#Excursions: Ulu Kenas Park, Kuala Kangsar, Perak

I can never get enough of Kuala Kangsar. It is my hometown, and it is about a 2 and a half hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. I have always thought that adventurous mat-sallehs (tourists) should come down to Perak, since like Pahang, it has a lot to offer as well, plus, the drive to the North is more pleasant than driving to the East.

If you so happen to be a traveller stumbling upon my blog to find what’s best to do when in Malaysia, then I highly suggest that you get OUT of the city and off into the village area. That, is where, what is truly Malaysia sets in real-life plays. The Kampung area from Kuala Kangsar, to Taiping all the way to Keday and PErlis areas have much to offer. of delicious food and magnificent view, you will find that kuala Lumpur is just a speck of a New-York like wannabe.

My latest short excursions was to my childhood favourite place in Kuala Kangsar, which is the Ulu Kenas Protected Forest park. Don’t worry, this place is easily accessible and it is soo well maintained that Malaysian would be shocked to see that it is actually….maintained (!?). Much have changed since I was a kid, but all in a good way. The water remains pristine and freezing cold, the beautiful forests is still there, and the cleanliness is not as what I expected. Meaning, it is a really clean place! 🙂

The river is safe to sunk in on a hot day, except when it rains heavily the previous day (evening), the locals would advice you to not sit in the river as a flood of heavy water will come down from the hill-top and this will be very fatal to those who are bathing downside of the river.

We went for a short hike on a short trail. I was really happy we did that, since we had A LOT for breakfast earlier. The track is good enough for you to experience a hint of what the Malaysian old forest is like. The husband is really happy like a little kid, this is his first trip to the park.

I know a lot of us Malaysian loves to compare our tropical forests to the likes of the swiss alps or an english garden. Personally, I don’t think it is fair or even logical to be comparing different kind of forests since…we live in the Tropics, not in the cold mountains, thus this kinds of places is truly a heritage and could only be found in South East Asia. We need to learn to be civilized and maintain our very own forests and blessings, instead of acting like all “mat salleh” criticizing the Malaysian weather.

Until then, my next short excursion will be Bali, Indonesia in a few days time. Can’t remember how many times I have been to this Island, but I absolutely love the place.
How to get there:
Located in the district of Kuala Kangsar, Perak Darul Ridzuan. Coordinates of the park is 
 N 4 41.350   E 100 53.217.
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