Thursday, 26 October 2017

Gaharu Tea Valley, Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley
Jalan Sungai Itek
31600 Gopeng
Perak Darul Ridzuan

Hours
0900 - 1800 daily

So I said gaharu and gaharu is agarwood. What is HOGA then?

  Well, HOGA stands for holistic gaharu. What's so holistic about a bunch of trees? They are the special 12-in-1 super hybrid agarwood tree, claimed to be the superior among its kind.

  Visitors can enjoy the offerings at HOGA Deli or shop at the HOGA mart. I decided to delay my main reason for coming here and took the van tour first. 


Van Tour Tickets
 RM10/adult
 RM5/child

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng
Free gaharu tea sachet!


Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

The HOGA van tour ride will take you to three spots. First stop was the viewing stage, followed by the Hugging Park and lastly the Lovers Park. Along the way, your van driver who is also your guide will tell you about the plantation and its precious trees.

  Did you know that agarwood tree can only 'grow' if they got 'hurt'?

  If a tree didn't get damaged, it will grow to be a normal tree. To produce the black resin thingy, it will have to be wounded naturally or artificially(?) and get fungal infection. 

  That's just some of the things I learnt during the tour. Cringe.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng


Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng
Viewing Stage
Our first stop after the driver/guide introduced us to the plantation and agarwood trees, was this building. He said it is still in "construction" and is meant to house a restaurant. He dropped us and told us that we can take any van to get to the next stop once we're done here.

  On the ground level, there were many plastic chairs placed in front of a screen showing video presentation. The toilets are on this level in case you need to go :)

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Most people headed straight to the first floor where they could take photos with some 3D drawing. You know, one of those trick eye paintings. 

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng


I was more interested in the gorgeous view. There was a swiftlet nest building in the area and I could hear their song. View of green trees and swiftlet song soundtrack... it was just peaceful and tranquillising.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

We took the same van to our next stop, the Hugging Park. 

  The name is suggestive no? Only instead of your loved ones, you hug trees. It is said that hugging these gaharu trees brings good luck. Who doesn't need some good luck, right?

  And even if you don't believe in such things as luck, you might still want to hug these trees or at least take photos with them. The trees were painted with cute animals but watch out, some of them might still be wet.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley, Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

From Hugging Park, the tour continued through more agarwood trees and backtracked by a fish pond opposite the Hugging Park. The audio tour in the van we took said the fish pond helped to control bugs so they won't have to use pesticide in the plantation.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Last stop, the Lovers Park. We stopped at a hut that looks like a bus stop and took the stairs down to the park. The main attraction of this park is a huge tree but for kids, it was the fish pond. Remember to buy fish food at the ticket counter if you plan to feed the fish.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng
Not a very popular love lock

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng
Fish Pond

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng
Nope. Not haunted. I asked the tree.
Back to the main building, I headed straight to the HOGA Mart. The souvenir shop sold everything gaharu from essential oil, tea, soup to cookies and even noodles.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

I bought tea sachets and their special tea for myself. For mom, I got a packet of nougat. Not too sweet, I liked the nougat. The price may be on the high side but where else can you get stuff made of gaharu, right? At my request, the cashier dabbed a little gaharu essential oil on my wrist. Not my cup of tea because the smell was too strong but if you're looking for concentrated gaharu oil, you can find it here.

  Next, I went to their deli and *finally* got myself... 

Gaharu Ice Cream

It was okay. Tasted like tea-flavour ice cream. 

I won't say you should go out of the way to visit Gaharu Tea Valley but if you're in Gopeng or on the way to Ipoh and you have time to spare, do drop by. The view was more than worth it for me.


Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

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