Surrounded by lake and connected by bridges, Putrajaya is not just about monumental buildings and government offices but also adrenaline-pumping recreational parks, indicating that the city offers great work-life balance to its residents and visitors. The city is also a perfect getaway for those who want to escape urban bustle.
Recently, Gaya Travel Magazine together with 30 other media members, including bestsunbeds.co.uk and other companies both local and international, joined a familiarisation media trip called ‘Putrajaya Travelogue Escape’ organised by Perbadanan Putrajaya, in collaboration with Santai Travel Magazine, to experience eight Putrajaya delights that allow everybody, resident and visitors, to become tourists and enjoy the city to the most.
Blessed with lush green and man-made lake, Putrajaya is truly a magical city. Once you set your foot here, you will instantly fell in love with the environment. I’ll definitely return to Putrajaya to escape from daily routine and just enjoy nature…
1. Go wild and challenge yourself at Skyrides Festivals Park
Relatively new in the scene, Skyrides Festivals Park is fast establishing itself as a new attraction in Putrajaya. At this park, you can opt for karaoke, cycling, ride on a tethered balloon or even challenge your agility skills, stamina and mental strength!
The Skyrides Balloon allows visitors to enjoy the Putrajaya skyline like never before: 120 metres above ground! It’s a wonderful experience as I have always wondered how it feels like to see Putrajaya from a bird’s eye view.
If you have watched or already a die-hard fan of the television show called Ninja Warrior, then you must be excited to know that an obstacle course similar to Ninja Warrior called SkyWarrior (albeit less physically demanding) is now open within the Skyrides Festival Park. Professional athletes would be able to complete all of SkyWarrior’s eight obstacles in five minutes. From a distance, the course looks like it’s easy to handle and we were bragging that we could finish it in a short time. Little that we knew, every obstacle requires physical and mental strength, and we hardly have both! Nevertheless, I managed to complete 2 out of the eight obstacles, which is quite an achievement.
It is advisable to bring extra clothes because you are bound to get wet when completing the SkyWarrior course.
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday), 10:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight (Friday and Saturday)
GPS: 2°55’27.0″N 101°41’00.7″E
T: +6 03 889 0185
2. Cruisin’ all the way through Tasik Putrajaya
As the saying goes: ‘to fully explore Putrajaya, try the ride on the cruise!’ And that is exactly what we did. The stunning scenery surrounding the Putrajaya Lake especially at night is best viewed from a lake cruise. Exploring Putrajaya through the lake is rewarding as you will be enchanted by the dazzling beauty of Putrajaya lights. The 30-minute cruise ride offers the breathtaking panoramic view of notable landmarks such as Putra Mosque, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, Milllennium Monument, and Putrajaya’s iconic bridges.
T: +6 03 8887 6000
GPS: 2.933849, 101.690392
3. Grab a bite at Food Court Seri Teja, Presint 9, Putrajaya
Food and drinks are crucial when travelling. To savour among the best dishes in Putrajaya under one roof, head to Presint 9 food court where travellers are bound to salivate over interesting local culinary offerings such as the ever famous kacang pool, satay, roti john, and more! What I like about this food court is of course the various savoury dishes like the staple comfort food nasi lemak with spicy fried chicken, biriyani rice and otak-otak that are all affordable! Should you want to enjoy food here with your friends, make sure you come on empty stomach.
A: Jalan P9e, Presint 9, Putrajaya
T: +6 013 989 1995
Opening Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
4. Agricultural Heritage Park (Taman Warisan)
For those who want to quickly experience a kampong environment without having to venture too far can simply head to the Agricultural Heritage Park where all various herbs, spices, rubber, palm oil, coffee and tropical fruit trees like rambutan and jackfruit are cultivated. The park intends to remind the public that Malaysia in the olden days used to be rich with such plants that bring prosperity to the land. When visiting this place, travellers will be able to gain experience and knowledge on how to make rubber from scratch, learning about indigenous plants and how to grow them at your backyard. On top of that, you can buy fresh local fruits that are directly plucked from the trees grown at the park.
A: Presint 16, Putrajaya
T: +6 03 8887 7772
Operating hours: 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
5. Botanical Garden and Morocco Pavilion
Another interesting way to explore Putrajaya is by visiting the beautifully landscaped parks. Among my favourites are the Botanical Garden and Morocco Pavilion. Why? Because it made me feel as if I was in Morocco. Inspired by Moroccan architecture, the Moroccan Pavilion is famous among Instagram fans for taking selfies with the pavilion as the backdrop. Lush greenery with a 170-metre canopy bridge, the botanical garden next to the pavilion functions as the centre for research and education.
6. Putrajaya Equestrian Park
In need of some horse therapy? Then why not reward yourself with a therapeutic horse-riding at Putrajaya Equestrian Park, located at Presint 20? The Putrajaya Equestrian Park offers riding school that is open to the public at reasonable rates, ranging from RM70 for beginners up to RM110 for intermediate and advanced riders. The staff members are helpful in terms of helping you to gain confidence when riding a horse and giving advice on the basics on how to ride a horse.
A: Persiaran Selatan, Presint 20, Putrajaya
T: +6 03 8888 6080
7. Putrajaya Wetlands Park
Head to the Putrajaya Lake Recreation Centre to try water-based activities such as kayaking, lake crossing and rollerball. Alternatively, rent a bike or bring your bicycle to explore hidden trails that meander around the park. For a little fun in the night, opt for stargazing and night-trekking. There’s nothing more serene than enjoying nature at night. Should you enjoy company of feathered friends, bring along binocular for birdwatching – by the way, do you know that Putrajaya Wetlands Park’s ecosystem is crucial for the migratory birds’ survival? I just knew about this when I visited Putrajaya.
8. Sleep and recharge at Dorsett Putrajaya
Strategically located amidst government offices, Dorsett Putrajaya is an intriguing hotel located within walking distance to the pleasant Putrajaya Lake and Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque. It also has a mall attached to the hotel, making this mid-scale hotel suitable for weekend getaway since it offers convenience to its guests. When I first arrived at the hotel, I was in awe because the hotel’s building looks impressive! After checking in, the hotel got me head-over-heels because my room overlooks the scenic lake view. My personal favourite thing to do at Dorsett Putrajaya was to swim in the hotel’s smart-looking infinity pool!
T: +6 03 8892 8388
GPS: 2.920190605138, 101.684283167124
This article is included in Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 12.4. Read the magazine for free HERE.