From 20 until 22 July 2018, Gaya Travel Magazine took part in a media familiarisation trip organised by Tourism Selangor as part of the #TakeMeAnywhere campaign. The trip brought members of the media to Selangor’s three districts: Sepang, Kuala Langat and Petaling; it successfully showcased some of the state’s exciting tourism products that travellers tend to overlook.
WHAT WE EXPERIENCED
Ladang Buah Naga Sepang
When Daniel Lee Chee Wei, 38, started the business in 2015, he planted dragon fruit (locally known as buah naga) above his father’s two-acre land – on each acre, there are 700 dragon fruit trees. Now, he owns as many as 30 acres of land with 400 trees per acre, producing up to 15,000 kilograms of dragon fruit in total per month. Besides, he also has two more farms in Rembau and Tampin respectively. The fruits are also being exported to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
Travellers can buy and savour the juicy fruit plucked fresh from the farm on top of other crops such as durian and jackfruit.
Address: Sepang Corner Healthy Fruits and Florist, PT3892, Kampung Batu 1, Jalan Sungai Pelek, 43900 Sepang
GPS Coordinate: 2.680763, 101.741681
Contact Number: +6 017 6611 322 / +6 012 6611 322
Kuan Wellness Eco Park
This place, opened in 2010, is replete with palm and fruit trees, suitable for travellers to learn about the production of bird’s nest that is scientifically proven to be high in nutrition. They even have a swiftlet house and laboratory for bird’s nest processing and research where travellers can personally witness through the glass window. Kuan Wellness is one of the pioneers in producing high-quality bird’s nest products in Malaysia, therefore travellers should take the opportunity to buy products derived from bird’s nest at reasonable prices from its sales centre.
To make the experience more interactive, the place also has a swiftlet gallery, eco theatres, coffee shop, souvenir shop and a mini zoo.
Address: Lot 408, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Kg Tanjung Layang, Mukim Batu, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, Malaysia
GPS Coordinate: 2.693490, 101.497042
Contact Number: +6 03 3148 1126
Tandem Paragliding at Bukit Jugra
Besides its historical significance, Bukit Jugra is synonymous with paragliding. Travellers who are up for this kind of adventure but lack knowledge and skill to fly can simply engage a professional paraglider for tandem paragliding (which means flying together with the professional paraglider but he will entirely manoeuvre the flight).
Paragliding is dependent upon wind conditions – no flight will be conducted if the wind is too harsh or there’s none. Once airborne, the length of the flight also depends on the prevailing wind, with the shortest flight taking between 5 and 10 minutes.
When you paraglide, you are bound to enjoy the breathtaking bird’s eye view as you soar into the sky. This activity can be experienced at the cost of MYR250 per person (insurance included). Call Captain Mohd. Ikhwan Azillah at +6 013 3703 331 for further information.
GPS Coordinate: 2.836318, 101.418005
Istana Bandar, Jugra
Istana Bandar is the place where travellers can visit official old-residence of Selangor’s royals, a palace built by Sultan Ala’eddin Suleiman Shah, the fifth Sultan of Selangor, in 1905. It has a resplendent architecture which combines Malay, Western, Chinese and Middle Eastern design influences. Also known as Ala’eddin Palace, this 40-room building was once abandoned after the demise of Sultan Ala’eddin but it is now managed by Selangor State Malay Custom and Heritage Corporation (PADAT).
Remember one of the opening scenes of the 2004 Malay horror box-office ‘Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam’ when the lead character Meriam was awarded the title of a prima donna by the King? It was shot here!
Address: Istana Bandar, Kampung Sungai Ingat, 42700 Banting, Selangor
GPS Coordinate: 2.860057, 101.441220
Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple
More than just a Buddhist temple, I found this place relaxing since it is located in Jenjarom, a laid-back town of Kuala Langat. The name itself, Dong Zen, means ‘tranquil mind of the east’. There are plenty of activities where Buddhists or non-Buddhists alike can enjoy and participate such as donation drives, festivals, educational and community activities, cultural shows and more.
The temple’s highly-anticipated event each year is the grand celebration called the Lantern and Flora Festival in conjunction with Chinese New Year (CNY). This is the time when the temple is illuminated with a kaleidoscope of digital lights, flotillas and lanterns. During the 2018 CNY, the temple was recognised for showcasing ‘The Biggest Revolving Dog Lantern’ by Malaysia Book of Records.
Address: PT 2297, Jalan Sungai Buaya, Kampung Jenjarom, 42600 Kuala Langat, Selangor
GPS Coordinate: 2.868579, 101.490971
Contact Number: +6 03 3191 1533
42nd Bon Odori Festival 2018
Bon Odori refers to a Japanese folk dance and performed in summer at every district in Japan. Why is it celebrated in Malaysia, you wonder? This celebration, which dates back to 1977, is actually an effort to strengthen the cultural ties between Malaysia and Japan.
The 42nd Bon Odori Festival 2018 that took place at Kompleks Sukan Negara Shah Alam Panasonic was co-organised by The Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur, The Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur and Embassy of Japan.
During the event, most people wear Japanese traditional attire (yukata and kimono) and sing and dance to Japanese traditional songs. The steps are simple and easy-to-follow. Travellers would be pleasantly surprised to find a large number of people, be they Japanese, Malay, Chinese or Indian, join in the celebration. At the end of the event, there are also Malaysian cultural performances and the finale was none other than the iconic Joget Lambak dance.
WHERE WE ATE
Restoran Assam Batu Laut
This restaurant, located next to a river, is usually crowded during dinner because it serves fresh seafood prepared into lip-smacking dishes like seafood pot, crabmeat tofu soup and assam steamed snapper fish. Besides, the price is also fairly cheap. It has indoor and outdoor seats to accommodate large groups of customers any time. The restaurant’s surrounding view during sunset is also gorgeous.
Address: Banting Sungai Mosok, Batu Laut, Kampung Nelayan, Tanjung Sepat
GPS Coordinate: 2.679504, 101.504351
Contact Number: +6 019 384 4362
Viking Seafood Restaurant
Overlooking the idyllic Langat River with fishing boats passing by while dining at this humble restaurant in Banting is a memorable experience. Mainly famous for its seafood, the view from this restaurant is even better during sunset.
Among the must-try dishes are salted egg prawn, crab meat tofu soup, sweet and sour fish, and kung pao scallops.
Address: Off Kampung, Jalan Bukit Jugra, Permatang Pasir, 42700 Banting, Selangor
GPS Coordinate: 2.825087, 101.416144
Contact Number: +6 03 3120 2393
Owned by the multitalented Pierre Teh, this café is definitely an attraction that travellers should not miss thanks to the owner’s creative skills in turning this rustic building into an industrial, hipster café filled with vintage collectibles and his own creations. Among those that catch my eyes are the time-honoured camera and the classic typewriter by the window, believed to be the most photographed spot in the café.
We tasted black pepper sauce roasted chicken, green curry spaghetti, tote potato and pan fried mee hoon and all of them are agreeably delicious.
Next to the building is another café called Nightbus 127, also owned by The, where travellers can experience dining inside an old bus!
Address: Lot 389, Batu 13, Jalan Klang Banting, Kampung Sungai Rambai, Jenjarom, Selangor
GPS Coordinate: 2.891811, 101.482172
Contact Number: +6 03 3191 5969
WHERE WE STAYED
Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort
This sprawling above-water resort located at the coast of Pantai Bagan Lalang has 315 rooms and villas. From above, the resort resembles the shape of a water-palm tree. I experienced cycling around the resort, while my other travelling companions went for an educational mangrove tour. They also have a lot of water and beach activities during the day and night! Later we had a delicious steamboat dinner at the resort’s Stimbot Restaurant. In the following morning, we attended the yoga class at AVANISpa and then wolfed down the resort’s hearty breakfast spread.
Travellers should definitely stay at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort for its refreshing getaway experience!
Address: No 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, Kg Bagan Lalang, Sungai Pelek, 43950 Selangor
GPS Coordinate: 2.601029, 101.688236
Contact Number: + 6 03 3182 3600
Goldcoast Morib International Resort
This beachfront resort in Kuala Langat offers more than just 672 rooms and suites for its guests – they have a water theme park with a number of water-based games! The entrance fee is MYR21 per child and MYR37 per adult.
Other than that, the resort is suitable for both families and honeymooners to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. We stayed at their Penthouse Suite, which granted us the magnificent view of the sea. The suite itself is spacious and comfortable.
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