Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (GPS: 5.358738, 100.493091), or Hutan Lipur Bukit Mertajam, is a place for the people of Seberang Perai, particularly those staying around Bukit Mertajam, to go for some fresh air and greenery. The air is slightly cooler here, as the recreational forest, which covers 37 hectares, is located 457 meters above sea level.
Entrance to the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
A small waterfall cascading down a cliff side at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
Water pouring down an embankment at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
Another water cascade at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
And one more water cascade at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
Hill track at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
Winding hill track at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
What to see or do
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest is a local tourist spot. It has places for picnicking, forest paths for hiking, and a cascading stream where the locals often take dips. There is also an ornamental suspension bridge as well as a tea kiosk where you can enjoy various types of Chinese tea as well as herbal eggs. For those who plan to overnight at the forest, there are six ensuite chalets as well as a camping site.
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest suspension bridge (22 May, 2005)
Another view of the suspension bridge at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest Ranger Office
Jalan Kolam Air, Mukim 15, Cherok Tok Kun, 14000 Bukit Mertajam
Tel: 604-539 1743
State Forestry Department
Tingkat 20, Menara KOMTAR
Tel: 604-262 5272, 650 5250
Fax: 604-263 6335
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest entrance (22 May, 2005)
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest is located 8 km from the town centre of Bukit Mertajam. Take the main road, Jalan Kulim, through Bukit Mertajam. You will pass the old St Anne church on the right of the road, followed by the new St Anne church on the left, following by a small housing estate, Taman Bukit Indah. Thereafter, look for a road turning in on the left. Turn in and go straight until you reach the recreational forest at the end of the road.
Timothy Tye at Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest (22 May, 2005)
Location of the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest on the map
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