Sungai Bernam (Tanjung Malim)

Sungai Bernam is a beautiful river at the upstream of the Bernam river, which separates the states of Selangor and Perak. Most of the river is a public area, therefore there is no entrance fee. The trek to Lubuk Kawah waterfalls also starts around here.

On normal weekdays, the place is quiet and peaceful – perfect for a quick refreshing dip. On weekends and holidays, it gets rather crowded, and the two resorts nearby the river (i) Teratak Riverview Resort and (ii) Warisan Bernam Heritage Agro Resort gets quite jam-packed with families and school/college students on rombongan (excursion trips). :)


The entire place is serene and surrounded by lush forests. Water is beautifully clear and greenish in colour. Some activities to do here are swimming, fishing, as well as jungle/waterfall trekking (arrange for guides with the resorts).

Also, there are schools of small fishes by the riverbank, and although they are rather shy and swim away when you tread in their way; they will not hesitate to come near you when you throw food in the water (can be anything, like rice/bits of chicken/bread), and take turns nibbling on it. Adorable to watch! :)

Some boulders and rocks in the river. The currents here vary from very gentle to slight rapids in some areas.
A very shady tree above the waters
Some of the beautiful fauna we managed to catch on cam: :)

A lizard (species unknown); which we spotted on a tree nearby the TRV.

Insects (not sure of species’ ID) that we spotted by the river. :)

Tracks left by the 4WDs, as Teratak Riverview Resort provides these off-roading activities.

ENTRANCE FEE & OPENING HOURS: Free (public area)

GENERAL LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:

Level1: easy

Level 2: moderately easy

Level 3: difficult

Level 4: extremely difficult and may be dangerous

SUITABILITY FOR ELDERLY/HANDICAPPED?  No to be safe, due to the slippery rocks, as well as sloped and muddy terrain. :)

 WALK THROUGH OF THE AVAILABLE ACCOMODATION: The 2 main resorts in the area are Teratak Riverview Resort and Warisan Bernam Heritage Agro Resort.

:: Teratak Riverview Resort (TRV) ::

The address of this resort is 76 Taman Wangsa Jaya, Taman Wangsa Jaya, 35500 Tanjung Malim, Perak. And the activities offered here are tubing, obstacle courses, paintball, jungle trekking/night walk, motivation camps, family day events. For more information, please visit their website at http://teratakriverview.blogspot.com/ (also refer to prices here).

Contact details: Tel: 019-2211662 (Hakim)/017-3532022 (Hana). Fax: 05-4584625.

Brochure: Click here for pdf

Entrance to the dining area, facing the parking area.

The jambatan gantung (hanging bridge) which connects the dorms and campsite space with the chalets, dining area, and parking space. Notice the small yellow bridge on the right, this bridge connects the dorms and campsite space with the dining area and parking space.

The yellow bridge

Overview of the place, jambatan gantung, and the river from the yellow bridge

The dorms (and sinks in the back) and the view from here.

The common toilets/bathing area of the dorms and campsite. Male toilets on the left (pictured), female on the right.

The campsite area

The chalets

Dewan serbaguna (Multi-purpose ‘hall’)

Place for football

:: Warisan Bernam Heritage Resort ::

The activities offered here are tubing, obstacle courses, paintball, jungle trekking/night walk, motivation camps, family day events. For more information, please visit their website at http://teratakriverview.blogspot.com/ (also refer to prices here).

Contact details: Tel: 012-2340332, 012-9125120, 017-2597101. Fax: 05-4594189.

Recent feature of the place in Kosmo! newspaper: http://www.kosmo.com.my/kosmo/content.asp?y=2008&dt=1025&pub=Kosmo&sec=Rekreasi&pg=re_01.htm.

Entrance/the dining area

Front office and contact numbers

The A-frame huts

Some of the chalets

Interior of one of the chalets and the balcony area (no air-cond here, only fan)

Toilets inside the chalet

Surau

Cooking area

Dorms

Toilets of dorms

The dewan kuliah

For tubing activities

MAP & COORDINATES: Coordinates -

GENERAL ACCESSIBILITY: Level 1: easy  |   Level 2: moderate  |   Level 3: hard

HOW TO GET THERE BY CAR (FROM KL): 

From KL, take the  North-South Expressway  from Jalan Duta and head towards Tanjung Malim (Exit 121).

Once EXIT 115 (after toll booth), look out for the signboard pictured below and take the 2nd left turning into Persimpangan Tanjung Malim (Tanjung Malim, Ipoh, UPSI).

Go straight all the way. After a bridge, you will see the entrance signboard to Sungai Gading on your right. Drive a little further on until you reach a safe junction to u-turn. If possible, remember to stop by the Yik Mun Pao Shop (famous for their char siew paos) nearby the u-turn. :)

After the u-turn, there will be a narrow access road (about 4km). Drive along this road and you will see the river (adjacent to the road). Take note that there are no designated parking lots, so you may have to park simply by the roadside. Take note that the roads here are mostly broken due to the heavy use by the 4WDs.

Drive further till the end and you will see Teratak Riverview Resort and Warisan Bernam Heritage Agro Resort.

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