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.
If you are near Chemor (Perak) and looking for a good picnic spot, Lata Ulu Chepor could be a good choice.
The recreational park ahs been upgraded recently. Entrance fee is RM2 per car.
If you are driving from Ipoh to Sungai Siput (Utara), turn left on the traffic light (Shell and Kin Shin Trading 建成酒行). Drive 4.7KM (passing Kuala Kluang), and turn in to Kampung Ulu Chepor (take note of an ESSO petrol station on your right, and you are near to the entrance). Drive another 1.2KM and you can see the ticket booth.
For more information, contact En. mohd Ariffin 019-435-2041 or En. Mohd Alias (012-593-5406. I extract these contacts printed on the entrance ticket in case you like to book a chalet.
One of the tourist attraction in Ipoh is cave temples. Sam Poh Tong is one the 3 more popular cave temples in Ipoh.
If I have to rank the 3 temples, my liking is in the following order:
(1) Kek Look Tong 极乐洞
(2) Perak Tong 霹雳洞
(3) Sam Poh Tong 三宝洞
Kinta Valley is famous for tin cores and limestone. One accessible place to view the magical works of nature in the form of limestone sculpture is the free visit to Kek Look Temple.
Most of the caves in Kinta Valley are around 250 to 350 million years old.
The towering Stalactite (grows from the ceiling) and stalagmite (grows from the floor). When they meets after million years of water dripping, column of pillars are formed. You can see the silhouette on the right.
Out of all the cave temples in Kinta Valley (Ipoh, Perak), Kek Look Tong did one thing absolutely right. That is to co-exist with the caves in the most possible ways.
Bronze was used to make the statues, and the copper colour blends nicely with the colour of the limestone caves.
Other decorative statues are about 2 inches high, almost invisible.
Kek Look Tong could be one the more impressive cave temple in Ipoh (Kinta Valley).
It situated inside the residential area of Gunung Rapat, a small detour from Gopeng Road.
The garden behind the temple is surrounded by hills and has a nice pond (used to be mining lake).
I tried my best to adjust the camera angles to present the better aspect of Taiping Lake Gardens.
I would avoid those dried up lotus ponds, drains and lakes.