Life positively abounds in Sarawak and nowhere more than the Lambir Hills, which scientists recognize as one of the world’s most ecologically diverse areas. When they sampled just 52 hectares of the park’s 7,000 hectares, they found 1,050 different species of trees, each supporting 1,200 species of insects.
Visit the park and you may just find one of the many plant and insect species that ecologist think exist in Lambir, but which have not yet been described. You may also spot some of the 157 types of bird that live in the park as you wander the trails of this fascinating forest. Other wild animals here include Gibbons, Tarsiers, and even clouded leopard. However, chances to spot them is higher for guests in small groups due to their sensitiveness to humans.
A network of jungle trails gives guest of all ages the opportunity to explore the pristine rainforest. Ranging from an easy 15 minutes stroll to the famous Latak Waterfall to the adventurous 4 hours Bukit Lambir (465 metres) with its superb views of the rainforest below. Waterfalls cascade from the Lambir Hills, forming pools that are pleasant places to bathe after a hot trek.
With all its attractions, this ecological wonderland is easily accessible. Just a 30-minute drive from Miri, Sarawak’s second largest city, it is one of the most accessible of Sarawak’s national parks. This makes it ideal for a day visit but overnight accommodation at the park headquarters gives you time to study the wildlife at leisure. The park also provides facilities for formal activities such as conferences, meetings, and team building activities. The in-house restaurant provides a variety of local dishes.
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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
National Park Opening Hours:
8.00am to 5.00pm
Monday – Sunday including Public Holidays
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.
A permit is required for professional photography or filming, which should be arranged in advance with the National Park Booking Office.