After lunch, we journeyed on to Gua Charas, a limestone cave formed millions of years ago. The cave is taken care of by some Indian devotees who maintain the peaceful sojourn from donations of visiting locals and tourists, like us. Entrance
fee or rather donations of MYR2 is clearly written on the box where donations are contributed.
Charas Cave lies at the foot of the imposing 1,000m-high Panching Hill and is clearly visible from the road leading towards Sungei Lembing town. In the Malay language the word ‘Gua’ means cave. Formed millions of years ago and carved out by the forces of nature these caves offer an interesting sojourn.
Housed inside one of the caves is a statue of the reclining Buddha. You need to climb about 100 cemented steps to reach the lower cave. It is lighted up and houses a statue of sleeping Buddha. Notable sites were rock formations resembling the goddess Kwan Yin, an elephant, a combing princess, a royal tombstone, a fish and a nostril.
Some further steps upwards, are other caves networks with openings. The walls of the caves are greenish blue because of the moss. From an opening, you get to see a panoramic view of the plain and the town of Kuantan in the far distance.
The temple is open to visitors from 8.30am to 6pm daily.
Location: About 25 km northwest of Kuantan at Panching on the Sungei Lembing road.
Take the road that leads to the entrance of the Chinese Temple. The road is 4 kilometers long and it goes in circle around the palm oil estate to circumvent the karst hills. Reaching the caves opening facing east.
“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” -Mikhail Lermontov
“I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” – Mike May
At about 6pm, the park ranger blew his whistle and that signalled us to get out. The sun came out suddenly displaying wonderful rays!
Sharks! My cam juice was gone but there is Hope!
Hopey Belinda Aw lent me her battery and I took a quick shot at this with half a mind looking out for the ranger and the other half catching up with the rest who were already boarding the bus.
As we arrived into Sungei Lembing town, Michael said, “Instead of having *Sio Bak with kopi (roast pork belly with coffee) for supper tonight, why don’t we head there first before going to Pollock?”
And so we charged forward to what the highlight of this trip actually was for us foodies － *Siew Yoke!
Do we still have room for dinner???
Lembing Roasted Pork 林明柴香烧肉
Address: A 259 Jalan Takar Sungai Lembing
Tel: +6017 9093580 (H/P) +6017 9527473 (H/P) +609 5411975 (Shop)
Operating hours: Saturdays and Sundays ONLY!
Saturdays in the evenings at the above premise.
They are available at Pasar Sungai Lembing on Sunday mornings.
Happy eating, traveling and bonding
*Sio bak (hokkien dialect) and siew yoke (Cantonese dialect) means roast pork belly.
Note: Sungei (Sungai) Lembing is a tin mining town about 42km northwest of Kuantan, the “capital” in Pahang, Malaysia. It is also famous for dood such as Lembing’s Roast Pork, Sungei Lembing Noodles (ngan meen), Coconut Biscuits and Dan Sa (name of local biscuit)!
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Some of the photos were, as indicated, contributed by Desmond Ngan.