WHERE CULTURE AND ADVENTURE ABOUND WITHIN RAINFORESTS
Jump back to nature's bosom and learn Malaysian culture
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