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December 3, 2008

Cave Exploration

Kuantan / Malaysia

We hiked up to Panching (Charas) limestone cave and did not have enough of it yet, and continued to follow the trail up to the highest cave above us. From far, we really couldn’t see what lied ahead of us and we had to be mindful with every step as they are uneven and slippery too. But since we had already been so far, from Singapore to Mersing, then drove up to Sungai Lembing town in Kuantan, Pahang in Malaysia, why gave up? No big deal though.

That’s the cave entrance.

Panoramic photo of the limestone cave, with drawings, algae, water dripping… I took this shot from inside the cave. No one was around except my family members. Most of them didn’t want to come up to this higher spot as the ground was slippery. Feeling creepy as I look at those details on this cave picture.

Scroll right-left to view the panoramic cave photo.


My dad nearly slipped and fell in this cave. Fortunately, he was pretty agile on his feet and managed to grab hold of some big rocks at the side. It’s safer to walk sideway down the slippery slope.

Usually we do see bats hanging and flying around caves, but not these caves that we visited. I wonder why. No food for them? XD

How do the rock formations appear to you? Use your imagination. It’s mind boggling.

How I wish that those were cavemen drawings and paintings! Ha! If that’s true, I guess we have to queue up and pay to enter this cave… Anyway, if you buy lottery, you may be interested in those 4-digit numbers written on the rocks!

There are some wooden planks here. Wonder if anyone comes up to this cave for meditation? But those unsightly drawings really spoilt this natural heritage.

I read that it took 400 million years to create Panching caves. When I look at the multi-coloured rock, it reminds me of Wave Rock (located in Western Australia), a giant surf wave of multi-coloured granite that has existed before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth! I took some photos from Wave Rock many years ago, but I need to scan them if I want to blog about it. It’s an unforgettable experience for me to travel to that semi-desert in Hyden.

Cave tours can be organised to visit Panching caves, and we did see a bunch of kids with their parents, all wearing yellow caps happily exploring the cavern with the sleeping Buddha.

That is Panching Hill with caves and caverns.

Read the previous post on Panching cavern with the sleeping Buddha.

27 Comments Leave your comment

  • Borneo Falcon said on December 3, 2008 6:05 pm

    What a dangerous climb! Been told before should use all terrain shoes for this purpose.

    What a shame that this beautiful cave became place for people to “scribble” their thought.

  • youngest said on December 3, 2008 7:04 pm

    wondering if this is the cave that i’ve seen in anthony bourdain ” no reservations”……looks like it…

  • Zara said on December 3, 2008 8:51 pm


    really nice woorr!

  • Mei Wah said on December 3, 2008 8:59 pm

    wow, you are one adventurous girl! :)
    i never explored caves before and i will attempt to explore one, someday…

  • peteformation said on December 3, 2008 11:12 pm

    Wahh, so many 4D numbers to buy lorrr, mmm next draw Saturday! LOl

  • eunice said on December 3, 2008 11:18 pm

    @Borneo Falcon: Yeah, anyway just be careful and don’t go too near the edge.

    @youngest: is it? But I think there are many similar limestone caves around.

    @Zara: =D

    @Mei Wah: Nah, everyone can visit these caves.

    @peteformation: LOL!!!

  • adette said on December 3, 2008 11:23 pm

    hi eunice! visit again your site…..wonderful place…..

  • traveler5637 said on December 4, 2008 7:54 am

    It’s good that you were able to identify this as a limestone cave. We wouldn’t want anyone to take it for granite.

  • alex said on December 4, 2008 10:57 am

    i love caves, they have this mysterious ambiance
    ok now i’m taking note of some number combinations for lotto ^^

  • KC said on December 4, 2008 1:49 pm

    Hey what footwear were you wearing while exploring the cave ?? Slippers or were you on plain foot ?? Ppl say its better to go on plain foot while goin to caves !

  • eunice said on December 4, 2008 2:04 pm

    @traveler5637: I don’t know, I am not good at identifying caves. But I read from sources that the cavern below this cave was a limestone and granite cavern.

    @adette: hellooo

    @alex: hahah!! strike and let me know! =P

    @KC: I wear slippers everywhere I go =P. Some say should wear trekking shoes. But isn’t it dangerous to walk on the ground with bare feet? Like step on some rocks or sharp objects.

  • Friendz said on December 4, 2008 4:29 pm

    i love to explore caves and rock its a wonderfull to expertise…

  • melfin said on December 4, 2008 6:15 pm

    Hii very nice picture.
    just suggestion for next destination you can come here for beautiful beach

  • salingPUSA said on December 4, 2008 11:57 pm

    that cave looks so inviting—-although I guess I will never conquer my fear of caves and dark-closed spaces…..

  • calvin said on December 5, 2008 3:15 pm

    the kuantan town folks have been complaining to the local authority to clean up the mess, but it seems that all their effort has gone to waste. there were occasions when some couples were caught courting there. what a place to go for a romantic evening. either their brains have gone koo-koo or they are just plain stupid.

    and talking about 4d nos, my friend actually did took up a number and striked 3rd in magnum. so pete and alex, you can give it a try. as for me, im more into mega toto…..bigger bucks…lol

  • travel accessories said on December 5, 2008 3:19 pm

    the cave looked scary…

  • eunice said on December 6, 2008 3:28 pm

    @Frendz: Me too! :D

    @melfin: Sure, I love the sea and beaches.

    @salingPUSA: You have Claustrophobia! hehehe

    @calvin: Those couples were really risking themselves doing such thing in the cave. It’s dangerous, imagine during offpeak season when no one is around.
    And your friend really strike!!! Wow!!! Whoever strike any 4D after getting some inspiration from my cave post must treat me!!! XD

    @travel accessories: yeah.. agree with you..

  • salingPUSA said on December 6, 2008 5:40 pm

    eunice –OMG. Eunice, I wander around the Philippines, not travel.keke.I stay with friends and not in hotels. I eat what they prepare for me and not in expensive restos. Hm,mmm, I suddenly felt nervous,., please give me time to prepare this one.keke

  • dong ho said on December 6, 2008 6:55 pm

    nice caves. I believe that caves that has bats in it means that the cave is still healthy. Sad though when we see vandalisms on its walls. Thanks for inviting me to write about some of the beaches that ive been to. Ill accept your request.

  • eunice said on December 7, 2008 2:30 am

    @salingPUSA: Sure! Will look forward to that! =D Thanks!

    @dong ho: Really? I just learnt that. Interesting! And thanks! I definitely look forward to your sharing! Thanks!

  • Armen Shirvanian said on December 7, 2008 7:05 am

    Caves look like wonderful settings to read books in, because they provide a feeling of roominess, even though they are part of nature. It would be somewhat of a mesh between the world of reading and communication, and the world of rock formations that are not built by anyone. It tends to be the case that caves are not close enough to most residential areas to go and use them for personal purposes, such as reading or another activity of interest, on a regular basis.

  • eunice said on December 7, 2008 11:59 am

    @Armen: haha! I don’t think I will do that! The place is full of algae, water dripping, ground is slippery and minimal lighting! Bad for the eyesight. Er.. no toilet nearby too!

    Maybe good for meditation. XD

  • Lifecruiser said on December 8, 2008 1:35 am

    Caves are truly fascinating and this one seem to be no exception! It’s beautiful and I love the colors similar to the one in Australia. I wouldn’t mind visit them both!

    You just reminded me that I have one to write about later on too…

    Regarding your kind request: I’m honored that you asked and I’ll come back with an answer later, I’m so busy right now :-)

  • eunice said on December 8, 2008 1:37 pm

    @Lifecruiser: Caves are fasciniating, yes! And no problem, no obligation! Thanks anyway.

  • arjaeuse said on December 8, 2008 10:26 pm

    hello… what a nice to experience to explore the inside of a cave… great! & nice entry again here… :) check this as well… http://allbestofphilippines.blogspot.com/2008/07/puerto-princesa-subterranean-river.html

  • eunice said on December 9, 2008 2:36 am

    @arjaeuse: sure! gonna check it out now

  • ah chong said on April 24, 2009 9:24 pm

    There is a rock painting by neolitic ppl (about 3000 years ago) at Tambun, Ipoh. I can show u if u r interested. FOC, no admission fees ;) .

    I like ur blog….:)

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