Singapore Adventurers' Club

Adventure Diary 2010s

Pelepah Waterfalls (16th July 2017)


by Hua Chai Sing

On Sunday morning at 7.30am, July 16, 2017, a group of about 18 persons from Singapore (9 years old to late 60s) happily met at Marsiling MRT and boarded two vans to take us to Kota Tinggi.

The cold water invigorates us and all the guys and ladies and child enjoyed it tremendously. Our leader, Yee Lee was assisted by John and Kwah Peng Siong and all of them were there for us ensuring that we enjoyed ourselves and reached home safely at around 9.30pm.

Although Yee Lee had a swell on his knee from previous fall a day earlier, the water fall provided a miraculous healing for him. His swell were gone by the time he immersed himself in the water fall. Such was the nature of greeneries and the water falls that livens up our atmosphere.

We also learnt about the ropes (Rope 101) and how to balance (Balance 101) ourselves well. Overall the trip endeared us to each other and the welcoming sight of the oil palms estate welcomes us at the entrance and back from the water falls.

The top was mainly sandy with monkey plants and small pitcher plants. The aroma of the whole place was full of oxygen and had a cooling effect on all of us. In a way, the nature brought us closer and filled us with so much happiness as we ate our 10 course dinner with great eagerness.

The trip was rated excellent overall and we would recommend to all our friends and family members. What a great day of happiness despite all the soreness that we had. It is a day to cherish for all of us.

Laos - Tree Top Discovery Adventure (2014)


by Tan Yee Lee

Ten of us who sign up for a two days one night tree top discovery adventure plus the guide leader and provisions for the two days were packed into a SUV for the ride from Parkse (2nd largest town in Laos) to Nongleun village, which is the starting point for the trek to the tree top camp/jungle resort. The ten of us include four ladies and two men from SAC, two Singaporean undergraduate on an independent tour and two Swiss ladies.

The drive takes about one and a half hours, starting on paved road and then on eroded country road, the route reminds me of the old Malaysian trunk road where there are road side stalls selling local produced like durian and vegetables. After much bumping and rolling in the SUV we reached the coffee plantation village shop of Nongluen, this shop also doubled as a store for equipment for tree top. The jungle tree top resort can only be reached by foot, no cars, no noise, and no fumes just pure fresh air.

The restaurant is actually an elevated wooden shed on stilts with a viewing platform of the waterfall, there is a kitchen in one corner, a very useful fireplace with constant hot water for making tea or coffee, in the center is a long table, benches with backrest on both sides, sit easily 16 persons, at the side is a filtered drinking water top up station, next to it a wash basin with running water. There is electrical lighting when they run the generator from 7pm to 9 in the night. It was raining heavily, the ladies have to queue to shower as there were only 2 cubicles, and some of the men took their bath right under the run-off gutter. With clean and dry clothes on we wait for dinner which did not disappoint under such environment. After sorting out our belonging we go for an early bed --- we were supposed to sleep in the tree house but because of the wind and rain the guide leader suggest we sleep in the dormitory as some were quite exhausted.

The next day after breakfast --- we have eggs, French loaf, banana etc., we go for a trek on another route and do 5 more zip. We missed the swimming in the waterfall pool because the waterfall was at its peak. We go back to the restaurant for lunch, and prepare to leave the camp.

The climb out of the camp is another tough assignment, we need to cross two rivers --- the end is the waterfall, and the crossing is just 2 steel cables, and then the 50 meters vertical rock wall, My heart almost stopped when we were told that we have to climb over it.

From this Tree Top Discovery Adventure we discover that we had done all the things which in the beginning we doubt we were capable of!