Happy Yen, our Chiling Waterfalls guide has been wanting to take us to Perting Falls. We finally made the hike on Malaysia Day; quite apt for what better way to celebrate Malaysia than seeking her natural beauty?
Perting Pandak Waterfall aka Lata Hammers is still quite the hidden gem of accessible waterfalls. At the Karak highway, exit to Bukit Tinggi and follow the old road to Bentong. It is a quiet, beautiful stretch but be careful not to hit cyclists who love the smooth, winding road.
Coming from KL, you will pass by the Bentong hot springs on your left. A few more minutes and you’ll see signs to Perting Falls. Or not? I forgot, sorry. Here, GPS coordinates: GPS N 03 27.41’, E 101 51.85’
I didn’t think my car could go all the way so we parked before entering a private rubber plantation. Later in the afternoon going through the same way, it was exhilirating to hear the rubber seeds loudly cracking all over.
There’s a shallow stream to be crossed to get to the trail. The best shoes to wear are sport sandals (think Teva) followed by hiking shoes with a good grip. A waterproof bag is always nice but unnecessary for this trip.
The trail was well-defined, though with overgrown bushes on both sides. It’s a good thing, it means it’s not overpopular (yet). On one stretch, you walk past thick fern bushes taller than you. Just stride purposefully, don’t let twigs that scratch hold you back.
One way for us (including through the rubber plantation) was 5.1km which took us 1.5 hours. It was an interesting trail – spot the mushrooms, leeches, giant ants, wild boar paw imprints, rattan, spiders whose web strength are +1000 and so on. No worries about getting lost, just follow the river trail.
Navigating across this bunch of fallen trees was a highlight!
Then there was a steep descent to get to the waterfall. Previous hikers with hearts of gold left ropes for a safer descent, bless you!
That was where Joyce got a new friend, The Leech. And that was Happy Yen’s favourite pose.
Behold the waterfall! The pool is much bigger than Chiling’s and was almost like a lagoon. The shallow bit is good and fine to chill and hangout. You could swim but be careful – the deep end is deep and mysterious. Lots of dead branches underneath and maybe even a hidden whirlpool especially during the rainy season. Perting Falls is no stranger to sad accidents.
Just be aware of your surroundings and actions and you should be fine. You should be starving by now, so take out those food that you’d brought along for a fine picnic. Fuel yourself, body mind and soul!
/end hippy talk
And note these: Bring all your rubbish out with you. Do not wash yourself with shampoo and soap at the waterfall, you idiots. Be respectful to nature, your reward is your view in her unspoiled presence!
More importantly, do not be afraid to tell people off if they are wrong. Glaring at people thinking that they are inconsiderate, does not let them know that they are inconsiderate. Sometimes people need to be told. So say it out and make your voice count!