Road Trip: Dipping in Sungkai Hot Springs
Driving close to two hours.
The Hot Springs that we were looking for was located in Felda Residence Hot Springs in Sungkai, Perak, which was about close to two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Driving onto the North-South Highway, we thought we were lost when the view turned to a palm oil plantation area, however as it turns out it was indeed the correct location when we started seeing the Felda residences to our right and left. It’s not that difficult to find our way especially when there were reliable signages leading us there. This is what I’ve grown to love during our #RoadTripMY, minimizing the risk of ending up in the wrong location. We parked at the designated area before getting on a tram to the theme park (as they call it here). By the way, the entrance fee is RM12 per adults and RM10 for children. Bear in mind too that outside food and drinks are not allowed in here and they do bag checking to ensure that. Don’t worry there is a cafe selling food and tidbits if you feel hungry. More about that later.
We hopped onto the tram which brought us to the mountain spring pool with two huge slides on a makeshift hill which had a cascading waterfall feature. This was the cooling area as the hot spring is located in another section of the park. It’s a good idea to splash yourself in the mountain water after dipping in the hot springs! There are not a lot of seating area though but there is a locker facility to keep all our valuable items before we go for a swim. We decided follow the small bridge and path to the hot springs area where we’re only allowed to dip in for a maximum of 30 minutes. This is due to health reasons as it can get really hot in there. On this trip, we had the Johan family with us which included Milo (wifey) and Seira (the adorable no fuss baby). The three of us, Milo, Bart and I tried went into the hot spring to experience its’ temperature and it was indeed HOT! It felt like a huge open sauna except you get wet doing it.
Boiling your own eggs at 100 degrees Celsius.
This was the fun part, being able to experience boiling eggs over the super hot spring water and timing it to get the perfect half boiled or hard boiled egg of your choice. It’s interesting to see people, including myself, queuing up to boil the eggs dipped in the hot water. I mean it’s not like we can’t do it at home, it’s just that it confirms how hot the water is until you’re able to boil eggs to perfection, without gas! A bowl of 6 eggs, a plastic spoon and a little packet of soy sauce costs RM6 but if you need extra bowls or spoons, they sell that separately at a different cost. Once we have the eggs, we went to the boiling area and using the deep netting ladle, placed all the eggs in before putting in the spring water. I prefer my eggs half boiled so I had to time it to 3 minutes. A full hard boiled egg takes 6-7 minutes, a 3/4 egg takes about 4 minutes while the 1/4 egg takes about 2 minutes.
Enjoy other facilities around the park too.
If you prefer to have a private Jacuzzi session in the hot springs, you can book for your own private area for RM75 per hour which can fit about 6-7 people. It is quite expensive but worth it if you wish to swim in private. A Spa village is also available for those who wish to have a good massage in the calming nature surrounding. It’s best to spend the night here if you wish to try out all the facilities. We were happy walking on the hot stones at the Therapy Park which proved to be good for our nerve system in the body. I couldn’t stand the heat halfway and jumped out but both Bart, Milo and Johan made it all the way to the end. I guess it is about mind over body matter when it comes to heat. There are pools of family baths available with different temperature settings from 35 degrees to 50 degrees being the hottest. Some were shaded while others were opened so if it’s a hot day, you can image the heat doubling up when you dip your feet in. Overall, there are plenty of things to do for everyone, from children to adults which makes for a great weekend outing. Other facilities such as surau, shower, toilets and chalets are also available for those who wish to spend the night here.
For more info on the Felda Residence Hot Springs, read more here:
Address: Felda Residence Hot Springs, Sungai Klah, Sungkai 36000, Perak, Malaysia | URL: Felda Residences
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.