Hiking from Teluk Batik to Teluk Rubiah
(this area is no longer accessible for trekkers and hikers)
I like the hike from Teluk Batik to Teluk Rubiah. The first time I came here was on invitation of Mr. Goh to sort out some trails we could use for our teambuilding activities.
I knew the beach but I soon learned that the jungle in the area was just as beautiful as the beach on good days can be.
At 5pm he picked me up at my home in Sitiawan and we drove to Teluk Batik.
Mr. Goh told me there were paths that connected Teluk Batik to Teluk Rubiah, that other good (though private) beach near Lumut. Now I was for some time already suspecting there were paths between the two beaches but for whateverreasons I had not found the time to sort this out. Therefore Mr. Goh's invitation came at the right moment.
We parked the car at Teluk Batik and walked into the hills. Almost directly I saw two different paths, we took one that went steep up. Almost directly I felt we were "as far from civilization" as one can imagine.
There was no other sound then the sound of the surrounding jungle and our breathing. Even the birds made more noise. The path swindled up and down and there were a few smaller paths directing to the nearby Straights of Malacca.
When we climbed up we got a better view over the surrounding areas. In fact, what I saw was a sort of ravine. It looked as if the Ice-age here had left it's trail, like one can see in some European countries.
However, this ravine, Mr. Goh called it "our own little Grand Canyon", was manmade. In the late 60's the Sultan of Perak had the idea to build a road between Teluk Batik and Teluk Rubiah. Despite the fact the local government had no money to spend on this project, the construction work began.
After some time the work stopped because there was no money and the construction was left to the jungle. The road would never be finished. Instead, the jungle now had again the space to come back and many plants and animals continued here to live.
Of the larger animals to be found here are the biawaks (monitor lizards) and wild boar. The largest birds are the sea eagles. But there are many beautiful plants to be found too.
The manmade ravine follows a few hundred meters the direction to Teluk Rubiah, and ends at the Teluk Rubiah golf course.
We spend a brief moment at the far end of the golf course but we found it more interesting to visit one of the nearby beaches which are only through a small path can be reached (note: this is no longer possible, in 2010 Teluk Rubiah closed down and the valley is off limits).
We walked down the beach to end. Here we climbed over a few rocks to the next (and again only this way accessible) beach. We had a stop here to enjoy the sunset. In one view we had here Teluk Rubiah, Pulau Sembilan, Teluk Batik and Pulau Pangkor.
We chatted for awhile and Mr. Goh told me he came here quite often, sometimes alone, sometimes bringing friends or family. Little did I know in the following years I would come to this place again and again to relax, swim and enjoy the beauty of the forest and the Straits of Malacca.
Just after the sun went down, we went back to Teluk Batik and a bit later darkness fell over the sea. I had spend a few hours walking in an area as far from civilization as one can imagine.
Other options for hiking in Lumut
Another hike can be done from Teluk Batik, not far away though you need either your own transport to Teluk Batik or hire a taxi.
Jungle trekking at Pangkor
There are two options: the trekking to Bukit Pangkor and the trekking from Teluk Segadas to Pasir Bogak: