PERAK will soon add another feather to its eco-tourism cap with the Lubuk Timah Hot Springs recreational centre set for an upgrade.
Located near Simpang Pulai, it is a hidden gem and its waters were once used for tin mining in the early 20th century.
The reservoir may have long silted up, but water still flows over the dam on both sides, forming two waterfalls further in after two serene pools of natural hot springs.
Managed by Pusat Rekreasi Lubuk Timah Sdn Bhd, its chief executive officer Datuk Wira Mohd Yusoff Kassim said it was their wish to develop the place to cater to more visitors and eventually earn a place in the Perak tourist destination map.
“During peak periods such as long weekends and school holidays, we receive around 1,000 to 1,300 local visitors and foreign tourists from as far as China, Japan and Korea.
“I hope that the state government could assist us financially in this aspect so that we have the means to serve visitors better,” he said at a press conference during the official launch by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir at the centre recently.
Wira Mohd Yusoff also said the management is looking to add more public amenities such as chalets, hostels, a multi-purpose hall, restaurants and a children’s playground.
“We have already begun the first of four phases for building chalets and we expect all construction phases to be done within the next five years.
“It would cost up to RM20mil to achieve our goal and once it has been achieved, we are expecting more than 2,000 visitors to come in and enjoy the beneficial qualities of our hot spring water,” he said.
The centre currently has six chalet units ready for use.
Entrance fee to the centre is RM3 per person and RM1.50 for children and senior citizens.
People with disabilities (OKU) enjoy free admission.
Also present during the launch were the centre’s managing director Fadzil Datuk Wira Mohd Yusoff and Kinta district officer Tarmizi Abdul Manap.