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Road Trip: Dipping in Sungkai Hot Springs

By Yafieda Jamil

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Driving close to two hours.

The Hot Springs that we were looking for was located in Felda Residence Hot Springs in Sungkai, Perak, which was about close to two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Driving onto the North-South Highway, we thought we were lost when the view turned to  a palm oil plantation area, however as it turns out it was indeed the correct location when we started seeing the Felda residences to our right and left. It’s not that difficult to find our way especially when there were reliable signages leading us there. This is what I’ve grown to love during our #RoadTripMY, minimizing the risk of ending up in the wrong location. We parked at the designated area before getting on a tram to the theme park (as they call it here). By the way, the entrance fee is RM12 per adults and RM10 for children. Bear in mind too that outside food and drinks are not allowed in here and they do bag checking to ensure that. Don’t worry there is a cafe selling food and tidbits if you feel hungry. More about that later.

Swimming time!

The Hot Springs that we were looking for was located in Felda Residence Hot Springs in Sungkai, Perak, which was about close to two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Driving onto the North-South Highway, we thought we were lost when the view turned to  a palm oil plantation area, however as it turns out it was indeed the correct location when we started seeing the Felda residences to our right and left. It’s not that difficult to find our way especially when there were reliable signages leading us there. This is what I’ve grown to love during our #RoadTripMY, minimizing the risk of ending up in the wrong location. We parked at the designated area before getting on a tram to the theme park (as they call it here). By the way, the entrance fee is RM12 per adults and RM10 for children. Bear in mind too that outside food and drinks are not allowed in here and they do bag checking to ensure that. Don’t worry there is a cafe selling food and tidbits if you feel hungry. More about that later.

 

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The mountain spring area with cascading waterfall.

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The hot springs area which can get hot!

 

Boiling your own eggs at 100 degrees Celsius.

This was the fun part, being able to experience boiling eggs over the super hot spring water and timing it to get the perfect half boiled or hard boiled egg of your choice. It’s interesting to see people, including myself, queuing up to boil the eggs dipped in the hot water. I mean it’s not like we can’t do it at home, it’s just that it confirms how hot the water is until you’re able to boil eggs to perfection, without gas! A bowl of 6 eggs, a plastic spoon and a little packet of soy sauce costs RM6 but if you need extra bowls or spoons, they sell that separately at a different cost. Once we have the eggs, we went to the boiling area and using the deep netting ladle, placed all the eggs in before putting in the spring water. I prefer my eggs half boiled so I had to time it to 3 minutes. A full hard boiled egg takes 6-7 minutes, a 3/4 egg takes about 4 minutes while the 1/4 egg takes about 2 minutes.

 

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One bowl of 6 eggs cost RM5.

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Boiling the eggs in the hot water, without gas proves to be an interesting experience.

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Time the eggs to get the eggs you want.

Enjoy other facilities around the park too.

If you prefer to have a private Jacuzzi session in the hot springs, you can book for your own private area for RM75 per hour which can fit about 6-7 people. It is quite expensive but worth it if you wish to swim in private. A Spa village is also available for those who wish to have a good massage in the calming nature surrounding. It’s best to spend the night here if you wish to try out all the facilities. We were happy walking on the hot stones at the Therapy Park which proved to be good for our nerve system in the body. I couldn’t stand the heat halfway and jumped out but both Bart, Milo and Johan made it all the way to the end. I guess it is about mind over body matter when it comes to heat. There are pools of family baths available with different temperature settings from 35 degrees to 50 degrees being the hottest. Some were shaded while others were opened so if it’s a hot day, you can image the heat doubling up when you dip your feet in. Overall, there are plenty of things to do for everyone, from children to adults which makes for a great weekend outing. Other facilities such as surau, shower, toilets and chalets are also available for those who wish to spend the night here.

 

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A private jacuzzi area for those who wish to swim in private.

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The therapy park with tiny stones in hot water is good for the nerve system in our body.

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There are a few family baths available with different temperatures for anyone to try.

 

 

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