fellow readers, so sorry for the long pause. I have been really busy juggling with my full time job and studies lately. But in the midst of the busy days, I still managed to indulge in a good place to relax and unwind with my sister and a friend. I went to Gunung Senyum, few weeks ago.
Gunung Senyum is situated in Hutan Lipur. It is part of Pahang Darul Makmur.
How did Gunung Senyum got it’s name ? According to pahangdelights.com ; the locals said that it originated when Sultan Pahang visited the place. None of the people he asked to knows the name of the mountain. What he received were just smiles from them.
The reason why I managed to visit Gunung Senyum was because I have a friend from Kuala Lumpur named Ann wanted to go and visit the place. It was almost an hour away from my house (Mentakab). We drove there at 11am, Saturday, 5th of August 2017. Although a few older adults have asked us not to go as there are only 3 of us, we still took the courage to go there on our own. Des (my youngest sister), Ann & I took it as an adventure that we have never encounter. I’m not sure if you all know that I have very bad sense of direction. I’m thankful that Des, could help to navigate a bit as she has quite a good sense of direction. She loves adventure more than Ann & I.
We know that they have guides but didn’t know that we need to have at least 12 people in a group to employ a guide to guide us into the many caverns and caves. We only managed to visit 5 out of 12 caves. The mountain is made out of limestone and rock. It is so nice to be able to climb up the caves, some caves are slippery and steep. While some are very dark.
- Our 1st stop was at Gua Terang Bulan. We noticed that the pathway heading towards the end of the cave wasn’t nicely mantained. An eerie experience to walk especially in the dark, but we like it because we could see the light shinning down from the hole, thats why the name Terang Bulan (shinning moon). If you are lucky enough, you will get to see also a spectrum/ rainbow in that cave.
2. Gua Angin
Similar to the cave’s name Angin (wind), when we enter this cave, the wind just blew, we could feel that lovely breeze. We climb up into Gua Angin and we came to Gua Taman Satu and Gua Taman Dua.
3 & 4) My favourite part of Gunung Senyum is Gua Taman Satu and Gua Taman Dua. There it was like Alice in the wonderland, except that it is not as colourful as cartoons. Coral and mushroom looking stones.
5) I also love the Gua Kolam Tujuh it has a legend about an elf (bunian in Malay) that fell in love with a man named Tok Long. Of course the father of the elf do not allow her to be with that man. Knowing that his daugther really love Tok Long, the father agreed with her and had told her that she need to always bathe in Gua Kolam Tujuh. However, Tok Long is said to broke a promise, and failed to find his wife back. His grave in Gua Makam Tok Long will be the evidence to the story. Read more here. Sorry that I didn’t managed to take any picture of Gua Kolam Tujuh. There is a lot of pools in the cave. Not man made pools but natural.
The girls and I didn’t get to visit Gua Makam because we do not know our way into the places. We told ourselves that , we would want to go with more people in future to explose more cave and caverns that we did not manage to cover in this trip.
I’m very thankful that Ann had suggested to go to Gunung Senyum, I have been wanting to visit this place in the longest time.
Gunung Senyum address:
Bandar Pusat Jengka
We travelled using waze. Using the word : Hutan Lipur Gunung Senyum. Waze is very helpful.