Preparing for Gua Tempurung Adventure

Spending four hours at the historical and majestic Gua Tempurung in Gopeng gives you a fresh perspective of adventure. You get to climb, crawl, wade in a river and admire captivating artistic formations on the walls.

Wear bright colors and reflectors for caving

How much time do you need to explore Gua Tempurung? It ranges from 40 mins to 4 hours depending on the tour you choose. There are 4 types of tour; Golden Flowstone (to the Platform #3), Top of the World (until Platform #5), Top of the World & Short River Adventure, and the Grad Tour. The price for an adult ranges from RM6 – RM22. Malaysians get to enjoy discounted prices with myKad.  No advanced booking is required. The tours start at 9am till 4pm, but if you are planning for Tour 3 or Tour 4, be there before 11am.  Details about the tours can be found  here and  Gua Tempurung Outdoor Camp. Last year, they were closed for a few months for renovation so do call their office or check their info/social sites to get updates of their operating  hours.

My sharing is based on my experiences at Tour 3.

Essentials to bring

  • Headlamps  (must bring as it is pitch dark in the cave)
  • Gloves with grip for Tour 3 & 4 (useful when you crawl in the river)
  • Knee pads (you need to crawl in a river with gravels underneath)
  • Waterproof bag
  • Waterproof camera
  • Extra clothes and slippers/shoes to change to after the Tour

You do not need to bring helmets as they are provided.

  • The Stairs and Climb at Gua Tempurrung
  • Before you reach Platform 3 : Golden Flowstone
  • Sunglasses at Platform 4 - the Wind Tunnel
  • Low ceiling upon reaching Platform 5 - Top of the World
  • Beautiful canopy from Platform 5 - Top of the World

 

What to wear

  • Water-friendly clothing for Tour 3 & 4 cause you will get wet. Long sleeves are good to avoid being grazed by sharp edges.
  • Sports shoes for Tour 1 and 2, but if you are planning for Tour 3 &4, wear rubber shoes or aqua shoes with good grip.
  • Long pants are better for Tour 3 and 4 if you want to avoid grazed by the sharp edges and stones. You’d be sliding down a 9 meter cliff.

Tips:

  • Use lockers to keep your car keys and important belongings. You cannot rely on waterproof bags. Water can leak into the bag and can damage electronic devices
  • There is a toilet and shower area at the entrance. You need to pay 50 sen and RM1 respectively.
  • Tours are managed in groups and you will be assigned to a guide
  • You don’t need to bring too many things with you.
  • Bring water or snacks if you need
  • If you are bringing young children, they will enjoy the adventure in the dark.

What to expect

A canopy of beautiful arts

  • Dried-up Spring at Platform 4, Wind Tunnel
  • Snoopy on the wall, among others
  • Watch out for extra eyes watching you
  • Crystal-shining surfaces at Platform 2
  • Tools from the old mining days in Perak at Platform 2
  • On wet days, water from Spring water flows down the rocks at Platform 3
  • Spring pathway Gua Tempurung
  • The path to the river is through this hole

 

Crawling in a river of cool water.

  • Aqua shoes are useful
  • Keep headlamps out of water
  • Low ceiling of stalactites throughout
  • Nashata Luke Top suitable for wet activities
  • Water flows down through these stalactites into the river

 

 

My family and I enjoyed the adventure and would definitely go again. Afterall, it is only a half day affordable yet captivating adventure. I loved the fact that I could bask on the rocks, with water flowing on my back, and I didn’t have to put on the sunblock. The water was super clean and the rocks were non-slippery. Cave tourism must expand further!

Try White Water Rafting for a Healthy Adrenaline Rush

Sometimes you need to exercise solo, sometimes in a group. Both have their own benefits. If you want to try out something different in a group, consider water rafting and caving.

Get a group of minimum four pax to go onto an outdoor thrill. My team was lucky to have found a place that offered a day activity for rafting and caving. Riverbug Asia in Gopeng, Perak offers a wide range of outdoor activities.

Riverbug Gopeng Activities

Riverbug Gopeng Activities

 

My party of five drove to Gopeng toll and waited for Riverbug Asia representative to lead the way to the Ulu River Lodge, Kampung Jahang, Gopeng. The drive to the lodge from the main road was quite long and it was on untarred road. So make sure you drive a vehicle with right tires. You will pass through houses and see many durian, palm oil and rubber trees.

At the Riverlodge, we were introduced to our guide, Max. We placed our belongings in the lockers provided and after that Max drove us to the river raft area, a few kilometers away from the Riverlodge. We had to stand in the truck throughout and it was quite an exciting ride.

Max giving 10 mins brief

Max giving 10 mins brief

At the river raft point, we put on the gears; helmets and life-jackets, and grabbed the paddles. Max then gave a 15 mins brief on safety and instructions on how to raft. The rafting level was 3, and water level low. Max is a good guide. He not only briefed us, he made sure we had a bit of a practice in the water.

Floating in the River

Techniques to Float

Then off we went onto the raft, 7 km down the cool and clear river. We were told the water comes from the hills of Cameron Highlands. We went through four tough rapids, using different types of techniques. Despite the train and instructions, one could easily fall into the waters. Two of our teammates did, but the training and practices helped us to stay calm and help each other.

From this picture you could tell who was doing all the hard work

From this picture you could tell who was doing all the hard work

 

We stopped to swim a couple of times at areas with lesser rocks. The water was cold and refreshing and if you are lucky like us, you would see rajah brooke’s butterfly other than beautiful birds around the area.

Our final stop was at the Riverlodge. Max actually let us off the raft, form a long line by holding each other’s life jacket in the water and glide in the drift together.

It was truly a fun and exciting activity for a team.

What to bring when you raft?

Lockers are provided at no extra charge, so you can keep ALL your personal belongings there. No other items are required when you hop onto the truck or van. They also provide water bottles for you in the raft. There is also a small dry bag in the raft to put locker keys. Put on sunblock before you go onto the van.

  • Watercamera but make sure you have a secure pocket to keep it
    Riverbug Asia takes pictures of you while rafting but if you want to take pictures in the water on your own, you can bring one

What should you wear?

Get ready to be all soaked when you go river rafting.

  • Aqua shoes. Avoid wearing your running shoes if you love them
  • Sports hijab (if you are a hijabist)
  • Caps that can be worn together with helmets, but not recommended
  • Bathing suit would be nice, but if you plan not to wear one, consider
    • Long sleeves shirts made of mesh or easy to dry fabric
    • Long pants  mesh or easy to dry fabric, with secure pockets
    • For ladies, wear  sports bra with padding.
      It is good to wear long sleeves to avoid insect bites and to add protection to your skin outdoor
Rafting in Ultra Top & Compression Skirt Pants

Rafting in Ultra Top & Compression Skirt Pants

What’s great about this outfit is its versatility; simply practical with the secure pockets on the skirt pants and the fabric is suitable for both wet and dry use. You could walk out of the river in it, rinse and dry, and wait for the next adventure after lunch.

Oh ya, lunch was provided at a cafe by the river. It was a delicious ‘kampung’ delicacy; rice, lovely chicken curry, friend fish, ulam with sambal belacan and the yummiest tempoyak.

After Dzuhor, we got ready for our next adventure – Caving at Kandu Cave.