Chillaxin' at Chiling Waterfalls

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Flag of Malaysia  , Selangor,
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Merely 70km from KL, is the beautiful Chiling Waterfall. It is very close, making it suitable for a day trip for the city-dwellers. For tourists or those who use public transportation, they can get there by taking the train to Kuala Kubu Baru (KKB). From KKB, one can either  get a taxi or try their luck by hitch-hiking. The entrance is marked by an arch built by the fisheries department (fish sanctuary). It is located about 10km from KKB town. The sanctuary is closed from Monday to Thursday and is only opened during the day from Friday to Sunday. So if you plan to trek during the weekdays, you just have to climb over the fence since the trail starts there. The first of 6 river-crossings is through the small hanging bridge just behind the sanctuary/campsite. 

 Not far after crossing the bridge, the trail will make a sharp left through a small stream. It is not really obvious and you might think that it’s just a stream. There is also a trail straight ahead that leads to a rocky hill overlooking the forest reserve. It is a nice detour with a great view (or if you missed the trail and end up here, it is not such a bad place to be lost in). You might as well take a break, take some nice pictures and then track back to the actual trail.When you are on the right track, just follow the stream. You can also hear the river along the way. Soon you will reach the second river crossing and from then on it is pretty easy. There are signboards at each crossing. During rainy season, the water level might be too high and the current might be strong. In this case, do not cross the river and it is a very good idea to ask the locals, rangers or people who are familiar with the condition. 

 At the sixth river crossing, you can continue on the left side of the river bank to the pool. It is a very nice area, with breathtaking view of the waterfall. The pool is very nice for a dip after the long walk and you can spot a lot of fish in the cool clear water. On the right side, there is a very steep trail going further up. On top, there is an even nicer view of the waterfall. It looks very powerful from up there and you can see the pool down below. The park closed after 6pm and make sure you have ample time to make it back to the main road before dark. Camping is not allowed here. 

 There is also an Orang Asli (indigenous) village nearby. The village is called Kampung Pertak. There is a guy who have a couple of rooms for guests who’d like to stay in this village. It’s a very nice and peaceful place where most of the residents live in a very basic lifestyle. The youngsters can be seen playing Sepak Takraw in the afternoon (a traditional local game, using rattan ball, played like volleyball but with your feet). There is also a small shop in the village where you can buy some snacks or cold drinks. It’s a good way to support the local economy. There’s also a reservoir not far from the village and as you drive back to KKB you will see people fishing at the lake. This is truly an amazing place. It is easy to get to, very peaceful and beautiful and doesn’t cost you anything to experience it.

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