
stretch then, was soggy and could not support regular
vehicle. Then the other end nearing the waterfall, almost
covered with undergrowths.
The waterfall shown
beside, is another cascade that shares the same geology
as Lata Bayu, except this scene here was much more
dramatic and treacherous
total height of these cascades is about 60 meters. A pipe
delivering the water, was located on the right bank. On
the left, there used to be a well constructed steel
stairway, weaving through the bamboo thickets to the top
of the waterfall. Then it crosses from left to right,
then into a collection pond.
This was one
place where the source of the river can be seen. Tiny springs
oozing out water to filling up the pond.
But by the
atmosphere of scene, it was near impossible to reach the source
using this way! A new off-road track however, was seen opened at
a junction of the track, before the fall. Have not explore this
|At the base of the waterfall, the old pump
house still stands.
Watch that broken
walkway crossing the river to the pump house!