Chiling Out at Chiling Waterfall

The heat, the smog, the buildings, the people, the noise! When I just gotta get out of  Kuala Lumpur, I head for my favorite place in Malaysia, Sungai Chiling Waterfall with my favorite hiking buddy, Kathleen. The easy drive up to the mountains takes about an hour and a half with gorgeous views of the rain forest and a reservoir.

Sungai Chiling Waterfall, Malaysia

Hiking to the falls takes about one hour on mostly flat ground but with enough hills, roots and rain forest trails to keep you on your toes. It is an easy and peaceful hike where you will see many varieties of carnivorous pitcher plants, wild orchids, and lots of wild life such as monkeys, colorful butterflies and tropical birds.

Wild Orchid

Carnivorous Pitcher Plan

The real adventure begins when the trail ends suddenly at the river and starts again on the other side! You must traverse the river 6 times to get to the falls. Depending on the rainfall, the river can be as high as your ankles in some places or up to your waist in other places. The adults make long chains and pass the children along. Sometimes there are ropes to hold or we grab long bamboo poles to keep upright.

Crossing in Waist Deep Water

Crossing the River~ Using Bamboo Poles

After an hour you come out of a bamboo patch to the roaring of the falls. The mist hits your face as you gaze out at the rushing water.

A glimpse of the falls and 3 monkeys!

Once you reach the falls you can swim, picnic and relax at the foot of the spectacular falls. The surrounding rainforest, river and small pools are tranquil and the silence is a soothing welcome after the bustling city.

Anni and kids enjoying the cool pool at the foot of the falls

Kathleen and I usually head up to Chiling with a large group of people and make a daylong outing. The children love this hike with the ease of walking and the adventurous river crossings.

Hiking Pals cooling off

My favorite hiking buddy and her family are leaving Malaysia this year so it won’t be the same without her when I go next year.

My favorite hiking buddies, Kathleen and Derald

Fish in the clear mountain water

Hiking to the falls along the trail



  1. May 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

    It’s beautiful.

  2. May 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Make me wonder why the heck I’m still in Texas!

    • globalanni said,

      May 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

      RUN! There is an amazing world out there! 🙂

      You had some beautiful pics on your blog from the USA. That is where I really need to get exploring. I have done the entire east coast and Texas and California, but that is it.

  3. May 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    That is all so beautiful! The waterfalls look amazing

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:33 am

      And oh so refreshing in the tropical heat!

  4. May 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Looks gorgeous.

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:33 am

      Gorgeous and clean!

  5. May 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I love waterfalls but San Diego, with its lack of rain, is lacking in them.

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:33 am

      Time to hit the tropics. We’ve got plenty! 😉

  6. Dounia said,

    June 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Your photos are wonderful, and it looks so beautiful there!

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:34 am

      It is amazing here. Thanks!

  7. reannez said,

    July 31, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I’ve been last year, it’s the most peaceful and prettiest waterfall near to KL that I’ve been too! Lovely pics you got there 🙂

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