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We arrived late at Felda Residence Hot Springs in Sungkai, but just in time to enjoy a tasty plate of fish and chips! Hanis chose a more local dish which was definitely not pleasing on the eye or the taste buds! So, a late start the next day and a brief walk around the complex and some drone flying on the lawn while Hanis did some work.

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There are communal pools here of various temperatures and private jacuzzies which can be hired by the hour. Our you can book a villa with its own jacuzzi and bring the family! These hot springs really are hot, as you can see from the steam in the photo below.

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Before leaving Sungkai, we visited the nearby river with a white water rafting expert to see if this would be suitable for Hanis’s corporate clients.

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On the way to the river we passed a settlement of Orang Asli people (aboriginal Malays) and pondered whether we’d prefer to live in the new standardised orange-coloured concrete homes or the original style of wood and rattan huts. It felt too intrusive to stop the car to take photos, and anyone who has seen a ‘settlement’ anywhere in the world will understand this sentiment.

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