The Jungle Babes Photo Shoot Exclusive at Sungai Pisang!

The plan was to explore a new hiking trail called Sungai Pisang, aka “Banana River”. When we mapped out our timelines, it went something like this:

  • Drive to Sungai Pisang: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Hiking in Sungai Pisang: 45 minutes
  • Picnic at waterfall: 30 to 60 minutes
  • Take photos along the way: ???

Who would have thought that the photo taking would have outstripped the time it took to do everything else? I mean, 1 hour and 20 minutes to walk a distance of 2 km on very level ground because we were stopping to take photos every few meters?

Sungai Pisang

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50 minutes taking photos on the same log?

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Sungai PisangSungai Pisang

Sungai PisangSungai Pisang

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We even ran out of time to picnic and had to scoff down all our food in 20 minutes. This was definitely not a hike. This was a photo shoot.

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But when you see views like this, how do you not stop to take a photo or 100 (photos taken by Shameena Abdurahiman)?

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

The most amazing part of this hike is the walk through the tunnels. It’s like walking through a wormhole into another dimension.

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

At the end of the trail (just under 4 clicks in), you come to this lovely waterfall:

Sungai Pisang

The Down Side of Sungai Pisang

There is a lot of wading through water and there are leeches! Not a lot, but they’re there.

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

I went in with leech socks but came out with three leech bites under my t-shirt. I’m guessing it happened near the waterfall when I waded in waist-deep to the waterfall.

The other down side is that I hear it is very crowded on the weekends. We got to enjoy Sungai Pisang all to ourselves because we went on a weekday. Given that there isn’t a whole lot of space around the waterfall, I don’t really think I would like to be there on the weekend when it is filled with people.

Warning: Vicious Pet Monkey!

Near the spot where we parked out car, there is a pet monkey (it was wearing a diaper and appeared to belong to a man who lives in the area). Do not be fooled! This monkey may be little and a pet but it is vicious! It will attack without provocation. One of our Jungle Babes was bitten three times by this monkey before the owner came to remove it!

Getting There

Set your directions to Jungle Lodge Alang Sedayu. You can park your car by the side of the road and then walk further in, down the road until you get to this sign:

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

Walk down the the river and cross it. Follow the side of the river until you come out to the base of the highway and turn right. Keep going until you see the two tunnels. Go through the tunnels and keep following the river to the waterfall at the end. It’s pretty straightforward so you can’t really get lost.

This is the trail:

Sungai Pisang

It’s an easy trail but don’t forget to follow the Hiker’s Code.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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