The rivers that cascade down from the Main Range are slowly but surely attracting the right crowd of conservationists.
Over at Gopeng along the Kampar River there are already three eco-resort camps. And now starting in December the Kinta River will have its first eco-resort.
Called ‘The Roots’ it is located 12 km away from Ipoh at Tanjung Rambutan on the banks of the Kinta River.
The resort’s owners, Bridget Hedderman and Peter Witzigmann, both dedicated conservationists developed the resort with minimum impact to the surrounding environment.
The accommodation at The Roots features four tree-top suites built on stilts right on the banks of the Kinta River. They are designed around the trees whereby the tree branches are a unique feature of the interior. The balcony overlooks the river and features a Jacuzzi with which to relax and take in the scenic rain forest.
In the garden by the river is a long bar with gazebos and barbeque pits next to them. There is also a swimming pool which is filled with filtered river water.
The Roots is part owned by Ecofieldtrips Pte Ltd of Singapore, a 10-year old company devoted to teaching young people about the environment by taking them on field trips.
When Bridget, a marine biologist and Ecofieldtrips Director, first saw this place in May this year, she was fascinated by its scenic beauty. “I immediately knew that this place would be ideal for my students”, she said. True to her vision Roots was ready within 6 months.
She was introduced to the place by her partner Peter. Bridget, who also runs a resort at Tioman Island with Peter, says “The Roots is a better resort because it has so much more environmental resources to offer her students”.
“Perak” exclaimed Bridget, “has so much to offer. You have the limestone hills with its impressive cave systems, Orang Asli communities, white-water rafting and the Matang mangrove swamps. At Pangkor Island we can teach about marine biology”.
“Even Ipoh town with both its elegant and decrepit shop houses and colonial mansions can make for a great lesson for history students to learn about this once thriving city of tin. This place is an unmatched combination of adventure, history, culture and nature exploration, an unforgettable educational experience”, she enthused.
Officiating at the opening of the resort was State Assemblyman for Hulu Kinta, Dato’ Rusnah Kassim who said that she was impressed with the eco-resort, “I am so happy that we have a resort here in Tanjung Rambutan. At least now we have another icon that we can be associated with”.
With the opening of the resort it appears that Ipoh with its surrounding attractions is finally getting the recognition that has eluded it for so long. Well better late than never.
The Roots, Batu 10½ Mile, Jalan Chemor, 31250 Tanjong Rambutan, Perak
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