Hot Spring Chalet, Pengkalan Hulu
Situated about 10 kilometres from Pengkalan Hulu, Kampung Klian Intan has a hilly terrain land surface and cool weather and is associated with the tin mining industry. Another attraction to the village is the Pengkalan Hulu Hot Spring Chalet. It offers facilities such as accommodation and rooms for seminars and meetings. According to its Manager, Noriha Ahmad, the chalet was previously managed by the Pengkalan Hulu District Council (MDPH) and is a focal point among the local residents especially during weekends and school holidays.
In terms of pricing, it depends on the package chosen by visitors namely, the VIP and Kenanga packages with facilities such as television, settee, ceiling fan, air conditioner and others. There are also common facilities such as surau, dining hall, cafeteria, karaoke room and internet facility. The chalet is not only suitable for conducting seminars and meetings but also as a getaway for families especially with the existence of the hot spring. Visitors can just relax or bathe as the hot spring water is believed to be able to cure certain diseases. At the same time, visitors can also carry out other activities organised by the chalet management such as exploring Gua Gendang or shopping at the Malaysia-Thailand border. (KK9: 7 April, 2011)
Gua Gendang Motivation and Recreation Camp
Gua Gendang or Gendang Caves is one of the main tourism products of Pengkalan Hulu, Perak. Nestled in the natural surroundings of lush tropical forest, it made its mark in history as a Communist hideout during the Emergency period about 50 years ago. Located in Kampung Tasek, Pengkalan Hulu, Perak, it is surrounded by green and original tropical forests. Realising its potential as a tourism product, the Pengkalan Hulu District Council takes the initiative to build accommodation facilities, motivation camp and recreational area for visitors. Many tourists and residents from various parts of the state throng the Gendang Caves to bask in its beauty even though it is 15 kilometres from Klian Intan. A popular location for motivational and recreational activities, Gendang Caves or Gua Gendang Tourism Complex, as it is also known, was developed in 1994.
Motivational camps are often held here by agencies such as the National Public Administration Institute (INTAN), teacher’s training colleges, semi-government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and other agencies. Some of the motivational camps were also attended by primary and secondary school students as well as university undergraduates. Besides that, recreational activities are also carried out such as jungle trekking, fishing and caves exploration. Visitors who prefer vigorous activities can take the 45-minutes challenge of crossing the river that flows beneath Gendang Caves as they explore the natural carvings caused by erosion. In addition, they can also participate in the four hours cave exploration where they can view the beauty and wonder of the seven waterfalls located inside the caves besides other activities such as walking down the stairs or hill climbing.
Located at Kampung Tasek, the Gendang Caves is nine kilometres from the town of Pengkalan Hulu, a Malaysia-Thailand border town. Formerly known as Kroh, Pengkalan Hulu can be reached by Malaysian visitors by travelling to Baling, Kedah or passing through Gerik, Perak before continuing the journey straight into town. Visitors from Thailand, on the other hand, will have to pass through Betong town to the Royal Malaysian Customs (KDRM) checkpoint based at the border of Pengkalan Hulu before proceeding straight to Gendang Caves. (KK7: 1 November, 2010)
Source: Pengkalan Hulu District Council
Various Recreational Activities Increase Health Quality
Recreational activities and healthy way of life give a lot of benefits. Burden and workplace stress give an unhealthy impact on physical and mental sharpness. Therefore it is good to spare some time doing light exercise or go for entertainment with friends to relax the mind and to revive the body.
For Klian Intan residents, they will usually do recreational activities by playing football in the field of Sekolah Kebangsaan Klian Intan. Football game will begin at five o’clock and usually the youngsters will fill up the field. There is a basketball and sepak takraw courts furnished around Klian Intan. Both sports have their own followers; Malay youths are more interested with sepak takraw but for the Chinese youths, they prefer and are expert at basketball. A playground fully equipped with safe playground equipments and a comfortable waiting area for parents is provided near Klian Intan town.
Due to the hilly surface of Klian Intan, jogging activity is difficult to carry out. Usually residents will walk or exercise while going through the hilly area about 30 minutes a day. The Chinese will perform Taichi exercise every morning and evening. The morning session starts at 7.00 a.m. and the evening session starts at 7.00 p.m. Even though Chinese are the majority, the Malays are also welcomed to join the activities that has been proven effective to upgrade the body’s agility level.
For residents who love harsh activities such as jungle trekking and camping, Kampung Siam Pong is often made as the location. Gendang Cave situated in Lenggong is also used as an alternative location for trekking, camping and courses because this limestone cave is an attractive place and a challenging track for fans of extreme activities.