We made an impromptu detour to Gopeng town on our way to Kuala Lumpur.
It is our first time visiting the ‘tropical tea valley’ at the foot hill of Cameron Highlands. Unlike the traditional tea tree, Gaharu Tea tree (沉香木) is very tall and suitable for warmer climate. 沉香 (白木香) Aquilaria sinensis (Gaharu is Bahasa Malaysia) is a kind of Chinese medicine which contains medical value.
I am a coffee person so I won’t go crazy about tea tree. Some locals disagreed with the tea owner who charge RM10 to visit the plantation and claiming that hugging the tree trunk bring visitors good luck.
I prefer other precious resources around Gopeng that are free. Visiting the Museum Gopeng duriing weekends is free of charge.
we stumbled upon Adeline’s Villa and met Adeline in person. She is a wonderful host and even offered us free buffet lunch. It never happened to me that a resort owner invites us for sumptuous and tasty buffet at no cost. The resort has a peculiar custom: everyone, including the paying guests, have to wash your own plate.
The nice rapid is suitable for white water rafting at Sungai Geroh. Getting wet and having fun at the river is absolutely free.
One day, I will bring my colleagues to do team building at Adeline’s Villa. Adeline operates the guest house (no aircond but the bamboo huts are great for outdoor lovers) and villa (with air-conditioning, and still close enough to nature). My plan is to visit the blooming of Rafflesia (peak season is April to June). No. 1 (one of the very friendly staff) said that the resort also offer 2 days trekking from Gopeng to Cameron Highlands.
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Adeline’s Villa is a hidden gem, just 5.5KM from Museum Gopeng, or 3km from the Gaharu Tea Valley.
Gopeng Town is also very close to other attractions such as Gua Tempurung and Callie’s Castle (Batu Gajah)
By the way, the picture above is rain coat (one of the exhibits in Museum Gopeng). It has been a rewarding detour from the monotonous expressway to Gopeng Town.