Sungei Pandan- Kuantans Playground
fall, was formerly known as the Panching Falls is located near a
settlement by the name of Panching. Access to the waterfall is by
a separate road, a branch off Road. First follow the By-Pass
highway, from the Highway Route 2 to Panching. This is an
insignificant township outside the hills of Sungei Lembing town.
Half way along this road, watch for a signboard for the quarry.
It also marks the entrance to the waterfall as well. From here,
it is another 9 kilometers to the waterfall.
waterfall lies within the Berkelah Forest Reserve. In the
lowland, the climate here favors the growth of Rotan [cane]
||Just before reaching the fall, you
will see a special nursery of this Forest Reserve. In it
are grown the various species of the "Rotan"
plants found around the country.
district is located in the eastern shores of the Peninsular that
is influenced by the heavy torrential rains at the end of each
|The wide Pandan River basin is a
reflection of the seasonal weather- broad basin with
little water during the off season period.
Pandan Recreation area is a matured park managed by the
is equipped with the necessary
amenities- change room, showers, toilet and food stalls.
|There is even a properly constructed
wadding pool at the bottom of the fall.
waterfall is impressive, tall, broad and near vertical drop. This
picture taken during the dry seasons with water flowing down on
both sides of the fall leaving the center, bare. The height of
this waterfall is approximately 250 meters.
|During the drop, water falls from
one level to the next as shown by this photograph. At the
bottom of the fall, visitors can still enjoy the reduced
force of the falling water hitting upon their bodies.
||The well constructed cement stairway
lead adventurous visitors to the top of the fall for a
good view of the hinterland.
||Once on top, it is another plain.
Starting from the far interior, water from the stream
flows gently to this level space.
Then it makes its way
over another stretch of level rocky floor to reach the
point where the drop starts.
|The thing is, this rocky stretch is
not that level anymore. Water action had cut paths in the
During the drier time water from the river
will weave its way among the eroded paths.
the surfaces very rough resembling a plough field.
||The edge of this place [top of the
fall] is slippery and poses danger for the unwary
visitors. Consequently a barricade of iron poles wrapped
in barbed wire is placed at the edge. The view from here
||Just before reaching the fall, there
is a suspension bridge across the gorge. This is not for
the faint hearted. Vincent was particularly perturbed by
the poor condition of the bridge.
There were wide gaps on
the bridge as a result of the missing planks. Also
several protruding nails were seen on the planks.
to the rocks may cause the person serious injuries or
warning sign should be posted, if there is inadequate time to
rectify the situation immediately.
is a major attraction of the park and visitors should not be
exposed to this dangerous bridge, especially the daring school
a little distance down the road, about 12 kilometers away from
the Pandan Falls, in the direction towards Sungei Lembing, there
is this grotesque looking limestone outcrop.
||Take the road that leads to the
entrance of the Chinese Temple. The road is 4 kilometers
long and it goes in circle around the palm oil estate to
circumvent the karst hills. Reaching the caves opening
need to climb about 200 cemented steps to reach the lower cave.
It is lighted up and houses a statue of sleeping Buddha. Some
further steps upwards, are other caves networks with openings.
The walls of the caves are greenish blue because of the moss.
From an opening, you get to see a panoramic view of the plain and
the town of Kuantan in the far distance.