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10 Amazing Train Tours in the U.S.

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Looking to see some incredible sights from the comfort of a train? These tours include both short and long journeys that you can work into vacations to incredible destinations in the USA. Some of these routes may even be available as a part of railroad vacation packages that include excursions and more.

Durango and Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railway

The name of this railroad indicates a special feature that sets it apart from most other train rides: The tracks are placed closer together in a narrow gauge. That means this silver-train-turned-tourist-attraction hugs closer to the rock face of the mountains it winds through, taking riders around sharp turns through the Colorado Rockies.

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Amtrak Cascades

Connecting major Northwestern cities like Eugene and Portland, Oregon, and Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, this Amtrak ride allows you to combine scenic beauty with big-city tourism. Whether it’s Oregon forests or the spectacular of Washington’s Puget Sound, you’ll get to see a lot of natural exquisiteness on this ride.

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White Pass and Yukon Route

This historic Alaskan railway offers a few different excursion options, all of which take you from the town of Skagway into the heart of wild northern beauty. No matter which route you choose, you’ll see unspoiled Alaskan beauty at its warm-weather peak.

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Amtrak Sunset Limited

If you want to be able to enjoy the great beauty of the American Southwest without having to do the driving yourself, Amtrak’s Sunset Limited route may be the perfect choice. It runs from New Orleans to Los Angeles, giving riders the opportunity to glimpse some incredible sunsets over rugged terrain as the train wends its way west.

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Grand Canyon Railway

Riding the Grand Canyon Railway will allow you to follow in the footsteps of travelers from more than 100 years ago, for whom this train line was one of the only ways to access the scenic beauty of the canyon. The train includes sleeper cars and other amenities that can help make your adventure more of an experience.

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Cass Scenic Railway

Departing from Cass, West Virginia, in the months of May through October, this passenger rail train takes riders through an old coal country route. If you want to experience the unspoiled beauty of Appalachian forests, especially in autumn when the colors are at their peak, this is a must-do train tour.

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Amtrak Adirondack

Anyone looking to escape the urban rush of New York City and enjoy the beauty of upstate mountains should consider taking the Adirondack route, which stops in Saratoga Springs and Montreal, Canada. You don’t have to go all the way to Montreal to enjoy the beauty of the Hudson River Valley, which offers beautiful natural scenery that changes with the seasons.

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

This Bryson City, NC, railway offers passengers several ways to explore the Smokies. In addition to two separate routes, the railway includes features like narration cars and different train ride themes that can help you get the right kind of experience based on your interests and travel style.

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Strasburg Rail Road

Though this railway’s route through Amish country is short, it’s a charming throwback to the Gilded Age. If you want to ride in plush comfort while enjoying the Pennsylvania countryside on a nine-mile steam train ride, the Strasburg Rail Road has everything you need.

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Cape Cod Central Railroad

Cape Cod offers natural beauty aplenty, and you’ll get to enjoy both the coast and the wonders of rural Massachusetts, including cranberry bogs, when you take this short journey. This route offers a laid-back way to see different sights across Cape Cod, even in peak tourist season.

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My group of 6 went for the grand tour, it was totally fun! LOL but some parts we felt like was quite dangerous. If you're in for some adventure, totally go for it! There are 4 tours, if you're choosing between tour 3 or tour 4, go for the tour 4 (Grand tour). Otherwise, if you would just want to view the limestone cave only (and prolly take some pictures), tour 2 would probably be sufficient. I think tour 2 could probably take 0.5 - 1hr max. [oh btw, our guide didn't speak in English, we had to rely on the locals translating to their friends] For the grand tour, make sure you're properly equipped. We read elsewhere that torchlight was going to be provided, so we didnt bring. Ended up buying one there, but the light intensity was not strong enough. But, it worked well in the water, so no complains. By the way, try to reach and be ready to go in by 9.30am. We were a little late and were asked to join the group that has already went in for awhile, so we missed the front part. The tour group was big, there was like around 18-20 pax? The whole thing took like 4 or 4.5 hrs, possibly due to the bigger group size. For proper equipment: 1. Get a good torchlight!! We had to sorta rely on others' light cause the one we bought wasn't bright enough. Ended up lagging behind quite a bit. If possible, a head torchlight would be great, minimal parts of the trail require both your hands to be empty. Oh, get a waterproof one if possible. 2. Aqua shoes. It protected my feet from stones/pebbles. But sand keep getting inside, it was quite irritating. But otherwise, a good pair of covered shoes that you're willing to get wet in would do. 3. Long pants. I had bruises and scratches at the end of everything, be prepared for some climbing. Others: 1. Camera: its really dark inside, prepare for the environment. 2. Water!! 3. Food, but leave it in the car. My group was famished after the whole thing, online reviews mentioned that there should be some food outside, but I think it was closed that day? Get something to fill your stomach and then drive off for good msia food :D

Very good place for adventure people. The tour guide Mr K is very helpful as well. Level four is the best part ever. Recommended to come by group.

- Joined grand tour on Christmas day. - Took 4 hours for the whole tour. - Great adventure in the dark. - Got tour guide. - Need to climb/ slide on rocks, walk/ squat/ crawl in water. - Suggested to wear good shoes not slippery on rocks/sand/water, slippers not allowed. Can rent shoes in counter. - Suggested to wear long pants to prevent scratches from crawling in water with sharp stones/sand. - Suggested to only bring torch/head light (a must have), bottled water (very nice to have) and waterproof camera (nice to have) into the cave. No spare hands most of the time. - Good to have a mid-size group (ard 8) coz can help each other upon climbing and sliding, yet no need to wait for long at pit stop as in big group. - Warm up before getting into the cave surely helps. - Remember to eat before the tour as its quite an exercise which drains your energy. - Always remember to appreciate the cave, the scene at the last part was fantastic. - Rained during last part of the tour, need to walk a bit faster to prevent danger of rising water level.

This natural cave is highly recommended. Was brought here by David from Gopeng Rainforest resort. Pros: This cave has a historical background and most of the place is untouched. Expect to see many natural formations. There are only various parts where ropes were installed so that visitors can exit the cave. Definitely for the adventurous and depending on the physical standards of the group, there are different routes through the cave. Takes approximately an hour (we were taking our own sweet time) to complete. Cons: Polluted by graffiti on the walls which were a pity. As the route isn't installed with boards to walk on, it could be quite slippery as some areas were sandy so I'll definitely recommend good footwear with traction (avoid slippers) as one slip could mean falling a few feet into the cave.

We saw a huge cave which have steps to climb until the top. The is a place called 'aircond room' in the cave, not sure where the wind comes from and joint stalactite and stalagmite which was explained by the guide it shows the cave exist since 400 million years ago.

I came here with a friend and while driving to the cave location, the mountain view was so spectacular. The hike was good and will definitely come again!

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Gua Tempurung, located 25km south of Ipoh near Gopeng, is probably the largest cave in Peninsula Malaysia and has plenty to attract the serious caving enthusiast, the adventure seeker or just the casual visitor.

History of the Cave

A lot of work went into creating this massive cave. First of all this entire area, known as the Kinta Valley, needed to be covered by sea.

Billions of microscopic marine organisms had to die and fall to the ocean floor where their tiny shells were compressed into limestone.

Then the ocean floor had to be uplifted from under the sea by massive movements of the earth's crust.

Finally rainfall and flowing water had to work its magic for the next 250 million years or so, carving sinkholes, chimneys and galleries from the limestone rock.

Meanwhile millions of specs of calcium carbonate contained in drops of dissolved limestone coagulated together at an infinitesimally slow rate to create the wonders of stalagmites and stalactites.

That's why we humans have to look after our caves. If we break off a piece of stalactite it won't grow back in our lifetime (they grow at the rate of 1 inch every 200 years on average).

Stalactites near the main entrance of Gua Tempurung.

Apart from limestone, the cave contains deposits of tin, marble and other minerals. There was some small-scale tin mining in the cave at various times over the past century.

During the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), communist guerrillas used the cave as a hideout and some of their graffiti is still visible on the walls.

In 1995 work began to turn the cave into a tourist attraction and steel and concrete staircases were put in place, viewing platforms and railings added for safety and spot lights placed at strategic locations to illuminate the cave's most attractive features.

Gua Tempurung Communist Graffiti

Facts about Gua Tempurung

The total length of the cave is 4.5km although the part accessible to the public is about 1.9km.

The cave contains an underground river of 1.6km in length.

The cave complex comprises 5 giant domes:

-  Golden Flowstone Cavern  Reaching 90 meters in height, this gallery includes a smoothed stone cascade which looks golden when the river is in flow.

-  Gergasi (Giant) Cavern  Contains a massive 15m high column.

-  Tin Mine Cavern  Excavations left by earlier tin miners can be seen here.

-  Alam (Universe) Cavern  A 72 meter high cavern.

-  Battlefield Cavern  Fallen stalactites and rock formations litter the floor of this gallery including one nicknamed the Fallen Warrior.

Looking back towards the mouth of Gua Tempurung.

Some of these domes are said to resemble coconut shells. Tempurung  is the Bahasa word for coconut shell.

The karst hill above the cave is sometimes called Gunung Tempurung and is about 500m high. Its spectacular size and shape make it clearly visible from the North South Expressway.

The cave is home to bats especially during the mating season from March to May. Their droppings have created bat guano artworks on some the dome ceilings.

Tours & Ticket Prices

Gua Tempurung Entrance Fees

 The management company, APT Consortium, provides 4 different tours:

Tour 1 - Golden Flowstone

Duration: 40 minutes (though we completed it in less time).

Timings: From 9am to 4pm (last tour starts 4pm)

Cost: Adult RM 20, Child RM 10 (age 6 -12), Seniors RM 10 (age 60+).

MyKad Rate: Adult 8, Child & Seniors RM 4

This is a dry walk along concrete pathways and steel staircases as far as the Golden Flowstone cavern (as far as Platform 3). Plenty of viewing galleries to admire the amazing rock formations. Rated as Easy. No guide required.

Tour 2 - Top of the World

Duration: 1 hr 45 mins.

Timings: From 9am. Last tour starts 3pm

Cost: Adult RM 30, Child & Seniors RM 15

MyKad Rate: Adult RM 12, Child & Seniors RM 6

This is also a dry walk but continues to cover all 5 domes (up to Platform 5). More strenuous with many more steps to climb. Rated as Slightly Strenuous. No guide required.

Tour 3 - Top of the World & Short River Adventure

Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins.

Timings: From 9am. Last tour starts 12 noon

Cost: Adult RM 40, Child & Seniors RM 20

MyKad Rate: Adult RM 15, Child & Seniors RM 7.50

Minimum No. of Persons: 8 adults

Participants will get wet as part of the return journey involves wading in the underground river. Rated as Exciting and Challenging. This is a ranger-guided tour.

Tour 4 - Grand Tour

Duration: 3 hrs 30 mins.

Timings: From 9am. Last tour starts 11am.

Cost: Adult RM 50, Child & Seniors RM 25

MyKad Rate: Adult RM 30, Child & Seniors RM 15

This tour covers all 5 caverns and the eastern side of the cave facing the North-South Expressway. The return journey is by underground river. Rated as Challenging and Strenuous. This is a ranger-guided tour.

The Wet River Adventure Tours (Tours 3 & 4) are subject to weather conditions.

Platform 3 Gua Tempurung

The first time I visited Gua Tempurung it was Monday morning and I was the only visitor there. As a result I was only allowed to do Tour #1 which is a pity as I would have liked to see more. Still, it was very interesting and the photos shown here were taken on that tour.

What to Bring

For the  dry tours (1 & 2) , wear a T-shirt and long trousers or shorts. It is quite hot and sticky in the cave. Wear comfortable hiking boots, shoes or sandals with a good grip.

Bring a camera capable of taking reasonable shots in low light conditions. A torch or headlamp would be useful but your guide will have one.

For the  wet tours (3 & 4)  you will need a change of clothing and a towel after you complete the tour.

Knee pads and gloves are recommended. You will need to waterproof your camera if you bring one. You will be provided with a helmet.

For booking enquiries contact:

APT Consortium Sdn. Bhd.

Pusat Pelancongan Gua Tempurung

31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia

Tel: 014-220 4142

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: @guatempurung.official

How to Get to Gua Tempurung

The location of Gua Tempurung is marked on my interactive map on the  Caves page .  It was easy to find. I exited the North-South Expressway at the Gopeng exit. After the toll gate I turned left onto Federal Route 1 in the direction of Kampar. After 5km I turned left when I saw the large billboard pointing to Gua Tempurung. It was another couple of kilometres from there. There was plenty of parking.

While you are in Ipoh you could  take my walking tour.

The area near the entrance to Gua Tempurung.

Facilities at Gua Tempurung

There was a shop selling snacks, water and souvenirs. They were also renting bicycles at RM6 per hour (RM3 for kids).

Toilets and changing rooms are available.

It is possible to do  white water rafting  on the nearby Kampar River. There are a few adventure tour companies offering packages of shooting rapids and paddling along the Sungai Kampar.

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Gua Tempurung

Gua Tempurung or Tempurung Cave

Located in Gopeng, about 24km south of the capital city of Ipoh in Perak, this limestone cave is one of the largest in Peninsular Malaysia. Though not as big as Niah Cave and Mulu Cave in Sarawak, beginners to caving exploration will be glad to know that this cave is easy to explore. 

Gunung Tempurung

The Gunung Tempurung and Gunung Gajah that are visible from the road as you head towards Gua Tempurung in Gopeng, Perak.

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The interior of the cave which is made up of marble and limestones.

The tunnel of the cave runs from the east to the west covering a distance of about 2km under the limestone hills known as Gunung Tempurung and Gunung Gajah. It is made up of 5 large domes and is believed to have existed since 8,000 B.C., about 10,000 years ago.

There are lighting and platforms that have been built for the initial part of the cave to enable you to walk with ease. If you are more adventures, you can choose to go deeper into the cave depending on which tour package you take. Remember to take your camera and take pictures of the many stalagmites (structure that grows from the ground upwards) and the stalactites (structure that grows from the top of the cave). A subterranean river flows underneath the caves. The water is crystal clear and is still unpolluted in this part of the world.

The operation hours of the cave is from 9:00am to 5:00pm everyday. There are 4 tour packages with different pricing that you can choose in exploring the cave.

Dry Tour 1: Golden Flowstone

This tour takes you approximately 20 minutes to reach to platform 3 known as Golden Flowstone. You will be able to see the limestones that resembles a golden colour at this platform. Take a breather, snap some pictures and head back to the entrance of the cave. Total duration of this tour will take about 40 minutes.

Entrance Fees:

Adult - RM8.00 Children from 6 to 12 years old - RM4.00 Senior Citizen 60 years and above - RM4.00

Tour Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm everyday.

Dry Tour 2: Top Of The World

This tour package needs a minimum of 5 adults that takes you 50 minutes to reach to platform 5 known as Top Of The World. It is named so because this location is the tallest in the entire cave. Total duration of this tour is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Adult - RM12.00 Children from 6 to 12 years old - RM6.00 Senior Citizen 60 years and above - RM6.00

Tour Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm everyday.

Gua Tempurung Platforms

The well built metal structure platforms that help you to walk with ease inside the cave.

Gua Tempurung Wind Tunnel

If you are feeling tired, take a break at the Wind Tunnel where you will be able to experience breeze of cold wind that flows on this tunnel due to the difference in pressure in the cave.

Wet Tour 3: Top Of The World and Short River Adventure

This tour package needs a minimum of 8 adults that takes you for a journey of about 2.4km. You will cover the Golden Flowstone and Top Of The World after which you will be guided back to the entrance using the underground river. Be prepared to get wet as you walk along the cold and crystal clear river. Total duration needed for the entire tour is 2 hours and30 minutes.

Adult - RM15.00 Children from 6 to 12 years old - RM7.50 Senior Citizen 60 years and above - RM7.50

Tour Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm everyday.

Wet Tour 4: Grand Tour

This tour is the most challenging tour with a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. You will cover a distance of 3.8km from the start at the entrance to completion through the underground river. You will cover all the three tours mentioned above plus going towards the east end of the cave and coming back through the underground river.

Adult - RM30.00 Children from 6 to 12 years old - RM15.00 Senior Citizen 60 years and above - RM15.00

Tour Time: 9:00am to 11:00am everyday.

Things To Bring

Remember to bring the following items to make your caving exploration a memorable one.

  • Sports Shoes
  • Drinking Water
  • Clothes to change for those who take the Wet Tour packages

Happy Caving...

Getting To Gua Tempurung

If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur or Penang, head for PLUS North South Highway and exit at Gopeng Interchange. Follow the signboard towards Kampar town using the Federal Route 1. After travelling for about 5km, you will see a signage that directs you to Gua Tempurung. Turn left and go straight for about 2km and you will reach Tempurung Cave.

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The underground cold river water that you will experience if you take the wet tour package.

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The location map of Gua Tempurung.

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Drop by the stalls along Jalan Gopeng and try the famous  Tambun Pomelo   along Jalan Gopeng, near the Sam Poh Tong cave.

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TOUR: GRAND TOUR CAVING AT GUA TEMPURUNG (HAFLDAY TRIP) Destination: Gua Tempurung at Gopeng Perak Transportation: Public or private transportation fares: taxi, bus, etc are included (Please estimate the cost of gasoline or vehicle rental fee, in case of using a private car) Tour name: GRAND TOUR CAVING AT GUA TEMPURUNG (HAFLDAY TRIP) Summary: Gua Tempurung is one of the most majestic white marble and limestone towers in Malaysia. Amazing creature which concealed within this limestone massif is an intricate system of caves of various dimensions honeycombed inside the limestone hills. These caves are actually a breathtaking gallery of stalagmites and stalactites and other amazing rock formations which are superb speleogical wonders found only in this part of the world. Believed to have existed since early 8000 B.C., Gua Tempurung is probably the largest natural limestone structure in Malaysia. Gua tempurung consider as the longest cave with 1.9 km in length which cover five gigantic domes with ceilings resembling coconut shell (tempurung), hence its name Gua Tempurung. Gua is the Malay word for cave. Each of these domes has different calcium formations and marble there exist in differing temperatures and water levels. There is underground river is called Sungai Gua Tempurung. The river passage runs about 1.6 km through the cave inside Gunung Tempurung. The river or stream flows along the cave passageway at the lowest part of the cave gallery. The stream has potholes below the water surface, and pools where the floor dips. It has different water levels at different stretches, from ankle deep to chest high. The stream finds its way out of the cave and hillside! The client will enjoy wet and dry tour (2-3 Hours) of caving which cover all adventure part of Gua tempurung! Client will experience climbing vertical walls and sliding down to the slippery stones, crawling in smaller holes, duck walking in Underground River for return. The thrilling moment is a worthwhile in lifetime! Spoken Language: English speaking guide. Mandarin or Arabian speaking guide (upon request) Video and photo: Based on request. Meeting Point: River Explorer Office, Dataran Jahang, 31600 Gopeng Pick up services: Available with additional charges. Private car from any Ipoh hotel to gopeng (RM150.00). Schedule : Morning session (0930 Hrs) OR Afternoon session (1400 Hrs) Things to prepare: 🔰Sport attires. Long pants are advisable. 🔰Shoes or strap sandal 🔰A change of clothing 🔰Towel 🔰Sunblock lotion 🔰Insect repellent 🔰Torchlight Package inclusive: ☑️Transfers within activity area ☑️Certified safety equipment ☑️English speaking guide ☑️Private and professional guide ☑️Bottled drinking water ☑️Shower/changing facilities Package Exclusive: ❎Photographer/videographer (upon request) ❎Mandarin and Arabian speaking guide (upon request) ❎Insurance coverage (upon request)

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Spelunking Adventures at Gua Tempurung

Step into the largest limestone cave in peninsular malaysia.

Gua Tempurung, a cave of wonders and adventures promises an exhilarating discovery deep into its bowels; a cave complex that is home to stalactites and stalagmites of varying shapes and sizes! It’s time to switch on your Indiana Jones mode - we’re going to be exploring one of the oldest cave in Malaysia. This popular Gua Tempurung is the crown jewel of Perak, which offers various activities to spice up the guided caving tour here.

Into the Bowels of the Earth

Walkway within Gua Tempurung

Though there’s no hidden treasure to hunt for, Malaysia is blessed with incredible caves and natural resources that adds more appeal to this country. Known as the oldest cave in Malaysia, Gua Tempurung is situated in Gopeng, Perak. Gua Tempurung, lauded also as the largest limestone cave (4.5km in length) in Peninsular Malaysia, has been called many things, a refuge for those oppressed during the Japanese Invasion, a hideout for communists and even a shelter for prehistoric communities dating back to the 8,000 BC. With an affordable entrance fee starting from RM 8.00 for a Malaysian adult, the entrance fees varies according to the length of the tour

While it may not be known to many about Gua Tempurung’s darker side of story, this cave was once served as a hideout for the notorious communists, led by Chin Peng. The remnants of their hideout are left in forms of graffiti on the cave walls. The historical graffiti left by the communist guerrillas are said to be part of their plot to go against the British government during the Emergency Era of the 1950s.  The cave consists of five large domes that are adorned with varied formations of stalagmites and stalactites, it was opened to the public in 1997 and has been a popular tourist attraction ever since.

If you yearn to explore the Malaysian subterranean caverns, Gua Tempurung is definitely one that you shouldn't miss. It is listed as One of the Top 11 Caves in Malaysia . At the site itself, there are various tour packages offered to bring spelunkers a distance of 1.9 km deep, filled with breath taking underground waterfalls and magnificent limestone formations; all a mere fraction of the largely unexplored cave complex. Visitors can expect to be greeted by a variety of fun-filled adventurous activities, to spice up their journey in Gua Tempurung.

Getting to Gua Tempurung 

Situated in the Kampar district of Perak, it is located only 24 kilometres south of Ipoh (From Kuala Lumpur/Penang: approximately 200 km, 2 hours; from Singapore: approximately 550 km, 6 hours). Lucky for you Ipohites, this natural wonder lies not too far from you, which will only require a 20-minute drive from the city. Due to the short distance from the bustling cities, the drive from Kuala Lumpur/Penang to Gua Tempurung would be a better choice, where the journey there will be filled with scenic route, that is perfect to fulfill your appetite for sightseeing.For international travellers coming from Kuala Lumpur or Penang, car rental is a wise choice especially if you are travelling in a group. Once at the cave, it is time to embark on a journey deep into the bowels of this 250 to 400 million-year-old speleological wonder. “What is the opening hours of Gua Tempurung”, you may ask. The cave is made accessible to public on a daily basis, from 9am to 5pm.

The Sublime Beauty of the Golden Flowstone and Karst Landscape

Golden limestone formations at Gua Tempurung

Nothing will prepare you for the vast, subterranean cavern of Gua Tempurung as you descend deeper into the belly of the Earth. The narrow entrance and its sturdy cement pathway is only a prelude to an epic adventure. The first tour—dubbed the Golden Flowstone—provides an interesting and pleasurable 40 minutes trek allowing any spelunker to marvel at the alabaster stone slabs and walls. As you journey deeper past the illuminated maw of the cave, prepare to be awestruck by the 90m high, sloping damp walls and cave floor that reflect light with a golden hue. Tours begin with a guided walk through the accessible sections of the cave, where you can learn more about history of Gua Tempurung.

Spot the various shapes taken on by the formation of stalagmites and stalactites such as the lion, seahorse, dolphin and more that was formed by the excruciatingly slow growth of calcite deposits—about an inch per 250 years. Witness the sight of the spectacular rock formations and cavern room as you digest the natural beauty at every turn.  A sense of stillness descends as you turn 360 degrees and experience the humid and warm atmosphere perturbed only by echoes of voices and footsteps from other visitors. Before you’re inflicted by a sense of monotony—likely induced by heading up and down endless concrete steps—be assured that it will take an exciting turn soon.

Ascend To The Top Of The World In GuaTempurung

Ascending 640 steps is certainly no easy task but by the time you’ve reached the 5th platform, you’ll be standing 120m high above the cave floor. Catch your breath at the Wind Tunnel, so named by the palpable breeze ventilating the tunnels and lay eyes on an expansive cavern called the Gergasi Cavern, supported by a large column that looks like a fossilised spaceship.

Then, you’ll reach the Tin Mine Cavern where the karst landscape was made a tin mining site back in the days. Looking back at the Malayan history, tin mining activities were common especially in the state of Perak where major mining towns were formed. The Tin Mine Cavern was once a small-scale tin mining site where tragic accident occurred to the miners here, which resulted in death. The cause of these misfortune was believed to be due to a 1959 flash flood that left the miners, trapped to death; as according to what was inscripted on the Tombstone at the Tin Miner’s Cavern. There is even a display of set of tin-mining tools found in the cave!

There are also numerous other caverns such as the Alam Cavern, Fallen Warrior and Battlefield Cavern boasting formations that echo a warrior falling on a battlefield. But of course, the rewards are only sweet if you’ve placed your efforts on climbing the strenuous steps, in the humid condition of the cave. Your efforts to reach this point will be rewarded with a dazzling spectrum of colours as the supernal rays of light is reflected off the cave walls. Snap away on your cameras as this is your time to capture the spectacular view of the ancient cave, but do remember to always keep all your gadgets in a waterproof case!

Sliding through an Underground Stream

Underground river at Gua Tempurung

Alternating from low, narrow passages to vast caverns with cave ceilings so high it's enveloped by darkness, the silence is punctuated by the screeches of bats , cave dwellers and animals in Gua Tempurung. Along the way, you may very well come across scorpions, albino millipedes, giant spiders and crickets. If you’re lucky, you may dodge the fusillade of bat guanos; or wear a cap, just like the author of Star 2: Drawn by the Siren Call of Gua Tempurung . Slide through the slippery walls of the cave, especially well-suited for families  until you catch sight of lush greeneries on the outside.

You may find yourself wondering the proper attire to wear, for a caving adventure in Gua Tempurung. Do wear wool type or polypro clothing, gloves, kneepads and hiking boots with good grip. A change of clothing is also recommended together with waterproof backpacks and plastic covers for any electronics. Be certain that you will have to crawl, slide and wade through the chilly river that could reach up to knee level depending on the weather. Get ready to expect a challenging and yet exciting journey in the cave! At times, the tour might not be available as an overflowing river will make it impassable.

For the Ultimate Adventure, Attempt the 'Grand Tour'

Subterranean landscape of Gua Tempurung

None can measure up to the ultimate Grand Tour. A 3 hour 30 minutes’ trek (3.8km) from the entrance of Golden Flowstone, spelunkers should expect a crystal-clear underground river with no lack of climbing, crawling, ducking and slipping down rockslides. Do not miss the chance to gaze at glittering crystal-covered cave walls, multi-tier ponds, crystallised stalagmites and grand stone formations; a remarkable example of what nature is capable of.

Bring along some spare batteries for your torchlight and adequate amounts of water and snacks. Bruised elbows and knees are common so it is best to wear gloves and knee pads. Sweat-soaked and exhausted from all the physical exertions, the experience is one that will not be soon forgotten; a perfect getaway from the drudges of daily life.

If the caving excursion is not enough to satisfy your need for adventures, there are various adventurous activities that you might want to try. Located not too far away from the Gua Tempurung is the Kampar River, where most adventure-seekers will flock here for an adrenaline-rushing watersports. While you are still around the Gua Tempurung area, try on the whitewater rafting, river tubing or even the waterfall abseiling for the utmost thrill! If reading these has sparked an excitement in you to attempt the ultimate adventure , then you owe yourself a Caving, Abseiling and Rafting Ultimate Adventure from Adventoro!

Survival Tips To Conquer Gua Tempurung

Headlamp for caving

If you ever find yourself wondering, ‘is Gua Tempurung dangerous?’, fret not as it is probably one of those caves that are beginner-friendly! When it comes to caving, an experienced spelunker would mention the same thing: check your equipment; make sure torch lights and cameras have sufficient batteries for the best Gua Tempurung experience. Also, those suffering from heart complications or claustrophobia should only limit themselves to show caves.

Avoid wandering too deep especially if you have allergies related to bat guanos and limestones. Fortunately, the walkway and surroundings of Gua Tempurung are relatively clean as bats naturally prefer darker, less illuminated areas deeper within the cave. Always follow your guide, to ensure the best and smooth-sailing caving experience. The last thing you would want is to be lost in possibly the longest cave in Peninsular Malaysia, alone and in the dark!

It is best to make a list on the things to bring to Gua Tempurung before embarking on your caving excursion. Carry a backpack with you to contain the items you will be bringing, even better if the bag is a waterproof bag. Do bring an adequate supply of water and snacks to munch on but remember to dispose of your trash responsibly. Once again, wear comfortable attire and shoes with proper grip as the high humidity as well as the slippery terrain will have you wishing you did. Remember to also bring a change of clothes and towel if you’re attempting the wet tours. Take note on all these tips and you’re good to go!

In a Nutshell

Gua Tempurung provides a truly remarkable experience; being beneath the ancient limestone caverns and massive walls running parallel to your path will make it seem otherworldly. Be in one with the nature and learn about the history of Gua Tempurung, which will make a perfect, educational outing. A caving adventure will have you appreciate the gifts from Mother Nature, where it take aeons to be able to form what we can witness now. Go with your partner, friends or family; the more the merrier! Make certain that none are extremely claustrophobic as crawling through narrow underground rivers might just be too much. The journey is sure to foster a sense of camaraderie, aside from being another feather in your cap.

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