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Around Bruas and Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin

Bruas is a little town that doesn't attracts many tourists, heck, I've never seen one in town (and I have been there many, many times). Still, if you decide to cycle from Taiping to Ipoh via Bruas, you may want to have a stop, and if you bring your tent, even a night in the jungle at Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin.

Around Bruas Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin

Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin

Bruas is  about 55 km south of Taiping, 47 km from Kuala Kangsar and 60 km from Ipoh. There is no hotel, guesthouse or homestay in the town center.

Bruas town center, it's basically a one street town
Bruas town center, it's basically a one street town

The town was once the heart of a kingdom although there is little left that reminds of those days. There is however a little known tourist spot: Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin Beruas. To get there, take the junction at the market, there's a sign, Jalan Kampung Kilang. It's 5 kilometers. You will pass several housing areas

Bruas, Perak

There's a few short steep climbs (10%) out of the village, the first at the water reservoir and after a few more. The road swindles through palm oil plantations. The Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin is at the very end of the road.

Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin

Unfortunately, despite the lack of tourism, the area near the gate is quite dirty with garbage left by locals. That said, it's still a beautiful place in virgin jungle, almost untouched by human hands.

Bruas Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin
Perfect camping spot

The river has cool and very clear water. Of course you will get many mosquitoes, so if you decide to camp here, bring a mosquito net. To be on the safe site, sleep in your tent as there are snakes, cobras in the area. I also found plenty of trails of wild boar attracted to the left over by the visitors.

Bruas Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin

I guess in the weekends locals visit the place but I visited on a Tuesday when there was nobody.

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Taiping to Ipoh

There are basically two ways to cycle to Ipoh from Taiping. One leads to Kuala Kangsar (with 2 options), the other leads via Bruas and is my favorite.

Taiping to Ipoh

and Kuala Kangsar to Ipoh via Parit