Chiling Fall is one of the more popular (but quite difficult to reach) waterfalls in Malaysia, you can check out some info and pics at Waterfalls of Malaysia: Chiling.
Basically you have to be prepared to get wet, hike for a good 1-2 hours and cross a river 5 times (each way!) which can be quite scary if the current is strong and the water level is high. And it’s still only listed as a moderate fall…haven’t tried a difficult one yet.
The entrance looks like this, nothing special.
Then you cross this suspended bridge.
The River looked pretty strong when we crossed the bridge, which didn’t bode well for our coming adventure.
Across the bridge it’s basically onto a mud path and into the jungle!
Lots of cam-whoring along the way of course.
And then…well…my shoe fell apart, I can’t say it was the best moment of my life – but you have to deal with it! And of course pick up your sole and carry it around, don’t litter!
The scenery was beautiful during the trip, that’s when you could take a quick glance because you had a break from concentrating so you didn’t fall in the river or down a hole or bang your head on a tree.
There was a LOT of climbing up and down, especially during river crossing.
The river crossing was quite intense, it was strong and we had to use a rope, it was fairly deep too (even deeper for shorter people ho-ho).
You have to cross the river 5 times in each direction, there’s only one way in and the same way out…so there you go.
Eventually (and safely) we reached the fall, thanks to Happy Yen! KY had some time to pose.
It’s a pretty impressive and powerful looking fall.
These were pre-gorillapod days, so I had a bit of a hard time doing slow shutter shots, I managed these two though.
I even managed a couple of macro shots!
There were bucketloads of fish in the water too, could feed them into a frenzy with a bit of bread.
And Yen being characteristically happy.
We saw this huge momma on the way back.
And I still had my macro lens on so I fancied doing some abstracts with the ferns.
The weather was pretty overcast the whole day, but we actually got a glimpse of blue sky on the way back.
It was an awesome trip, very tiring. We went for some super sinful food after that, and everyone was so hungry no-one took pictures of it as it was gone so fast.
We all had about 4 cans of 100-plus each too!
Then off home, and out again for an event..
The full set of pics can be found here:
Yen was great, he made us feel really safe, knew all kinds of interesting facts, had plenty of stories, knew where to eat the good food and was friendly to the environment.
He’s very knowledgeable about the countryside in general, especially waterfalls and trekking sites, you can find him at:
phone: +6017 369 7831
Do let him know I sent you if you drop him a line 😉
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