Sungai Lembing


Visit quiet Sungai Lembing in the hills to explore the informative regional museum (RM2) that covers the history of local tin mining to the collapse of the industry in 1986, or head up the road for a claustrophobic tour of the abandoned tin mines. Bus 500 from the local bus station runs here (RM4, every 20 to 30 minutes, one hour). The town has its own padang (field or grassy area) and some elegant colonial-era architecture.

There are a couple of accommodation options and a decent restaurant or two if you want to spend some time here. Kuantan Waffle Station, located obliquely opposite the padang and near the big tree, serves tasty waffles while Country View Inn just down the road on Jln Sungai Lembing has comfortable rooms. You can tie in a trip to Sungai Lembing with a journey from Kuantan to Gua Charas.

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1. Sungai Lembing Museum

0.17 MILES

This fascinating museum charts the rise and fall of the 'El Dorado of the East', as Sungai Lembing was known after the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited…

2. Sungai Lembing Tin Mines

0.35 MILES

Try and get here early after lunch (or first thing in the morning) to have the eerie sensation of being alone in some of the longest and deepest tin mines…

3. Gua Charas

7.79 MILES

Located 26km north of Kuantan, the limestone karst containing Gua Charas towers high above the surrounding palm plantations. The caves owe their fame to a…

4. Sleeping Buddha Cave


The colossal Sleeping Buddha Cave at Gua Charas outside Panching is decorated with small altars to various Buddhist Bodhisattvas and leads ultimately to a…

5. Football Pitch

21.11 MILES

Watch football matches here. There are more goal posts and playing fields on the Padang.

7. Pahang Art Museum

21.47 MILES

This museum's collection is housed in an attractive colonial-era building just north of the Padang. The museum focuses on the state's culture, history and…

8. Padang

21.53 MILES

Kuantan's lovely grass padang – the sight of cricket matches during colonial days – is today largely used for football practice in the late afternoon and…