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Published November 1st 2012
A hidden wonder of the world
Hidden in a dense rainforest in Sedim, Malaysia, is the world's longest steel bridge that was built without machines. The Sedim Tree Top Walk in Kulim, Kedah is truly a marvel despite certain drawbacks.
One drawback would be the obscurity of the place as it is not well known, even among the locals of Peninsular Malaysia. The brave traveller who finds out about the place and wishes to visit this wonder themselves, then has to brave the endless roads that lack proper signage. Upon finally arriving, visitors are met with another revelation - phone signals are barely in existence in this secluded paradise of flora and fauna.
Despite these drawbacks, the Tree Top Walk is worth the adventure getting there. Not only do visitors get to enjoy nature, but they also get the chance to gape at the steel giant itself that was built using manual labour due to the agreement between the government and the developers. A deal that stipulated that should the developers wish to proceed with the building of the bridge, no flora or fauna was to be disturbed. This resulted in the steel bars and such being carried into the jungle.
Consequently, after paying a small fee to access the bridge (RM10 for adults and RM6 for children), visitors start of on the circuit surrounded by untouched natural beauty. At certain points visitors are able to view the Sedim River. At other points, visitors are given the chance to appreciate the beauty of the majestic trees around and learn about the different types of trees from the information available on strategically placed boards along the walk. However, some visitors may find that the basic information provided is not enough to satisfy their them. Nonetheless, it is a sight to behold. A highlight on the walk, should visitors plan around the season, is a view of the 'Flame of the Forest' that can be seen from miles away.
A unique example of a tree top walk as compared to the usual hanging bridges, the steel bridge gives visitors with gephyrophobia a better sense of stability and balance (depending on the visitor) while walking - a chance to enjoy nature from an elevated height.
Also available near the Sedim Tree Top Walk are whitewater rafting activities. Conversely, for those not interested in water sports, picnic and bathing areas are available as well around the river. Additionally, should visitors plan (or not - due to unforeseen circumstances) to stay the night, the Bintang Sedim Villa just outside the walk serves as a budget hotel.
Sounds interesting. You've pointed out the drawbacks & difficulty of getting there. How about including information that would actually help us get there? Public transport? Hire car? How long to get there? Is this a full day outing? Half day? I'd like to visit but hv so many questions that your article hasn't touched on.