Usually, Perak is known for Ipoh’s food, their many mural streets and Pulau Pangkor, amirite? Well, we hate to break it to you but there’s more to Perak than just that. In fact, Perak can also be the go-to destination for adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers too. Yep, you read that right!
To help you plan your next adventure, we’ve put together a list of adrenaline-pumping activities you can do while you’re in Perak. So, buckle up and sit tight because you’ll be in for a ride with these 7 adventures to experience in Perak!
1. White Water Rafting
If you like water sports, then you should definitely plan a trip here! At Gopeng Rainforest, you can experience the wild Gopeng river through white water rafting. It’s like kayaking except you do it in a group!
The fierceness of the river will definitely satisfy your adventure cravings as you go down each slope and cliff of the river.
However, do NOT try this sport if you can’t swim or are easily panicked. This is because once you start rafting, you can’t stop! So, you have to put on a brave face and somehow try to make it through the ride.
Give this place a chance if you’re into rafting!
If you’re a lone ranger and not interested in group activities like rafting, then you can opt for kayaking at Gopeng River. You can pretend to be Pocahontas!
Here, you’ll get to experience the untamed river as you kayak through the rough streams. It’ll definitely get your blood pumping! But remember, safety first!
So, if you’re looking for a solo adventurous trip, make sure you try this out the next time you’re in Ipoh!
3. Waterfall Abseiling
Another activity you can do while you’re at Gopeng Rainforest is Water Abseiling at Ulu Jerantum Waterfall. This may look easy but don’t let your eyes fool you! This is because you will have to brave through the high current waterfall coming towards you whilst attempting to go down the hill. It’s easier said than done.
Hence, if you’re not careful, you might lose balance and hurt yourself. It’s a high current waterfall, after all!
Source: 4×4 Off-Road Adventure Tours
Still not sure how it works? Here’s a video of others attempting water abseiling in Perak:
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If risky challenges are your thing, water abseiling will certainly satiate your inner daredevil!
4. Kledang Hill Trekking
Kledang Hill at Jalan Kledang has a peak that stands at 800 metres (2,640ft) along with four different hiking trails with different time paces, which are;
- No. 4-2 – 1 hour
- No. 4-3 – 1.5 hours
- No. 4-9 – 2 hours
- The RTM or river/jungle trek – 4 hours
Depending on individual stamina or how long you want to hike, you can pick the route that fits you best.
However, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can also try to hike up the RTM trail. There, you can see the RTM’s broadcast tower perched on top of Kledang hill. Hence, the name!
Not only that, you’ll also get to experience the refreshing waterfall after a long hike. It’s like finding a treasure after your long hunt!
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If you’re up for extreme activities that are slow and rewarding, then you should definitely hike here!
5. Caving at Gua Tempurung
Who says caves are merely just rocks and dark routes? Going inside a cave is like discovering a whole new world, you often don’t know what to expect!
Want to feel like Indiana Jones for a day? Simply head here and make caving at Gua Tempuring your next adventure!
Walking through this mysterious yet beautiful cave will make you feel like you’ve discovered a treasure as you’ll find many beautiful white marbles that were carved through time by the rivers. PS: there are fishes in the river too!
Aside from white marbles, you’ll also find interesting rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites that will definitely pique your interest. Your inner geologist will squeal with joy!
If you’re already planning a trip there, make sure you’ve got the right attire and the right tools like a torch and dry clothes. Remember that caving in Gua Tempurung requires an hour or two to complete, so make sure you plan your trip wisely!
6. ATV rides near Slim River
Which daredevil doesn’t love a good blood-pumping ride? If you’re one of them, then you can go for the ATV rides near Slim River.
But before you sign up, do note that you have to be at least 16 years old and above, and weigh less than 150kg to ride an ATV here. Also, make sure you’re dressed appropriately to ensure a comfortable ride. Don’t wear anything that will restrict your movements.
There are two routes you can choose to ride in, which are;
- Lubuk Laut Waterfall route
- Lubuk Embun Waterfall route
Each route has a waterfall at the end that you’ll get to enjoy after a long ride. Therefore, don’t forget to bring your swimwear along because you might want to take a dip after that long and sweaty, bumpy ride!
7. Hiking at Batu Putih
Saving the best activity for last!
Craving an expedition that takes more than a day? This particular hike will take you three days and two nights to complete. Situated in Tapah, Mount Batu Putih consists of three other mountains, which are;
- Gunung Batu Dara
- Gunung Batu Bujang
- Gunung Batu Putih
The journey will start at Empangan Sungai Woh, where you’ll find friendly indigenous people to socialise with.
You can check out their orchard before you make your way to your first checkpoint. At your first checkpoint, you’ll find a waterfall but avoid swimming there as it’s really deep!
Then, eventually, you will reach Gunung Batu Dara. Right after that, you can make your way up to Gunung Batu Bujang and finally to Gunung Batu Putih, one day after another. A long yet satisfying hike!
Also, there are tons of photo opportunities here (think a never-ending supply of gorgeous greenery) so don’t forget to bring your camera along. Of course, you shouldn’t miss the insta-worthy shot at the peak of the mountain!
Already thinking of going? Well, since it’s a three-day-long hike, make sure you bring enough clothes and a sleeping bag since there will not be any hostels for you to check into and just camp sites to stay the night at each checkpoint.
Now you know that Perak isn’t just for devouring food, taking in arty streets and bumming by the beach – it’s perfect for adrenaline junkies to have an adventure too! FYI, do note that these outdoor activities cannot be done on your own, so you will have to book a package via a tourist agent in Perak beforehand. Prices vary according to agents, so do your research first okay?
Don’t forget to add Perak to your travel bucket list if you’re seeking a local adventure! Have fun and stay safe!