Explore Lake Raban, Lenggong on Kayak. Visit the 7 waterfalls surrounding the lake and UNESCO World Heritage site in Lenggong, Perak.
Recently we had a houseboat trip down Perak River in Royal Belum State Park for 3 days 2 nights. Our guest of 12 French and 4 Malaysians had lunch at Banding Lakeside Inn before continue to the houseboat. Our houseboat journey began from Banding Island jetty towards Royal Belum checkpoint and continued to Sungai Kejar campsite. While on the houseboat, we spent sometime talking about Royal Belum and safety briefing while on the journey. The houseboat took approximately 5 hours to the campsite. We stopped for 30 minutes so the guest can enjoy kayaking before continue to the campsite. Eventhough it was dark when we approach Sungai Kejar, the experienced boatman and his assistance successfully drive the houseboat to its location using flashlights. Dinner was served on the houseboat. When we arrived at Sungai Kejar campsite, there was a small group of fishermen camping.
Day 2 – Early morning western style breakfast was served while we enjoy the morning scenery at Sungai Kejar. By 9 am, we got ready for jungle trekking to Sira Rambai (animal salt lick) and a stop at Sungai Kejar waterfall. We saw animal footprints along the way and nice view of Perak river.
While waiting for the guest, the boatman and program manager, Hisham, had a visit to Orang Asli village Sungai Kejar to arrange for the afternoon visit and cooking inbamboo show to the guest. The jungle trekking group came back to the houseboat around 1pm with leeches and mosquito bites. We had wonderful lunch before heading to
Orang Asli village Sungai kejar and a trip to Mes waterfall. The guest spent sometime around the village, taking photographs, donate some food, writing materials and goodies to the orang Asli kids. We had a good cooking in bamboo show before heading to the waterfall. Mes waterfall is perfect for small group and the water is cold and fresh. Guest can actually picnic there while taking a dip in the waterfall. The pool is not so deep and ts suitable for families. To get there, we have to trek through bamboo jungle and across a small traditional Orang Asli village. The trek took about 15 minutes. While we trek to the waterfall and Orang Asli village, the houseboat has departed to Sungai Tiang, where we will be spending the night. Two small boats that accompany the houseboat stayed with us until we finish at the Orang Asli village.
Once we finished at the Orang Asli village, we took the boatride chasing the houseboat which was on the way to Sungai Tiang basecamp. We had the afternoon tea and washed up for the night. The houseboat arrived at Sungai Tiang campsite, the guest spent sometime kayaking and taking a dip into the Temenggor Lake. Dinner was served at 7pm and we enjoyed wonderful sunset of Royal Belum! The menu had special local fish sweet and sour and it taste good. Plus the bread and butter. We spent the night on the houseboat peacefully. No bugs!
Day 3 – We had early western style breakfast and prepare for our next waterfall trip, Sungai Ruok which is also know for its Kelah Santuary. We departed by small boats. The boatride took about 30 minutes from the Sungai Tiang base camp. There is no fishing allowed in this area since it has been gazetted as fish sanctuary. The waterfall has four levels with cool and refreshing water! We had a dip into the waterfall, the water was extremely cold! We spent about 2 hours before departing the Royal Belum checkpoint. The houseboat was waiting for us there and we stopped for a quick break before leaving to the Rafflesia site at Post X-Ray.
We were lucky because we had one Rafflesia which was newly bloom. The trek was a bit adventurous. A little bit of climbing and hiking was required to get the the site. We left the site after finished taking all the photographs with the two small boats and chase the houseboat which was already on the way back to the jetty.
We are planning for a weekend gateway to Suka-Suka Island Retreat, Lenggong, Perak on 17-18th December 2011. The place is so peaceful, you’ll enjoy the scenery, fishing or kayaking on the lake. We love to host our photography session here due its traditional settings. Come enjoy the nature. Drive yourself to the jetty, park at Cita-Cita Village and take a boat ride to the island. Can visit Museum of Archeology, Lata Kekabu and Relaxing / Kayaking / Fishing / Birding / Photography.
RSVP – SMS +6010-342-4848 / email email@example.com. RM150/pax.
Low impact activities and photos towards Biodiversity and Conservation of Royal Belum, Temenggor Forest Reserve area and other surrounding areas. Its educational and fun!
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Ulu Kenas Recreational Forest is rich in flora and fauna of tropical rainforest. The main forest type is Hill Dipterocarp Forest. Others include Dipterocarp palm forest, upper hill dipterocarp forest, oak-laurel forest and montane ericaceous forest. The park is a popular mountain climbing destination of Gunung Bubu (1657m). Sungai Kenas flows through the park. The park is situated within Bubu Forest Reserve. The park is home to many endemic plants and wild herbs found in the upper reaches of the park. Shady keruing neram (Dipterocarpus Oblongifolia) trees on the river banks provide scenic and panoramic view of the cascading river.
Getting to the park: Roads suitable for all vehicles to the park. Use the Kuala Kangsar to Manong main road and turn into the park at Kampung Ulu Kenas. Public transport available along Kuala Kangsar – Manong road. Visitors using bus need to walk for 2 km to the park from the main road. A taxi can be hired from Kuala Kangsar or Ipoh.