Jangkar Waterfall, the Hidden Gem in Lundu, Sarawak

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Sarawak

If you think you have lived long enough to discover everything about Sarawak through your own experience or through National Geographic, well, think again. There is a hidden gem in Lundu that is yet to be popularised – the Jangkar Waterfall.

Lundu is a town located in the Northwest of Kuching Division of Sarawak and borders with Indonesian Province of West Kalimantan. Lundu is known as a place that has many rural areas.

Jangkar Waterfall has been chosen as a travel destination because it has the potential to increase the volume of tourists visiting the area with a bright future for tourism development.

This waterfall is known locally as Jangkar Waterfall. It is accessible via Kampung Jantan, a small village near the coastal town of Sematan. You can go by car from Lundu, taking about 30 minutes to reach the destination.

Long ago, this place was known as Kampung Jangkar before the area was split into two different villages, which are Kampung Jantan and Kampung Jangkar. The waterfall having to be in Kampung Jantan area, but it is still called as Jangkar Waterfall.

Jangkar Waterfall was founded and had been managed by Jantan-Jangkar Cooperation (Koperasi Jangkar Jantan Lundu Bhd) since 2012. The members of Jantan-Jangkar Cooperation are from the local villagers of both Kampung Jantan and Kampung Jangkar. The cooperative team provide parking space and experienced local guides for jungle trekking to the waterfall.

If you want to visit the waterfall, you must first register at the reception counter at entrance to the hiking trail. They will then assign a local guide to each group who will lead the way to the waterfall.

In past cases, there were some visitors who would go to the lower part of the waterfall, have a picnic or a barbeque and leave all their trash there before leaving. This is one of the reasons why every visitor is now required to register themselves before proceeding to the waterfall with a local guide.

The increase in the number of visitors to the area has helped to generate income for the locals and stimulate the local economy. Now, you can be rest assured that the trail to the waterfall and the surroundings are much cleaner and well maintained.

The guide’s fee is based on the size of the group. For groups of 5 and above, they collect RM10 from each person while for groups of fewer than 5, they collect a single sum of RM50. They get visitors from all over the world and they come here either with a tour agent or as independent traveller. On average, they get about 100 visitors per month and they have seen an increase in the number of visitors coming here over the past four years.

Based on my own experience, it took about 50 minutes to get to the waterfalls and about 40 minutes journey back down the mountain. My trip to the waterfalls was guided by Mr. Lebi, a local guide at Jangkar Waterfall. I managed to reach the waterfalls safely with his help and was able to experience the hidden natural treasure of Lundu.

 

A shot with Mr. Lebi (tour guide)

 

When you read a book, you only experience one page, when you travel, you experience an adventure right here at Jangkar Waterfall. So go check it out now!

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Back to simplicity-Lundu Sarawak

June 21, 2013 by  
Filed under General

Lundu Sarawak is just two hours ride away from the hustle and bustle city of Kuching, but it literally brought me to a whole different place with a different experience. I admire the serene beauty of the town that is placed near the sea.

Lundu Sarawak

Lundu Sarawak

Lundu Sarawak is a sleepy country town located in the Northwest of Kuching that borders West Kalimantan. It is made up of a few rows of shops, a small market, a few blocks of government buildings and some local kampung houses.

The residents here in Lundu Sarawak are involved in various economic sectors such as the agricultural sector, aquaculture sector, fishing Industry, cottage industry and tourism industry. They gave me the impression of being friendly and hospitable. The locals seem to always be wearing a smile on their face, maybe it’s due to the simplicity of their lives that shaped them to be cheerful people.

Lundu Sarawak offers you sun and beach within walking distance from the town center. Siar Beach is the must-go beach the visitors to Lundu Sarawak. Many beach-goers snooze in the shade of palm trees whilst the sea-lovers keep themselves busy chasing the waves and dipping in the sea water that is sure to cool you down under the scorching sun. Siar beach is indeed a majestically mesmerizing beach which has crystal-clear water and pure white sands.

Lundu Retreat Resort is one of the best resorts in Siar Beach, Lundu Sarawak that belongs to the Union Bank group. It only accommodate for about 175 person, as there are only a few rooms, chalets, and penthouses ranging from RM 200 to RM 400 per night inclusive of breakfasts and dinners, depending on which room you select.

We visited Lundu last month and we were lucky that we managed to book a penthouse for a night and I assure you, the penthouse provided us the best view of the sea horizon especially during the sunrise and sunset. My breaths were taken away along with the breeze that caressed my face as I stood facing the sea.

Other than the beach, we also dropped by Gunung Gading National Park in Lundu Sarawak. Gunung Gading is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia that takes nine months to mature and flowering only lasted 4 or 5 days before dying. We were blessed with the chance to see a blooming Rafflesia even though it gave off a nasty smell which attracted flies and other insects.

There are two different trails to trek through Gunung Gading Lundu Sarawak. We opted for ‘The Waterfall’ trail that offers the shortest walk that eventually winded its way up through the forests past a series of waterfalls. It took us about one hour to reach the last one, Waterfall No. 7. Gunung Gading Summit trail is that other more challenging trail, it takes about 3 to 4 hours of tracking through some serious hill walking. One must complete the trail within a day as it is not allowed to stay overnight in the forest.

I found my soul rejuvenated after a trip to Lundu Sarawak where is it so near to the nature. Perhaps we are closest to ourselves when our surroundings are at their simplest. Lundu Sarawak, a gem of Borneo not be to missed out!

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