With much thought , we finally agreed on a camping trip. A first ,in 42 years .We were meant to leave KL early but only managed at 10 am.The drive took us about 2 hours to Gopeng.
I had wanted to visit the Gaharu Tea Valley and really glad we did. It was RM 10 for adults and RM 5 for kids. There are regular vans that transport you to three interest points . We never needed to wait for more than 5 minutes for each pick up. This is not a guided tour , by the way.
Viewing stage – amazing views of the gaharu trees
Lots of fish feeding , turtle feeding and walking through a forest trail
This place was named lovers point because during the time of land clearning , they had tried to cut down these two intertwined “not- gaharu” trees . Every time they tried to , the machines would automatically switch off . Eventually the task was called off , and these trees were cordoned off in the name of everlasting love.
- dont forget the ice-cream on your way out of here
After an hour at the tea valley , it was a 5 minute drive to Radak HQ where we had lunch at the neighboring restaurant . Since the other 3 families were already guided to the site , they weren’t too keen on guiding us for the 4 th time! ( apparently , when booked as a group, we are supposed to arrive as a group,too ). With slight difficulty , we managed to find our way to the campsite , about 20 minutes away from HQ.
the drive into Radak Riverside Campsite – rubber trees accompanying us thru
It was perfect weather , everybody was already in the stream.Not rocky , shallow enough for the kids , it was an ideal afternoon. Beers were passed around , while we waited for ice for our Tanqueray.
Enjoying our gin and tonic , and bags full of junk food
Meals are served at stipulated timings. What was supposed to be at 8 pm ….got postponed till 8:30 pm , but nobody was complaining. We had bags full of junk through out the evening , so kids weren’t hungry. Dinner included sausages, fries , fried rice , noodles, bbq chicken and lamb , salad , and skewers. Food was delicious. We chilled at their atap restaurant , followed by fireworks and the highlight was toasting marshmallows at the campsite . *fireworks and marshmallows our own
The kids played in our tent for an hour-ish before settling into their respective tents for a night’s sleep. Not all slept well, some moved into their cars to sleep with the airconditioning on , the girls slept in our tent ( all 4 of them) leaving Mahendra and I on the mat ,under the stars. I feared for my life , I was sure no repellent would save me from those insects/ mosquitoes but it did. I didn’t feel a single bite.I can’t say it was a comfortable sleep , but it was decent .
It was a memorable night, spent under the stars with the soothing sounds of water flowing.
huddled in the tent together , with no so great lighting
Sleeping under the stars …on a mat
Breakfast was roti canai , noodles , sandwiches with kopi-0 and milo. Decent.
We hung around the stream for a bit . We opted to skip lunch for a hot shower back home instead.We were home by 1 pm , after a quick pit stop for durian by the road.
Story and Ray
If I had known better-
I would have requested for 2 tents and brought air mattresses.Portable fans and repellents are a must.
They mentioned mattresses would be provided – those were yoga mats , for goodness sake!
I would have checked – to make sure there were personalized showers ( not communal bathing) , wash basins that worked and cleaned , and proper lighting.
Also bring drinking water , we went home to 4 ill kids who were down with food poisoning.
Radak organizes many outdoor activities , I would have liked to try some , next time perhaps.Day trip , it would be a day trip for sure.