My trip to Kuala Woh Recreational Forest (Hutan Lipur Kuala Woh) is a continuation of my long standing list of waterfalls and natural recreational parks in Perak to visit.
To give you a rough idea of its location, the park is along Jalan Pahang, that stretches from Tapah to Ringlet, Cameron Highlands. Turn right when you see Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Tujuh (7th milestone) on your left. It is then a short drive to the entrance of the park.
It was raining cats and dogs when I arrived, but it couldn’t be helped as Sunday was the only day I could pry myself away from my desk. Also, I had thought that after a night of rain, it would let up, but it did not. Anyway, the planned road trip had to go on.
Kuala Woh Recreational Forest is said to be one of the more established and popular eco-parks in Perak. During my visit, members of Proton Club were there for team building. Yes, in the rain!
There were a few families there as well for picnic but I guess it would be way more crowded if not for the wet weather.
Kuala Woh Recreational Forest may not be five-star but they are equipped with basic amenities. They have many signs in the park on the Dos and Don’ts. What are allowed include photography, camping, picnicking (and BBQ), swimming, trekking, nature studying and kayaking.
On the other hand, visitors are not allowed to ride a motorcycle, fish, destroy the plants, start a campfire, cut tress, catch fauna, graffiti, and romancing.
Do take precaution when entering the river (Sungai Batang Padang) or hot springs. There is always a risk of contracting communicable diseases. Besides, stay alert for flash floods (kepala air) gushing down from the summit of the hills, which could cause drowning.
There are many signs put up here that visitors are using the facilities at their own risk. Therefore, important phone numbers to note down are:
Pejabat Hutan Daerah Perak Selatan: +605-4011216
Balai Polis Tapah: +605-4011222
Bomba (Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia): +605-4011444
Admission fare to Kuala Woh Recreational Forest:
Senior citizen: RM1
Commercial photography: RM200
GPS Coordinates: N 04.24292° E101.32273°
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