17 Things to Do and Eat in Gopeng

Gopeng is a tranquil town in Kampar district, located roughly 30 minutes south of Ipoh and 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur by car. Framed by majestic limestone cliffs, rivers, and caves, it is easily the go-to destination for anyone to jump, swim, hike, and raft into an adventure!

Its ancient rainforests is also home to the indigenous Semai tribe, as well as a myriad of flora and fauna including the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, and the rare Rajah Brooke Butterfly.

While nature certainly has a strong hold on the image of Gopeng, the little town has its share of cultural attractions. Once a significant tin mining area, Gopeng attracted a strong Chinese settlement whose culture is still etched in the historical pre-war buildings that dot the town.

Here is our ultimate guide to the 20 things you can do and eat in Gopeng. Time to get your adrenaline pumping!

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1. White Water Rafting in Kampar River

White water rafting is the most popular attraction in Gopeng, especially along the Kampar River. Some of the town’s most picturesque sceneries can be found along the river, and you get to enjoy them while tackling the Grade I to III river rapids. It is suitable for beginners.

Before you head to the white water rafting site, you will be given your own life jacket helmet and paddle, then briefed on the paddling commands and safety drills. You will also get to do a water confidence test before it’s your turn to challenge the rapids!

An experienced rafter will be on board to instruct you on how to navigate the river, while pointing out the interesting sights on the way. There are the ruins of a dam built by the British during the tin mining era, a spot where hundreds of Rajah Brooke Butterflies would gather, and many breathtaking scenery that will melt your heart.

There are many companies offering white water rafting packages. If you’re planning to find an overnight stay in Gopeng, we suggest going for accommodations that include this extreme (and extremely fun) activity in their package.

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2. Waterfall Abseiling at Ulu Geruntum

Get a grip as you abseil down a waterfall! If you haven’t heard of abseiling, this is an action-packed activity where you descend vertically down a peak with a double rope coiled around your body – just like how you see firefighters do it. It feels nerve-wrecking at first, but there are professionals to help you, and eventually it gets easier as you become more confident.

As you abseil down the rocks, with the refreshing water pounding against your skin, you can easily imagine yourself as Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, conquering the elements in the wilderness.  

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3. Caving at Gua Tempurung

Perak is filled with beautiful limestone caves, the most impressive of the lot being Gua Tempurung. It is around 400 million years old, with a collection of stalagmites and stalactites in 5 caverns. Once used by the Communist during the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960, you can still see some of their graffiti on the walls.

There are 4 tours that allow you to explore the largest cave in Peninsular Malaysia.

Tour DurationHighlights
Golden Flowstone 40 minutes Walk across a walkway on stilts over the cave river. Admire the sloping patterns on the walls which gives off a golden hue when illuminated.
Top of the World 1 hour 45 minutes Climb up 640 steps and enjoy the breeze at the Wind Tunnel, then glimpse into its tin mining past at the Tin Mine Caven. See the Walking Stick stalactite, Fallen Warrior formation and Battlefield Cavern.
Top of the World & Short River Adventure 2.5 hours Head down 230 steps from the Top of the World to an underground river where you enjoy a wet adventure before reaching the great outdoors.
Grand Tour 3.5 hours Complete the adventure as you go spelunking. You have to crawl, swim, slide and climb through the cave, while seeing the majestic formations along the underground river.

4. Caving at Gua Kandu

At 1100 metres in length, Gua Kandu is the 7th longest cave in Peninsular Malaysia. It was also cited by Malaysian Nature Society as one of the 10 most important karst conservation sites in Kinta.

Gua Kandu is popular for caving adventures, even for beginners. Within it there are many otherworldly wonders, from limestone curtain stalactites that shimmer in light, to rocks that resemble creatures and prehistoric evidences. One of the well-known formations you would come across is the Lion’s Head. Like many caves in Kinta Valley, it also has graffiti left behind from when it was used as a communist guerilla hideout – look out for the red star.

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5. Hike at Bukit Batu Putih

For hiking enthusiasts who love the thrill of crossing out as many trails on your list, there is Bukit Batu Putih. Not to be mistaken for Gunung Batu Putih or the one in Melaka! Bukit Batu Putih is an easy and short hike with minimal obstacles. It takes you about 1.5 hours to reach the summit and back, with 2 scenic points to enjoy the views of Gopeng. 

Price: RM3 entry
Facilities: Free parking at Jalan Bunga Pakma, toilets

Related: 50 Hiking Trails to Conquer in Malaysia

6. Gaharu Tea Valley

Tucked at the edge of Gopeng, Gaharu Tea Valley is an agarwood plantation that has since become an agro-tourism destination. It is surrounded by what people fondly call the Great Wall of Gopeng, which keeps the 200,000 endangered trees protected from intruders or wild animals.

The main highlights here are the Hilltop Viewing Stage (for view of the plantation and the Titiwangsa range), Lover’s Park (a pair of intertwining trees that look like they are hugging each other) and Tree Hugging Park (where you can hug trees with adorable illustrations). You can also buy gaharu seedlings and products like tea, cookies, instant noodles and fragrance oils.

Gaharu Tea Valley
Address:
Jalan Sungai Itek 31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
9.15am – 6pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Price: Free (Guided minivan tour is RM10 for adults and RM5 for kids)
See website

7. Gopeng Museum

Gopeng Museum tells the tale of Gopeng in its tin mining glory days through its exhibition. There are over 300 antiques housed here, which were once used by the older generation of townsfolk across the century.

You’ll see items such as old-school sewing machines, watches, clocks, radios, gas lamps, typewriters, cameras, gramophone records and machines used to process tin and rubber, amongst others. It’s a neat little place to learn about the history and culture of this quaint town.

Gopeng Museum
Address:
28, Jln Eu Kong, Pekan Gopeng, 31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
Sat – Sun, 9am– 3pm
Price: Free (donations welcomed to keep the place running)

Explore this historical town with a local who loves and knows it well. Join the Gopeng Town Heritage Walk .

8. Gopeng Heritage House

There is something nostalgic about stepping into the Gopeng Heritage House. Along Japan Sungai Itek are 13 heritage shophouses, one of which is a pink Baba Nyonya abode that captures scenes from the past. Immaculately cared for to the point that even the original wood is used to refurbish it, you can get a glimpse of a traditional barber shop, kopitiam, and other local scenes under one roof.

For something off the beaten track, the Gopeng Heritage House is well worth the visit. There are plenty of old furniture, calligraphy paintings, valuable décor and antiques that showcase the colourful lives of the middle class in Gopeng, back in the 20th century.

If you have children, they probably won’t have any idea what some of the items are!

Gopeng Heritage House
Address:
6, Jalan Sg Itek, 31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
Sat – Sun, 9am– 3pm
Price: Free (donations welcomed to keep the place running)

This Christmas, we’re giving away a trip to Adeline Villa & Rest House at Gopeng for 2 worth RM 750. Head over to our Facebook page to take part!

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9. Eu Kong Street, Market Street (Jalan Pasar) & High Street (Jalan Tasek)

Wander around the streets close to the Gopeng Museum, and you’ll see the remnants of a historical town. This trinity of old streets in Gopeng forms the old town centre in Gopeng town, which once served as the site of the theatre and the old market. While most of the old shophouses here were destroyed in a fire in 1186, there are still several pre-war buildings standing here.

10. Gopeng Antique Kopitiam

Many pre-war shoplots in Gopeng were refurbished into antique-style coffee shops, one of which is Gopeng Antique Kopitiam. The popular coffee shop is a blast to the past with wooden walls and quaint décor like marble-top tables and antique chairs. Enjoy Western and Asian dishes such as Yue Guang Ho (Moon Light Koay Teow, with an egg popped in the middle), Sambal Fried Lao Shu Fen, Mixed Meat Platter, as well as Sweet and Sour Pork.

There are many senior patrons in the town who love to frequent the kopitiam, chatting about old times over a cup of traditional Kopi-O.

Gopeng Antique Kopitiam
Address:
No 3 Jalan Pasar, Gopeng 31600 Malaysia
Opening Hours:
5.30pm – 11pm (Closed on Monday)

11. Heritage Town Café

Heritage Town Café is a chilled place to hang out in Gopeng, serving Asian cuisine and local favourites. The boutique café gives off a small-town charm with a unique setting. Dishes you must try are their signature Hainanese Chicken Chop, Roasted Fish with Banana Leaf, Yam and Pork dish, Lamb Cutlets and Sotong Paku-Pakis.

Heritage Town Café
Address:
104, Jalan High, 31600 Gopeng Malaysia
Opening Hours:
Daily, 11.30pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11.00pm

Explore this historical town with a local who loves and knows it well. Join the Gopeng Town Heritage Walk.

12. Koo Fung Bistro

Koo Fung Bistro takes you down the nostalgic road with its 1960s vibe. Filled with olden day furniture, the beer trading shop has been turned into a vintage gallery. Here is where you get to enjoy beer, beverages and snacks.

Koo Fung Bistro (高峰酒吧)
Address:
Jln Kampung Rawa, Pekan Gopeng, 31600 Gopeng, Negeri Perak
Price: Below RM5 per entry

13. Perak State Herb Club (Taman Herba Negeri Perak)

Located 15 minutes from the PLUS Simpang Pulai toll is Perak State Herb Club, a public herbs park with over 500 plant species. Once an abandoned tin mining area, there are now three scenic lakes within the area.

It is also home to 8 herb gardens and a nursery, each with their own unique features. The gardens are categorised by heritage herbs, medicinal herbs, aromatic herbs, ulam/salad herbs and cosmetic herbs.

Perak State Herb Club
Address:
Batu 1, Jalan Simpang Pulai, 31300 Gopeng, Perak.
Opening Hours:
Weekdays, 8.00am – 5.00pm
Price: RM2 (Adults), RM1 (Children below 12)
Facilities: Car Parks, Toilet, Prayer Room, Campsite, Hall

14. Kellie’s Castle

Kellie’s Castle is a prominent landmark in Perak, and worth a trip from Gopeng. Built by a Scottish rubber plantation owner named William Kellie Smith, it looms over Batu Gajah, telling a tale of mystery and romance.

Like the Taj Mahal, it was meant to be a gift for his wife. Construction began in 1915, but the mansion was never finished following Smith’s death in 1926. Sprawled across the site are secret tunnels, 14 rooms and an elevator shaft that would have housed the first elevator in Malaya.

Some say that this abandoned family home is haunted. Yet for most visitors, the ruins of Kellie’s Castle against the lush backdrop makes a great photography spot. Whatever it is, this attraction remains as a part of our fascinating history.

Kellie’s Castle
Address:
31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu (9.00am – 5.30pm), Fri (9.00am – 6.00pm)
Price: Free
Facilities: Car Parks, Toilet

15. Hup Teck Soy Sauce Factory

This humble family-run business has been processing soy sauce using their traditional recipe and methods since before World War One. Ask nicely and the Lau family would happily show you what is in the large earthern pots, used to store soya beans during the fermentation process.

Be sure to buy a bottle or two. They cost under RM10 each – and you’ll be getting the homemade same soy sauce local hawker stall owners and housewives swear by.

Hup Teck Soy Sauce Factory (合德酱油)
Address:
6, Jln Kampung Rawa, Pekan Gopeng, 31600 Gopeng, Perak
Opening Hours:
Daily, 8.00am – 4.00pm

Explore this historical town with a local who loves and knows it well. Join the Gopeng Town Heritage Walk.

16. Trek to see the Rafflesia

Most people are unaware that the world’s largest flower also blooms in Perak. Trekking to where the Rafflesia flower can be found requires the help of indigenous Semai guides, whose tribe has been using the flower as traditional medicine for generations. Each Rafflesia takes 9 months to grow into maturity, and barely a week before it dies – so it’s quite rare to be able to see such a sight!

If you’re staying in a local resort like Adeline Villa and Rest House, you can check with the trekking guides there, who can help you organise a trip if you are lucky!

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17. Visit the Indigenous Semai Tribe of Kampung Ulu Geroh

Just 30 minutes away from Gopeng town is Kampung Ulu Geroh, the home of an Orang Asli tribe known as the Semai. They consist of farmers, hunters and gatherers, who make a living through the trade of wild fruits, medicinal plants and vegetables.

For adventure seekers who want to step into the lives of these villagers, you can join Adi and Jennyfer’s tour. You’ll get to hike, take a splash at Damak Waterfall, learn to weave traditional lead accessories, set animal traps, fish using jungle rods, use a blowpipe and more. You can either stay in huts built by the tribe, or sleep in tents under the stars.

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Where to stay in Gopeng: Adeline Villa and Rest House

If you are looking for a place to stay in Gopeng, we recommend Adeline Villa and Rest House. It’s a beautiful retreat in the hills of Gopeng started by a bubbly lady named Adeline, and her team, over 15 years ago. In fact, it was suggested to us by a few local friends who live in Perak.

Their packages include signature Gopeng activities such as white water rafting, waterfall abseiling, jungle trekking and caving in Gua Tempurung or Gua Kandu.

There are 2 room types you can choose from: Villas (Ensuite Chalets with hill views) and Rest Houses (Dorm-style rooms that can fit between 4 to 40 people). They also provide like hot water shower, air-conditioning, free parking, cafe amenities and buffet meals.

From now till 31 December 2019, enjoy 5% off Adeline Villa & Rest House packages booked on LokaLocal. Use promo code “ADELINE5” when you check out!

Ready for Christmas? LokaLocal is giving one lucky winner a trip to Adeline Villa & Rest House at Gopeng for 2 worth RM 750 – complete with delicious meals and 3 exciting activities. Head over to our Facebook page to take part!

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