HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley In Gopeng

HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley (务边沉香山茶园) is not your average tea valley!

There’s a rare kind of tree (of the aquilaria species) here that is planted for its commercial use as perfume and medicine in Middle Eastern and Asian countries!

The 300-acre agarwood plantation is a doable drive out of Ipoh and is another reason to visit Gopeng!

Table of contents:

Gaharu Tea Valley History

Firstly, what exactly is agarwood?

Agarwood is the precious aromatic black resin formed when an Agarwood tree suffers damage from lightning, insects, cuts, etc.

Fun fact: The color of the resin is darker if the resin has been secreted for longer periods of time.

At HOGA, they try to find ways to organically induce resin production in their trees. One such way is to introduce a type of mould into the tree bark.

Gaharu Trees At HOGA Agarwood Plantation
Gaharu Trees At HOGA Agarwood Plantation

Their very name HOGA comes from “Holistic Gaharu” as they are very passionate about keeping their plantation as chemical-free as possible!

The plantation started out close to the year 1992 with 200 seedlings as a bid to study and conserve this type of tree which was under threat from heavy logging.

Vistor Centre Viewed From The HOGA Tree Plantation
Vistor Centre Viewed From The HOGA Tree Plantation

After 15 years, the 200 seedlings grew to produce new seeds.

And now, HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley has over 200,000 of these trees attracting tourists who come to see the beautiful agro park (opened in 2011 to the public).

Swiftlet House At HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley In Gopeng
Swiftlet House At HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley In Gopeng

To date, around 70 of the original trees still survive at this agro tourism attraction!

There are many names for this tree:

  • Oud (عود)
  • Chen Xiang (沉香)
  • Eaglewood
  • Aloeswood
  • Jin-koh (沈香)
  • Gaharu (Malay)

HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng Location

HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley is part of the Kinta Geopark and is a few minutes’ drive from the Gopeng Heritate House in Gopeng.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng Map

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng Address: Lot 9840, Mukim Teja, 31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 9:15am to 6:00pm (Closed every Tuesday)

Last Admission: 1 hour before closing time

Contact: +605-351 1999

Getting To HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley From Ipoh

There is signage for the agro park along the way if you plan to find your own way there.

However just note that as you get closer to the plantation, the road starts to narrow to one car’s width and winds through a small kampung (e.g. Malay village).

Note: There are no public buses to this place!

You can include HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley as part of a personalized Ipoh itinerary with private tour service, RayTheTour!

Raythetour Private Tour To HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley
Raythetour Private Tour To HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley

Free pick-up and drop-off service anywhere in Ipoh!

Message us on WhatsApp or FB Messenger for a quote!

Note: Other possible attractions for a day tour including Gua Tempurung or one of Ipoh’s cave temples along the way!

Read more: Kellie’s Castle – Must-see Architectural & Historical Perak Attraction

Gaharu Tea Valley Tickets & Tour

Entrance is free.

If you want to take the tour around the estate, it is RM10 per adult (for Malaysians) and this includes a sachet of HOGA tea.

Gaharu Tea Valley Visitor Centre
Gaharu Tea Valley Visitor Centre

Just get the tickets from the ticket counter at the estate. There is a lobby at the visitor centre where you can wait for the van to come.

Free and fast WiFi is available at the visitor centre.

Malaysians: RM10 (Adult), RM5 (Child)

Non-Malaysians: RM35 (Adult), RM20 (Child)

The tour will take you through 3 sections of the plantation and lasts for 20 to 45 minutes.

HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley Tour Van
HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley Tour Van

They have multiple vans going round the plantation on the same route simultaneously.

So you can always take the next one if that suits your pace better!

Note:

  • You can park your car close to the lobby area.
  • Food is sold here too.
  • Children under the age of 3 enter for free!

Sequence of the tour:

  1. Viewing Stage
  2. Hugging Park
  3. Lover’s Park

Trekking At Gaharu Tea Valley

Alternatively, there is also a shaded trek (~850m) that you can take to reach the top of the hill too. Not advisable if you have low stamina! But it is safe for children to attempt!

What To Do In Gaharu Tea Valley

Nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy themselves here! Breath-taking views and fresh air await!

Note: If you do not find trees particularly interesting to begin with, you might want to go elsewhere!

1. Enjoy Panoramic Views From The Hilltop Viewing Stage

Tours of the estate stop first at the 3-storey viewing platform first!

The Viewing Station At HOGA Agarwood Plantation In Gopeng
The Viewing Station At HOGA Agarwood Plantation In Gopeng

This is the highest point at HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley with incredible views of the magnificent Gaharu trees on the slopes of the valley!

It’s especially gorgeous on a clear sunny day!

Valley Views At HOGA Gaharu Estate
Valley Views At HOGA Gaharu Estate

There is another cafe here that is only open during the weekends.

2. Walk Through Avenues Of Trees At The Hugging Park

You get more opportunities to hug trees at the Tree Hugging Park.

Tree Hugging Park At HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley
Tree Hugging Park At HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley

Mural art of animals or quotes cover the barks of the trees here.

A little touristy but they do make an interesting photo backdrop!

Painted Trees At The HOGA Tree Hugging Park In Gopeng
Painted Trees At The HOGA Tree Hugging Park In Gopeng

There is a tortoise enclosure at this park – the turtles and tortoises seem to be doing well. They have a couple of large ones too!

3. See Giant Trees At The Lovers’ Park

A colourful photo-worthy staircase leads down to the Lovers’ Park featuring a pair of old trees intertwined in a way that reminds you of lovers embracing.

There is a large fish pond facing the huge trees. Not far from here is a small but pretty waterfall too!

Lover's Park At HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley
Lover’s Park At HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley

4. Get A Treat At The HOGA Outlet & Deli

Refreshments including HOGA coffee are available at the on-site deli at the visitor centre right in front of the shop.

HOGA Deli Is Where You Can Order HOGA Ice Cream Or Coffee At The Visitor Centre
HOGA Deli Is Where You Can Order HOGA Ice Cream Or Coffee At The Visitor Centre

Note: This is the spot where visitors can wait for the tour van.

5. Try HOGA Tea Ice Cream

Try their yummy HOGA ice-cream at the café. It’s made from 100% natural ingredients including HOGA tea eggs!

HOGA Gaharu Tea Ice Cream
HOGA Gaharu Tea Ice Cream

Note: Has a pleasant nutty flavor. No herbal taste. Not too sweet.

6. Try HOGA Tea

You will have a chance to try their signature product, the Gaharu tea while you are at the gift shop.

It’s hard to explain the taste but it’s not sweet and has a mild flavor similar to barley tea.

7. Take A Selfie At The Great Wall Of HOGA

To protect their valuable commodity from thieves and wild animals, HOGA has built a 3-metre high and 6 foot wide crenelated wall at the entrance to the estate.

Entrance To HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley
Entrance To HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley

This barrier takes inspiration from the Great Wall of China and is not a bad place to stop and snap a photo! Just watch for vehicles first!

Great Wall Of HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley
Great Wall Of HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley

8. Check Out The Time Tunnel

In the middle of the visitor centre is an inconspicuous entrance:

To the antique gallery and exhibition hall with photos and information on HOGA and gaharu tea.

Antiques On Display At HOGA Time Tunnel Gallery
Antiques On Display At HOGA Time Tunnel Gallery

HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley Products

HOGA manufactures all sorts of products at their on-site factory.

They sell these in the Gaharu Retail Shop at the base of the valley. The sales promoters are knowledgeable in the products!

See the full online product catalog on their website!

HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley On-Site Gift Shop
HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley On-Site Gift Shop

At the shop, HOGA offers the following selection of Gaharu products (besides Gaharu tea):

  • Cookies
  • Instant Noodles
  • Chocolate
  • Wood Chips
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Nougat
  • Oil/ Fragrance
  • Tea Egg Premix
  • Bak Kut Teh Herbal Packs
  • Herbal Jelly

1. HOGA Gaharu Tea Price

HOGA sells many different sets, blends and flavours like fruit tea or matcha with the average price of a single tea sachet being RM 2 to RM 3.

E.g.) 100 sachets of Gaharu tea costs ~RM 230.

Check out the more prices and tea blends here.

You can try the distinct gaharu tea at the HOGA visitor centre too!

Note: The tea is free from artificial flavouring, preservatives and caffeine.

2. Gaharu Tea Benefits

Long term consumption of Gaharu tea (caffeine-free) has many beneficial properties to treat and improve:

  • Sleep
  • Flatulence
  • Blood pressure
  • Hangovers
  • Gout
  • Asthma
  • Constipation
Benefits Of Gaharu Trees
Benefits Of Gaharu Trees

Malaysia exports millions’ worth of Gaharu to other countries like Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and the Middle East every year!

Just a kilogram of even unprocessed gaharu can cost up to RM 10,000!

And distilled gaharu essential oil can reach RM 100,000 per kilogram!

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Conclusion

Come see the lovely HOGA Gaharu Tree Valley – a unique tree plantation in Gopeng!

It’s not very often that you get to see an agarwood tree up close. Let alone thousands! Learn the challenges of producing agarwood and why it is so highly valued in many countries!

Maybe even take some HOGA Gaharu tea back with you!

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