After spending a good day at Skytrex, I started to research a little on the fun adventure stuff we can do for reasonable amount of money right here in Malaysia. As I was pondering what to do with Haze on her birthday weekends, I recalled seeing a picture of whitewater rafting on one of my whatsapp groups.
A few clicks on the web browser later, I booked ourselves a half-day trip of whitewater rafting at Nomad Adventure in Gopeng, Perak.
Nomad Adventure Earth Camp at Gopeng, Perak
Nomad Adventure offers quite a few different recreational activities, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, caving, rock climbing, abseiling, and more.
We chose whitewater rafting as it only needs a minimum of 2 pax, and half a day’s rafting with commute time to Gopeng will take almost a day anyway, which fits into our schedule.
we got our safety gears, then a lorry ride to upstream
We showed up at Nomad Adventure’s Earth Camp at Gopeng at about 8:30 in the morning after paying for our trip a couple days prior via bank transfer. The camp is ony some 10 minutes or so from the highway exit, which is easy enough to find.
We were then introduced to our guides and got kitted up with safety equipments, which includes a helmet and flotation device.
After that it was a some 30 minutes truck ride with our rafts to upstream. We drove passed several villages and chalets, a bit of a scenic drive I’d say.
white water rafting!
Before getting on the raft, we were being briefed by our guide on the do’s & don’ts, which also includes a practise session on what to do and how to get rescued should you get thrown out of the raft.
After which was rafting time!
A raft houses 3-6, which includes a guide. Our raft was just Haze, myself, and a very helpful guide, and our “team” had three rafts watching out for each other.
It was a load of fun, part workout, part adventure, and fully immersed in the beautiful pristine jungle. The whole journey took about 1.5-2 hours, including a stopover at a halfway point where we had a little bit of picnic (an apple each).
The adventure was over just a little after midday, and it was definitely something that I would do again, but this time around maybe wait for rainy season at Cameron Highlands so that the rapids will be even more intense!
Nomad Adventure Earth Camp
Jalan Hussin, Gopeng, Perak
GPS: 4.430745, 101.181127
For those of you who are frequent visitors of this blog, you are probably right to guess that one of the adventures I love to indulge in is diving (and of course, food, but you know that already). It is a hobby that started out some 8 years ago and really got intensified in the last 3 years or so.
So far, I’ve dived at Tenggol, Redang, Lang Tengah, Pulau Sembilan, Sipadan, Similan Islands, Bali, and even KLCC Aquaria. The experiences in diving are especially rewarding, the tranquility underwater, the island life, and above all, the sense of adventure that comes with it.
After all, there aren’t many activities where you get to see some of the most magnificent animals in their natural habitat up close and personal, I always remember how the manta rays performing their mating rituals right in front of me in Bali, the beautiful leopard sharks resting on the sea floor in Lang Tengah, the curious sea turtles at Sipadan, and more.
Earth is after all, 70% covered with water, and if you stick to not ever getting wet, you’d be missing out quite a lot.
Sharing your adventures and looking for new inspirations if you’re running out of one used mean looking and browsing blogs and your friend’s facebook feeds, but now there’s an easier way.
NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK created the Home Of Adventure Facebook application especially for this purpose, and I urge you to check it out.
The aim of the application is twofold – allowing user to share their adventures, and others to browse and get ideas on what they are and most importantly, where they can do it.
Best of all, these adventures are all right here in Malaysia. The adventures are categorize in Water Extreme, Thrill Seeker, Food Travels, and Nature Quests category.
To view the adventures shared by others, simply access the application, choose either East or West Malaysia, then click on the Adventure pins created by other users. You can read about what they are and check out the pictures or videos uploaded in each of them.
If you want to add your adventure on the same location, you can do so immediately too.
To share your adventure of a new location, click on the Pin Your Adventure tab, choose a state, and then click on the location of your adventure.
After that all you have to do is select a category and describe the adventure in 50 words of less. Optionally you can also upload photos or videos associated with your entry, and viola, it is done. It is simple as that.
As if sharing adventures to other fellow thrill seekers alike isn’t a good enough motivation, doing so might also net you some cash prices!
NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK is giving out a total of RM 35,000 based on the creativity of each user submission. Winner walks away with RM 500 each, so be creative!
The contest runs from 5th Nov – 23rd Dec 2012, so get your submissions in already. Good luck fellow adventurers!