KANGAR, Jan 1: The Bukit Ayer Forest Eco Geosite near here allows visitors to experience the beauty of nature and is a one of the tourist destinations highlighted as part of its Visit Perlis Year 2024-2025 that started today.
Located at Sungai Batu Pahat, nearly 12 kilometres from Kangar, the geosite boasts of various attractions, including the herb forest and pools where visitors can wade and swim in, along with more strenuous activities such as jungle trekking and driving all-terrain vehicles.
Checks by Bernama today revealed that visitors were enjoying themselves in the natural pools, which are free, as well as the man-made pools, which are RM5 for adults, RM3 for children and free for children six and below.
First-time visitor Toyibah Abdullah, 30, who came all the way from Kluang, Johor with her family for a week, said the park was very beautiful and affordable compared to other places.
“For me, this is a very natural place, unlike other places, and filled with facilities, including suraus, toilets, changing rooms, and also stalls selling food at affordable prices,” she told Bernama.
Kangar local Sharina Mat, 52, concurred, pointing out that the park had improved significantly and was now better equipped with various user-friendly basic facilities.
“I come here with my family often since 1982, and it has changed a lot in terms of facilities, which allows people to spend more time here comfortably,” she shared.
South Perlis district forestry officer Mohd Zohdi Shihabuddin meanwhile said that the park would be offering more interesting activities, including glamping, set to be launched in mid-January.
On the man-made pools, he said that the Perlis Forestry Department took the initiative to build the pools, which were launched in early 2022, to allow more visitors to enjoy themselves at the park.
“We didn’t have this previously, only the natural pools that are fed by water from Bukit Ayer, but because water is scarce at certain times of the year, we took the step to make these pools specially for visitors to bathe in,” he added.