The Mighty East Coast Trip! Panorama Hill in Sungai Lembing, Pahang

What were you doing at 5.30am on the 6th of July, 2012? I bet you were sound asleep, enjoying the comforts of your bed. I was half awake in Sungai Lembing, ready for our early morning walk up Bukit Panorama to catch the sunrise.

I’m sure I was cursing too. Why, what did you expect? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sungai Lembing is a local touristy town thanks to a few natural attractions, Bukit Panorama (Panorama Hill) being one of them. Then there are the Rainbow Waterfall (next trip), Gua Charas (Charas Cave) and Sungai Pandan waterfall, all not too far away.

Bukit Panorama was a short walk from our accommodation, which was right across from the market. Can’t miss it.

If my unfit arse can make it to the top of Bukit Panorama in less than an hour (with plenty of rest in between), so can you. Of course, fitter folks reach the top in way less than my timing, but the important to remember is this: life is not a competition. It’s the journey that matters, etc.

The way up to the top of the hill is mostly steep stairs, reasonably maintained with a holding rail in the middle. Way easier to navigate with a torch light. You should reach the top by 7am so gauge your timing.

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 01 moon and clouds
View near the top at around 6.30am

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 02 trail
Well-used path on the top of the hill

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 03 clouds hiding the town
Clouds hiding the town with a breathtaking mountainous view

We were lucky that there weren’t many people that day. I was told that it could get pretty crowded on weekends and public holidays, I don’t think jostling with people would be too much fun.

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 04 peeking sun
Teasing sun…

At about 7.13am, SUNRISE YAY!

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 05 rising sun
This made me want to hug Mother Nature

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 06 rising sun
Still ‘salted egg yolk’ at 7.19am

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 07 rising sun
Disappearing into clouds at 7.23am

I loved it. I complain about having to do things like these all the time (sorry, comes naturally) but in truth, I absolutely adore it. Must be something about sunrise, clouds, nature and serenity.

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 08 hidden sun
And… it’s over at 7.26am. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your time

Show’s over. Time to head back to town for some breakfast! Got to (over)compensate for all those calories burnt.

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 09 well kept trail
Something to hold on to…

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 10 steep but easy
Did I walk all the way up in the dark?? :O

But no hurry, stop and enjoy gazing at the beautiful sea of puffy clouds.

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 11 clouds

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 12 clouds

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 13 clouds

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I’m in love <3 Sungai Lembing, Pahang - 15 view from bottom of hill
Beautiful morning, beautiful town to wake up in

Sungai Lembing, Pahang - 14 post box
Random post box

Sungai Lembing, Pahang - 16 buy a tshirt
Buy a t-shirt!

We had a good, simple but most pleasing breakfast at the market opposite the place we were put up at. Sungai Lembing is well-known for their silky smooth tofu. I know I know, it’s just tofu right? I mean, how good can tofu be?

Obviously you’ve not tried Sungai Lembing tofu… yet. No photos here but I’ll be back so that’s another blog post for the future.

Joyce blogged about our Sungai Lembing stay but it’s in Chinese so who knows what she really wrote ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. did u go and eat the noodles? the famous one?
    Terrific sunrise.. well captured and well worth the blurry eye eh:D
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  2. memang gorgeous, and to answer your question, I was probably feeding them damn cats!
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  3. Did you check out the suspension bridges further down the road? Nice.

    Also, Sg Lembing is also femes for siewyoke that they roast in the earth. Other than that, food-wise, not so good. Kuantan better.

    • The suspension bridge leading to the village? Joyce went down for it but I didn’t, was a bit too hot heh.

      I didn’t know about the siu yok. Is that in the market also?

  4. Penny Lim says:

    We will definately be making the same trip. Thanks for the infor.

  5. i wanna go try this adventure. bring me along next round…please???
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  6. wauuu.. what a lovely view up there n very nice photoshoot too.. i like (^o^)v
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  7. I’m amazed by those pictures of sunrise above the sea of clouds but the one really catches my attention is the one with this caption “Did I walk all the way up in the dark?? :O” like it.
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  8. nice sharing.. Sg Lembing is really a nice destination…


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