Sg Bantang and other waterfalls

Sungei Bantang and other waterfalls

Date: 21 September 2003

Takah Lantai Papah

Takah Lantai Papah 1, hidden in a small river in the primary forest(21 Sep 2003)

Sungei Bantang is a river located near the town of Bekok. Bekok town is a very small town and the locals and mainly Chinese who speaks Mandrain. The people in the town are very friendly and are willing to share any information they know. Sungei Bantang is a very 
 tourist 
 river with car parks, pavements, toilet and roadside stalls. There are no waterfalls around the park area except for rapids at certain location. Admission is free and during the weekends, there are many Malaysians who flock to this stream. This is also the gateway to Takah Tinggi or Selai Waterfall which is located within Endau Rompin National Park. There is also a ranger
s office where arrangement can be made to go to that waterfall.

Takah Sarang Keje

Takah Sarang Keje 1, located near the campsite(21 Sep 2003)

The ranger, Adni, is the owner of Ratu Flora Enterprise and he owns a campsite further up the river where other waterfalls can be accessed. For any treks beyond Sungei Bantang Forest Park, a guide is compulsory and it cost Rm50 per day. From the campsite owned by Adni, 7 other waterfalls can be reached. However, most of the waterfalls are rather small. The biggest one is Puteri waterfall which is more than 3 hrs trek from the campsite. Thus for a two days one night trip to Sungei Bantang would only allow you to visit 5 of the 7 waterfalls that can be reached from the campsite. Do bring along a daypack for the waterfall treks.

Takah Lantai Papah 2

Takah Lantai Papah 2, a slightly bigger waterfall is found behind this waterfall(21 Sep 2003)

The main attraction of this trek is probably the campsite and the trek to the waterfalls. The trek consist a mixture of river and jungle treks. Close to the campsite, there is one waterfall about 3m high. The river that runs beside the campsite include a very small waterfall (not one of the 7), about 2m high, where you can jump from the side into the pool below or sit in the waterfall and slide down it. The campsite consists of two sheltered sleeping platforms where up to 20 persons can sleep in it. There is also a sheltered cooking and eating area. All the facilities are made of tree trunks lashed together.

Although there are 5 waterfalls close to the campsite, the biggest one, about 6m high has a large pool at the bottom. However, visitors are advised against swimming in that pool. A group of Singaporean who insisted on swimming in it had a photo of them in the pool with a flying candle at the corner of that photo. This photo is on display in front of the ranger
s office.

Sungei Bantang does not contain any large waterfalls and the largest in the area is too far to reach for a two-days one-night trek. However, as the town is easily accessible by train, this is still a nice getaway for anyone who wants to play in a remote pool by the campsite. You can also ask Adni to let you try the blowpipe at the Ranger
s office. During the trek beware that it is a leech-infested forest.

Takah Salur Kris(21 Sep 2003)

Takah Salur Kris(21 Sep 2003)

Sheltered accommodation

Sheltered accommodation at the campsite(21 Sep 2003)

Takah Sarang Keje 2

Takah Sarang Keje 2, the pool looks inviting but swimming is not allowed due to “spiritual” reasons. (21 Sep 2003)

Getting There
From Singapore to Bekok
Train
Take train from Singapore Tanjong Pagar railway station to Bekok railway station

Take a bus 170 from Singapore to Johor Bahru and take the train from there to Bekok railway station

Departure time from Johor Bahru : 10.35am
Arrival time in Bekok : 12.50pm
Cost : Rm5 per person
Remarks : Free seating
From Bekok railway station to Sungei Bantang
Private Vehicle
Contact : Adni (Ratu Flora Enterprise)
Tel : 07-9221466
H/P : 019-7320262
Cost : Rm20 per vehicle (one way)
Duration : 10mins
Remarks : Can speak good English
or
Contact : Lee Kian Hock
H/P : 9221788
Cost : Rm20 per vehicle (one way)
Duration : 10mins
Alternative

Another way to travel to Sungei Bantang is by taking a train to Labis railway station.

Arrange private transport with Adni to bring you to and from Sungei Bantang.

Cost: Rm50 per vehicle for two ways.

 

Fees and Charges
Camping in Sungai Bantang Forest Park is free.

For waterfalls deeper into the forest (Puteri Waterfall, Takah Lantai Papah Waterfalls, Takah Salur Kris, Takah Sarang Kejeh waterfalls.

 

Guide

Fee : Rm50 per day
Max. number of visitor per guide : 10
Remarks : You can ask for Tan Hock, one of four guides working under Adni. However, he can speak Malay and Hokkien only.
: There is no history of tipping for the guides.

Campsite

Camping fees : Rm4 per person per day
Utilities : Sheltered sleeping area for 20, 1 small sheltered cooking area, 1 sheltered eating area for 12, kerosene lamps.
Remarks : Not much space for pitching of tents. Maybe enough space for 2 tents.
: Bring along some mosquito coils to keep away the few biting insects.
Trekking information
Duration(min) Description Remarks
00 From the Ranger
s office
45 Campsite, first Takah Sarang Keje waterfall (height: approx 3m) Crossed 3 streams excluding the ones at the park.
10 First Takah Lantai Papah waterfall (height: approx 6m)
15 Takah Salur Kris waterfall (height: approx 3m) You can do a confidence jump here
10 Second Takah Sarang Keje waterfall (height: approx 6m) Not allowed to swim in the pool below.
10 Second Takah Lantai Papah waterfall (height: approx 2m) Can catch a glimpse of a slightly bigger waterfall behind but it is not accessible to that waterfall.
10 Campsite
Contact
Ratu Flora EnterpriseContact person: Adni

No, 2, Gerai MDSS

Jalan Gunung

86500 Bekok, Johor D.T.

Pusat Rekriasi Air Terjun

Sungai Bantang

86500 Bekok, Johor D.T.

Tel: 07-9221466

H/P: 019-7320262

Articles and Information by

Jonathan Teo

Special Thanks to

Gerald for providing the photos for the article

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