Friday, December 26, 2008

Getting to the Tree Top Walk, Sungai Sedim in Kulim

Now…get this. Do you know that the longest tree top walk in the world is in Malaysia? Well, it is and it is situated among the big jungle trees in Sungai Sedim, Kulim Kedah.

The place is called The Tree Top Walk Hutan Lipur Sungai Sedim. I am not sure what are the differences between a tree top walk and a canopy walk. I have done the canopy walk in Taman Negara eons ago and the only difference I noticed was that the one in Kulim is built on a permanent structure from the ground up with most of the walkways suspended on these supporting beams. The one in Taman Negara on the other hand is built with most of its walkway suspended from natural trees.

Me and my better half decided to explore this ‘world’s most’ during one of our road trips back to my hometown in Kedah. I couldn’t really remember how to get to the Tree Top Walk in Sungai Sedim although I have visited it two years ago. Back then, it was a work-recee trip, trying to establish a route for an adventure race (which did not happen).

Anyway, from Sg. Petani, we headed on the PLUS highway towards Butterworth. We then turn off onto the Butterworth Kulim Expressway (BKE) highway and drove straight into Kulim. Sungai Sedim is roughly 33km from the town of Kulim.

It was not easy finding this place. Unfortunately, like many other ‘Malaysian’ projects, there was barely enough signboards to get us there. We stopped no less than 3 times to get directions. Anyway, one local told us to head into the Kulim Hi-Tech Park and head on straight. We passed the Hi Tech park and that is only when we saw more signboards pointing the way.

Not many signboards to show the way, so ask around

After the kulim Hi Tech park, it was mostly winding, narrow and ‘remote’ road all the way in. Going in felt like forever.

Drive carefully as there are many of these locals on the side of the roads

There are more signboards within the few kilometers from Sungai Sedim

Closing on to the Sungai Sedim area, I can’t help but notice that the access road was still under repair and construction. 2 years ago when I visited this place, they were already working on the road and the bridge. In November 08, they are still working on it. Imagine the irony of building and completing the world’s longest canopy walk to then only worry about the access roads. Sigh…I sometimes wonder if there was any forward thinking plan in place when they decided to work on this project.

Even this welcome arch is still in works!

Finally, we arrived.