An unplanned trip to Ipoh this year. Originally, I was thinking to visit Ipoh together with nearby tourist area such as tea boh farm and hot spring. This capital of Perak is located 200km from KL. In the past, I was just passed by this city without really go around. It has been 4 years since my last trip to Ipoh. I start my journey at 8am from KL.
Ipoh Old Town Trip
7-8 March 2009
What is so interesting about Ipoh? As the capital is well-known on its own history, it’s has been made famous by the food like bean sprout chicken rice. I’m not sure whether it’s originated from here, however, it had been long associated with.
I drive along the old trunk road which save me toll payment about RM24.60. This cost is about half tank of my petrol. I don’t mind driving the slower road but I do care about the volume of vehicles on the road. It just get on my nerve.
Since it’s already lunch time at 11.30am when I reach, I settle down my lunch at famous Ipoh Chicken Rice stall. Yummy. But no pictures here. LoL. I’m not into food blogging. Keke.
The Mines Wonderland is a theme-park with variety of entertainment and with numerous multi-colored night light. It was built on former mining pool and has various attraction such as laser show, musical fountain, snow house and a wide range of water sport activities on the lake.
The Mines Wonderland
15 February 2009
It has been a long while since my last visit, probably more than 10 years ago. My visit this time is just for fun and coincidentally on the Valentines Day mood with my dear. After many years, my curiosity has built up.
The entrance has moved to the amphitheater side, so we need to walk a distance to reach there.
Price for an adult is RM35 with senior citizen is RM25 and child is RM23. Kind of expensive and the park is not live up its expectation. No wonder not many visitors on the weekend. I thought something should be going wrong.
Nevertheless, you still seeing some beautiful landscape catered for Chinese New Year and Flora Festival that still going on.
What I notice at the first is roller coaster is no longer there. The winter house is no longer have snow however, the temperature is still maintain as before. It’s no longer called Snow House but Four Season Garden.
The current season is Spring. Winter is already over, so no snow.
Among all, I found that this small tower is the best!
From the entrance towards the park, I saw Coin Garden. This garden houses local coins and some foreign coins. Local coins from 1 cent until 1 ringgit. The coin is not small, almost as tall as an adult.
My most favorite RM1 gold coin which is no longer use in Malaysia.
One of the big foreign coin.
On the lakeside, there is Giant Dragon Sculpture. I find it new and interesting.
Does dragon tortoise represent anything? I don’t know.
At night, the light will shine those dragons. It become an antique look.
I stumble upon this unknown park which housing various animal statues such as bear, deer, elephant, pigeon and etc. It’s actually an abandon mini golf in landscaped park.
Mural that getting tear off. Originally very nice and real but spoil totally.
Nothing can beat this dirty water. Aiksss…FYI…I took a photo here a decade ago. Up-to-date, it wasn’t even one change!
The Secrets of Tiger is just an exhibition with lots of picture and fact articles.
A giant tiger statue in front of its house.
Garden Boat is located opposite tiger’s house and had a dominating ride there. Nobody is riding except both of us.
This birdcage-like boat takes you on a cruise along a 200 metres canal.
Canal water is moving slowly and we enjoy green environment very much.
The park is housing various kinds of animals and it scattered around in their cages. Statue animal can be found as well. Some of the special species of tigers, peacocks and parrots are having their own park and section.
Light Fantasy On Water with giant animated aquatic animals decorated with numerous multi-colored lights floats proudly on the lakeside.
Axe moon shape at night.
Vriesea & Topiary Garden.
Vintage Car is where you can drive it along and round the fish pond where you can experience nostalgic moments. Nearby the station, there is a fish feeding on mostly koi.
Musical Fountain is one of the attraction that still represent Mines Wonderful uniqueness in local tourism. Incorporating light, musical and water, the “water dance” is a spectacular sight.
Laser show is also available with multimedia presentation. Magic show comes after that. I started to become boring and go back after the show.
Restaurant and other cafe facilities are maintain so so and not many varieties. More places is worth to visit such as Road Tram, Unity Fountain, Unity Train, White Kingdom and etc.
Taman Rama-Rama Melaka is one of the sanctuary that houses butterflies and insects in the world. More than 200 local species included the rare species such as Rajah Brooke and Birdwing. Other than that, they are more than 400 collection of insects.
Taman Rama-Rama (Melaka)
Butterfly Park in Melaka is one of the few places I visit during my stay in Melaka. It’s just located after Ayer Keroh toll. You have to turn to the left after the toll OR pay attention to the signboard once you paid your toll.
Carpark is FREE. Entrance fees is RM6 for adult and RM3 for your camera!
The weather during my visit is okay, just a bit of raining. Not many peoples at that time although it was a holiday. Perhaps once in every 10 years as my last visit is almost a decade.
A group of butterfly sucking the juice from orange and pineapple slices.
In fact, there are many local species and rare species is very hard to find.
A beautiful species here.
It’s very concentrate on its meal until not aware that we have taken 2 pictures already with close gap.
A koi pond which I think is a must in such beautiful landscape. Compliment to the nature.
Other than normal butterflies that we expected, there are many unexpected could be seen. One of it is weird frog which look alike robotic. Geezzz.
America Alligator is damn dangerous compare to asian crocs.
I suddenly think that whether should I visit Crocodile Farm in my next destination since they had their own section here and wondering what the need to have a special park dedicated to them.
Can I have Bear Park or Tiger Park?
What a leopard is going to do in Butterfly Park and Reptilians? To make RM6 entrance fees worth enough?
Malayan Tapir can be found in some forested habitat. It can be seen actively during the night. I like tapir due to the color scheme equal to panda.
Asian tortoise is the largest inhabiting Asia and fourth largest in the world.
Turtle is coming after the tortoise. One is land and one is water.
Through out the park, I noticed some reptiles in their own cage with different species from different countries.
Butterfly exhibition room is in final section. This indoor section with a massive collection of insects in dead form.
The park is an imitation of the butterfly’s natural habitat in overall. So, if you want to come to the Taman Rama-Rama, Melaka (Butterfly Farm, Melaka), make sure to bring camera as it’s worth to bring back some wonderful shots.
Taman Rimba Ampang
28 December 2008
It’s located far away at the end of Jln Ampang. In fact, if you drive until the end of Jln Ampang, you will discover the road name change to Jalan Bukit Belacan. As long as the road is connected, drive until you see this entrance.
Welcome to Taman Rimba Ampang. It’s really an escape to the city next door. Not much can expected. Parking fees is RM2 and entrance fee is RM1 per person.
Even the road is paved, public vehicle is not allow to enter. Probably to keep the air fresh from carbon monoxide.
The water stream flow nicely. It’s real and no doubt as Hulu Langat forest is popular with beautiful scenic.
Taking off your shoes and walk on the water give a cold walk. Even with sitting nearby also feel the comfort.
If you’re ready to dip onto water, be prepare with your clothes to change.
I found nothing can be tell here except the scenic view of nature rocky river. Visitors who visit for just running or jogging don’t even bother with the scenic.
Kids and teenagers are enjoying themselves dipping in the cold pool. Some even perform stunt to outperform their buddies.
Just hang around and enjoy the old forest.
I came at 8am and it’s still early and quiet until 10am, peoples started coming with picnic stuffs. It’s perfect place for picnic with such a nice landscaped grounds.
In conclusion, Ampang Rimba Park is perfect for bird lover, jogger and picnicker.