Saturday, September 08, 2007

A day’s trip to Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park, Perak


The panoramic view of the large Mountain Springs Pool An outing was planned with our retirees’ group to visit this Hot Springs Park, situated about 10km. from Sungkai in Perak. So, last Wednesday, seven of us car pooled in two cars and traveled up north to Sungkai about 1½ hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Of course, we first had our stomach filled at a Chinese eatery in Sungkai with its signature dish of pig’s trotter and 2.4kg. of steamed fresh water fish besides others!

A bush of striking orangy-yellow Heliconia
Then, onwards to Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park where we spent about 2½ hours, marveling at its tranquility and beauty, nestled in the lush hills and forest.

I was captured by the cleanliness of the park and its beautiful landscape gardens, as well as fascinated with the seemingly abounding nature life of birds, squirrels, monkeys, butterflies and dragonflies.

It was lovely to just stroll and breathe in the mountain air, so clear and fresh and so different from our polluted urban air!

A stunning Yellow Hibiscus with a lovely deep crimson center A red dragonfly resting on one of the rock surface, near the egg-boiling area. Many others were seen flying around the flowering borders too! A section of the large Mountain Springs Pool Another photo showing a section of the large Mountain Springs Pool

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park is the largest in Malaysia, spanning over 15 acres. Man-made octopus at the Mountain Springs Pool The main attractions are the free flowing Hot Springs pool with varying temperatures reaching 40-50ºC and a large, knee-deep Mountain Springs pool with refreshing cool water. Surrounded by swaying palm trees, gorgeous flowering shrubs, giant ferns and lovely foliage plants that set the atmospheric mood beckoning you to soak, unwind, destress and enjoy! And the pools are amazingly clean and well-maintained! The cool therapeutic healing waters are channeled in from the neighboring Titiwangsa Range, 200 feet above sea level. And, we were told that there are about 500 hot springs emerging from around the park! What a natural wonder!

Egg-boiling in the natural hot spring source of bubbling water with temperature of 100-102ºC Our retiree group posing at the Egg-boiling signage, after a soak in the knee-deep hot water pool with temperature of about 45ºC Another highlight in the park is a natural hot spring area where the water bubbles up from the ground at a temperature of 100-102ºC, great for boiling eggs. Baskets are provided for egg-boiling and of course I came prepared, not wanting to be deprived of this pleasure. How interesting to see this natural phenomenon, it was my first time seeing nature tackling this task with such ease!

Egg-boiling in the natural hot spring source of bubbling water with temperature of 100-102ºC Just 3 minutes for half-boil and 6-7 minutes for hard-boil! Amazing and incredible! I was surprised that there was no sulphur smell and the boiled eggs could retain their warmth for quite some time. A lot of algae were found coating the rocks and we were informed that they’re good for the skin. Also, we had great fun soaking our feet to almost knee-deep in the egg-boiling pool but of course at another area where it’s only about 40-45ºC!

A fabulous place, indeed! And my beloved spouse and I plan to visit this hot spring park again in the near future! 2½ hours is definitely insufficient for us nature lovers! :D

Read more about this wonderful Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park Malaysia Vacation Guide!

Update:
Want more? More details and picturesque scenes of Felda Residence Hot Springs are seen at John&Jacq's Garden, captured during our 3D2N vacation there in December, 2009.

9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place you visited, Jacqueline. I love the plants that thrive in the tropics - particularly heleconias. And of course gardening - though I have had to learn how to do it for different weather patters.

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  2. Yes, a very beautiful and exceptional place indeed, Yeggy! Aha...so you're also an avid gardener like me! Aren't we blessed to have such a passion! If you're interested to see some tropical plants of ours, they're found at my Flickr photosharing site.
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your kind comment, Yeggy! :)

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  3. Well there you go... I thing I enjoy about traveling around other peoples blogs is learning about their gardens and their areas. I never realized Malaysia had hot springs before.....

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  4. Hi Bare Bones Gardener! Thanks for dropping by and leaving your kind comment. This Hot Springs Park is the best amongst the few found scattered in our country! I agree, it is so wonderful to be able to visit virtual gardens worldwide and learn so much! I maintain another website which is more garden-related here, if you'd like a peep! :D

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  5. ALways up for checking out other's gardens, especially one's that show plants that I can grow here in a subtropical environment

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  6. Hi Hi

    Nice description ;)
    I been there b4 but never know that that place got chinese houses leh.. Can you share with me about the restaurant that u mentioned? worth to try out? I am going to theer again this coming 28th dec. Btw, can we bring in our own eggs ar?

    my email ; ikirasan@yahoo.com

    Thansk

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  7. Hi Ikira!
    The Chinese eating shop, named 'Choy Kee' is at Sungkai town itself. After the highway toll, you'll reach a T-junction where turning left will lead you to the S.K. Hot Springs, whereas turning right and then left (after about half a kilometer farther) will lead you to Sungkai town. You can contact the shop's owner, Ah Choo at 05-4386287 or 019-3369609 for further direction.
    I think visitors to the Hot Springs are allowed to bring in their own eggs. We brought our own in last visit.
    Hope you have a lovely outing tomorrow! :-)

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  9. Thank you for your kind comment, Meena. Always delighted to get feedback. Do visit again. :-)

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