Kuala Gandah, Bentong, Raub 2D1N free and easy..2014

 

After reading a write-up on Kuala Gandah National  Elephant Conservation  Centre in Lanchang, Pahang in Sin Chew Daily,   we decided to visit this place.

We, three of us, mummy and also ‘xiao zai’  Vvy  started our trip on one of the Saturday  morning.

We reached Bukit Tinggi after about 4 ½ hour  drive. It was lunch hour, so we stopped at Bukit Tinggi for lunch. The drive was relax and enjoyable as Vvy also helped to take over the driver’s seat.

 

This is the restaurant where we had our lunch. Price is reasonable. Quite famous for tourists.

This is the restaurant where we had our lunch. Price is reasonable. Quite famous for tourists.

Waiting for food to be served

Waiting for food to be served

After that we proceeded to Karak-Kuantan highway, exit at Lanchang Plaza Toll. It started to rain immediately  after  exit  at Lanchang Plaza Toll. From Lanchang Plaza Toll,  it’s another  10 – 15 km drive before we arrived at the Conservation Centre. Entry to the Conservation Center is free for all visitors.

Entrance is free.

Entrance is free.

Actually there’s a video clip presentation about the Conservation  at around 1.00 pm. Alas, we missed it. So we waited for the rain to stop before heading for the elephant sanctuary. There’s supposed to have a session where you can witness the baby elephants  bathing in the river and also you can go for an elephant ride.  However  it was cancelled due to the rain.

 

Mummy feeding the jumbo with sugar cane which can be bought at RM 3.00 per bundle

Mummy feeding the jumbo with sugar cane which can be bought at RM 3.00 per bundle

 

Here, you can purchase sugar cane to feed the elephants so that you can have a closer look at the elephants.   Some of the trained jumbos are imported from Thailand and Myanmar to help train the local ones. As it was still raining, we didn’t stay long as you can’t take photo properly.

Now it is my turn to feed..

Now it is my turn to feed..

So, we proceeded to the deer farm which is located only a few kilometer  away from the Conservation Centre. This farm is operated by a private company. So you need to pay an entrance fee.  Actually this farm also has other animals other than deer.

Opens Daily (except Friday).   Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 5.30pm

 

At Deerfarm Park. See very empty and deserted..

At Deerfarm Park. See very empty and deserted..

There were only a few visitors on that day!  So we had the whole park to ourselves!

Feeding the deer with sweet potatos.

Feeding the deer with sweet potatos.

You can find other animals here also. Like ostrich.

You can find other animals here also. Like ostrich.

 

Vvy feeding the deer

Vvy feeding the deer

Look like a racoon. Not sure as there is no sighboard here..

Look like a racoon. Not sure as there is no sighboard here..

Mummy very daring leh.. dare to touch the python! Actually you can put the python over your shoulder. Dare to?

Mummy very daring leh.. dare to touch the python!
Actually you can put the python over your shoulder. Dare to?

Now it's Vvy's turn. Look at his hair. Wet by the rain!

Now it’s Vvy’s turn. Look at his hair. Wet by the rain!

 

An albino python.

An albino python.

Beard dragon from Australia. commonly reared as pets

Beard dragon from Australia. commonly reared as pets

Mummy's old school.

Mummy’s old school.

After that we dropped by the Lanchang Primary school. This is the school where mummy spent her primary school years. There were some changes to the school. The old wooden block of class rooms were replaced by this concrete building with the help of the school Alumni.

Newly paved road to the other block of classrooms

Newly paved road to the other block of classrooms

Well it’s time  to move on again. We were on our way to Bentong, the town which I have not visited for many years since moving down to Johor Bahru from Kuantan.

A stop-over at the famous  Kow Po coffee shop  for a bowl of ‘ice kacang’ and ice cream on our way to Bentong is something we were looking forward to. This place has been highly recommended by visitors in the newspaper as well as TripAdvisor. Coincidently, we got to meet up with mommy’s cousin who is one of the family member of this shop. The homemade ice cream is most loved by all races. Here, surprisingly, you get to see all races eating together in the shop! 1 Malaysia!

Front view of Kow Po coffee shop.

Front view of Kow Po coffee shop.

Patrons from all races. Unfortunately not a common sight in West Malaysia.

Patrons from all races. Unfortunately not a common sight in West Malaysia.

Ice kacang with cendol and fruit cocktail. Yummy!

Ice kacang with cendol and fruit cocktail. Yummy!

Homemade ice cream. There are 10 flavours available.

Homemade ice cream. There are 10 flavours available.

Prices are clearly displayed on the wall.

Prices are clearly displayed on the wall.

Our initial plan is to put up a night in Raub.  However, due to rain and also a visit to my ex- colleague, Mr Lam, a retired principal of SMK Khai Mun, Bentong,   it was too late to travel to Raub. So in the end we stayed in Bentong.

We had our dinner at Valleys Resort, Bentong.  This resort is more for out- door acitivity. It is more suitable for groups of student or youngster.  Otherwise it will be quite boring to stay here.

 

With cousin sister at Valley Resort. Waiting for food to be served.

With cousin sister at Valley Resort. Waiting for food to be served.

 

Vvy at Valley Resort.

Vvy at Valley Resort.

See who is holding the ampurau fish? This fish costs 2K! In chinese the fish  is called the 忘不了!Surely you won't forget after paying so much for it!

See who is holding the ampurau fish? This fish costs 2K! In chinese the fish is called the 忘不了!Surely you won’t forget after paying so much for it!

Woke up early in the morning and went to the nearby  ‘pasar pagi’ [morning market] for a stroll and at the same time looking out for breakfast.

 

Morning market in Bentong town centre

Morning market in Bentong town centre

The famous Bentong ginger is avaiable everywhere.

The famous Bentong ginger is avaiable everywhere.

I always wonder why  ginger from Bentong  is so famous and can fetch up to twice the price of other gingers imported from China or Thailand. It is not like durian where you can differentiate the quality from the taste and flesh. Ginger is not like a fruit which you eat it raw. It is used as an ingredient in cooking. So whether is from Bentong or China does not make much difference! Maybe someone can enlighten  me on this! Of course didn’t buy any as we don’t know it is authentic or not! Ginger powder is also available here. According to the cousin sister, drinking ginger water is good to prevent aging. So you are lazy to grind or boil the ginger, just get a bottle of ginger powder.

This ginger powder is also highly sought after in Bentong

This ginger powder is also highly sought after in Bentong

After checking out, we proceeded to Raub, the last destination in our trip. For your information, I have only been to Raub once  on official duty during my stay in Pahang.  And I couldn’t recall any place which is familiar to me in Raub! Trying to find the famous Sempalit Fishhead curry, but couldn’t find! So we went to this  home made ‘tauhu pok’ factory situated in Koman village. Got to know this place through the itinerary of the local tour agent.

 

Tauhu pok factory in Koman Village

Tauhu pok factory in Koman Village

Freshly made tauhu pok

Freshly made tauhu pok

Soya bean drink is also available here

Soya bean drink is also available here

Before coming back to Johor, we went to this place called Laman  Pesona, which was recommended by the cousin sister. It is about 10 km from Raub town. It is more a retreat resort for city dwellers to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s a mini zoo. Jungle trekking and cycling are also available here. However, we didn’t stay here.

 

Laman Persona Rersort Raub

Laman Pesona Resort  Raub

At the entrance of the resort

At the entrance of the resort

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This is the side view of the Thai Restaurant

This is the side view of the Thai Restaurant

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A front  view of the chalets at the resort

A front view of the chalets at the resort

Well it’s time to bid good bye to Raub. Don’t know when we will be back again . But definitely not in the near future!

 

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An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.