|Tour Name||PERAK DAY TOUR|
|Start Time||0800 HRS|
Gaharu Tea Valley is an agarwood plantation just outside Gopeng, Perak and has become something of an agro-tourism destination.
Agarwood (also known as gaharu in Malay or oud in Arabic) is an aromatic resinous wood which forms inside aquilaria trees when they become infected with a certain type of mould.
Agarwood is highly prized for its powerful, exotic fragrance as well as its medicinaland health-giving properties. Its popularity in Middle Eastern and Chinese cultures and its high commercial value has led to agarwood becoming rare and endangered in the wild.
This 300 acre project, with over 200,000 organically cultivated trees of various ages, is helping to conserve the aquilaria species.
The project began around two decades ago but the facilities have only been open to the public for the past couple of years.
For RM10 you can take a 20 minute guided minivan tour around the estate.
One of the highlights is to hug the trunk of a mature gaharu tree which is believed to be auspicious. Sadly, the tree they use is looking past its best and has had to be chopped off at the top.
They are building a new tea house with a mock cave entrance which will provide visitors with a fine view over the plantation.
You will also see a swiftlet farm on the estate. My guide told me that gaharu trees give off a natural mosquito repellent which means there are very few mozzies here. That is good for humans but not so good for swiftlets who like to eat mosquitos.
The plantation is surrounded by a high crenellated wall designed to resemble the Great Wall of China.
The wall serves the practical purpose of keeping out intruders who might try to steal the valuable agarwood or wild animals that might cause damage.
A 10 year old aquilaria tree can contain agarwood worth RM 25,000 so they are worth protecting
Gua Tempurung Cave
|Tour 1:Golden Flowstone
Duration:40 Minutes(from entrance to Golden Flowstone at platform 3 and return tours are conducted from 9am to 4pm)
Fees:RM 6.00(Adult),RM2.50 Child aged 6 to 12 years,RM 3.00 Senior Citixen aged 60 years and above (Minimum No.of Person:2Adults)
|Tour 2:Top of the World
Duration:1 hour 45 Minutes(from entrance to Top of the World at platform 5 and return tours are conducted from 9am to 3pm)
Fees:RM 9.00(Adult),RM4.50 Child aged 6 to 12 years,RM 3.00 Senior Citixen aged 60 years and above (Minimum No.of Person:5Adults)
|What to see
As you enter through the walkway on stilts over the cave river,you will see the layers of white marble stone slabs and walls with different hues.Walking deeper to the dimmed showcase gallery,you will be struck by the beauty of the Golden Flowstone.Standing at a hight of 90metres,Golden Flowstone describes the sloping and wavering floor and wall of the cave which has a golden hue when water flows over it and illuminated by gentle light.Stalagmites and stalacties on walls and ceilings take various astounding sizes and shapes.Your eyes seem to play tricks on you when images of dolphin,jellyfish,tiger,lion,cow’s head,seahorse,old man,Lord Buddha and Zorro’s eye come into view.
|What to see
You get to enjoy the sights in tour 1 and lots more when you climb higher to platform 5,standing 120 metres high.By then,you would have climbed 640 steps!Take a breather at rhe Wind Tunnel and feel the cool breeze before you proceed to the Gergasi(Giant) Cavern,which holds a huge column that look like a space ship.Next,you will reach the Tin Mine Cavern where you will have a peek into tin mining activities that took place in the old days.Then Alam (Universe)Cavern comes into view.There,you will see a slender stalactite called Tongkat(Walking Stick or Cane)before comingacross the Fallen Warrior and Battlefields Cavern with an amzing formation that looks like a warrior falling down in a batthefields.At the end of the journey,you will be rewarded with a rainbow of colours from sunshine reflected off the cave walls.
For the more adventurous,choose either Tour3 or Tour 4 under both Dry and Wet Adventure Tour.The tours involving Wet River Adventure are however subject to weather conditions.
|Tour 3:Top of the World & Short Adventure
Duration:2 and half hours(a journey of about 2.4km from entrance to Golden Flowstone top of the World and return through the undergroung river)
Time:Tours are conducted from 9am to 12noon(Last entry at12noon)
Fees:RM11.00(Adult),RM6.00(Child aged 6-12 years),RM6.00(Senoir Citizen aged 60years and above
(Minimum no.of Person:8Adult)
|Tour )4:Grand Tour
Duration:3 hour 30 Minutes(a complete journey of about 3.8km from the entrance to Golden Flowstone,Top of the World and to the end of the cave (East) and return through the underground the underground river)
Time:tours are conducted from 9am to 11am)(Last entry at 11am)
Fees:RM 22.00(Adult),RM11.00 Child aged 6 to 12 years,RM 6.00 Senior Citixen aged 60 years and above (Minimum No.of Person:5Adults)
|What to see and Do
Not only will you see the Golden Flowstone and climb to the top of the World,you will also go 230 steps and get wet in the underground river!you will have lots of the fun crawling through holes and sliding down slippery stones before getting out to be greeted by the beautiful sight of the greenery outside.
|What to see and do
Expect thrilling moments as you have the adrenalin-pumping spelunking adventure of your life time.You will wade through the underground river that reaches chest level at certain stretches,duck-walk and crawl through holes,climb almost vertical walls and side down slippery stones.The physical challenges will be worth it.You get to see lots of the fascinating rock formations,stalactites,stalagmites,multi-tier ponds,volcano-like rocks,glittering crystal-covered walls and lots more.Of course the Golden Flowstone and the Top of the World Caverns are includes in this tour that also takes you to the eastern side of the cave gacing the North-Sourtn.Expressway.Your return journey will take you entirely through the undergroung river
Please Note:Close on Friday
For Gua Tempurung Dry Package Tour (tour 1 and tour 2 recommend to use the packages )
1. Dress comfortably (consider T-shirts and long pants) and wear comfortable shoes or sandals with straps and good grip. Hiking boots are the best as they provide better support for the ankles.
2. Bring mineral water. It is best to carry the bottle/s and other personal stuff in small backpack.
3. Camera and torchlight are optional. Your guide will bring a torch so you don’t need to bring one. But if you come in a big group, additional torchlight will come in handy.
For the Dry and Wet Package Tour (tour 3 and tour 4 recommend to use the packages )
1. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes and socks. Poly-pro or wool types of clothes are the best for caving. For pants, try old Dockers. Denim tends to constrict movement but it can work. Make sure your shoes have good grip. Hiking boots are the best for better traction.
2. Gloves and kneepads are highly recommended.
3. Bring mineral water and other personal stuff in small backpack.
Other must bring:
A change of clothes, towel and shoes/sandals (you need not bring these into the cave. Leave them in your vehicle as you will need them only after the tour).
1. Camera. Don’t bring expensive ones. Put camera in watertight plastic or container. It is a good idea to put everything in water-proof plastic bags so items won’t get soaked.
2. Caving helmet.
3. First aid kid.
4. Extra torches and back-up batteries.
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