2016 - South Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip - Day 3

Malaysian Outward Bound Youth Association
4days road trip from KL > Kukup > Mersing > Sg. Lembing > KL
The 1,316km South Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip - 15 to 18 July 2016

9.05am - This beautiful 107years old Hock Soon Temple is a Tua Pek Kong Temple in Mersing located near the roundabout as you approach Mersing town. Beside the temple is the Sri Subramaniam Hindu Temple while above the temple, is a "Mersing" sign on a hill.


Day 3 Sun. (17.7.2016) – Mersing to Sg Lembing (282km)

The route: Mersing > Ayer Papan > Endau > Kuala Rompin > Nenasi > Pekan > Kuantan > Sg Lembing

9.00am - Departed Homestay for breakfast at a corner coffee shop opposite Hock Soon Temple and at 10am we departed Mersing for Air Papan beach.
10.20am - Arrived at Air Papan Beach (GPS: 2.516, 103.83351) Johor for the sea view.
11.20am - We arrived at Endau wet market jetty to look for fishes to buy. Crossing the Endau River towards Kuala Rompin and arriving at Nenasi at 12.46pm.
1.12pm - Arrived at Pekan the Royal Town of Pahang located near the mouth of the Pahang River. We later left Pekan at 2.40pm after lunch at a stall for Kuantan. Crossing the Kuantan Bridge at 3.35pm into Kuantan. At 5.20pm we departed Kuantan for Panching Hill along the road to Sg. Lembing.
7.13pm - After almost 10 hours on the road we finally arrived at our destination of Sungai Lembing for dinner. For the day we covered a total of 282km of road journey.

Sleeping: Pollock View Resort, Sg Lembing, N3 5416.9236, E103 651.5736

10.20am - Arrived at Air Papan Beach (GPS: 2.516, 103.83351) Johor for the South China Sea view.
As you drive in from the main road you pass a number of rice fields. There are a number of home-stay and resort hotels on the road near to the beach.
Catherine and Wei Wei at Air Papan Beach enjoying the view.

The hills sport a variety of flora and trees with the incredibly beautiful beaches here. We noticed the erosion at the seafront retaining wall and if the local council does nothing the wall might collapse soon.

Air Papan is a secluded sleepy seaside area with a 3km long beach set in between the hills about 15km north of Mersing, Johor, Malaysia.

The Air Papan beach is a good place to enjoy the sea breeze and watch the waves rolling in from the South China Sea.

The Air Papan beaches are incredibly beautiful here.

The beach is a popular picnic area where the "Pesta Air Papan" (Air Papan Festival) is celebrated on the 1st of May each year.



11.20am - We arrived at Endau Wet Market/Jetty to look for fishes to buy.

The fishing boats at Endau fishing jetty.

The fishing boats at Endau Jetty.


We walked inside the jetty and found some crabs for sale.

Crabs for sale at Endau Jetty.

Fishes and crabs for sale at Endau wet market. We departed Endau at 11.40am.

Crossing the Endau River towards Kuala Rompin and arriving at Nenasi at 12.46pm.



1.12pm - Arrived at Pekan the Royal Town of Pahang located near the mouth of the Pahang River. It is an official status declared when the royal family decided long ago to choose the town as their place of residence. The town would bursts into pomp and pageantry in October each year in celebration of the birthday of HRH the Sultan of Pahang.

Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang - It was constructed in the late 1920s by the British Government. During its 124 years of existence, the building was used in various ways, as the official residence of a British Resident during colonial Malaya, an army barracks by the invading Japanese army during WW2 and also as the official palace of Sultan Abu Bakar. It also houses a large collection of ancient Chinese glass-wares and ceramics previously used by former sultans of Pahang.

The driftwood art pieces at Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang.

The driftwood horse at Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang.

The driftwood elephant at Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang.

An old fighter jet at Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang.

An old Malaysian army vehicle at Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang.




































































































































































A Nuri helicopter at Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang.


The Sultan Abu Bakar Palace, which is the official residence of the present sultan, is named after the late Sultan Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah. Completed in 1974, the palace sits on a nicely landscaped piece of land that once was a rubber plantation. The palace is a fine example of authentic but modern Malay architecture.

Royal Pahang Polo Club. We left Pekan at 2.40pm after lunch at a stall for Kuantan.

3.35pm -  Crossing the Kuantan Bridge into Kuantan.

Went straight to Cendol Air Putih for the famous cendol pulut in Kuantan. However, we were not able to find it without getting lost and had to ask many people for its location.

Cendol Air Putih - If you are in Kuantan, this is the place for cendol that has a salty edge with the right balance of coconut milk and palm sugar. You can choose to add red beans or glutinous rice as a topping.

Address: Cendol Air Putih, B-260E, Jalan Air Putih, Kuantan

Cendol is a popular dessert in Malaysia and who can resist a bowl of icy cold cendol on a hot day!

Yummy! They have cendol pulut, cendol campur, cendol kacang.

We ordered the original cendol came with shaved ice, coconut milk, palm sugar with pulut.

We also had this savory pulut ikan - a grilled glutinous rice with mashed fish filling, a dish unique to the state.

4.30pm - Next, we landed at this Restoran Baru Hock Hin 新福兴茶餐室 - The proprietor is the eldest brother of Wei Wei who came here 40 years ago from Simpang Dua, Sitiawan, Perak.

Restoran Baru Hock Hin 新福兴茶餐室, Jalan Penjara, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang is ranked #5 for Chinese restaurants in Kuantan. Also very  famous for fried rice, fried oyster and red wine noodle. Drinkers would go there for the unique snow beer.

Cheers to everyone for a safe and enjoyable journey so far.

Many thanks to George Ling and Wei Wei for sponsoring the beer, red-wine chicken and noodle.

Fantastic! When pouring beer into frozen glasses resulting ice crystals that cause foaming is known as snow beer and was very nice to drink.

The special Foochow red-wine chicken gravy to be added to the mee-suah noodle.

The Foochow community normally knows how to cook this famous Red wine chicken soup and Mee Suah noodle.
What a smiling face! Song Poh enjoyed picking long noodles.
What a hungry face! Song Poh's big mouth ready for big bite.
5.20pm - We departed Kuantan for Panching Hill along the road to Sg. Lembing.

Panching Hill is a 400 million year old limestone and granite massif reaching 355 metres at its highest point.

Panching Hill is now surrounded by oil palm estates.

5.57pm - We arrived at this Gua Charas or Charas Cave traveling on estate road.

Gua Charas is a temple cave found in a limestone hill (Bukit Charas) about 25km north west of Kuantan, Pahang.

Song Poh was seen praying for our safe journey.
A life size image of an old Buddhist monk who used to stay there.

RM2 for admission to the cave. This fee presumably helps pay for the lighting and for maintaining the steps and pathways to the mouth of the cave.

You have to climb a flight of metal steps and at the top you see a sign marked 'Sleeping Buddha' pointing into the mouth of the cave.


The cave is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists and their symbols and statues are dotted around the interior of this vast cavern.

We noticed an ongoing festival at the Gua Charas Sivan Temple. Lord Shiva, the dweller of Saivite hearts, resides in this mystical setting, encouraging devotees to rise into the realms of spirituality.

The Sivalingam was brought to the cave in 1989 by Nachitram, a lawyer from Negeri Sembilan.

A Chinese devotee was seen praying. The Sivan cave temple is known for the 8 feet Shiva Linggam known as the Jala Linggerswarar and it is probably the tallest Shiva Linggam in South East Asia.

This Hindu priest came from Batu Gajah some 40 years ago to stay in this Charas Cave. It was nice to have spoken with him about the temple.
After prayers the devotees line up to collect food and drinks.




This large Charas cavern is well lighted up.
The walls of Charas Cave are greenish blue because of the moss.
Beautiful rock formation written on the Charas Cave wall.
Walking towards the sleeping Buddha.


Nearby there is a statues of an elephant and a monkey kneeling before the Buddha. 




At the rear of this long cave is the bedroom of a 30m long sleeping Buddha. Obviously not sleeping as his eyes still open.

On top of the sleeping Buddha there is a ceiling hole which allow a passage for sun light to beam down at the right time. Between 11am to12noon there will be a ray of sunlight coming in from the ceiling hole.

Three of us: Song Poh, George Ling and Ching would chant in Pali language, paying Homage to the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha: 
  1. Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa x3
  2. Buddham saranam gacchàmi
  3. Dhammam saranam gacchàmi
  4. Sangham saranam gacchàmi
  5. Dutiyampi Buddham saranam gacchàmi
  6. Dutiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchàmi
  7. Dutiyampi Sangham saranam gacchàmi
  8. Tatiyampi Buddham saranam gacchàmi
  9. Tatiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchàmi
  10. Tatiyampi Sangham saranam gacchàmi


Walking out towards the cave entrance.



Watch your steps, and on the wrong step its goodby down below.

Waking down a flight of metal steps is harder than up.
We saw this owl on the way down.


7.13pm - We finally arrived at our destination of Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing, a "sleepy" town in Pahang, located about 42km from Kuantan, was once known as the El-Dorado of the East in the early 20th century.

HISTORY OF SUNGAI LEMBING - Sungai in Malay means "River" and Lembing is a "spear". It is said that the name came about when a group of men went hunting and successfully speared a deer. However, with the spear still sticking to its body, the deer escaped into the river and disappeared. It was only later when tin miners graveling for tin in the river found the missing spear, and after these incident residents named the river and place as Sungai Lembing.

Sleeping: Pollock View Resort, Sg Lembing, N3 5416.9236, E103 651.5736

We parked our cars at the entrance of Pollock View Resort, Sg Lembing.

A total of 22 rooms ranges from RM 90 - RM 180. All rooms are fully furnished, air conditioning and attached bathroom with water heater, bath towel, soap and shampoo provided. A common usage facilities, kitchen and BBQ. 

We had dinner at one of the few restaurant below our resort.



Very tasty wild boar curry Thai style.


Click below to view:

South Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip - Intro
Day 1 Fri. (15.7.2016) - KL to Kukup (445km)
Day 2 Sat. (16.7.2016) – Kukup to Mersing (293km)
Day 3 Sun. (17.7.2016) – Mersing to Sg Lembing (282km)
Day 4 Mon. (18.7.2016) – Sg Lembing to Subang Jaya, KL (296km)
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