These waterfalls have an interesting background. In the beginning of the 20th century, a dam was built in the Sg Anak Ayer Cina, near Simpang Pulai. The name Lubuk Timah suggest that the water was used for tin mining. The reservoir is completely silted now, and the water spills over the dam at the right section. In the past, there is both left and right water spill, creating two waterfalls. Nearby the entrance, there is also a river side hot spring popular with the locals.
Lubuk Timah Fall (post rain)
Access to the falls is from the Simpang Pulai - Cameron Highlands road. Turn left where power lines cross the road. There is a clear but faded signboard at the road junction.(Image 1) After less than one km, you are near the river with a gated entrance. There is an entrance fee of RM5 per person. First you will pass a well maintained hot springs surprisingly close to the river with a host of amenities ranging from toilets, hall & rented gazebos.(Image 2) From there it is only a few hundred meters to the dam and the falls.
This is a popular weekend destination. You can climb up to the reservoir, which is completely silted.
Lubuk Timah Dam (Current)
Lubuk Timah Dam (pre-2018)
Left section fall (pre-2018)
Picture from the past. The center weir is overflowing (picture courtesy of Tan Teck Ghee)
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Nowadays you need a permit for many waterfalls. General information here Present situation for Lubuk Timah : No permit needed
Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety
Were there on Feb 5. Nice place even saw a couple taking wedding photos at the falls. Danger when climbing up to the reservoir only step on the white rocks and not the brown ones as it was slippery. I almost trip and fall, Looks like this place did claimed some lives as I noticed left overs burned joss sticks and candles on the rocks.
The road to the rear end of waterfall had been widen , they have fill up center portion of pool , where the Right side and left side of the water joint
1) now little water from right side they block with limestone.
2) more water from left side
3) overflow water from center weir.
AIR TERJUN RAGUT 6 NYAWA -
IPOH - Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) diminta menutup atau meletakkan notis di kawasan perkelahan Air Terjun Lubuk Timah, Simpang Pulai berikutan enam kes lemas di kawasan itu sejak enam bulan lepas termasuk satu kes semalam.
Ketua Polis Daerah Ipoh, Asisten Komisioner Azisman Alias berkata, dalam kejadian terbaru, seorang remaja, Ko Wai Hong, 17, dari Taman Gunung View di sini berkelah bersama rakannya di kawasan tersebut pada pukul 5 petang kelmarin dan ditemui lemas semalam.
Semasa mandi, Wai Hong dikatakan cuba menyelamatkan rakannya yang sedang lemas tetapi dia dibawa arus dan tenggelam manakala rakannya terselamat, katanya ketika dihubungi.
Beliau berkata, beberapa rakan lain cuba membantu mangsa tetapi gagal lalu meminta bantuan polis.
Seramai tujuh anggota unit penyelam Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat yang dikejarkan ke tempat kejadian untuk mencari mangsa tetapi tidak berjaya menyebabkan operasi ditangguhkan pada pukul 8 malam kerana cuaca gelap. - Bernama
Two drown at deadly waterfall
May 2009: IPOH: The Lubuk Timah waterfall in Simpang Pulai, which is located about 16km from here, has claimed its latest victims – two Ulu Kinta Medical College students.
Mohd Nor Shahrul Nizam Shahrusin, 22, and a friend known only as Mohd Shahrizal, 21, from Johor, drowned during an excursion.
They had gone to the popular picnic spot with five other friends at about 12pm yesterday.
Shortly after they arrived, the two took turns jumping into the water but they got into difficulties due to underwater currents. The others immediately called for help.
Fire and Rescue Department personnel retrieved Mohd Nor Shahrul’s body at 5.25pm and Mohd Shahrizal’s body was found about 10 minutes later.
The bodies were sent to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun for a post-mortem.
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Azisman Alias warned the public against swimming at the deadly waterfall as many people had drowned there over the years.
Last year, two people drowned while the waterfall had claimed three lives prior to this tragedy.
I was there last week, the waterfalls were beautiful and strong. But the surrounding areas were extremely dirty and unkept. Go at your own risk!