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My Gopeng Trail
Sunlight shines under the door like a ghoul’s grin, yet gives the shutters a halo of golden rays. That’s the new morning, sinner and saint. Soon after the vibrant summer rays have begun to warm the day there was a shrill sound by the sound of the bicycle brakes! More cyclists were arriving! After several morning stretches we knew that this morning will go according to schedule, there is the reassuring sound of clanking pots and the smell of grain stewed in milk at the 1) Gopeng Guest House Cafe where we all awaited to take off.
Gopeng Guest House Cafe
Gopeng is a small town in Perak that offers a lot of beautiful landscapes. The once tin mining town has beautiful caves, jungles and river rapids making it a hub for nature lovers. Gopeng is located approximately half an hour from Batu Gajah, Ipoh and Kampar.
Before taking off, we did a little warm up to wake the joints of our bodies. Then, we got onto our bicycles and pedalled off to our first destination, Gaharu Tea Valley, which is located at Jalan Sungai Itek.
The 20-minute ride was surrounded by abundance of nature from rocky trails to brightly coloured flowers emerging from the jungle greenery. Beautiful kampong houses are built side by side and joined by free-flowing paths winding around the houses. There were stalls selling local kuih such as kuih koci, onde-onde, doughnuts and kuih sagu. They are local delicacies!
Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng
The ride took us to 2. Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng, a plantation that has 200,000 trees of a special 12 in 1 super hybrid Aquilaria spp. We parked our bicycles and walked to the entrance only to be welcomed with a welcoming tea! The tea is specially mixed with Agarwood. Also known as Gaharu in Malay, it is an aromatic resinous wood grew and extracted from the inside of aquilaria trees as a result of moulds infection. When infected with molds, the tree produces resin as a defence mechanism, resulting in an aromatic dark wood within the trunk. The tree has multiple uses and various products are made and sold in the Gaharu Retail Shop, such as Gaharu Tea, Gaharu Cookies, Gaharu Instant Noodles, Gaharu Soup Mix, Gaharu Nougat, Gaharu Oil and Fragrance.
The tour at the Gaharu Tea Valley was one of the highlights! We took a tour at the 3D photo gallery. Later we were taken into a van to view the tea valley, one will get a good view of the tea valley and the beautiful sun shine! The next stop was the Hugging Park! One of our favourite spots to be honest, we enjoyed the fresh air filled with negative ions released by the planes. Negative ions are said to reduce fatigue, stimulate the nervous system and stabilise emotions.
The guide told us that the Gaharu trees give off a natural mosquito repellent which means there are very few mosquitoes here. At the Lover’s Park, we saw a pair of trees that resemble a pair of embracing lovers. As the branches of the trees are intertwined, locales named it Lover’s Tree. They believe that couples who pledge their love for each other beneath the tree will be blessed with everlasting romance and will never part.
After the tour, we were then treated for some Gaharu coffee and Gaharu soft cakes as refreshments. The smell of Gaharu in the coffee and cakes were strong and soothing! Before pedalling off to our next destination, we decided to have a little taste of the Gaharu ice-cream too and that was just to prepare us under the glazing sun.
Mee Kari (Curry Noodle Soup)
Gerai Mee Kari Ami
It was 12:20pm in the afternoon; we stopped at Kampung Gunung Mesah Hilir for the famous 3. Mee Kari (Curry Noodle Soup) at 4. Gerai Mee Kari Ami. Curry noodle is a Malaysians’ favourite. It can be found it almost every corner of the country. The ingredients in the noodle vary from places to places. In this traditional Kampung eatery, the Mee Kari comes with crackers, fish cakes, and homemade chilli sauce.
After having a satisfying meal, we continued our discovery trails to 5. Gua Tempurung. Popular among spelunkers or caving enthusiasts, Gua Tempurung is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. We entered the cave through the walk slits over the cave river that runs about 1.6 km in length. Layers of white marble stone slabs and walls with different hues unveil the mystery of the cave before our eyes as we walked deeper into the once a hideout place for the communists and prison during the Japanese occupancy of Malaysia in World War II.
After all that sightseeing, our stomachs started growling, 6. Durians was a way to go especially at times like these. The king of fruits is known for its strong smell, creamy coloured and textured flesh, each wrapped around with a single large seed! Pedalling through the trails of Kampung Gunung Panjang, we stopped at 7. Laman Maisya to have a bit of it. To foreigners, the exotic fruit could be the love at first “bit” or otherwise that you would never go near anymore.
Ipoh Nga Choy Kai (Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken Rice)
Into the last 7km of our ride, this cycling tour turned out to be not only a discovery expedition of the natural beauty of Gopeng but fuelled our taste buds with endless sampling of local food. The iconic 8. Ipoh Nga Choy Kai (beansprout chicken) was waiting for us as we returned to where we started, Gopeng Guest House Café.
This 5-hour, 24.55km, cycling tour is for those with powerful legs and big stomach. The journey takes us through tarmac and gravel roads. Nature lovers will find this tour interesting as this wild land of Gopeng has breath-taking landscapes to be enjoyed! Let us toast for a better stamina and for greater adventures!
Cycling Route - My Gopeng Trail
This cycling tour package is provided by: Aidil Travel & Tour Sdn Bhd
68,Jalan yau tet Shin, Ipoh, 30300, Ipoh, Perak, 30300, Malaysia. Tel. +60 5-241 8116