The famous Rainbow Fall (Air Terjun Pelangi) can be reached from Sg Lembing. In earlier days this small town was famous because of its tin mines. Now it is nice, sleepy place. There is a museum and there are plans to reopen the mines as a tourist attraction. Transport to the fall can be arranged in the town, you need a 4WD if you want to go on your own. A guide is useful, although not really needed. You have to start early, as the famous rainbow can only be seen in the morning. It is a one hour drive from the town to the trail head, followed by about 45 minutes of easy trekking to the fall.
Romantic, sleepy Sg Lembing
Start of the road to the fall
The road to the trail head is a nice one, condition is good in general, with some difficult stretches, depending on the season. Beautiful views of the Kuantan river. Halfway you will pass a resort, might be a nice place to stay overnight, but it was closed and nobody could give us more info.
The Kuantan river
A resort halfway the road. Abandoned?
After about 20 km you reach the end of the road, where the trail starts with a river crossing. The trail is very well signposted and brings you in about 45 to the waterfall.
The trail starts with a river crossing
Blue signs show the way to the fall
The waterfall itself is not spectacular, unless after heavy rainfall. It is a tall fall, and under normal conditions the water comes down as a spray. It is this spray which results in the famous rainbow, but only when the sun is still low.
The rock face and the waterfall
Here it looks a bit more impressive
The rainbow (10 am)
In general you will not be the only visitor here, and there will be a lot of oh's and ah's, when the sun breaks through the clouds. It really is a beautiful experience. If you are lucky, you can even see the double rainbow.
10.30 am Almost gone
There are more waterfalls in this region, but we had no time to explore.
Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety
Just got back over the weekend of 15-17 Mar 2014. We came face to face with first day of the Monsoon season. Locals say we brought along the rain. What a reprieve for the locals! It was raining on and off, heavy and light, windy and still throughout the 3 days. Anyway, we camped beside the river which swelled to chest height when we needed to cross. The rope was detached from the opposite side. We pulled it back to our side and straddled across cautiously, risking being swept away by the fast flowing and deep water. It was an experience even an experienced swimmer will be worried. After reattaching the guide rope, a heavy weight friend sat on the boulder and the rest proceeded to cross cautiously with some of us stationed along the rope to help and guide. The walk to the fall was enjoyable, manageable and possible for children with assistance. Though I wouldn't recommend putting any child at risk trying to cross the river with it is swollen. We did not have any children with us on the trek, only at the campsite. Leeches were plenty, as usual. Please go prepared with good ankle height water booties and your salt, lemon or whatever acidic you can think of. What works best for me was to use your thumbnail and dig deep beside the leech suction pad and scrap it away. It takes some practice to do it correctly in order not to alarm the leech and it will cause regurgitation which prevents blood clotting. The walk back after soaking in paradise for an hour was as pleasant. The return crossing of the swollen river was more challenging than the initial cos it just rained heavily. With our vehicles and winches, we had snatch blocks and shackles all across the river to ensure we wouldn't want to be the first victim to make it to the local headlines while crossing the river which surrounded the Pelangi waterfall... We will be back, in dryer season.
Been here On July 2012,nice waterfall...routeable only by 4WD @ AWD car..not able by sedan car,need to cross river and stream,too much pot hole,muddy,rock along the route....if by motorbike..i think its no problem to reach there..
I went to this place yesterday, 7 March 2009. It was raining very heavily and it affects the water. However the next day, everything turns beautiful again.
I went there last year. It is really a great adventure. 1 hour 4HD in the jungle, 1 hour jungle and rocks trekking to reach the waterfall. It is really worth!! do check my blog - http://shiaotan.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-love-rainbow-waterfall-i-love-teluk.html