This (very) short detour off the Pantu Trail runs for about 90m to a small pool into which there is a trickling, 6-7m high waterfall flowing over sandstone. There’s a small pool at the base but it’s not large enough to swim in and contains a lot of dead wood.
The surrounding vegetation is very lush – clumps of delicate red ginger flowers and masses of ferns ornament the area. There are numerous members of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) represented in the rainforests in Borneo. All the indigenous groups in Sarawak use several varieties of gingers. The applications of these plants are innumerable and very diverse. Some have edible fruits, roots and shoots, others have solely medicinal applications, or are used as ceremonial offerings. Some are used as roofing or weaving materials, the ground-up roots of others to make dye take to thread during the making of Pua Kumbu (Iban ceremonial cloths). There are also ginger plants to deter dog deposits, cure hangovers and make the object of your affections respond!
The tall, spiky stemmed and very slender nibong palms (Oncosperma tigillarium) after which this fall is named are to the left of the falls, and may not be apparent as palms at first, because of their height. The spiky trunks were once used by Iban people to defend their longhouses, and the cabbage (shoot) is edible.
This can be accessed enroute to Bukit Lambir, as an extension to the walk to Bukit Pantu, or on a separate visit. Its about 20 minutes onwards from the pondok at the Bukit Pantu junction in the middle of the park. Take the Lepoh Ridan trail, clearly marked with yellow paint on trees. There’s 10 minutes of the steep downhill walking before you reach the turn-off to the waterfall. From here it’s a short but steep descent to the falls, a pleasant place to cool off.
This is a short (100m) detour off the Bukit Lambir Summit Trail, but would be a long hike (2-3 hours) as a destination on its own.
Having said that, it is a very beautiful and remote spot, and a very welcome cooling break on the way back from the summit.
Bakam Trail, Tengkorong and Pancur Waterfalls
The Bakam Trail starts at the junction of the Lepoh Ridan Trail with the Bukit Lambir Summit Trail, 1.5-2 hours from the Park HQ.
There are several signs at the junction, with destination distances. The Pancur and Tengkorong Waterfall can be accessed by turning left at this junction and going down the ridge along the Bakam trail, marked with blue paint.
The lower part of the Bakam trail is closed to the public, and is only supposed to be used for research purposes (it passes through the forest plot where all the trees are identified and measured).
However, it is worth noting that the Bakam trail leads down, intersecting the main road about 5km from the headquarters on the Bintulu side. In the event of an emergency, this is the shortest route down from the summit.
Tengkorong Waterfall is a 2 hour trek (approx 5.2 km) from Park HQ through dipterocarp forest to a beautiful waterfall and swimming pool.
Pancur Waterfalls This 2.5 hr (7km) trek across Lambir National Park ends at a waterfall downstream from the Dinding and Tengkorong waterfalls.
Old Oil Well Trail
This trail leads off the left side of the Lepoh-Ridan Trail, from a junction about an hour from Park HQ. The trail is 880 m long, and leads to an old oil well used by the Japanese during World War II.
There are a number of unmarked trails in Lambir Hills, particularly in the research areas. These are not open to the general public, sp please stay on marked trails.
For those with an interest in tropical botany or for those who would like to find out more information about research being conducted, speak to the Park Warden.