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!
Having spent most of my time in KL and Penang, it is easy to have a false sense of perception on how much street food costs. A “standard” plate of hawker dish is supposed to be around RM 4.50 or RM 5.00, no?
Then we went to Sitiawan.
hawker center at Sitiawan wet market
This was a day trip I took earlier this year with Suanie via Kuala Selangor (where we stumbled upon the famous Cendol Bakar).
Not knowing where to eat at Sitiawan, we stopped by the wet marker in the afternoon and was happy to see the food stall in operation. A closer look revealed that most dishes are priced at RM 2.80 per serving!
loh mee & “kan lau” mee
I ordered the loh mee while Suan had a plate of their “kan lau” mee. They also serve asam laksa, wantan mee, and clear soup noodle at the same price.
My loh mee was actually rather delicious. It came with a lot of bamboo shoots which I love, and the starchy soup base was flavorful. Suan’s kan lau mee came with a few slices of charsiu, while they’re not exactly very good quality charsiu, it still made a decent plate of brunch.
Suan and KY enjoying tea time
If you’re around Lumut or Sitiawan looking for a place for late lunch/tea time snack, this is one of the places to check out and stay within budget. 😀
Oh, we also went to perhaps one of the only tourist attractions at Sitiawan – the Tua Pek Kong temple at Jalan Psasir Panjang.
The temple is located by the coast and spots some pretty impressive statues facing the Melaccan straits. There’s also a path where you can walk into the swamp area, a koi pond with loads of fish, and a beautiful garden there.
Like most temple in Malaysia, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to visit.
It’s near Chinese New Year again, and I’m sure a lot of you guys are heading up north to the congestion infested tourist spot that is also my hometown, Penang. While on our beloved PLUS highway, many of you will undoubtedly stop at one of the R&R areas for bathroom breaks and even a meal (especially if the congestion makes the journey lasts across meal times). However, everyone knows that you can’t really find anything worth filling up the stomach for at those R&Rs, so the last trip I took to Penang, I stopped by Bidor instead.
this place is in business since 1938
The Pun Chun (品珍) restaurant at the heart of the town is famous for it’s duck drumstick noodle as well as their chicken biscuit (鸡子饼). In fact, they’ve been doing this since some 60 years ago. However, other than roast duck drumstick, they also serve wanton, char siu (roasted pork), chicken, fish ball, ginger duck, curry chicken, and more.
Since many other posts like this, and this has already reviewed their duck drumstick noodle, I decided to order a plate of noodle with wanton and char siu instead.
shrimp + pork wantan, slurps
To be fair, the char siu was just mediocre. However, the 3 pretty good size wanton were rather good. Stuffed with good amount of minced pork and fresh shrimp meat, the texture was good, and the sweetness of shrimp with the smoothness of pork proved to be an excellent combination for my taste buds. The wanton soup too, was of a lot higher quality than the chicken (probably with cheap chicken stock) soup I’ve had in many other places.
you can buy some good petai too
The meal was certainly satisfying, and worlds better than anything I could get from the R&Rs. However, that plate of noodle was at a pricey RM 4.50, more expensive than most other places in KL, let alone a small town like Bidor. The duck noodle would be RM 5.60.
Though a little pricey, I think it’s still worth a stop for this place. You can get some chicken biscuits for your mom while you’re there too. There’s also a dedicated petai market just right next to the restaurant.
the restaurant is just a couple kilometers from the highway exit
Address: 38-40, Jalan Besar,
Bidor, 35500 Perak GPS: 4.11190, 101.28870 Tel: 05-434 1554, 05-434 1562 Hours:5am to 10pm daily