I drove from Singapore to Kluang last Christmas eve and stayed over a night at Hotel Anika near the city center. Although a small town by itself, Kluang Town has its unique attractiveness. The modern Kluang Mall was splendid and was a pleasure to shop and walk around. Around the town, there were good eateries and we have satay at one of the food center. There were Christmas countdown celebration at the another Mall and we joined in the Christmas eve countdown. We slept almost midnight.
The next morning on Christmas day itself, we drove to Gunung Lamak (not far from the town). My friend slept in the car while I followed a group of residents up the trekking trail. Initially, the terrain was smooth until I started the uphill climb on an undulating slope. It was real tough for a sedentary worker like me. The tree roots were the only stairs and I was panting all the way. I gave up after a short climb as I found myself breathless and panting. I walked back the trail, crossed a suspension bridge to the Water Park area. I saw a group of children accompanied by adults walking up a cemented slope on the hillside. I then realized that there was another path going up and this path. This path appeared easier as it was concrete slab so I just tailed the group and followed them up the hill. It eventually led me to the half summit. It was about half an hour climb and a perspiring one but was much easier than the other trail. It was like walking in the MacRitchie Reservoir in Singapore full of trees around and the air was fresh. I later returned to the base and met up with my friend and we went to the popular coffee house at the Kluang railway station to have our breakfast.
If you are like a sedentary worker like me, it would be tough climbing the uneven path with tree roots at Gunung Lamak. It would be easier to walk up the concrete path. I regretted only able to climb till the half summit and not right to the top. I heard it was tough to do that. Nevertheless, this trip made me realized how physically weak I am. The 2D 1 Night trip to Kluang was an interesting Christmas adventure. If there is another opportunity to come here, I am determined to complete the full climb up Gunung Lamak.
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