[EVENT CANCELLED] Mt Ophir Hike/ Muar Food Trail & Hot-Spring!
It's time now for you to unwind, recharge and rejuvenate.
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(Fri - Sun)
Meeting at Bishan MRT Exit A
Event cancelled due to an increase in entrance fees by three times. Please contact David (TLC's organizer) should you have any queries. Thank you.
Mt. Ophir (Gunung Ledang) is the highest mountain in Johor with an enticing realm of nature, adventure, history, legends, flora and fauna. Situated in the Gunung Ledang National Park, this is one of the most popular and frequently climbed mountains in Malaysia rising to a height of 4,210 ft (1,276m). The mountain lies at the border next to the state of Malacca.
It takes a 3 to 4 hour climb to the summit for a reasonably fit person. During the ascent, one would need to overcome vertical slopes and boulders through the use of ladders and ropes. Technique, adequate arm power and leg strength is required to pull yourself up some of these steep slopes. There are no safety lines or harness to help you. That's where it gets interesting ... doing things that you never thought or imagine you could do. Yes it's time to discover your true self!
Muar Old Town
However this weekend getaway is not only about testing your fitness cos after the fulfilling hike, your reward is a Rest & Relax overnight trip to unwind at an old laid-back Malaysian town - Muar! It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia to be visited and explored for its delicious and cheap local food, coffee and historical buildings from the pre-war days.
Coffee shops and street stalls lined up along colored coded shop-houses and streets makes an interesting nostalgic sight bringing back beautiful memories of the good old days in Singapore during the 60s. Because of the street's unique and artistic architecture, this town is also one of the location spots for the filming of Singapore's The Little Nonya.
Food, Glorious Food!
Local Muar Otah, Char-kway teow, Oh-chien, Chee cheong fun, HK Congee, Carrot cake, Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball, Chwee kway, Bak-kut Teh, Tim-sum awaits all food lovers! And if we are lucky, there may just be a Pasar Malam (Night market) there for us to mingle with the locals and try some local snacks.
For those who are unaware, coffee bean and coffee powder of Muar is the top favourite among the locals and tourists. A standard traditional breakfast includes a cup of Muar coffee, the butter and kaya spread roti bakar (bread toast) and half-boiled egg. Good old 60's style.
**If time permits, and based on the general response of the group, we may consider visiting some of these other laid back attractions -
Pantai Leka, Parit Jawa - A nice sea-side fishing village and the coast is an important stopover and winter feeding ground for 60 bird species of migratory birds including egret, eagle, heron, sandpiper, swift and kingfisher, and efforts is being taken to gazet the area as a bird sanctuary. There are many sea food joints, grilled fish and assam pedas stalls and restaurants in this village serving nice delicious foods.
Sungai Gersik Hot Spring - Kolam Air Panas Sungai Gersik, the natural wonder of hot springs can be found in the district of Muar, about 10km from Parit Jawa town. The hot spring, with water temperature is estimated at 50 to 70 degree Celsius, was discovered over 100 years ago in the peaty area, was believed to have healing power due to its high sulphur content. The hot spring area has chalet, public amenities like toilet, bath-rooms and parking facilities.
10:45pm - Meet & Greet (Impt. Briefing/ Attendance)
11:00pm - Board Coach for S'pore CIQ Checkpoint (Heavy Jam Expected). No waiting for latecomers.
11:55pm - Arrive JB Custom/ Immigration
01:30am - Arrive at Yong Peng for light snack/ supper
02:15am - Leave Yong Peng for Mt Ophir (Gunung Ledang)
05:30am - Arrive at Tangkak/ Gunung Ledang. Have early breakfast at local coffee shop or bring your own.
07:00am - Change at Park Office HQ and complete park admin & payment
08:00am - Briefing by Ophir Head Guide. Start trek ascend
12:00pm - Lunch (bring your own packed lunch) at Summit
12:45pm - Start trek descent wherever you are! (*Impt: Latest cut-off time 1pm)
04:30pm - Arrival at HQ for declaration. Wash up at Park HQ
05:00pm - Coach Leaves for Muar Food Centre for dinner.
(*Those who are still not down yet may proceed to the Muar Hawker Centre (1.5hrs) on their own or straight to Elite Hotel after 8.30pm. Fare approx. RM250 by taxi)
08:30pm - Group Check-in to Hotel. Free & Easy Relaxation, Shopping etc.
08:00am- Explore Muar Old Town - Walking Tour/ Food Trail/ Local Breakfast
11:00am - Check out & proceed to try Muar's Famous Otah/ Local Products Shopping outlet.
01:30pm - Group Lunch (included) at Parit Jawa Old Fishing Village & see migration of birds
03:00pm - Enjoy Hot-spring (included) to soak your tired muscles
04:00pm - Leave for Singapore
07:30pm - Arrive at Marsiling/ Bishan MRT station if no jam at Causeway
This is a popular event! Hurry and transfer via:
ATM/Online to: TLC ADVENTURE TOURS PTE LTD - DBS Current Acct: 070-90238-1-9
PayNow/PayLah to: TLC - DBS Current Acct: 070-001597-8
Once you have transferred, pls WHATSAPP a screenshot of the transfer receipt to Hp: 9745 1777 (David - TLC Organizer).
One Night Hotel Stay in Muar City Centre or similar
2 Way Air-Con Coach, Pick-up & transfer in SIN
1 Sumptuous Group Seafood Lunch or Dinner
All other personal expenses not listed above.
Park entrance & Compulsory Guide fees according to your nationality to be fair to many of our Malaysian members. To be paid at the Park Headquarters.
*For Malaysians RM47. Foreigners RM71 (Includes 4 Licensed Guides, Hiking Permit Fees, Outdoor Insurance, Park Entrance Fees as at 1 July 2017)
ESSENTIAL PACKING LIST:
Valid Passport. Malaysian Currency
Hiking Sun Hat/ Cap
Water – Min 1.5 litre Isotonic drinks/ coconut water & 1.5 litres of water. Min *3 litres in total to last for 9.5 hrs of hiking. You will need this minimum amount due to the hot and humid weather. *Can buy at Yong Peng
Food – Packed Breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, energy bars, energy gel, sweets, chewing gum, Brand’s Essence of chicken etc.
First Aid kit eg. plasters, medicated oil, po-chai pills, panadol extra, muscle rub etc.
Gloves w/rubber grip for holding to the ropes & ladders
Whistle & Torchlight with spare batteries
Mobile phone - fully charged & power-bank
Passport, Sufficient ringgit for Ophir permit, mountain insurance and guide fees
Raingear as weather may change
Trekking pole – Especially for descend. Make sure it is retractable
Good comfortable mid-cut hiking/ trekking shoes with good socks (Impt). No jogging shoes please
Sunglasses, Sunblock Lotion, Umbrellas, Hand-held mini fan etc
Pen to fill in the list of items in your backpack declaration (Compulsory)
OPTIONAL PACKING LIST:
• Handphone/ Camera w/spare batteries
• Jacket - To keep warm during the night journey in the coach
• Spare clothes - To change into after the hike. (To be left in the coach)
• Luggage bag for check-in at Muar Hotel (To be left in the coach during the hike)
**By my participation, I agree & accept TLC's terms and conditions.**