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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Felda Residence Trolak Sungkai Perak, Malaysia

Resort Location

Felda Residence Trolak is a beautiful resort perched on a hill in the midst of a vast plantation in Sungkai, Perak, Malaysia. It is about 120 km from Kuala Lumpur.
The resort is within easy access of the highway and old trunk road, making it a convenient destination for leisure travellers, local tourists, and corporate guests.
Perak State is located on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, at the northern approach to the Strait of Malacca. It extends deep into the peninsula, with its eastern border marked by mountains of the Main Range.
Malaysia, meanwhile, is one of the gems of Southeast Asia. It is a land of geographical and cultural diversity where the treasures of the past and the present coexist. The country is home to towering skyscrapers, ancient relics, and natural wonders that never cease to enthrall its frequent visitors.

Location Information

While staying at Felda Residence Trolak is an unforgettable experience, the resort’s strategic location makes it possible for guests to explore other places of interest:
  • Felda Residence Sungai Klah – 18 km
  • Orang Asli Settlement – 18 km
  • White Water Rafting Adventure Place – 20 km
  • Deer Farm – 25 km
  • Ipoh – 100 km
  • Centre Market, KL – 128 km
  • KLIA Airport – 160 km
Karaoke Evenings
It is time to chase the blues away! Let loose and sing to your favourite tunes with friends and family. New talent discoveries are yet to be made, why not it be you? A popular recreational activity that is light-hearted and entertaining, singing almost always breaks the ice and bridges the gaps!
Endless Fascinating Activities to Keep You Entertained
To make your stay even more exciting, indulge in the full range of comprehensive facilities and activities which includes fishing, boating, tennis, squash, badminton, seasonal fruit picking, jogging, deer and aviary farm, gymnasium, indoor games and karaoke. Enjoy the refreshing waterfalls; explore the mysteries of nature by going jungle trekking. Whet your appetite for adventure by exploring the famous Gua Tempurung cave culminated by Gunung Besut mountain climbing. Or break a sweat on our courts! From tennis courts to local sepak takraw, at FELDA Residence Trolak, we are committed to providing to with the best sporting facilities and options to encourage a fun and healthy vacation time, every time!

Boating and Fishing
A scenic and tranquil site, the recreational lake in the area provides you with the opportunity for a relaxing time out on the water with your friends and family. If fishing is a hobby, this would be the perfect moment to indulge. The surrounding manicured rolls of green are a wondrous sight in itself.

Main Team Building Activities
Rope Course and Obstacle Course Circuits -Both the rope course and obstacle course circuits are located within the resort premise. The rope course circuit, consisting both low and high rope elements is situated adjacent to the campsite inside the resort's jungle zone. The 10 elements of the low rope course include Swinging Plank, Bailey Bridge, Monkey Crawl, Swinging Tyres, Zigzag Traverse and Spider Web etc. And the 5 elements for high rope include Burma Bridge, Multi Rope Traverse, Single Rope Traverse, Abseiling & Repelling and Flying Fox.
The obstacle course is strategically built within a fruit orchard situated in the centre of the resort complex itself. The 10-course circuit includes elements such as the Electric Fence, Swinging Plank, Triangle Bridge, Monkey Crawl, Low Wall, High Wall, Tarzan Swing, and Hanoi Tower amongst others.

Nearby Destinations  

FELDA Residence Hot Springs
Just 12km away is a a splashing and exciting getaway, the FELDA Residence Hot Springs is nestled in the serene and lush forest patches, surrounded by hills and clear cold mountain streams and rivers. All 6.5 hectares enjoy the scenic view of well-tended oil palm plantation and durian orchard amidst a haven of tranquility. Its unique concept of a specially designed free flowing Hot Springs Swimming Pool and Therapeutic Park at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range 200 feet above sea level is indeed creatively engineered to attract visitors who appreciate the wonders of nature.
The water flowing from the hot springs has several therapeutic healing effects. Since ancient times hot springs have been claimed to have positive effects on ailments (Link to Hot Springs sub site main page)
Sungkai Conservation Centre
Conservation effort at this centre focuses on captive breeding programmes for the sambar deer and several other indigenous pheasant species. This 50 hectare centre was opened in 1971 to develop and maintain a sustainable genetic breeding pool for each of the rare and endangered species it maintains.
The ultimate aim of this centre is to release breeding stocks of these animals back into their natural environments. The Sungkai centre currently has about 63 Sambar deers, 15 Timor deer and 14 mouse-deers The pheasant species available here include 11 crested and great argus pheasants, 29 mountain and Malaysian peacocks, three green pea-fowls and 19 crestless and crested firebacks.
Popular also with touring school children on holiday-learning-excursions, this centre positively promotes the importance and necessity of fauna conservation amidst fast-paced modernization and growth.

Location Address

35600 Sungkai, Perak, Malaysia
Tel: (6)05-4388687
Fax: (6)05-438 8868/438 9377

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Masjid Ubudiah, Perak, Malaysia

The stunning Ubudiah Mosque with its golden domes and minarets has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. It has graced many a magazine cover, and is a source of pride to the locals as well as a symbol of their faith.
Located in Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Built in 1917 during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Murshidul'adzam Shah I. It was commissioned on the orders of the Sultan who vowed that he would build a mosque of great beauty as thanksgiving for recovery from an illness which plagued him in those early days. Colonel Huxley, from the Public Works Department, were ordered by the Perak Government to build the mosque and he commissioned A. B .Hubbeck, a government architect and Mr.Caulfield as the chief engineer. On Friday, 26th September 1913, Sultan Idris Mursyidul'adzam Shah, officiated the construction of the mosque.The mosque was officially opened in 1916 by Sultan Abdul Jalil Nasarudin Syah, successor to Sultan Idris. The cost to built the mosque is said to be about $200,000 and it took 4 years to complete. It consist of 'Moghul' style onion domes, symmetrical in design with a central dome of imposing dimension, four wings with four smaller domes and a total of 24 minarets of diverse heights.
According to story, one day during a ceremony and a feast to celebrate circumcision of Raja Khalid, son of Sultan Abdul Jalil, His Highness elephant, named Kulub Chandan and his mahout, Kulub Said, fought another elephant named Kulub Gangga and his mahout, Uda Dabok (the latter belong to Raja Chulan). The marbles and materials for the mosque were totally destroyed. The battle lasted about several hours, only when Raja Chulan called his elephant by name and commanded it to stop fighting. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gua Tambun, Perak, Malaysia

Gua Tambun ( Tambun Cave) is one of another interesting place. The caves bear 2,000-year-old paintings dating back to the Neolithic era depicting the life of early inhabitants of the peninsula. For such a significant historical site, it has been ashamedly left obscure and relatively hard to locate. To get to the cave, you will need a good pair of walking shoes and have to climb a flight of relatively steep concrete 141 steps overgrown with weeds and leaves. A smooth limestone cliff overhangs the ledge. 
On this white stone, 20 feet or more above the ledge, are a number of paintings of wildlife, people and abstract designs. Gua Tambun is believed to be one of the caves in Malaysia with hematite (iron oxide) drawings. Discovered by Lt. R.L Rawlings of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Q.E.O Gurkha Rifles in 1959 while on a routine patrol in the area, he unearthed one of the greatest finds in Malaysian History.
There are 30 forms of paintings on the wall, which include human, abstract and animal designs depicting their surroundings. A few of them were about 3m across. The paint is dark purple, in others, dull red. Some of the figures are obviously men, rather crudely drawn. Some of the animals are easily identified,others are rather vague.  
But most of the paintings are quite clear; there are wild boars and a dugong, a tapir and some deer. The deer are particularly interesting, they all have the appearance of pregnant does, and one even has a small infant drawn inside its swollen belly! At one time, this gallery of pictures extended for more than a hundred feet, but time and the weather have obliterated a large portion of it.
However, enough remains to prove that at one time men living in Lembah Kinta, although primitive, were able to illustrate their lives rather vividly. Intriguing enough, there are even seashells found at the base of the 'cave', signifying that the area was once, in all probability filled with and surrounded by sea water, but this would have been thousands of years ago. The cave also contained some Neolithic artifacts but have since been removed. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Gua Tempurung, Perak, Malaysia

Gua Tempurung is a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. More than 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
Brief History: The cave was first identified in 1887 in the Map of Perak-Malay Peninsula, which indicated a mountain spelt as “Gunong Tempoo Rong”. The Department of Minerals and Geosciences estimated the age of the rock formations in the area of Gua Tempurung to be between 250 and 400 million years. The cave was also known locally as Gua Perah. Perah is a type of fruit similar to rubber seed. In the old days, there were many Perah trees near the cave. Before 1935, tin mining activities on small scale took place in the cave. During the World War 11 (1939 – 1945), the cave became a refuge for locals from the invading Japanese. The Malayan Emergency period (1948-1960) saw the cave being used by the communists as their hideout. The cave walls have hand drawn pictures and words by the communists. There are also inscription of hate slogans and song lyrics against the Japanese army. After the Emergency period, mining activities in the area resumed. In 1975, the Perak State Government appointed a cave researcher and enthusiast, J. Crowter of the German Society of Caving to carry out research on Gua Tempurung and to help turn it to become a recreation area and a tourist attraction. Circa 1994, the State Government carried out a feasibility study and in 1995, work to develop Gua Tempurung as a destination began in stages. The cave was open to the public in November 1997 and entrance fees were introduced and collected by a joint-venture company formed by Yayasan Perak and a private company, which managed and maintained the place as one of the state’s tourist attractions. In 2004, the State Government appointed APT Consortium Sdn Bhd to take over the management and maintenance of Gua Tempurung and the appointment remained valid till today. The cave continues to attract both locals and foreign tourists, with many coming from Europe, Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Singapore and other countries in the Asian region. The number of tourists has been increasingly steadily from more than 50,000 in 2005 to over 70,000 the following year.
Spectacular Features: Large and intricate cave system with beautiful speleotherms like stalagmites, stalactites, rim stone pools, curtains, straws, calcite crystals and pillars. These and more form the natural limestone cave architecture. The most commonly known formations are stalagmites (growing on the cave floor) and stalactites (growing on the cave ceiling or wall). Just remember this “mantra”: the “mites” go up and the “tites” come down! They develop when the calcium bicarbonate containing water drips down joints in the cave roof. The drop can partially evaporate and it hangs a little. Small amount of calcium carbonate is also deposited and it leaves a cascading effect. When the drop drips, partial evaporation happens and when the drips splash on the floor, they cause stalagmites to grow. Generally, stalagmites are thicker than stalactites, which are thin and fragile. When stalactites grow too long, they break easily. 

Classification: Karst cave. It is a cave of marble limestone (calcite calcium) of the Kinta limestone type.
Cave Age: More than 400 million years old.
Cave Length: 1.9 km.
Cave Height: 120 metres.
Number of Domes: Five gigantic domes with ceilings resembling coconut shell (tempurung), hence its name Gua Tempurung. Gua is the Malay word for cave.
Galleries: The five domes form the showcase galleries beginning with Golden Flowstone Cavern, Gergasi (Giant) Cavern, Tin Mine Cavern, Alam (Universe) Cavern and Fallen Warrior and Battlefield Cavern.
Underground River: The river is called Sungai Gua Tempurung. The river passage runs about 1.6 km through the cave inside Gunung Tempurung.