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Tapah – A Place to Experience Glorious Food, Great Waterfalls and Rejuvenating Rest

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It’s been 3 months since our last trip to TRC in Feb 2010. Again, we took a night bus (KKKL) from Larkin terminal -departing at 10pm and reaching at only 4am! At this unearthly hour, the streets were empty – except for a Indian mama shop that attempts to be Tapah’s only 7-eleven, opening at odd hours from 3pm to 5am daily. Hungry, I bought a snickers bar, which tasted horrible. We trotted to TRC to continue our sleep till day break.For the 2nd day of this trip, we decided to visit the Lata Kinjang Waterfall. We checked with a staff of Tapah bus station and she said that we had to catch the 7.40am or 8am bus from Kampar to Lata Kinjang Waterfall. So, we set out early the next morning. We reached the Tapah bus station at 6.10am, but just missed the first bus to Kampar. The next bus to Kampar arrived at 7 am. After a half hour ride, we reached Kampar bus station at 7.30am, where we found that there is only one bus to Lata Kinjang Waterfall at 10am.With more than 1 hour to kill, we took the opportunity to have a slow breakfast at the Kampar Hawker Centre. There were rows upon rows of stalls selling an array of local delights. We finally settled for fish porridge, chee cheong fun with fillings and char kway teow. All I could say is Great taste at good price! My only complaint is the little bones embedded in the fish slices – which mar an otherwise good eating experience.The bus came eventually and we soon found ourselves at the Lata Kinjang Waterfalls. Tons upon tons of free falling water bursting forth non-stop from the top, cascading and crashing onto the many tiers of rocks below – what a breathtaking sight to behold! We then had a refreshing dip in the cool icy water at the lowest tier of the waterfall. Sitting on a rock, we stretched out our tired legs and allow the rushing water to gush against our feet. How wonderfully therapeutic! To our surprise, the water is refreshingly clean and non-saltish. There is actually no need for another bath in the toilet after emerging from the waterfall!After the waterfall, we came back to Tapah. It was time for dinner and off we went on our mission to hunt for food – glorious food. We found a little cafe tucked away in a corner (literally called “The Little Cafe”) that serves great local delicacies. We finally ordered a fried fish at RM 12 and ‘Kong Pao” chicken at RM 8 – a very satisfying dinner at a very satisfactory price! It’s a wonder why we didn’t discover this Little Cafe in our earlier trips when it is just a stone’s throw from TRC!The following day on 21 May, we had claypot chicken rice for dinner in Tapah. Opens from 7pm to 9pm daily, this stall is located next to Jenny Fashion House. The rice with chicken is cooked slowly in a claypot over charcoal fire. We ordered two claypots – the typical one at RM 4.50 and the other with extra ingredients (such as salted fish and chinese sausage or lup cheong) at RM 6.50. The chicken meat was deliciously thick and tough although the rice was a bit too sticky. I guess the famous claypot chicken rice in Kampar is probably much better – must try it some day!On Saturday (22 May), we took a bus from the Tapah bus station to Cameron Highlands – or Tanah Rata to be exact. The bus ride is about 2 hours and cost about RM 8 per ticket. The bus timings is as follows:
From Tapah bus station to Tanah Rata: 8.30 am, 10.30am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm
From Tanah Rata to Tapah: 8 am, 10.30 / 11 am, 1.30 pm, 4.30pm (express bus), 5.30pm
So make sure you don’t miss the last bus back to Tapah – unless you have already made accommodation arrangements in Tanah Rata / Cameron Highlands or are prepared to spend the night under the stars.Overall, Tapah Retreat Centre is a great place to connect with the wonders of nature and presence of God.

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July 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

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