HULU LAN­GAT

WHERE CUL­TURE AND AD­VEN­TURE ABOUND WITHIN RAIN­FORESTS

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Step­ping out of com­fort zones is a ven­ture­some way to un­ravel new places and to ex­tend one’s bound­ary of what is com­fort­able. As the coun­try’s most pop­u­lous state, Se­lan­gor has a placid side to it that denizens of the state may not have even jour­neyed to. De­spite en­com­pass­ing sev­eral ma­jor bustling cities in­clud­ing the largest in the coun­try, there is a con­trast­ing side to the state where en­thralling nat­u­ral at­trac­tions and cul­tural her­itage are in abun­dance. Leav­ing be­hind the milling crowds on the busy streets and ven­tur­ing into the in­ner side of the state, one can find a se­questered dis­trict called Hulu Lan­gat within sur­round­ing hills and lush greener­ies that make a per­fect es­capade for city dwellers. With the dis­trict boast­ing such im­pres­sive nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, it is no won­der many of the scenic se­cluded ar­eas within the lux­u­ri­antly grow­ing forests are slowly be­com­ing cov­eted spots for ac­tiv­i­ties in na­ture. Head to the pic­turesque Or­chard San­tika for home stay ac­com­mo­da­tions as well as a com­plete guide to lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. Seated on the vast lands of the or­chard are quaint look­ing vil­lage houses as well as mod­ern vil­las where vis­i­tors from all over the world come to get a taste of liv­ing amidst nat­u­ral wonders. With the has­sle of mak­ing ar­range­ments out of the way, one can look for­ward to a mul­ti­tude of lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties that range widely from cul­tural trips to a camp­ing site called Sun­gai Congkak Her­bal Camp to bam­boo raft­ing ad­ven­tures at the dis­trict’s river, Sun­gai Lan­gat. Op­er­ated by a fam­ily of Java ori­gins, the beau­ti­ful durian or­chard also serves as a fo­cal point for cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties that are deeply rooted in the his­tory of the state of Se­lan­gor. Take your mind off as you be­come im­mersed in a myr­iad of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties where you get to be en­light­ened by a batik col­or­ing ex­pert, schooled in the art of mak­ing ‘sa­tay’, a lo­cal del­i­cacy and last but not least, mas­ter self-de­fense skills from an ex­pe­ri­enced ‘silat’ guru all while be­ing sur­rounded by the

tran­quil­ity of a fairy-tale in­spired gar­den. Never a dull mo­ment, the hosts throw a tra­di­tional feast for guests at night time where you get to ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand the ebul­lient am­bi­ence of the unique Ja­vanese ‘kenduri’ and savour the mouth­wa­ter­ing lo­cal dish ‘nasi am­beng’ while be­ing treated to a short story of its ori­gins. When your quest of ad­ven­ture brings you to Hulu Lan­gat, be sure to in­clude rain­for­est ac­tiv­i­ties in your itin­er­ary as your trip will not be com­plete with­out you step­ping foot into the dense trop­i­cal jun­gles. The boun­ti­ful nat­u­ral at­trac­tions in Hulu Lan­gat cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties that city dwellers will usu­ally shy away from, which is to be en­gulfed by the mag­nif­i­cence of the wilder­ness. Nu­mer­ous sites within the dis­trict have be­come spots for a host of ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from fly­ing fox to bumpy ATV rides be­neath the won­drous jun­gle canopy. If catch­ing the sun­rise is on your bucket list, ven­ture on a rel­a­tively quick climb up the slip­pery slopes where amaz­ing van­tage points are re­served for you at the top of Broga Hill. Or brave the quiet steeply hills sur­rounded by dense forests to un­cover a peace­ful look­ing clear­ing where the mag­nif­i­cent Lopo Water­fall re­sides. Ex­pe­ri­ence a swap of scenery this week­end at the nat­u­ral dis­trict of Hulu Lan­gat where var­i­ous out­door ad­ven­tures and en­rich­ing lo­cal cul­tures await you.

TOP A sense of ful­fil­ment awaits you at the top

BOT­TOM LEFT Feel the cool breeze stand­ing next to the en­thralling water­fall BOT­TOM Chal­lenge the slip­pery slopes of Broga Hill

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