Mr J and I decided to go out of town during one of the long weekend and we picked Sungai Lembing. Prior to that, we booked 3 nights with Time Capsule Retreat. We have heard and read a lot about the Time Capsule being one of the ideal holiday destinations for retreats so we decided to give it a try. We drove from KL to Sg Lembing and the journey was about 3.5hours. It wasn’t difficult to find Sungai Lembing. One can just use Waze to get there.
We reached around 4pm the first day. 3 days 2 nights is actually sufficient for a trip to Sg Lembing but because both of us like to take our own sweet time as we decided this is a retreat so yeah, we extended a night in the end.
We checked in to the white cottage for the first night. Due to public holidays and long weekend, we managed to book the time capsule for second and third night. The white cottage comes with a double bed and private toilet. The other type of white cottage has two double beds.
After checking in, Mrs Yang showed us around Sg Lembing; what to see and what to eat. She asked if we were interested to go to the Sg. Lembing rainbow waterfall and we jumped at the opportunity. To get to the rainbow waterfall, one will need 4WD to get there. Prior to the trip, we researched about the rainbow waterfall but it was rather expensive. We did not know about Simon who offered his service at RM40 per person until Mrs Yang told us about it. That evening, we had dinner and retreated to bed early as we were going to have an early morning the next day. Dinner was at this simple malay stall serving nasi kukus and ayam goreng berempah. So yums!
Simon came right on time at 5.50am.
He picked us and a few other guests up and we were dropped at the food court for breakfast. 6am is really too early for me to eat anything heavy but I tried. One can get the famous Sg Lembing tofu at this food court. It wasn’t open when we were there. Apparently the uncle had closed earlier in preparation for Chinese New Year.
We were given 30 minutes for our breakfast and off we went to the rainbow waterfall. Because it was early in the morning, I did not realize it was going to be cold. The rushing cool breeze in the morning as the 4WD storm through the jungle…my goodness. I was shivering alright. I think the journey was about an hour.
When we reached, we had to cross a stream (the water was so cold!) and hike for about 30 minutes before reaching the waterfall.
The hike was not too hard considering I was only wearing my Asadi slippers. Asadi’s the best. They’re cheap and have good grip. The view at the waterfall was so beautiful that I was mesmerized.
The packages also include a maggi cup with hot milo which will be prepared at the waterfall. I personally think it’s worth it so do check the waterfall out if you are there.
We got back around afternoon and were dead tired by then. This time round we switched to the Capsule and I love it.
It can be quite a hassle for some to stay at the capsule because you will have to share the shower and toilet with other guests. The capsule can be quite small and it doesn’t have extra space for a lot of luggage. There are two types of capsules; one with the transparent door and one with the transparent back. The one with the transparent door comes with curtain so you don’t have to worry about your privacy.
That evening, we had our dinner at at Chinese restaurant called Restaurant Hoover.
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We tried the famous sweet sour fish as recommended by Mrs Yang and some other dishes.
It was good and we quite like it. The price wasn't too bad either. Reasonable I would say.
The next day we were supposed to hike through panaroma hill but well, both of us could not wake up on time. On the bright side, it was also drizzling and no sunrise was spotted on that day. We went to the mine museum and the hanging bridge. Nothing much to shout about except that you learn more about how Sg Lembing used to be a busy mining town. Now everything is just so quiet in the town.
Entrance fee of RM4 is required for the museum.
|Nah just us, goofing around|
This is the mine tunnel which is quite near to the museum. If you wish to visit the tunnel, you will have to take the train in which will cost RM15 per person. We forgo this one.
Sungai Lembing hanging bridge. Cross over to buy some biscuits.
We drove to Kuantan town which is only 30 minutes away to have some “city vibe” after a few days away from the city. Took a stroll down Teluk Chempedak and had coffee at Starbucks which is by the beach.
The next morning, we tried this uncle's chee cheong fun that everyone is talking about. Quite unique because he made it on the spot with some spring onions and egg and its quite limited. You can find this near the food court.
I will highly recommend Sungai Lembing to whoever who needs a quiet getaway from the city. We managed to get enough rest while exploring the town doing various activities. Book early if you would like to stay in the capsule because it is rather popular in the weekend. Mrs Yang also provides BBQ dinner (on Saturday night) so make sure you let her know earlier. We didn’t know so we missed out on the BBQ dinner. I don't mind going back again just to escape from the city.