Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing

Sungai Lembing’s well-known Panorama Hill needs no introduction, but here’s one anyway…

The Panorama Hill (Bukit Panorama) is a beloved tourist spot, where a 45min climb up some well-maintained steps would reward you with a calming, peaceful view of a sea of clouds.

Assuming you reach the peak before sunrise, that is.

Start early – if you belong to the unfit (like me), 5.00am or 5.30am is a good time to start walking up those stairs. You’ll have plenty of time to rest in between, and you get to take your time navigating through broken steps near the top.

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - broken stairs
These be the most treacherous steps, the rest are easy as pie

The Sg Lembing folks maintain this place very well, both for themselves and for the weekend tourists. Word of advice: I do not recommend coming here during weekends and public holidays. Sure it’s your only time off, but then you’ll have to reckon with a LOT of weekend tourists like yourself, jostling for limited spots at the top.

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - top
Only a handful of people at Panorama Hill? Yes, we went during a normal week day

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - hill view Whimsical morning fog enveloping the village

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - haze
Unfortunately this was a mix of fog and haze. Damn you, haze!

As this trip was right in the middle of the 2015 haze season, this was the sunrise we saw:

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - sun

But never mind, let me show you of what it could have been, a photo from my earlier trip:

Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing - 07 rising sun

There would be days when you don’t get to see a perfect sunrise, due to Mother Nature, clouds, etc. The easy hike is still enjoyable, with plenty of views like these:

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - nature

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - sea of cloud
Don’t you want to jump into the sea of clouds? No don’t.

Reminders: Bring your own drinks and snacks up. Bring your trash down with you. Avoid the insane crowd by visiting during a non-public holiday work day. Yes, it’s suitable for kids. No, it’s not suitable for older folks with knee problems; the steps can be steep. Bring a torch light if you’re going up to catch the sunrise. Be respectful of the hill, your surroundings, especially when you’re hiking up in early morning before day breaks.

Panorama Hill, Sungai Lembing - flag

And enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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™‚