Monday, 22 April 2013

Its all There in Lata Lembik


Lata Lembik, the name of a place so unfamiliar to me, was the venue of my latest outing organized by Tourism Malaysia. The invitation I received from Natasha of Tourism Malaysia reads “Tents will be provided. Please bring necessary items like blankets, towels and toiletries”. “Woahh. Must be very interesting. This is the first time I received a Media Invite from Tourism Malaysia that offers the participants a chance to sleep under the stars!” Good thing I bought myself a new sleeping bag recently. 


Lata Lembik is a popular weekend retreat for family.

Located some 50km from Raub town in Pahang, my journey with some 20 other media reps took off from PWTC in Kuala Lumpur went through the normal Karak Highway, off to Bentong-Lipis federal road and then through a state road some 16km from the Raub town. Our destination, Hutan Rekreasi Lata Lembik (Lata Lembik Recreational Forest). The last 30 minutes of the journey was quite a bliss as we passed through the scenic and solitude kampungs (villages), small orchards and the forests. There was no mobile signal in the area, which is a good thing for those who really want to have a completely undisturbed and nonchalant retreat. The park was about to be opened to the public with new adventure activities added and the Media Invitees were given the honour of trying out the facilities before it was officially opened.


A hut by the Lipis river.

The scenic and tranquil forest park is an ideal place for camping but if you're not so keen to be close to nature, then there are the dormitories, the jungle huts or the chalets or even the hammocks that you can choose from. the hammocks look very comfy though, but there are only three of them. I supposed it was in everybody's mind to get hold of the hammocks as soon as we are told to disperse.  Well, it turned out I was not one of the lucky ones.


Tents being set up by participants with the help of the park's crew.
All geared up for the flying fox!

After a short welcoming speech and briefing by Encik Shamsudin, the park's manager, we had a scrumptious lunch of plain rice, spicy tomato chicken and ikan patin masak tempoyak (silver catfish prepared with durian paste). As expected, the ikan patin dish was the clear favourite as it was finished before I could have my second plate of rice!


This female participant executed the 200m flying fox very well.
Hutan rekreasi Lata Lembik offers a wide range of activities to do such as zip lining, water rafting, rock climbing, abseiling, archery, jungle trekking, ATV rides and many more. It is a great place for family day outing, camping activities and corporate team building and they are handled by experienced intructors. Most activities are categorised from mild to extreme to suit the participants' physical and mental abilities but more often than not, they will be pushed to the limit.


The tranquility of Lata Lembik makes it an ideal location for camping.

I ended up trying most of the activities and obviously we were worn out after all the exhaustive action-packed exertions but it was so much FUN! I must admit that I've tried out many similar activities elsewhere but doing them here were just different. So, for all of you out there looking for a complete (and this place was not even half completed yet!), do come here and experience it yourself.  

For more information on Lata Lembik and other attractions in Pahang, please visit:

Tourism Malaysia Pahang
Lot G.01 Bangunan Mahkota Square
Jalan Mahkota 
25000 Kuantan, Pahang
Tel : +6 09 5177 111/ 5177 112
Fax : + 6 09 5177 114
Web : www.tourism.gov.my


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