Dozens of waterfalls and bathing pools can be found in Lambir Hills National Park, in northern Sarawak. With dense forest covering the 6,952 hectares or sandstone hills, the park has diverse plant life and wildlife. There are at least 237 different species of birds, and vast number of flying squirrels, wild pigs and gibbons. In fact, there are a lot of unusual insects and other invertebrates living there. Furthermore, various species of monkey and deer inhabit the forest. The park is probably the world’s most complex and diverse forest eco-system, and it can be proven by the enormous number of wildlife and plant living there.
Visitors are welcomed to try the various trails of forest walks. The time to finish each trail varies on the terrain, as it can be as easy as strolling in on the pathway the exhausting all-day jungle trekking. The list of the trail can be seen in the table below.
|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 trails are colour coded, based on the difficulty of the trails. The estimated time to complete the trail can change depends on the weather conditions and individual fitness level.
The most famous trail is the Latak Waterfall Trail as it is the shortest and easiest trail among them all. Visitors from Miri visit the waterfall for a dip in the river or just to seek peace and enjoy the serenity of nature. There are two small waterfalls along the way; however, people are more attracted by the 25 metres waterfall with water falling down a sheer drop into the pool. At the pool area, toilets, changing rooms and picnic areas are available to visitors.
Visitors will find a trail branch to the left which leads to Pantu trail shortly before Latak Waterfall,. You will encounter a series of steep steps, leading to the tree tower which overlooks the forest canopy, where you should be able to see the different types of bird, insects, orchids and ferns that you might not be able to see from the ground level. Walking ahead, the trail branches left to the Nibong waterfall, another excellent place to cool down after the exhilarating trek. Advancing through the trail, there is another branch in the road leading to Bukit Pantu, with the magnificent view of the foress and Pantu waterfall.
For adventure seekers, the Bakam, Tengkorong, Pancur, Dinding, and Summit Trails will be up to your expectation. With the surrounding tall trees, along with the sound of birds’ chirping and monkeys’ hooting, these trails are more challenging than the others. At the 4km point, you will find a fork in the road, left side leads to Bakam Trail, while the right leads to the summit of Bukit Lambir. These trails are less travelled but at the end of Bakam trail, you will encounter two branches, with both branches leading to Tengkorong and Pancur waterfalls respectively. The Summit Trail can be quite difficult for the less fit people as it is rather steep at some parts. On your way down from the summit, you will be rewarded by the view of Dinding waterfall, where you can take a dip in the pool before heading back home.
Lambir can be reached from Miri by road, as the distance from there is only 32 km. Visitors can board a bus to Batu Niah, Bakong or Bekenu, as all of the bus stop opposite the park headquarters. The journey will take about 30 – 40 minutes. The park also has chalet units and camp sites for those who wants to stay overnight.