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LAMBIR HILLS NATIONAL PARK

INTRODUCTION

 

Lambir Hills National Park is probably the world’s most complex and diverse forest eco-system. In a total area of just 6,952 hectares, experts have found what appears to be the greatest level of plant biodiversity on the planet. It is not only plant life that is diverse and plentiful at Lambir - 237 different species of birds (at the last count), flying squirrels, wild pigs, gibbons, many different types of monkey, various species of deer, and untold insects and other invertebrates, all combine to create Lambir’s rich biological kaleidoscope.

As if all this abundant nature wasn’t enough, Lambir’s unusual geology has created dozens of sparkling waterfalls and bathing pools scattered about the rainforest. Take into account how compact and conveniently located Lambir is, and you have one of the most accessible and enjoyable national parks in all of Malaysia.

 

Lambir’s 6,952 hectares of sandstone hills have created some very rugged forest terrain, rising to over 450 metres in places, and covered with lowland dipterocarp and heath forests. This unique topography and environment have made Lambir a major centre for rainforest research, with scientists from Japanese and American universities permanently stationed in the park. It has also made Lambir a major resource for Malaysia’s environmental education programme, and weekend visitors will often bump into groups of trainee teachers or high school students studying the forest floor or the rainforest canopy.


TREKS AND TRAILS

 

Lambir’s major attraction for visitors is its interesting selection of forest walks, from a gentle 15-minute stroll to an arduous all-day jungle trek. Most of Lambir’s trails are interlinked, so it is very easy to do quite a few in a day. The following table provides details of approximate trekking times and distances and the colour codes used in the park.

These times are only approximate and depend on weather conditions, fitness level, etc. They are conservative estimates - experienced hikers will complete the trails far quicker. All times are one way from Park HQ

 




Trail Name

Trail Length

One Way Time &
Distance From HQ

Colour Code

Main Trail

0.835km

12 mins

Red

Latak Waterfall

0.182km

20 mins

Red/White

Pantu

1.390km

1 hr

White

Inove

1.25km

45 mins

Pink

Bukit Pantu

2.9km

1 hr 35 mins

Yellow/White

Lepoh Ridan

-

1 hr 45 mins

Yellow

Pantu Waterfall

1.8km

1 hr 10 mins

Red/Yellow

Oil Well

3.0km

1 hr 40 mins

Yellow

Bakam

-

2 hr 40 mins

Blue

Pancur Waterfall

7.1km

2hr 20 mins

Yellow/Blue

Tengkorong Waterfall

5.4km

2 hrs

White/Blue

Dinding Waterfall

4.7km

2 hrs

Blue/White/Red

Summit

6.3km

3hr 30 mins

Red/Blue

The following paragraphs provide brief details of each of trails. If you require further information, please consult with the park wardens.

Latak Waterfall Trail

This is the shortest, the easiest and the best known of Lambir’s trails, and is extremely popular with day-trippers from Miri - if you are looking for peace and solitude it is better to visit on a weekday. The trail follows a gently sloping path shaded by tree branches, and follows the course of a clear, fast-flowing stream. There are two very pretty small waterfalls along the way, but the main attraction is at the end of the trail. A large forest pool is surrounded on three sides by steep rock walls, and fed by the Latak waterfall, which falls 25 metres down a sheer drop into the far end of the pool. The pool area features changing rooms, toilets and picnic areas, and is safe for swimming, but non-swimmers and small children should take care, as it is deep in parts.

 

Bukit Lambir, Bakam, Tengkorong, Pancur and Dinding Trails

Not many visitors proceed beyond the Pantu Waterfall turnoff, but those who have the time (and a little stamina) will find these longer trails and their branches the most rewarding. The terrain gradually rises, passing through rugged, dense forest filled with the sounds of Lambir’s wildlife. After 4 km, the trail forks, the left fork leading to the Bakam trail and the right fork leading to the summit of Bukit Lambir. The Bakam trail is not so interesting in itself, but two of its branches, the Tengkorong Trail and the Pancur Trail, lead to delightful, crystal clear jungle waterfalls.

The Summit Trail is quite steep in parts, and can be hard work for the not-so-fit, but it is very interesting to observe the sudden transition from dipterocarp forest to heath forest, and the profusion of wild orchids. The superb view from the top (456m) is fair compensation for the effort. As a reward for tackling the Summit Trail, you can treat yourself to a cool dip in the pool below the Dinding waterfall on the way down.

 
Pantu, Nibong, Bukit Pantu and Pantu Waterfall Trails

These are in fact all branches of the same trail. Shortly before Latak Waterfall, the Pantu trail branches off to the left and leads up a series of steep steps. At the top of the steps you will see the tree tower, a 40 metre high wooden construction designed to give visitors a glimpse of life in the forest canopy. Climbing the tree tower is very worthwhile, as you should be able to see many different kinds of birds and insects, epiphytes, ferns and orchids that are not seen at ground level.

Shortly after the tree tower, the trail branches off left to the Nibong waterfall, an ideal place to cool down after climbing the tree tower. A few hundred metres further along the main trail, you can branch out to Bukit Pantu (the nearest peak to the park HQ) and its superb views on the right, or the Pantu Waterfall on the left.



TRAVEL NOTES

Entry Fees & Permits

There is a nominal entry fee for all National Parks in Sarawak. Check with the National Parks Booking Offices in Kuching or Miri for the latest fee structure. Entrance fees are paid upon arrival at the park HQ. A permit is required for professional filming, which should be arranged in advance with the National Parks Booking Office in Miri.


The Park Headquarters

Upon arrival visitors are required to register at the Park HQ. There is an information centre where video films about Niah are shown nightly (upon request), and a cafeteria serving a range of local and western food and drinks.

 

Reservations & Enquiries

National Parks Booking Office
c/o Visitors Information Centre
Lot 452, Jln Melayu, 98000 Miri,
Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel: 085-434184 Fax: 085-434179

Lambir National Park HQ
Tel: (+6) 085 471609/471630 Fax: (+6) 085 408030

 

Opening Hours
National Parks Booking Office Monday-Friday 0800 hrs – 1700 hrs
Saturday, Sunday& Public Holidays Closed

 

 
Getting There

Lambir is only 32 km from Miri. Syarikat Bas Suria and Syarikat Bas Baram have frequent bus services to Batu Niah, Bakong and Bekenu, all of which stop directly opposite the park HQ. The journey time is 30-40 mins. If you take a taxi, arrange a pick-up time for the return journey. The last bus back to Miri leaves at 1730 hrs. Self-drive cars are also available - ask at your hotel counter or check in the yellow pages.

Note: The bus marked ‘Lambir’ does not go the National Park.


Accommodation

Park accommodation consists of chalet units, and a camp site. Please contact the National Parks Booking Office in Miri for the latest room rates and to make reservations.

Further Information
SARAWAK FORESTRY
Tel: (+6) 082 610088 Fax: (+6) 082 610099
Toll free line: 1 800 88 2526
Website: www.sarawakforestry.com
Email: info@sarawakforestry.com
 
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