Gua Tempurung, Gopeng – Perak

This was supposed to be a post-entry. I’ve hosted them in my other ancient website in Geocities sometime in 2003 (how time flies *sigh…).

We started our journey early travelling from KL to Gopeng via the highway which took us about 1hr 45min at the speed of 110km/h and…. Your Highness is the one driving! Not bad eh.

We was greeted by the beautiful, green, rich and thick forest reserve around the cave. By the time we reach there it’s about 10am and we still can hear the beautiful cricket cripping. It’s like a music to our ear.

After paying the tour guide, we joined another bigger group of crowd cos there are only 5 of us. So the 30 of us enter the cave quipped with torch light. Some even bring along the headlight and I think it’s a very good idea at least you’ve got your hands free. You will know why, later.

The first hour of tour in the cave are pretty boring and not much of a adventure at all. There are man-made steps and stairs in the cave. You will be seeing lots of Stalagmites and Stalactites there. Some looks like an elephant or kangaroo, some even looks like my hubby’s little brother!!!

Not forgetting our Malaysia cave is full of bats and bat’s shit!!! Just imagine, you are admiring one of the big Stalagmites high up and human instinct was jaw wide open. There goes the bat’s shit in your mouth!!! *grrr… It’s true. The cavemen constantly remind us to keep our mouth close.

I can say that the Stalagmites and Stalactites is not as big and beautiful compare to the one I visited in Perth Mammoth Caves but the cool thing is the obstacle. Just name anything and they’ve got them all there. The tunnels….. stream…. the sliding….. the rocks climbing….

We have to go thru lots of obstacle trail and luckly the other group of people has enough man to at least pegang our tangan guiding us up or down those big rocks. At this moment, how I wish I don’t even bring along the torch light. Reason 1) My torch voltage is dem low and I can’t even shine far and those guy behind me is using a bigger voltage and can shine about 10 feet away. 2) Scare the hell of tumbling down those steep rocks and has been holding my dear live at any support I could get hold. I don’t even have enough hand for the torch light and not forgetting my camera.

No way for you to walk down the slippery limestone. You will have to slide down. There is this couple, his gf is dem lame. She refuse to slide down (fear of height) and was holding on to her bf almost in tears. Finally, they both decided to slide down together with his gf holding on to his back like piggy-back.

See, those guy down there, they are about 6ft tall and without them can you imagine how I land on the ground? Probably just fall flat on my face.

For guys that are wearing pants size 33 don’t try this. You will get stuck and they probably have to dig the hole bigger to let you pass thru. You’ll just have to take the 2nd option that is jumping down the cliff about 5meter high. I choose the hole cos there are some guys (*wink) holding on to my dear life again at the other end. I tell you, those guys are very helpful. Without them, all the girls will be crying their heart out and U-turn back.

I think when passing this obstacle it’s about 2 hours passed. After much more of trekking up and down getting yourself all hot and sweaty, it’s time too cool off…

Get yourself on all four and pass thru the undercave to get to the other end. According to the caveman, if it’s a raining season, the water will be higher and you will have to dive thru instead of paddling thru. It’s kinda cool under there with all the stalagmite hanging from the top. Just have to be extra careful or else kena cucuk.  Did anyone care to ask what about my camera???

Just like during school day kena punish from the teacher and have to do the duck walk around school. Dem tiring. If you don’t duck too low, then your head will get knock on the stone. *ouch, ouch!!! And if you duck too low, your movement is slower and your leg gets tired and aching.
At this point, my kolig who is wearing a 5y/o shoe decided to betray her. The bottom came off like the crocodile mouth.

She just ripped off the bottom and leave the top still attached to her foot and pretended nothing happen. haha… you can hear her swearing all the way *ouch, ouch*, *walk slower!* lol. At this moment, we understood why there are so many shoes/slippers left in the cave.

I’m not sure if you have heard of Wave Rock in Perth. Wave Rock is one of the many amazing rock formations which was exposed to wind and rain for more than a thousand million years.

Of course this is the mini wave rock. That’s what I called it. Just by standing there, you can feel the wind blowing in a U-turn direction. I think that is how the formation was created. Very amazing.

Well, have to cut long story short, you have to explore the cave yourself. We spent about 4 hours exploring the cave. There are many things that I left out. Some pic didn’t turn out nicely cos the cave is real dark. Total darkness. Anyway, the trip was like 3 years ago and this old brain of mine still can remember all this is consider very good liao. hahaha!

We are so relieve to finally end the trekking as we are soaking wet and dirty from the yellow mud and my poor leg is gonna break any moment.

*Precaution – do not wear light coloured pants if you do not want to reveal other personal information!!!

The first thing my kolig do when we see the sunlight is immediately abandone her betrayed shoes in the bins with 100s pair of other shoes! We had a good laugh looking at those piles of shoessssss.

Your Highness refuse to volunter to drive back to KL. Too dem tired!!! But we had a good meal in Gopeng savouring their famous Chicken+Bread = Curry or herbs chicken bake in the bread. Did not take pic. Like i say too dem tired!!!

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  1. Lil said,

    April 28, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

    wow, quite an adventure! go HQ, go HQ!

  2. JC said,

    April 28, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

    If it was me caving, I think I will get stuck.. 😀
    Great post.

  3. Selena said,

    April 29, 2006 @ 5:07 am

    wowweee! good for u! suitable for kids & fat persons like me or not?
    looks exciting & i’m really tempted to go for a visit in the summer, but capt caveman declined to go with me. says he is claustrophobic. excuses, excuses…..

    Jessie says:  If your child does not fear of height/water/dirt/high rocks climbing up and down then ok.  If not better go without them.  I’ve seen some lame (real lame) jah bor screaming all the way.

  4. sila said,

    April 29, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    great post, HQ! wow, who knew we have this kind of thing in our home state some more! it makes me want to try it too, selena! 😀 maybe capt caveman can relax and have the Chicken+Bread while waiting for you 😉

  5. kamkuey said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

    OK OK … List of things NOT to do… caving.. check..
    jc and me can hold hands and go snorkelling instead.. easier to float ma.. kekekeke

  6. Bernard said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

    Wah.. adventurous, man!! …. err..WOman. err.. your majesty.

  7. natalie said,

    October 22, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

    HQ, wat bout those camera? do u carry hp along or not ?

  8. ct3395 said,

    December 21, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    Eh ya laa, what happened to your camera leh? I oso going there this christmas leh! Wanna know nanti rosak my RM1500 Casio Exilim… Damn! I knew should have bought that water proof Olympus digital camera instead…

    The Queen says:  There is always 2 options in every obstacle.  Choose the dry land la.  Another way is to get waterproof zipper bag.  Gurantee your camera will stay dry. 

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