By : Chha
Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng (務邊沉香山茶園) had a quiet and unofficial inception in 1992. At present, the plantation located within the quaint little town of Gopeng, has 200,000 trees of a special 12 in 1 super hybrid Aquilaria spp and other natural attractions that will leave you mesmerized. (Source)
The Gaharu tree although listed as an endangered species by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna known as CITES, is not only organically cultivated here to further prevent its extinction but Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng is the only plantation with 300 acres of the special 12 in 1 hybrid Aquilaria spp trees. (Source)
Due to its uniqueness, this Super Hybrid of all Gaharu has been aptly coined as HOGA (Holistic Gaharu). It is indeed holistic in its quality as its benefits can be extracted from every part of the tree.
So, what is Gaharu ? Gaharu is commonly known as Agarwood and also called Eaglewood, Aloeswood, ChenXiang, (沉香), Jin-koh (沈香), or Oud (عود) in different countries. Gaharu has many beneficial and healing properties. Possessing such an array of valuable qualities, Gaharu has played a vast and significant role in Middle Eastern, Chinese and Ayurvedic cultures and the earliest documented use of Agarwood was in 600 AD but its existence in the medicinal world goes way beyond these records. (Source).
Gaharu Tea Valley at Gopeng, Perak is now open for public, with RM 10.00 (Adult with MyCard) as ticket price, you are entitled for a small pack of Hoga Tea and a tour around the Gaharu Tea Valley by van at your own time.
So this is how it works, you buy tickets from the tickets counter, then you wait at the designated area for the van to come, it is that easy. You can take the van any time you want, no rush, no hassle. The tour around Gaharu Tea Valley are divided into 3 Section.
Starting Point :
I like to call this area as the Starting Point of the tour around Gaharu Tea Valley. The Starting Point is the place where you park you car, if you drive there, it is also the place where you buy the tickets for the tour. At the Starting Point, they also sell food, in case you are hungry, you can always dine here. I had my lunch before i come here, so i only try their Hoga Tea Ice Cream !
Hoga Tea Ice Cream RM 3.00
The Hoga Tea Ice Cream is really tasty, i Love it ! Not too sweet and the taste of the Tea is good. I highly recommend this ice cream.
Other than selling food and ice cream, they also sell tea and drinks that you can bring back as souvenir or for your own use.
Section 1 (Viewing Stage) :
First stop of the tour is the Viewing Stage. Situated at the highest point of Gaharu Tea Valley, Gopeng, this Viewing Stage will allow you to enjoy the lush picturesque view of the Gaharu trees planted on terraced hills.
The view from up here is nice, with only green from the trees and blue from the sky coloring the view here, it is really relaxing being here. There is also tour guide here to explain to you some history and story about Gaharu Tea Valley of which i find very informative. The guide really know their stuff, haha !
Section 2 (Hugging Park) :
Haha, the name might sound a little weird, well, i did not hug anything or anyone here but there are some Tree-Painting for me to take photo, haha ! Wall painting may not be something new to me but Tree-Painting is .. haha !
Section 3 (Lover's Park) :
An intertwining pair of centuries-old trees grows together in the valley and embraces each other like lovers. As the branches are connected together and inseparable, the locals named them as "Lover Trees".
The part i like most about the Lover's Park area is the stairs leading down to the Lover Trees, it is so colorful.
Service from their staff is also very good. If you are interested to plan a day trip or to understand more about Gaharu Tea and its tree then you can always come visit the Gaharu Tea Valley.
Getting There :
Getting here is a bit tricky. I don't see that there are any public transport around. The best way to get there is either by driving there yourself or take a designated driver.
Adult : RM 10.00
Child : RM 5.00
(free 1 sachets of HOGA Tea)
Adult : RM 35.00
Child : RM 20.00
(free door gift)
Operating Hour :
9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Lot 9840, Mukim Teja,
05 - 3511999
HOGA | Gaharu Tea Valley
GPS Coordinate :
Posted Date : 19 October 2017
Posted Time : 2.00 pm