Morning begun early. I had breakfast at the rain-forest bakery Cafe with their cinnamon roll and a cup of black coffee. Before long, I boarded the rapid transit bus 101 to the National Parks. The ride lasted a total of 1.5hrs, where it traveled through several towns, rolling hills and curvy bends, before finally reaching its destination, the National Parks (Taman Negara). Akin to tourist sites, boat drivers were seen luring westerners to catch a ride with them. Knowing it could be a tourist trap, I headed to the parks office and registered myself.
After applying repellent and preparing my gear, I set off for the Kerachut beach (Turtle Beach). The short hike, a total of 6.8km (to/fro) led me through gentle hill slopes, streams and man-dug hills. On the way, I passed by several huts until I reached the edge of the meromictic lake. It refers to the clashing of sea water and fresh water, as sea water has a higher density, sea water sinks while the low density fresh water floats on the surface. The process also forms a natural dam formed between the entrance of the lake and the sea. I believe the beach was made partly due to the mentioned process.
Well, the beach was beautiful. It somewhat looked like a mix between Jurassic Park and the beach areas of Dead Island (the game). I got on with by lunch, before snapping a few photos.
Next, I headed back for Escape Adventure Land. The walk in was unnecessary, but largely due to the bus. Oh well... Once at the Park, the ticket entrance costs 87RM with a 20RM refundable credit. Locker rental costs 10RM for the whole day. The park itself was large! With high elements and obstacle courses, it was time to test my fear of heights. I started with some rock climbing with a few test drops. Next up, I headed to the main obstacle course that led me to several courses in varying difficulty. The hardest, surprisingly was the single rope bridges. With unsupported rope dangling from the line, it was super duper scary to simply cross it! Sometimes I wished I could just go down. However, there wasn't a way down. I just gotta do what I had to do - keep moving forward. The easiest had to be the tight rope. Despite the lack of foothold, it was fun to slither across it! The most exciting part was the flying fox. Except for the fact that one has to become spiderman to fly properly. Whew, by the time I finished, my hands were jittery and sore.
Last attraction, I headed to the slide. As I went down the slope with an inflated tube, I somehow turn 180° around spurn in a multitude to directions, hoping I won't flip and die in a horrible death 😝
Finally, I took the bus back to my hostel and got a much needed wash. I headed out to Prajani Mall to eat.. Macdonalds (of all things). For a Spicy Chicken Burger Meal (11RM), it wasn't quite comparable with Singapore's only. Well, it's cheap, what to do?
Soon I got onto my shopping mode, where I purchased a few goods, for the trip to Taman Negara. The day ended with a relaxing massage at a nearby shop (68RM), followed by supper at a Nasi Kambar Store. Awesome.
Backpacking over several towns and cities, the route passes through the Penang, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur.