From KL to Lembing, it took us about 4.5 hours as we stopped along the way to savour authentic kampung durians. Mr. Hoh, the owner of Lembing Riverview Resort, welcomed us warmly when we arrived at almost 3 p.m. in the afternoon of a Sunday. The resort was full house on Friday and Saturday, but all had left except a couple from Penang and both of us for the night. The resort ground is very spacious and is right by the Lembing river. We were given a room in one of the huts. It was a basic clean room that comes with a double bed, a table, a stool and a place for hanging clothes. Mr. Hoh was very helpful and patient in explaining to us about Lembing town, where to have good eats, where to take a nice walk, and the details of our next two morning excursions to Rainbow falls and Panorama Hill. The resort is a mere 20-minute walk away from the town proper. We tasted the famous Lembing noodles, the Yun-Yong(coffee + tea) drink, the delicious Yong Tau Foo at the hawker centre for breakfasts and the Lembing Tomato noodles at the same hawker centre in the evenings. The highlights of this trip were of course the very popular Rainbow falls and the Panorama Hill. We visited the falls on a Monday morning with our friendly and humourous guide, Mr. Yap. Mr. Yap said that there were over 200 people the day before. We couldn't believe how lucky we were as the three of us sat by the waterfall and enjoyed the serenity of the place and waited with a cup of hot milo and hot noodles in our hands for the rainbow to show its full glory. We were totally smitten by the magical rainbows of the waterfall. On the following morning, we made our own way to the Panorama Hill. In our minds, we were not expecting much of a sea of clouds from this 260 meters high hill. And, we were so wrong. The cloud formations at Panorama Hill were truly breathtaking and now we knew how it had earned its fame. We bought some very nice kampung durians from an elderly couple at Lembing before we left(their house is at the entrance way to the town of Sungei Lembing. It has a very simple wooden shed as a makeshift fruit stall infront of the house). The experience at Sungei Lembing, the people of Lembing and the stay at Lembing Riverview Resort were all so unforgettable. We will definitely be back.
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