Feeling hemmed in and looking for a place to unwind? A place where you can be one with nature & feel the fresh vibrant mountain air caressing your soul? Look no further for Gopeng is the one. Only a stone throw from Ipoh & a world of difference lies this rustic town. From the main trunk road, Gopeng may seem to be another small town but the world transforms once you venture further in as this lovely place is the gateway to adventure in the wilderness.
Gopeng sits at the foot of the Titiwangsa Range & up in the hills of the enchanted forest is the Gopeng Rainforest Resort (GRR). This resort is run by David Foon & his wife, Janice. Tucked in a cozy corner of Kg. Geruntum, GRR is surrounded by orchards & 2 large fields where one can feel as though in the movie, “The Sound of Music”.
GRR may not be a 3, 4 or 5 star resort, but it is value for money. It is clean & the amenities provided are good. One can have a choice of accommodations like staying in a traditional Malay house, cozy chalets, long house or even camping on the grounds. Food, recreations & activities can be arranged. Janice is a good cook & with advanced notification, she can whip up a storm. Do try her Indian style curry which just pops in your mouth.
GRR caters to a wide age range. The young can have a field day studying nature within the resort while the more adventurous can venture out into the evergreen forest which is rich in flora & fauna. Senior citizens can relax by the creek, sipping Gaharu tea or even go for a round of board games. Beautiful dragonflies, Rajah Brooke butterflies & colorful birds can be seen within the orchard.
To spike your fun with a dose of adrenaline, activities like white water rafting, caving, rafflesia trail, wet abseiling, jungle trekking, night walks & trans Cameron trails can be arranged. One can even try out the natural Jacuzzi by the waterfall. Visits to the homes of the indigenous friends aka ‘orang asli’ to learn about their culture can be requested for if it fancies you. Don’t miss the Kinta Valley Outback Trail where David, a very knowledgeable guide, will show & explain to you the sites visited.
When the sun sets behind the hills, one can listen to the symphony of different colonies of insects. At dawn, do get up early to see the hills shrouded by mist & listen to the beautiful echo of nature.
Though having visited GRR a few times, I still look forward to returning to this resort whenever I have the time. It’s within my budget & this place oozes a rustic charm of its own.
For further information, visit: - http://www.gopengrainforest.com
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We Provide Eco And Adventure Activities Like White Water Rafting, Wet Abseiling, Caving Adventure, Jungle Trekking, Rafflesia Jungle Trail, Etc. ... more less