Latak Waterfall

Latak Waterfall is the most popular waterfall in Lambir Hills National Park.  A large part of that is because it is an easy 20 minute hike from the headquarters.  The downside of this is that it is a popular swimming hole and you shouldn’t expect any serenity there.  The good news is that there are 5 more waterfalls at Lambir Hills National Park.  None of them are physically large but each of them is stunningly beautiful.

Rating and length – Easy – <1 hr round trip

How to get there – There are 4 different options for travel to Lambir Hills National Park from Miri.  It is about 30 kms south of Miri and the park entrance is very close to the highway.

Option 1 – you can take the Miri to Bintulu long haul bus and asked to be dropped off at Lambir Hills for 10-15 RM.  The only downside is that you need to get a taxi to take you to the main Miri bus station north of town (about 15RM)

Option 2 – you can take a taxi from Miri for 100-150RM but will have to negotiate

Option 3 – your hostel is probably connected to a travel agency and you might be able to sign up for the shuttle to the park or for a guided tour

Option 4 – it was really easy and cheap to rent a car.  If there are 2 or more in your group then it is a very cost effective way to do it especially if you are going to Niah Caves also.  You will probably need an international drivers license.  The best place to rent a car is at the airport (several different companies).  We rented a 4 door compact for 280RM for 2 days.  Inside the city it can be a little difficult to drive but the highway is very easy to drive on.  Take the Pan Borneo highway south of Miri for about 30 kilometers.  Lambir Hills National Park is clearly marked and there is plenty of parking.  There are no convenience stores or gas stations on the road outside of Miri.

The hike – After paying your park entrance the trail starts behind the small building.  The trails are very clearly marked and you are provided with a small but sufficient map.  Latak Waterfall is only one destination at Lambir Hills National Park.  You can walk up and back easily in less than an hour.  If you are up to something a little harder then you can do a loop in 2-3 hours stopping at short sidetrails to Latak, Nibong and Pantu Waterfalls.  If you have a whole day then you hike to the three wateralls at the far end of the park or to Bukit Lambir (Lambir Mountain).  It is unlikely that you will be able to visit all 6 waterfalls and hike up Bukit Lambir in one day (over 25 kms) but you can visit several of them.

Notes – park closes at 4pm (lonely planet lists 5pm) – cabins are affordable to stay at – there is a canteen with fried rice, drinks and snacks

GPS – park headquarters N4.198138 E114.043390 – waterfall N4.203802 E114.042818

Resources – Additional hiking info at Lambir Hills – Trekking Sarawak

Date visited – 2/19/2015

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