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Chiling Waterfall – A Day Away from the City

by Hani on October 3, 2015 , 4 comments

6am and my phone rang. That must be Ashraff giving me a wake-up call. I had a good mind to just ffk (Cantonese slang for ‘fong fei kei’ which basically means to bail) the plans for the day. But Ashraff’s super enthusiastic voice on the other end of the line made me feel guilty. Grumpy, I assured him I was up and lazily rolled out of bed.

It was the Chinese New Year break and Sharm had balik kampung (literal translation: return to village) to Taiping, where her family had planned to visit the Buddhist Sanctuary. As Sharm was away, I got roped into Ashraff and Hafiz’s plans to go to Chiling Waterfall, hence the 6am call. They had been discussing in the office about getting away from the city and Chiling Waterfall seemed like a great choice as it’s just a daytrip.

The Drive

As soon as we hit the PLUS expressway, we encountered snail-like traffic which unfortunately is a norm during the many festivals in Malaysia. In Malaysia, festivities equals to public holidays and everyone would basically have the same idea i.e. get out of town! In the car, Ashraff & Hafiz were bickering debating on the best route to get there. Slow traffic + two people talking at the same time + early morning… not quite the recipe for a peaceful day off. I should have stayed in bed.

After about two hours of driving, we exited Rawang (Exit 116) and headed towards Kuala Kubu Bharu (also referred to as ‘KKB’). We then continued towards Fraser’s Hill. Chiling Waterfall is located on the way to Fraser’s Hill from KKB, just after the Selangor Dam. The entrance is hard to miss as it is marked by a square arch that reads ‘Santuari Ikan Sungai Chiling’ (Chiling River Fish Sanctuary). Else, the many cars parked on the roadside should be a big enough hint that you have reached.

Alternative Routes KKB is accessible from other exits as well – Sungai Buloh, Bukit Beruntung and Tanjung Malim.
Watch Out for Cyclist! KKB to Fraser’s Hill is one of the popular cycling route, especially on the weekends. So please drive carefully for the safety of the cyclist if not yours.

The Start of the Trail

We followed the trail from the entrance easily spotted as the brown dirt road, bordered with lines of fallen dried leaves, stood out against the green of the surrounding trees. Almost immediately my mood was lifted. I guessed both Ashraff & Hafiz felt the same way as everyone had dropped pace and were just strolling, enjoying the atmosphere.

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 After a while, we arrived at an open area which turned out to be a campsite. There were small wooden buildings which were the ranger’s office, showers and toilets. We registered and paid the fee of RM1 per person, after which the ranger gave us a briefing. He explained that there are 3 waterfalls but due to the heavy rainfall a few days back, only the first was accessible. The next two falls were not accessible as the current was strong.

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The Hike

And so our hike began! We first had to cross a suspension bridge then continued walking along a narrow stream. There was hardly any water, more like puddles, which I happily tread in. I’ve gotten a little excited at this point as I imagined us embarking on a mini adventure. Brought me back to my childhood read – Enid Blyton.

Next up was a trail not too bad. Clear paths and people from the opposite direction were good indications that we were on the right track. The natural surroundings made the long hike seemed so much easier. Nature is truly calming.

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A Balancing Act

Crossing the river was a fun challenge. Unlike the first crossing, the rest had no bridges. To cross over, we walked in a line, supporting each other. Well it was more hobbling than walking as the river bottom was lined with lots of misshapen stones.

I felt like a circus act on a tightrope, balancing on slippery bottoms while ensuring that the river current didn’t knock me down. We had to find a foothold before slowly moving forward. I saw some hikers using walking sticks, which I thought was a brilliant idea (they are probably more seasoned at this…)


A Fish Tale

No Fishing! Chiling Waterfall is a fish sanctuary (run by the Selangor State Fisheries Department), hence fishing is prohibited.

At the earlier crossings, we spotted a school of ikan kelah (mahseer fish). Excitedly, we quickly whipped out our cameras & mobile phones to snap pictures, worried we may not get another chance to capture this. What a dumb thought – we were after all at a FISH SANCTUARY. This became apparent as we got to more crossings, when the fish multiplied… And multiplied…

 It was then when we made a discovery…






Hafiz was scared of fish -_-

I never saw this coming as he had enthusiastically bought fish food earlier at the ranger’s office. I soon realised his real intention. His plan was to divert the fishes by throwing the fish food as far away as possible, and then make a dash across the river.

 His plan failed miserably.

Nonetheless, after a lot of encouragement (…and uncontrollable laughing) from Ashraff and me, Hafiz ploughed through.


We made it!

As we drew closer, we could hear the sound of gushing water getting louder and louder. Excitedly we quickened our pace and the reward was great. Before us, if I could describe it simply, was a giant water faucet. We stood in awe at the height of the waterfall and the massive amount of water plummeting down. The sound of the surging water was very loud yet it offered a sense of calmness. Lowering ourselves on the ground, the three of us just sat down, enchanted by the stunning view.

Notice how the large rock jutting out slightly to the right resembles a gorilla head... or I may be imagining things :D

Notice how the large rock jutting out slightly to the right resembles a gorilla head… or I may be imagining things :D

I was so glad that I decided against sleeping in. A day away from the city had proved to be worth it.

xx Hani

We also have it on video!

Open to public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only from 8am to 6pm. Closed from Monday to Thursday.

However, it may be opened on public holidays.

Admission fee

MYR 1 per person

Camp fee

MYR 4 per tent

  • Deposit required (depending on group size)

Try to avoid rainy season, as there is a high chance it will be closed due to the strong river current.

Monsoon seasons are generally from October to January and from March to April.

Do check the weather forecast upfront at the official website of the Malaysian Meteorological Department

Be prepared to get your feet soaked.

We wore sport shoes with good grip, proven useful for the slippery rocks. Some websites suggested Kampung Adidas or Crocs.

Slippers are not recommended as they may break, have no grip and doesn’t provide much protection.

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  • Mohd Khairool - February 27, 2017 reply

    Hi, Assalamualaikum…
    I’m one free traveler taking picture of nature using Drones..
    And i planned with my company to had a trip there with hiking and chilling at 4th March 2017.

    My question is is there any prohibited for drone pilot to fly here at Chilling Waterfalls?
    Is there permit needed for a pilot drone to fly there?



    admin - March 10, 2017 reply

    Hi! We are not aware of any prohibitions. However, it may be best for you to check with the office there.

  • muhammad kamarul amri - April 12, 2017 reply

    sg.chiling still open or not?

    admin - May 2, 2017 reply

    Yes. Sungai Chilling is still open.

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