Gua Tempurung Caves

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Flag of Malaysia  , Perak,
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gua Tempurung – located near the town of Gopeng (15 mins away from Ipoh), one of the most magnificent and beautiful limestone caves in Malaysia. If you are short of time and won't be able to make it to Mulu in Borneo, I highly suggest that you drop by here for a visit, we were astonished by the size and beauty of this cave. This is one of the largest caves on Peninsula Malaysia stretching between the towns of Gopeng and Kampar, about 120m in height and over 400million years old.
Best be there in the morning, last tour ends at 4 pm and the cave will be closed to visitors. Only allowed to go in with a ranger due to safety reasons. Could choose from  4 different types of tours – golden flowstone (one hour), top of the world (3 hours), and two wet tours. We chose the Top of the World tour and paid RM 9 per person. The cave is truly magnificent and the steps and railings are well-maintained and nicely constructed for safety. Our guide was very informative, told us lots about the formation of stalagmites and stalactites and how they grew 2 inches every hundred years. There were various strange formations in the cave, crystal chambers; beautiful speleotherms like stalagmites, stalactites, rim stone pools, curtains, straws, calcite crystals and pillars. A good pair of shoes are a must for the tours as the stones can get slippery during rainy season. We were there during the dry season and there hasn't been any rain for the past 2 weeks, so the caves were dry. Our guide did mention that waterfalls and pools decorate the caves during rainy season. After 645 steps up to the Top of the World and another 645 steps back down to the entrance, we were completely exhausted. There are bathrooms and changing rooms outside the entrance as well as restaurants and grocery stores.
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