Mining pool trekking
As Kampar and the surrounding area used to be the very hub of tin mining when tin mining went into recession there were a huge number of mining pits, created by the open cast mining, left.
Some have been in-filled to create housing areas but many mining pits remain and have developed into natural seeming lakes - locally called mining pools.
There are rough roads which lead between the mining pool lakes, some no more than a dirt track. Others have been widened by the local traffic servicing smallholdings of local vegetables, fish and prawn farms.
Much indigenous wildlife can be found including many varieties of butterflies birds, otters, civet and herds of water buffalo. These natural seeming areas are also a haven for many plants including wild orchids and varieties of Pitcher Plant.
All these areas are accessible with a 4 by 4 vechicle, and you may drive for many miles without coming into contact with a main road, traffic or any hint of the outside world. It is as if the world begins and ends in nature such is their natural beauty.
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Day trip from Kampar
Kampar is a central location from which to begin exploring the local area. There is much to offer from castles to herb gardens, golfing and trips to seaside.
Pictured here is Kellie's Castle aka Kellie's Folly. Built by William Kellie Smith between 1915 and 1926 but never completed. It is to be found on the road to Batu Gajah from Simpang Pulai off the main Ipoh road.
Along the same road, and before you reach Kellie's Castle is the Taman herba, or herb park. Here are beautiful gardens open to the public with lakes and follies. You can even purchase some local medicinal plants and saplings.
Past Batu Gajah may travel to the seaside at Lumut.
Lumut is a Royal Malaysian Navy base, but also a small seaside town selling dried fish and touristy things for travellers to Pankor Laut - Pankor Island. There are frequent ferries to and from Lumut and Pankor Island.
Of if you don't want to travel too far from your Kampar base there are the caves at Gua Tempurung, or the splendid golf facilities at the Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort near Batu Gajah.
The resort has the usual gold facilities as well as being set in stunning scenery alongside mining pool lakes.
Travel from Kampar back to Tapah and take the old road towards Cameron Highlands.
This windy road is lined with stunning scenery all the way up to the very apex of the Highlands.
Along this road are two breath-taking waterfalls both very different from each other. The first is the Kuala Woh jungle park, about 13 km from Tapah, with recreational area, toilets, places to picnic next to the river etc. There is a rope bridge across the Batang Padang river, currently being renovated to make it safer for tourists, and camping area. You may also rent out a Chalet or bathe in the hot spa area.
The second is higher up the hills - Lata Iskandar. This has now become a little touristy with small shops along the road near the waterfall, but the waterfall itself is worth the effort. Plenty of room to bathe in the pools at the base of the waterfall, but get there as early as you can as it tends to attract the visitors as it is on the way to, and from, Cameron Highlands, on the old road.
Caving and Swimming
A few minutes drive from Kampar is the Gua Tempurung Cave complex. Here you can explore the caves, or enjoy climbing, rope bridge walking, picnicing and a wide range of activities. Although the caves have been there for a long while the complex is just finding its feet tourist wise. Many other activities are planned in this area.
If you take the small track that leads through the complex out to the other side you can follow the track through various kampungs until it eventually crosses the highway and leads you to a river and camping area. Great to swim or just chill out in. Its a little out of the way but better because of it.