|The Chamang Waterfalls is one of the few|
attractions in Bentong if you like Nature
The Chamang Waterfall, I was told by a local during a recent trip there, was Bentong’s well-kept secret until the late 90s when the tourism industry trained its sights on nature’s attraction. Located some 8km from the Jalan Tras trunk road, this waterfall is among the few attractions that the Bentong district in Pahang, has.
For those driving there for the first time, there are adequate sign boards that will take you there even if you do not use Waze or depend on GPS navigation. The road — Jalan Chamang — is also well paved right up to the waterfall area but on some stretches, you have to drive slowly as they are not only narrow but have bends.
|This hanging bridge takes|
you to the other bank.
If you want to have a cool dip, locals I met have advised to stick to the pools at the foot of the waterfall which are less treacherous. While the gushing white waters a few levels up look more inviting on a hot day, they are not to be taken too lightly. The rocks are slippery and in some areas, have very little foothold for you. Those who have thrown caution to the wind, like jumping off the rocks and making a high dive, have ended up in serious trouble at some spots. Heed the caution signboards that have been put up near the danger spots; they may save your life.
|This river is at the foot of the Falls.|
This scene is painted from the foot of the waterfalls. I was fortunate to have the entire area to myself as it was a working week afternoon and the weather has been very kind.