The 10 best waterfalls in Malaysia

Did you know there are over 100 known waterfalls in Malaysia? And there’s no question that the deep and impenetrable jungle holds many more valuable treasures still to be unearthed. If you’re searching for something to do this weekend, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 waterfalls in Malaysia for you to see.

1. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, Langkawi, Kedah

The Seven Wells, commonly known as Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, are the most beautiful and well-known waterfalls on Langkawi Island. The name comes from a series of seven interwoven natural ponds supplied by seven separate waterfalls. The Machincang Forest Reserve, which is rich in unique species of flora and animals, was established as a protected forest reserve. Take a pleasant walk through the region, keeping an eye out for lime plants and Sintuk, and then cool off in the upper pools of Telaga Tujuh. Plan your visit during the monsoon season, which runs from September to October and is when the waterfall is at its most spectacular. However, be cautious because the stairwells may be slick during this time!

Location: Telaga Harbour Park, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

Entrance Fee:  Free of charge (FOC)

2. Sungai Chiling Waterfall, Selangor

Chiling Waterfalls, located in Selangor, are a must-see for adrenaline addicts because they can only be accessible after an exciting river walk. Prepare to get your feet wet as you pass over six river crossings! Although the water is deep and the current can be strong, the trek is safe. Because of a rule by the Selangor fisheries department (the section of the region utilised for research), the waterfalls are only open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so plan your hike from KL appropriately. It was rated the best waterfall in Selangor by the Tripfez team!

Location: 44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, Malaysia

Entrance Fee: RM 1.00

3. Rainbow Fall, Sungai Lembing, Pahang

The name alone promises a spectacular sight, and you will not be disappointed! You’ll be able to observe how the water generates fascinating rainbows within the mist if you time it correctly. If you want to see the famous phenomenon, you’ll have to start exploring early in the morning, after a rain, or when the sun is low in the sky. This is an ideal location for thrill seekers, as this famed Malaysian waterfall can only be accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicle (4WD). You can even camp near the waterfall to ensure that you don’t miss out on the spectacular rainbow.

Location: Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia

Entrance Fee: RM 50.00 (guide, transport and insurance)

4. Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan, Sabah

The Mahua Waterfall, which has been open to the public since June of 2003, is located 26 kilometres from Sabah. With a height of 17 metres, this waterfall has been rapidly gaining recognition among local and international nature lovers. To get to the waterfall, you’ll have to walk 500 metres down a well-kept trail lined with evergreen greenery and hundreds of butterflies. Species such as the Monster Skipper, Black-Veined Mapwings, and Blue Hedges can be found. This is very magical!

Location: Kg. Patau, Tambunan, Malaysia

Entrance Fee: RM 3.00

5. Sekayu Waterfall, Terengganu

If you travel to Terengganu, a Malaysian state northeast of Kuala Lumpur, you will hear locals touting this waterfall as one of their most popular tourist attractions. The Sekayu Waterfall is located near Kuala Berang, about an hour’s drive from Kuala Terengganu, within the easily accessible Sekayu Recreational Forest. Other attractions for tourists include gorgeous gardens and fish ponds, fruit orchards, and a little zoo, all of which add to the park’s allure. In reality, Sekayu Waterfall Park is one of the state’s most complete picnicking and trekking areas, so plan to spend at least half a day here if you’re travelling with children.

Location: Hutan Lipur Sekayu, 21700 Kuala Berang, Terengganu, Malaysia

Entrance Fee: RM 1.00

6. Kota Tinggi Waterfalls, Johor

The Kota Tinggi Waterfalls, roughly four hours from KL, are a popular weekend destination for many residents. The closest waterfall to the entry is a beautiful cascade falls with dammed pools at the bottom where one can swim lazily. The other is a free fall that thunders down the valley and may be reached via a nice hike. Fun slides designed for guests to slide down into the manufactured pool will appeal to both children and adults. Try a light hike to Muntahak Mountain if you enjoy forest trekking. Make arrangements for a guide before you leave: a native guide is required to walk up the unspoiled rainforest that has seen little or no human intervention.

Location: Sungai Pelepah, Gunung Panti Recreational Forest, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia 

Entrance Fee: RM 7.50 for Malaysians and RM 10.00 for non-Malaysians

7. Giam Klimau Waterfall, Sarawak

In Bidayuh (an indigenous ethnic group situated in southern Sarawak), Giam denotes waterfall or rapids. The Giam Klimau’s curtain waterfall is its most spectacular feature. Visitors can stand behind the cascading water as it pours down thanks to a rocky and wide protrusion below. Have you ever been in one of these? You must pass through a privately owned oil palm plantation and report to many security checkpoints to gain access to the fall. However, rest assured that Giam Klimau is well worth the inconvenience.

Location: South-East of Niah National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

Entrance Fee: FOC

8. Ulu Chepor Waterfall Chemor, Perak

On hot days, the Ulu Chepor Waterfall is highly popular due to its cool, clear water that cascades from the Kledang Hills’ peaks. The Ipoh City Council erected a picnic area and basic facilities, such as bathrooms, tiny shelters, prayer rooms, and food and beverage booths, at the famous Perak waterfall. Ulu Chepor is well-known for its magnificent natural surroundings, which make it a popular site to relax, swim, and enjoy a meal in the great outdoors. Adventurers can explore and meander through lush green forest trails, as well as camp in the area. You don’t want to go? For those who desire to stay longer, the recreational park also includes basic cabins.

Location: Ulu Chepor Waterfall, 31200 Chemor, Perak, Malaysia

Entrance Fee: RM 2.00 per car

9. Jelawang Waterfall, Kelantan

Make a pit stop in Dabong, Kelantan, on your way from Taman Negara to Kota Bharu in north Malaysia. The Gunung Stong State Forest Park is a popular tourist attraction in this area. This park is one of Malaysia’s top five ecotourism destinations. It contains some of the world’s oldest jungle and is home to Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall, the Jelawang waterfall, also known as Stong waterfall (160 meters).

From below, admire the waterfall’s grandeur, or hike to the top. It would take about half an hour to complete. Enjoy your journey to Jelawang Falls, which provides a stress-free environment. Don’t miss the limestone caves of Gua Ikan, Gua Kris, Gua Pagar, and Gua Gelap, all located close the Dabong train station.

Location: Dabong Forest Reserve, 18200 Kelantan

Entrance Fee: RM 5.00

10. Lasir Waterfall, Terengganu

Have you heard of Lake Kenyir in Terengganu, Malaysia’s largest man-made lake surrounded by several waterfalls, rivers, and streams? The Lasir Waterfalls, one of the numerous spectacular waterfalls in the area, is around 153 metres high and slides effortlessly through multi-leveled pools and stone formations. The water ponds at each of the five levels are well-shaded by the canopy of the surrounding green forest, so allow plenty of time to relax and cool down in the water. A boat is required to reach this waterfall, and the major starting point for tours is the Pengkalan Gawi jetty in Kuala Berang, the district’s largest town.

Location: Kuala Berang, Terengganu, Malaysia

Entrance Fee: FOC

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