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Kampung Tour Perlis
Too often we underestimate the smallest, but not Perlis. This is the smallest state in Malaysia – little in size, but big in culture and history. Cycling into the glow of its limestone hills or the shade of its mystifying caves is an infinite leap among the colors of nature.
Tasoh Lake Resort
Facing a sunny day ahead of us, we took time to turn the 1. Tasoh Lake Resort and Retreat inside out by trekking around its 46-acre land that unfolds panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding hills.
The resort is about 12km drive from Kangar, the state capital. Not just a holiday resort, it also offers a variety of fun recreational activities for families, friends, or even a solo traveler.
There are camping grounds to accommodate your al fresco adventures. From outdoor barbecues to jungle trekking, flying fox, canoeing, and rafting, you will be more than happy to do all of them with your safety ensured, and come back to the comfort of your bungalow, apartment, gazebo or one of the 51 rooms available for your temporary lodging.
If you think that it’s all outdoors, then you’re mistaken. The resort is fully equipped with facilities to hold your seminars and meetings like the dome that has space for 200 guests.
With the scent of the crisp mountain air embracing us, we felt even more inspirited to just continue wandering around. Guests may choose to cycle, jog 2.5km along the lake, go fishing or even KTV singing in front of the lake. Now, this is really how it is to get away from the busy speed of city life. But before we settled right in this stress-free environment, we got to move on and began cycling to our next destination, Snake and Reptile Farm, knowing there is more to see and experience.
We passed by 2. Harumanis Mango Farm, one of the main tourist attractions in the state located in Bukit Bintang area after some 18km on the road. Harumanis mango is a kind that is adored for its sweet and succulent flesh. Too bad, there was no harvest that time which was because it can only be enjoyed once a year between the months of March and June. During these months, the 64.6-hectare plantation in the Bukit Bintang Agricultural Centre will sure get flocked by mango lovers.
Snake and Reptile Farm
Cycling a short distance further, we arrived at our destination. The 3. Snake and Reptile Farm is the only one ever built in Malaysia and is situated on 17 acres of land. This farm was a former research facility established by the Institute for Medical Research in 1981 to study snakes and anti-venom for local consumption.
The farm currently houses 281 snakes of 25 different species of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes found locally and from other parts of the world. And yes, not only did we touch a reticulated python that weighs 100kg and is 18ft long, but we also had it hung around our necks!
Reptiles can also be seen lying around in the farm such as crocodiles, monitor lizards, and iguanas, among others. Furthermore, this one-of-a-kind experience will only cost you RM5 and RM2 for adult and child, respectively.
From having snake around our necks, we hopped back in our saddles and rode a short distance to our next destination, 4. Grapes Garden. The entrance fee costs RM3 for adults and RM1 for children. Grapes are harvested twice a year with each harvest period lasting for 100-120 days.
Black Opal, Loose Perlette, Black Queen, and New White Malaga were only a few of the cultured varieties that dawned our eyes. Funny how it felt like we were in the Garden of Eden with grapes as the fruit of temptation in green and purple colors, enticing us to grab them fresh.
Harmony Bee Farm
For an even sweeter exploit, we cycled about a kilometre to 5. Harmony Bee Farm to taste their Harmony Honey. They sell pure honey and offer Apitherapy and other activities or trainings. Even more, they introduced us to Kelulut Honey which is said to have higher nutritional value than those of honey bees, and is both highly-demanded and pricey.
Apis Melifera is the type of bees that are cultivated in their farm as they are more proactive yet tamer compared to other bee species. Also, the poison in the bee sting can cure many diseases.
Perlis Herbal Forest
And because we’re on a roll, we continued our journey to Herbs Garden, also known as 6. Perlis Herbal Forest. With RM1.00 for adults and RM0.50 for children, one can learn more about the country’s rich plant resources.
Established by the Perlis Forestry Department in 1998, this garden is an “ethno botanical museum” dedicated to teaching the public the ancient craft of plant utilization. You can even try their herbal therapy where you dip your feet in herbal water to cure gout and wind stomach pain for RM10 per 20 minutes.
What’s a good way to end a 24.86km journey under the sun? It’s to listen to the sound of the pounding water, all the more swim under it.
Bukit Ayer Recreational Park
We reached 7. Bukit Ayer Recreational Park, our final destination, after cycling another kilometre. It has waterfalls, camping area, jungle trekking, night walk amenities, and food stalls open for weekend warriors like you.
Not caring about what people think, we took the plunge and seized the day like we always do. Now, it’s your turn.
Cycling Route - Kampung Tour Perlis
This cycling tour package is provided by: DCL Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
No.13, Tingkat Atas, Taman Sena Indah, 01000 Kangar, Perlis. Tel: +60 (4) 977-6966/+60 (4) 977-3966