Sedim River - Kedah’s eco-tourism jewel

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  • Wednesday, 10 May 2006

THE frothy fast-flowing rapids at Sedim River Recreation Park near Karangan, 30km from Kulim, is a great eco-tourism draw for stressed-out minds and tired bodies. 

Although swimming is not advisable, visitors come in droves every weekend to cool themselves in the river.  

Picnicking is a popular family activity here as the recreational park has basic infrastructure and facilities such as chalets, changing rooms, public toilets and food stalls. 

A breathtaking view of the Sedim River rapidsfrom the park’s canopy walk.

Adventurous visitors can test their endurance by taking on the rapids with rafting, kayaking or canoeing, while the less daring can opt for soft-adventure activities like bird- along the strolling along the world’s longest 950m-long “Tree Top Walk” which is further into the park’s forest. 

The canopy walk promises visitors a breathtaking aerial view of the rapids, some 50m below. 

During the walk amid the tree tops, lucky visitors may get to see various species of colourful small birds while enjoying the sounds of gushing rapids and jungle creatures. 

The tree top walk is the world’s longest canopy walk. The second longest in the world is the one in Valley of The Giants in Perth. 

Kedah/Perlis Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board director Ammar Abd Ghapar said the recreation park had the potential to become a key tourism draw for Kedah “which is currently only banking on Langkawi as its key tourism product.” 

“We’ve already received numerous enquiries from tour operators who are diversifying their tours to include more eco-tourism products. 

“The Sedim River Recreation Park and Merbok River Cruise will be able to draw tourists to mainland Kedah and this will help to create a more balanced inflow of tourists to the state,” he said 

Ammar said the traditional tourism niche market was now veering towards soft-adventures and eco-parks. 

“We have received many enquiries from tour operators and we’re pushing these soft adventure activities to tourists from Taiwan, Japan and Europe,” he said. 

He added that the tourism board had been promoting Kedah’s eco-tourism products at Sedim Recreation Park on a low-key basis for the past one year while waiting for the state government to beef up the basic infrastructure there. 

State Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Fong Chok Gin said the state government had appointed a new company to oversee the management of the recreation park from next month. 

Extreme sports enthusiasts will have a wild time enjoying Sedim River’s rapids by going kayaking or white-water rafting.

The park, he said, was scheduled to be opened in time for the school break next month.  

Other activities at the park include jungle trekking as there are a few jungle trails suitable for trekking.  

These trails lead to nearby peaks such as Gunung Inas, Gunung Bintang Utara, Gunung Bintang and Banjaran Bintang 

The Sedim River has 24 challenging rapids along the river namely the Salak Drop, Triple Rapid, Kasai Drop, Wall Drop, Lower Head Dam, Kawah Rapid, Jelutong Rapid, Rodeo Rapid, Slip Lip Rapid and Cyclone Hole. 

Those interested in the soft adventure and water sports can call Datuk Othman Md Aji at 019-5960641 or 04-4910641.  

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