Perak Attractions
Sungai Klah Hot Springs Sungkai - Perak Tourist Attractions

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Sungkai - Perak Tourist Attractions

The visit to Sungai Klah then with officials from the Perak state government was to gauge the tourist potential of the place. It was indeed amazing as nowhere else in the peninsula does a hot water stream flow that far with water boiling from its source and even about half km downstream, it was still hot at 70 Celsius. There was also this huge pond in that area, which was boiling hot All these natural wonders then were surrounded by villages and plantations.
Today, Sungai Klah Hot Springs has evolved from a favourite local haunt to become an increasingly popular destination for tourists from all over the country, including visitors from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and even Singapore.

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Sungkai - Perak Tourist Attractions

Sungai Klah Hot Springs, which officially opened in December 2003 is in the Selim River area near Sungkai in Perak, about midway from Kuala Lumpur and lpoh along the North-South Expressway. Out of the highway at the Sungkai exit good signs will take you another 10km through oil palm plantations towards the towering mountains of Titiwangsa Range and the Sungai Kelah village, which lies close to the foothills.

As Sungai Klah is a new addition to the long list of interesting places to visit in Perak, not many people in the country are aware of its existence and on weekdays especially, you will find like I did, the place to be quite quiet I was told by the friendly staff that on weekends, it can get quite crowded and the place, which remains until 10pm, is packed with visitors until closing hours.

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Sungkai - Perak Tourist Attractions

Today, the Sungai Klah area has totally evolved and from a green algae covered hot pond, there are now pools of clean hot water piped from natural springs. A main pool with water about 40 Celsius also has an artificial waterfall cascading down rocks, adding natural ambiance to the place.

There is also an area dedicated for visitors who wish to boil eggs in natural spring water This is the source of one of the many hot springs in this area with water seeping or flowing out of algae coated rocks at boiling temperature. Eggs are provided to visitors who wish to boil them here. According to the better informed staff at the resort, the algae from hot springs is good for the skin and if left to dry on the body, will help in making the skin feel softer.

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Sungkai - Perak Tourist Attractions

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Sungkai - Perak Tourist Attractions


Sungai Klah Hot Springs has about 500 springs with water channeled into pools for visitors to soak or swim. The water from the source is usually hotter then the boiling point and it has to be mixed with cold water before being channeled into the bathing and recreational areas.

Some of the springs here produce water with different types of minerals, lending different hues and even colours to the algae that proliferate in such conditions. There is even a pool with white algae and according to the staff, the water and algae all have different types of healing properties. Adding to the unique feel this resort offers is a manmade hot water waterfall with clouds of steam emanating from the plunging waters. The resort also has a spa complex where several walled enclosures allow families, groups, or individuals, to soak in small pools fringed by rocks.

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Sungkai - Perak Tourist Attractions


There is also a reflexology path with hot water running through it. Wondering what happened to the small stream, I finally got to see it, now looking even more splendid with the area having been spruced up. A boardwalk from the resort now leads to the stream, which is still surrounded by greenery as it winds lazily through palm plantations further down.

Offering visitors the chance to threat themselves to rejuvenating natural hot spring bathe and relaxation, the Sungai Klah Hot Springs also provides adequate facilities for visitors and this includes a cafeteria where you will be able to get a range of delightful local threats and some Western fare, and the prices are cheap. There are ample parking facilities, souvenir shops selling a range of Malaysian craft and local sweets, prayer places for Muslims, as well as toilets, and showering rooms.

GETTING THERE
The Sungai Klah Hot Springs resort is about 10km from Sungkai. You must exit the North-South Expressway at Sungkai. Good signage's will lead you to the resort.

OPENING HOURS
7:00am - 10:00pm daily

ADMISSION
Weekday : RM3 for adults and RM1.50 for children
Weekend, holidays and Night : RM5.00 for adults and RM1.50 for children.

 

 

 

 
Kampar River White Water Rafting - Perak Tourist Attractions

Gopeng, a small town about 90 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, has many pre-war shop houses. This quiet and unassuming place is the gateway to some of the most adventurous outdoor activities in Peninsular Malaysia.

The most popular adrenaline pumping fun here is white water rafting in the Kampar River. The scenic waterway is created by the merging of three rivers, Geruntum River, Geroh River and Pacat River in Perak. Rated as a Grade I to III river, it offers a great combination of water ranging from gentle flows to challenging and technical whitewater. It is also perfect for beginners. From Gopeng town, it takes about 15 minutes to reach the starting point located at Kg. Ulu Geruntum. The journey itself is a memorable experience as visitors will pass by some of the most picturesque places in Gopeng with a whole spectrum of landscapes. During the fruit season, you will be looking with envy at the fruit orchards flanking both sides of the narrow, winding road. You can also enjoy the beauty and the tranquility of the quaint traditional villages along the way. A 100-year-old water pipe stretches from the nearby mountains through the major settlements to the old mining area and the villagers are still using the water supply from it.

Kampar River White Water Rafting - Perak Tourist Attractions

Upon reaching the Gopeng Nature Resort, a stone’s throw away from the starting point of the white water rafting, you are given a liability form to sign before you can proceed further. Your river guide will brief you about paddling commands, safety measures and the do’s and don’t’s of white water rafting. Then, armed with a life jacket, helmet and paddle, you are all set to face the raging river.
The number of passengers per raft depends on river conditions and other factors but generally it ranges from two to six people. It helps to have a skillful and friendly river guide as he will calm you down with his jokes and fascinate you with local anecdotes. One of the most important things a rafter has to do before continuing his or her journey down the breathtaking twists, turns and drops of the white water course is the water confidence activity. Depending on the level of the water, there is a possibility of you being thrown out of the raft.
The water confidence activity helps you prepare for the worst. It requires you to do body rafting along a short stretch. Your guide will steer you into the current and then he will let you go. If your water confidence is low, the three-minute body rafting will feel like ages and you will end up swallowing a lot of water. This is definitely not an activity for the self-conscious. However, the most important thing is to have faith in your guide and not panic.
After your water confidence has been tested, it is time for you to try your first rapid. White water rafting is an exhilarating activity that provides you with the ultimate adrenaline rush. Cascading down the rapids is only part of the fun. The whole journey is not one huge “liquid chaos” as it provides scenic and relaxing experiences. There are also flat sections in the river for you to take a breather after conquering tough rapids.

Kampar River White Water Rafting - Perak Tourist Attractions

The journey ends at Kampung Jahang where you will be transported back to the Gopeng Nature Resort for a quick shower and a change of clothes. Your guide will then take you to a nearby restaurant for a hearty meal after all the hard work and excitement. No one ever walks away from white water rafting experience in Kampar River untouched. You will either get addicted to this extreme activity or fall in love with the sheer beauty of the river area or both. Either way, you will want to return to this unique place again and again. If white water rafting is not challenging enough for you, there are other extreme activities that you can try such as water abseiling from the top of a three-storey high waterfall, advanced-level kayaking, mountain biking, jungle trekking and caving.

Kampar River has been a popular spot for white water rafting since 2003. A trip on this river is a two-hour, adrenaline-fuelled journey along a seven or nine kilometres stretch depending on the water level. There are 10 prominent rapids along the stretch and every rapid has a tale to tell. The first rapid was named Broken Ledge to reflect the concrete ruins of a dam at the river that was once built for the tin mining industry in the Gopeng area.
One of the toughest rapids in the river is called Easy Drop as rafters including the river guide have the tendency to be thrown overboard. Basically, the rapid has two drops of approximately three metres high. Upon reaching this rapid, the river guide will shout the word “Boom! Boom!” to indicate that everyone has to sit in the centre of the raft to avoid falling into the river. It is very exhilarating as your raft is thrown through the rapid and you are left to the mercy of the powerful water. Rajah Corner is the longest rapid in Kampar River. It is aptly named after the big colony of Rajah Brooke butterflies swarming over the rocks along the area, especially in the morning.
Whenever a raft passes through the hyside rapid, it has to be in a 30 degree angle so that it can get through the rapid without capsizing. Everyone must move to the “high” side of the raft so that the raft will be in a slightly tilted position. Slide rapid is a little tricky and slightly technical as it requires the raft to go through most of the right side before sliding to the middle. A raft can easily get stuck in this rapid, especially when the water level is low. If it happens, rafters must shift to the front or the back of the raft depending on the situation and in the meantime, the guide will push the raft back into the main current.
It requires skillful maneuvering because of frequent obstructions. One rapid called Paddle Breaker marks the site where a guide had his paddle broken in half while going down it. Snake rapid got its name simply because the curve of the river looks like a snake. Your raft will go through a zigzag pattern to clear out of this rapid. Enders Rapid refers to a skillful trick river kayakers love to do at this rapid. The play maneuver involves nosing the boat’s bow down and deep and the stern up resulting in the kayak popping vertically upward.

Kampar River White Water Rafting - Perak Tourist Attractions

Seeing a flock of chickens running around the area during their first recce, the guides decided to name one rapid Chicken Run. Another is called Eddy Point, the white water terminology for an area where two currents from the opposite direction met to create a circular or spiral motion in the water. All these rapids offer different kinds of thrills to rafters. You can never run a river the same way twice as the variety caused by the changes of the water flows makes each trip unique. During the journey, you will find yourself resting between rapids, relaxing and listening to your guide talking about the river. There are several rest stops at some areas of interest.

Kampar River White Water Rafting - Perak Tourist Attractions

From Kuala Lumpur, get off the North-South Plus Expressway at the Gopeng interchange. It is advisable to join organised groups as they will guide you to the starting point and make all the arrangements necessary.

 
Kuala Woh - Recreational Forest Tapah - Perak Tourist Attractions

Kuala Woh - Recreational Forest Tapah - Perak Tourist Attractions

Kuala Woh - Recreational Forest Tapah - Perak Tourist Attractions

Way before you reach Lata Iskandar, at the 13th km along the Jalan Tapah-Cameron Highlands, there is a huge and fast flowing stream where cool water flows down from the surrounding mountains and merge at certain parts with hot water, flowing out of rocks. Called the Kuala Woh Recreational Park, this was once the only place in the country with a caravan park but is now visited mostly by day-trippers as there are no caravans around to take advantage of the facility.

However, this place is perhaps the most established waterfall recreational park in Perak with facilities for relaxation, ample camping space with allocated lots, and even chalets managed by the State Forestry Department for those wishing to stay.

The recreational park is not exactly by the main roadside as you have to turn right at an adjoining road and proceed 2km further before you get there. The place is surrounded by secondary jungle and Orang Asli villages. These villages are more established then those further up and there are schools as well.

There is a huge and shady parking space and a nice tiled paths that pass through several rest shades, while hibiscus and bougainvillea bushes as well as wild trees surround the place adding to its beauty and providing shady relief. The area around the Kuala Woh Recreational Park is clean and well kept and by the sandy banks of the main stream, you may spy at Rajah Brooke butterflies in groups of 20 or more, sipping mineral from the ground.

Kuala Woh - Recreational Forest Tapah - Perak Tourist Attractions

Kuala Woh - Recreational Forest Tapah - Perak Tourist Attractions


The stream which is actually the youth stage of the Batang Padang river is rocky and wide, about 30m across at the area near the car park and there are adequate signs warning visitors notto get into the water during rainy weather.

One other attraction at the Kuala Woh Recreational Park is a museum highlighting photographs of forest produce. A suspension bridge over the river takes visitors to the museum, which opens only from 9:00am - 4:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The recreational park has a collection of fine tropical trees that are labelled and they include the Meranti, Nyatoh, Keruing, and Merbau. These are valuable trees that are increasingly becoming scarce and in their natural state, can grow up to 80m tall.

Usually crowded on weekends when people come to picnic, relax, bathe, fish, or just breathe in the lovely soothing ambiance, the Kuala Woh Recreational Park has 10 chalets where you can stay and bookings can be made through the Forestry Departments office in Tapah by calling +605 - 4011 216

Kuala Woh - Recreational Forest Tapah - Perak Tourist Attractions

 

 

 
Pangkor Island (Pulau Pangkor) - Perak Tourist Attractions

Pangkor Island (Pulau Pangkor) - Perak Tourist Attractions

Pangkor island is located off the west coast of the state of Perak. It has everything that an ideal island has to offer. One can see the long stretches of golden beaches in many parts of the island and the popular ones are Pasir Bogak Beach, Golden Sands Beach or Pantai Puteri Dewi and Teluk Nipah. Pangkor is still unspoilt in that the pace of development is still slow compared to other islands in Malaysia.

You will be able to see fishermen going out to the sea to make a living as the majority of them are fishermen. Most of them stayed in the small towns of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar. In fact, one can even venture into their small factories to see how they process their catch of the day as well as buying some of the processed food.

Getting To Pangkor Island

The town of Lumut is the gateway to Pangkor Island. The jetty and its surrounding was recently renovated and is now ready to receive tourists that will be coming in throngs to enjoy the beauty of this island. It takes approximately 35 to 40 minutes to get to the island from Lumut Jetty. If you are driving to Lumut, there are plenty of private overnight car parks that you can safely park your car. It also has a beautiful waterfront facilities such as restrooms, souvenir shops, viewing platform and playground for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Accommodation

There are many chalets, motels and hotels of different pricing and categories to cater for the needs of the visitors. Most of the bigger hotels are built along the beachfront that offer you a splendid view of the sea. The 4 and 5 star hotels that one can stay are Pangkor Island Beach Resort which is located along Teluk Belanga Beach. Other budget hotels amongsts others include Sea View hotel, Khoo Holiday Resort and Sri Bayu Beach Resort.

The world renowned Pangkor Laut Resort is located in Pangkor Laut Island, a private island to the west of Pangkor Island. It has the facilities of a 5 star hotel with a private beach called Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay is one of most beautiful beach on the island where the water is crystal clear. If you have the budget, I would strongly recommend you to stay and experience the wonders of this island where you will be treated like a VIP.

Atrractions

Once on the island, one can explore the many attractions of the island by renting a car, a motorcycle or a bicycle. For those who are not on tight budget, is is very convenient to take taxi as there are many taxis on the island. You can even negotiate with the taxi driver to take you around the island for a fee and he will surely be glad to provide this service for you.

The Dutch Fort is a 300 year old fort that was once a Dutch stronghold against the pirates and local Malays. One can see its ruin till today. If you are a golf player, there is a golf course situated to the north of the Island. The various beaches that one can enjoy are Pasir Bogak Beach, Teluk Nipah, Coral Beach and Teluk Belanga.

 

 
Teluk Intan Leaning Tower (Menara Condong Teluk Intan)

The leaning tower of Teluk Intan is the Malaysia equivalent of the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. It islocated in the centre of the town of Teluk Intan, Perak. The tower is slanted leftward similar to Tower of Pisa. Itis 25.5 metres tall and from outside, it looks like a 8 storey building. In actual fact, you will find out as you go inside that the building is divided into 3 storeys.

The tower is located in the center of a square surrounded by Jalan Pasar, Jalan Selat, Jalan Bandar and Jalan Ah Cheong.

 

The tower was built in the year 1885 by Leong Choon Chong, a Chinese contractor and was originally used as a water tank to store portable water during dry season for the people living nearby. It is also used as a time keeper of the town as there is a huge clock on top of the tower. The clock was made by J.W. Benson of Ludgatehill London and the cost of building it was contributed by the local people. The building itself is made of bricks and wood.

 

The pagoda style structure has been greatly influenced by Chinese architecture because the majority of the population of the town at that time was Chinese. Each storey has a height of 5 metres and you will need to go up 110 steps to reach the top of the tower. The reason for the leaning are because of the soft ground on the base of the tower and the weight of the water tank.

Getting There

If you are using the coastal road from Kuala Lumpur, go towards the direction of Kuala Selangor . You will pass by thetown of Pasir Penampang where you can detour and have your seafood here. Further up north, you will pass the towns ofSekinchan and Sabak Bernam. Follow the signage to Teluk Intan and you will reach the leaning tower after a drive of approximately 2 hour plus from Kuala Lumpur.

The opening hours of the tower is 8:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 6:00pm during weekends and public holidays.

 

 
Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions

Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions

A sad story enshrouds this long-abandoned mammoth of a home. The construction of this house was started in 1915 by the owner William Kellie Smith but it came to a full halt upon his sudden death in 1926. The solitary castle, looks almost surreal in these wild plantations of Perak, projecting a strong personality and an aura of mystery.

William Kellie Smith was from a village in Scotland, known as Kellas. He arrived in the undeveloped Malaya in 1890 and here he met an estate owner called Alma Baker, who had won concessions from the state government to clear 360 hectares of forest in Perak. With his business venture with Alma Baker, he makes a substantial profits and started planting rubber trees and tin mining industry, he become the owner of Kinta Kellas Estate and Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company.

With his fortune made, he returned home to marry his Scottish sweetheart, Agnes, and brought her over to Malaysia in 1903. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Helen and for many years after that, Agnes tried to conceive, but to no avail. As he prospered, he built his first house known as Kellas House in the estate in 1910.

In 1915, after many years Agnes finally gave birth to a son, Anthony.
After the birth of his son, William Smith started the construction on his second and bigger mansion. Unfortunately, midway through the construction, a deadly “Spanish flu” struck and killed many of the workers. He was advised to built a Hindu temple to appease the gods and work continued to build the mansion after that. As he went home to United Kingdom in 1926, he died of pneumonia in Lisbon, Portugal at the age of 56. His wife then sold this place to a British company called Harrisons and Crosfield and return to Scotland for good.

Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions

The locals may call it something else that may invoke chills down your spine – Rumah Hantu (haunted house) because rumour has it that eerie apparitions were seen walking down the hallways of this uncompleted castle during the night. But don’t let that stop you from walking on its grounds and admiring the stately rubbles of this Moorish-influenced architecture during the day.

Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions

A bear hugging a tree

Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions

Besides being haunted, the castle is believed to have hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels, one of which leads to the Hindu temple through the Kinta River. However, this tunnel has now been sealed for safety reason.

Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions

Getting There
By road – the castle is situated on the way to Batu Gajah town at the Kinta Kellas Rubber Estate, about a 30 minutes and 14 km drive south of Ipoh City

 



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