for the adventurous
Waterfall in South East Asia - Stong
Most non-Kelantanese will find it difficult to comprehend
landmarks mentioned to fix the where about of this waterfall. But, do not be
despair, it is not difficult to
reach. Study these possibilities.
Option 1] By car, from the junction town of Jeli on the East-West Highway,
take the road south - 48 kilometers towards Kampong Jelawang. This
tiny settlement may not appear on most map, most locals along the way can guide
you to this famous landmark. After a third of the way, the Pergau river runs parallel
on the left to join the Sungei Galas. The road passes through very sparsely populated area with riverside villages.
Landmark at destination? This is an open land, a couple of shop
houses, a Y junction and a big Waterfall in the hills on your
right. From here on follow the signage!
|Long before entering
the town of Dabong, from the east, this waterfall
can be seen over 8 kilometers away. It releases
water from the Stong Mountain Range at a saddle.
The word "Stong" actually derived from
the English word "stone" Early travelers were fascinated that the
is made up of one huge boulder. The name of
"stone hill" was gradually accepted and
cut short to "Stong"!
||Option 2] By car. -
Reachable by road from the new Gua Musang/Kuala Krai Trunk Road. Head
for Dabong, a 48 kilometers after a right turn off from the north
bound Trunk Road. There an easy river crossing send passengers to
the Jelawang side.
The easiest way. Reaching Stong long ago and for
those who depends on public transport means taking an
overnight train to stop in Dabong. This is a quaint
township with almost no traffic and narrow roads. You can reach the resort by moving or
walking along beautifully paved "kampong" road
for 5 kilometers. More details repeated below.
|Though not officially confirmed,
reliable sources had claimed that the Stong Waterfall is
about 270 meters tall, making it the tallest in South
East Asia. [see below]
compound of the resort, a 10
minute climb will take you to the bottom of the main waterfall. Here
the water from the wet seasons have made a gigantic clearings in the
Watch the sky if you
intend to remain here for some time or spend overnight camping. Water
will fill the place rather swiftly
The picture [left under] very beautiful and clear shots are
donated by Mr. James Lim of Singapore
||The water overflowing over a
protrusion or ledge before hurling down the near vertical
The actual scene is very dramatic, see our
model on the right photograph on top!
This is the main
scene but not the only one
||Here is a
cute little waterfall in the midst of the rack face where one can have
a swell time to play in the tiny deep pool
Another trail leads to the
top of this main waterfall, and with more trekking? another 6 waterfalls!
For those not
interested in climbing, the area around the resort is a perfect retreat. We have
seen a tree with unusual anchorage. A
suspension bridge taking visitor across the gorge. Offering them a panoramic view of the
basin plus the base of yet another waterfall area. A nice
pool with clear water to has made the vicinity wholesome.
|The resort can organize a host of programme.
From a simple climb around the main waterfall, upstream to find more
waterfalls or hike up to Gunong Stong or Gunong Ayam.
All can be arranged -
book in advance and just bring yourself.
||While this picture shows the administrative office of
Stong Perdana Resorts, there are
15 chalets on top of the Waterfalls available at budgeted
price. Meals are also being served .
There has been a change
in management since December 2000.
|This is En.
Rahmat Shamsudin - proprietor, caretaker and tour organizer.
Call him at 019 954 6171
or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for
enquiries and booking
He will be glad to show
you not only the waterfalls, the hills but also beautiful caves.
Note:- Most holiday
makers come by train. Get yourself to Dabong, Kelantan, it is a long haul from
Tampin. From the train station, it is a 5 minutes walk to boat crossing at
Sungei Galas. Taxi drivers stationed across the river are available at the train
station to solicit for business and will guide you to the river crossing. If
not, you cannot get lost. Ferry crossing is Rgt2. Then the taxi fare to the
resort is Rgt3. If you have booked in advance, someone will even pick you up. If
not, there will be others on freelance.
Some facts -
Highest peak in
that vicinity is Gunong Noring Timor -1,861 meters overshadowed
by the taller Gunong Noring - 1,889 meters to the west.
waterfalls some 46 kilometers from Trang town claimed to be 320 meters