Lambir Hills: Pristine national park with great waterfalls

Waterfall at Lambir Hills National Park.

Lambir Hills National Park covers 6,949 hectares and was granted national park status in 1975.

Despite its relatively small size, it is thought to be one of the world’s most diverse and species-rich forest eco-systems with 1,200 species of trees and a plentiful variety of ferns, gingers, vines, mosses, lichens, palms, pitcher plants and flowering shrubs.

Over 237 species of birds have been recorded as well as bearded pigs, barking deer, scaly anteaters, monkeys, gibbons, and untold number of insects.

The park has four primary and seven secondary trails and several waterfalls to explore, ranging from gentle walks to the most challenging hike to the summit of Bukit Lambir.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation has done a great job in maintaining, marking and colour-coding the trails, so you can be confident of not losing your way.

These factors, together with the park’s compact size and close proximity to Miri make it one of Malaysia’s most enjoyable and accessible national parks.

The trails

The park ranger at the park’s ticket office will provide a useful map of the trails, explain the lengths and hiking time taken for each section and the trail colour as well as a suggested route.

Bukit Lambir is the highest peak at 465 metres which entails an arduous 14 km round trip hike requiring a minimum of seven hours.

A more leisurely circular hike is the one to the most scenic waterfall, Latak Waterfall, followed by Tree Tower, Nibong Waterfall and back to the park office. This takes about two hours.

Lambir National Park is only 32 km from Miri and the park entrance is easy to find, being located on the main Miri-to-Bintulu Highway and well signposted. The drive takes about 30 minutes from Miri.

The National Park office is open from 0800 to 1700.

Accommodation at Lambir Hills National Park

For visitors looking to extend their exploration of the park beyond a day trip, there are several basic wooden chalets available for overnight stays as well as a camp site.

You can find the rates on the Sarawak Forestry Corporation’s e-Booking site.

Verdict

A conveniently located and pristine national park with a great waterfall and a range of trails to suit all levels of fitness. Highly recommended if you are in Miri.

Tip

Take a powerful insect repellent. There are some aggressive mosquitoes here.

There are signs here warning of bee attacks, so if you’re allergic to bee stings, you’ll need to take the necessary precautions.

This article first appeared in malaysia-traveller.com