|Kg Semoi and Lata Kenip 2010|
|A few months ago I have visited my friend Rahim's kampung Semoi with Joe Yap and her Waterfall Survivors.|
Our target that time was to reach the upper Kenip fall, but we had to stop at the lower fall because it started to rain heavily.
After this trip Joe started to collect clothes and food for this kampung Semoi with her WS group, so the plan was to go again. Unfortunately Joe could not go herself, so Keong and I went as her "ambassadors" together with Rahim who had just returned from abroad.
We stopped in Raub for lunch and to buy food for the evening dinner. After our arrival in the kampung we distributed part of the goodies and enjoyed a lazy afternoon, having a talk with the Tok Batin (the village chief), taking a bath in the Jelai river and arranging a guide for our trek to the Kenip fall, the next morning.
We had brought our camping equipment, but as I already expected, we could stay in the house of Rahman, Rahim's twin brother. After a nice dinner and a bottle of Thai Song it was no problem to have a nice sleep.
The next morning we left for the Kenip falls. First we visited Rahim's old school at Pos Betau, where we managed to buy lunch in the canteen. Nasi lemak for RM 1.20 !
From the main road we first had to follow a logging road for about 11 km to a new kampung where we distributed the rest of Joe's goodies. The weather was perfect, so this time it was no problem to reach the upper fall, which actually was a bit disappointing. But the trek was nice, pristine surroundings and Pak Dollah, our guide, knew a lot about plants etc. He showed us the Ipoh tree, the sap of which is used for the poison darts used in blowpipes. Blowpipes are still used, mainly to shoot small rodents, monkeys, and.... hornbills!
We went back to the more interesting lower fall, where we had our lunch. Then back to the kampung where we were offered a second lunch which we could not refuse...:-) Hill padi, different taste from normal rice.
Even more than in Rahim's kamping we were of course the center of attraction. Several small kids started crying spontaneously when they saw me!
While we were having our lunch, I counted about 30 people, mostly kids, surrounding us...:-)
I am very interested to buy a blowpipe here, so I will be back in the future!
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