Located 30 minutes away from Kuantan is Sg Lembing, a quiet settlement of a bygone era.
Once known as the El Dorado of East, Sungai Lembing is an old mining town. During its glorious days of mining activities, Sg Lembing mines is famous for its longest and deepest underground tin mine in the world.
During the recent Pestabola Merdeka Final Road Trip (click here to read), my wife and I went for a quick visit to Sungai Lembing to check out The Sungai Lembing Mines. Starting this year, some parts of the historical tunnels have been restored and opened for public. It is now operated as a tourist attraction along with many other existing unique attractions of Sg Lembing.
Tickets can be purchased on-site for RM30 (myKad holder) but with the current opening promotion still on, we were only charged RM15 per person.
I was told that the attraction receives lots of visitors during school holidays. We were lucky as there were less than 10 visitors when we were there.
The tour starts with a short tram ride.
The battery-powered tram is similar to the one used by miners. Of course those days you won’t see a lenglui with a tab on the tram.
The tram ride was a bit of an anti-climax. Visitors were expected to continue exploring the tunnels by foot after a short 80m tram ride.
Info panels were placed every 10-20 metres and the audio system help makes the experience a bit more informative and less eerie as it was quite quiet inside the tunnels.
Most of the original paths were left untouched.
We enjoyed the interactive exhibits the most. Lots of things to try and read along the way.
“Kuat kerja, Bang?”
Do not be scared if suddenly someone in the dark says hi to you. Most likely it’s one of the guides that are placed at a few checkpoints to assist the visitors. Fortunately or unfortunately they love to remain hidden until you are right in front of them. 🙂
Scene of action, once upon a time.
For a good 30 minutes, I seriously thought that the tunnels have been air-conditioned as it was quite cooling. However I was told by a guide that the mine is located beneath a tropical rainforest, hence the unique cooling climate in the tunnels. SubhanAllah, indahya ciptaan Allah.
The good news is that the whole place can be covered in about 45 minutes. The bad news is that the journey out of the tunnels is through the same way so it was quite a boring 15-20 minutes’ walk to the exit.
A happy visitor!
It’s worth the 40km drive from Kuantan to check out this place. A cool way to retain part of Sg Lembing’s history and at the same time educates the public in an interactive manner. Well done.
By the way you can also try the famous Karipap Rusa sold right outside the entrance of the Sg Lembing Tin Mines. Personally, I think it’s just an overpriced curry puff but i guess still it is worth a try.
For more information on Sg Lembing, check out my previous post here.