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Discover Kuala Mu, Perak’s Latest Hidden Gem

In conjunction with Visit My Kampung programme organised by Tourism Malaysia on 7 and 8 May 2018, Gaya Travel Magazine had the opportunity to be introduced to a hidden gem in Perak called Kuala Mu.

Ipoh Railway Station.

In conjunction with Visit My Kampung programme organised by Tourism Malaysia on 7 and 8 May 2018, Gaya Travel Magazine had the opportunity to be introduced to a hidden gem in Perak called Kuala Mu.

On 7 May 2018, a group of travel agents and I began our journey to Ipoh using Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (Malayan Railway, better known as KTMB) inter-city electric train service (ETS). The journey from KL Sentral to Ipoh railway station takes about three hours. After arriving in Ipoh, we were driven on four-wheel drive to Pos Kuala Mu, a settlement inhabited by Orang Asli (Peninsular Malaysian aboriginal community) called Temiar. The 60-kilometre uphill drive to Pos Kuala Mu was smooth because the road has already been paved beginning late 2017.

Pos Kuala Mu (www.facebook.com/Kualamu/) is a settlement driven by tourism. It is located on elevated terrain and surrounded by pristine environment. One unique point about this settlement is the fact that it is located along the downstream banks of Sungai Mu (Mu River). This is also the place where Kuala Mu Chalet can be found. Prior to the Malaysian government’s aboriginal community resettlement plan, the original Temiar village is located eight to nine hours’ trek uphill from where Pos Kuala Mu is now situated.

Before reaching Pos Kuala Mu and Kuala Mu Chalet, travellers are greeted by Kuala Bersah Chalet. Both chalets are constructed along the river by the members of the Temiar community themselves using materials sourced from the surrounding rainforest. The Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) provided the furnishings within these chalets. Staying at these chalets while being enveloped by soothing nature is indeed a memorable eco-tourism experience that travellers should not miss. Travellers should also take note that both chalets have shared bathroom.

Besides appreciating the surroundings, travellers are recommended to trek into the forest and up to the waterfall from Kuala Mu Chalet, which is only 15 minutes away and not too challenging, but the trail is rather narrow, wide enough for only two persons standing side-by-side. From the distance, travellers could see that the waterfall is cascaded.

Cascaded Waterfall

Upstream, travellers would also find the spot where two tributaries meet to form Sungai Mu – the water from one of the tributaries is said to be warmer than the other. When water from both tributaries converge, it produces surreal vapour, especially in early mornings. For the more adventurous, this spot also hosts a campsite with facilities such as toilets, several gazebos and one small multi-purpose hall for intimate functions. The campsite can accommodate up to 10 tents at any one time.

Travellers who wish to experience the beauty of Kuala Mu but have no transport of their own to get there can e-mail to hello@adventure360.com.my or call +6 010 434 6865 for more information on how to purchase the tour package to Kuala Mu. Prior to contacting Adventure360 (www.facebook.com/adventure360.my; www.instagram.com/adventure360tours), be sure to choose the exact date when you intend to visit Kuala Mu, then check the schedule of the ETS by KTMB that you intend to take from KL Sentral to get to Ipoh railway station, where you will be met by Adventure360 representative.

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