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Temurun Waterfall (Air Terjun Temurun)

Josh & Jacinta Bender
By 8 days ago

Langkawi's tallest waterfall with 3 cascading tiers towering 200 meters (656 feet) in height. After a short, 5-minute walk down a shady path lined with lush green trees, visitors are met with a glimpse of Temurun Waterfall's striking 39-meter (128-feet) vertical stream at the falls' middle tier.

The stream ends in a natural rock pool where children swim while parents picnic on shady rocks, vigilantly protecting their meal from mischievous macaque monkeys.

Local youth and brave visitors climb a handrail-less rock staircase to the upper pool, where another refreshing pool awaits swimmers. This is the best place to appreciate the seemingly gentle waterfall flowing down the northern slope of Langkawi's second tallest mountain, Gunung Machinchang.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

30-90minutes

Fitness level: Light effort

Hours

7am-7pm7 days

Look Around

Paved pathwaysPaved pathways
Entrance to fallsEntrance to falls
Gazebo and picnic tablesGazebo and picnic tables
Path winds beside the riverPath winds beside the river
Cross section signage explaining the river ecosystemCross section signage explaining the river ecosystem
Walking path to the waterfall
Admiring waterfall from footpathAdmiring waterfall from footpath
Cascading rock poolsCascading rock pools
Jungle greenery around fallsJungle greenery around falls
Locals swimming in rock poolLocals swimming in rock pool
Mid-tier waterfall and rock pools
Waterfall to lower rock poolsWaterfall to lower rock pools
Aerial view of waterfall flowing down Gunung MachinchangAerial view of waterfall flowing down Gunung Machinchang
Highest vertical fallHighest vertical fall
Upper tier waterfall
Aerial view looking down to rock poolsAerial view looking down to rock pools
Main vertical stream with rainbow from sunlightMain vertical stream with rainbow from sunlight
Machinchang rock formationMachinchang rock formation
Rock textures of the waterfall

Who Will Like Temurun Waterfall

Nature Lover

Take a refreshing swim in one of 2 natural pools and stand under the flowing stream to feel the water's energy wash over you. Marvel at the ancient Machinchang rock formation, dating back 500-million years.

Fun Expert

Ask your hotel to pack a tasty picnic for your family to enjoy by the falls. Keep your food out of the reach of monkeys, then take a dip in the cool, clear natural pools.

Photography Whiz

Bring a tripod to set up beneath the steepest drop to capture iconic waterfall shots. Make sure you visit during or just after wet season for a maximum flow of water.

Insider Tips For Temurun Waterfall

  • Temurun is a seasonal waterfall meaning its stream and pools are almost empty during dry season. For the heaviest flow, visit during or just after wet season (April-November).
  • Visit on weekdays as local crowds are common on weekends (Friday-Saturday).
  • Shady gazebos are lined along the path to the falls for picnickers or visitors with lower fitness levels.
  • The only toilets available are by the carpark so it's best to make use of them before walking to the falls.
  • The natural rock steps between the middle and upper tiers have no hand railing so be very careful when climbing up.
  • Always secure your belongings and keep them out of sight while you're swimming to avoid monkey theft. Your items are safest in reusable fabric bags as monkeys are used to locals bringing plastic bags full of food and think anything wrapped in plastic is fair game.
Toilet block near entrance

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Where Is It

161, Jalan Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah

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How To Get There

Car

Free • Some street-front parking is available with an additional parking lot located across the road from the waterfall.

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Motorbike

Free street front parking for scooters and motorbikes.

Rideshare

Drivers pick up and drop off at the main entrance. It may be difficult to find a driver for the return journey as the area is very remote.

What To Bring

Do:
  • Swimsuit & towel.
  • Sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
  • Picnic basket full of tasty snacks.
  • GoPro or similar action camera.
  • Rubber shoes to protect your feet from sharp rocks.
Don't:
  • Food for monkeys as they become aggressive and encouraged to steal when they are fed.
  • Plastic bags as monkey will think they contain food and try to steel your stuff.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is ok

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Early Morning

Tips: On bright sunny days the lighting can be quite harsh. Photos look better under a semi-clouded sky if you have the flexibility. Use a tripod and 3-stop ND filter to capture a long exposure (at least 1 second) for silky smooth flowing water.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Tips: Use caution when flying a drone near the pools - both for the safety of other visitors as well as the safety of the drone (which probably isn't waterproof). Try capturing a vertorama (3 or more stitched shots vertically arranged) as the waterfall is very tall and tricky to fit into a single frame.

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Drone vertorama

Food & Drink

A food stand selling local meals like laksa and satay is occasionally located by the falls entrance. Due to the seasonal nature of the waterfall availability of food vendors cannot be guaranteed. Most visitors bring picnics to enjoy by the falls, being careful to shield their meal from covetous macaque monkeys.

Nearby restaurants include Hornbill Café, located within high-end golf course, the Ells Club, and a handful of international dining outlets within luxury hotels, The Andaman and The Datai.

The closest local restaurants and food vendors are a 10-minute drive away along Jalan Teluk Yu.

Backstory

Temurun Waterfall is located within the Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, one of 3 main sections accredited within Langkawi's UNESCO World Geopark status. The steep cliff down which the waterfall flows is some of the oldest sedimentary rock in Malaysia, aged between 550-500 million years old.

Part of the Datai Bay rainforest region, the waterfall is home to unique flora and fauna. It's common to see flying lizards and colorful butterflies in addition to cheeky macaque monkeys.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Place litter in the bins provided, not on the ground.
Don't:
  • Feed monkeys as they may become aggressive.
  • Climb on the rocks or jump into the natural pools.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Short distance from the carpark to the waterfall, especially when compared to other waterfalls in Langkawi.
  • Exquisite 39-meter drop at the falls' middle tier.
  • Natural rock pools to swim in.
  • Well-maintained pathways and facilities.
  • Ideal location for family picnics.
Could Be Better:
  • Long distance from other popular attractions in Langkawi.
  • Monkeys tend to steal visitors' food and belongings.
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