To many adventurers, Pahang is known for its Rainbow Waterfall at Sungai Lembing.
But there are many other waterfalls worth checking out in the state, like the Sungai Pandan Waterfall in Kuantan. It’s one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Pahang and is famous among locals.
The place is easily accessible by road and good for families with children. Visitors often come here for the unique geological features. However, the place tends to be a little crowded on weekends.
(Here’s a fun fact: The local film Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa was filmed at this location.)
You can cross the waterfall to get to the resting area by using the 30m-long suspension bridge, which is a short walk from the car park. Be careful and take turns walking on the bridge though as it can only support a few people at once.
If you’re not a fan of heights, you can also get across using the marked pools.
There are barbecue pits on site if you’re looking to have a picnic with the family.
Other public amenities available at Sungai Pandan Waterfall include toilets, changing rooms, prayer areas, a camping site and ample parking space.
There are also food stalls nearby for those who did not pack any food. Just be sure to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, or better yet, take your rubbish home with you as some wild animals may rummage through the bins at night.
After swimming or soaking in the cool waters, take a stroll around the Sungai Pandan Forest Reserve’s piedmont that is full of bamboos, rattan and tall dipterocarp trees such as belian, keruing and cengal. These trees provide a habitat for primates such lutongs, monkeys and gibbons.
The place is open to visitors six days a week: Between Monday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm and up to 6pm on weekends. It is closed on Friday for maintenance purposes. Be sure to come early to get the best picnic spot here!
A small fee of RM2 (adults) and RM1 (children) is charged at the entrance. Foreign visitors are charged RM5.
Head to Kuantan and continue your journey for another quarter of an hour towards Felda Panching Selatan, which is where you’ll find the waterfall. If you are coming from Sungai Lembing, the drive to the place is about 40 minutes.
Air Terjun Sungai Pandan
Felda Panching Selatan,
26400 Kuantan, Pahang