Monday, September 8, 2014

My kampong kids get down and dirty in Kluang, Malaysia: Day 1.

[warning: Long post with photos overload!]
We just returned from an awesome holiday with the kids!
We went somewhere with no internet, no handheld games, just pure unadulterated fun for the children which was the sole objective this September holidays.

I must confess - this is the first time I booked a tour for the family.
Andy is usually the one in our marriage who is in charge of these stuff. He's good with directions and travel savvy. When I got assigned the task, I decided to bring us to UK Farm.
Don't be fooled by the name though, because UK Farm is not in the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, UK Farm stands for Un Keng Farm and it's only an hour's drive from the causeway.

I've only read reviews on Trip Advisor, so here is our low-down on being close to nature.

Address & contact:
Plot 8, Projek Pertanian Moden Kluang, KM 13, Jalan Batu Pahat, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia.
They are very fast in replying emails.

Getting there:
Very straightforward and easy, you won't get lost if you follow this simple map:
source: UK Agro Farm website.
 Hit the North-South highway, exit Ayer Hitam.
After you exit the toll, you will soon reach a junction in between Batu Pahat (to your left), or Kluang (to your right). Exit RIGHT to Kluang and destination is 9km away.
I'm glad we drove our SUV because I don't think our small car will be able to withstand the gravel path. Someone advised on Trip Advisor to be prepared that your tyres become misaligned or punctured. I think he wasn't kidding!

3 square meals with drinks are provided by the Farm management. Everyone goes to the canteen for food which is cooked in mass and served to you in huge portions. You don't get to choose what to eat but thankfully, my children are not picky.
If the food is really not up to your taste however, you can always order other items on the menu and pay separately.

Fun factor:
The kids enjoyed themselves to the max! I'll let our photos do the talking.
Outside our chalet during our lull time, the kids would go and throw pebbles. Love the simplicity of this life-style. Ashton, as can be seen, is throwing a pebble shower on, erm, himself.

I've never felt so at ease with my children running on the road.

At the farm centre where we have our meals, arrange for activities etc.

You can choose to get around the different parts of the farm in this bus, which is FOC...

Or you can choose to go by horse carriage which is RM$60 for the entire trip around the farm.

Goat shed, where the kids could feed hay and bottle-feed kids:

Kids face-to-face, so to speak.

Demo on milking the goats.

At the Ostrich farm:

"You looking at me, kid?"

Baby looks unimpressed.
At the Kampong Asli:
Orang Asli showing us how to use a blow-pipe to make a kill on unsuspecting animals. In front of him is a trap for animals too.

In the tree house!

I said "SMILE!" and these were the expressions of three different boys.

Next stop, to the Mushroom and Vegetable farm:

Wishing tree.

If you could make a single wish, what would you wish for?

After the vegetable farm tour, Adam went horse-riding.

Our wish lantern which was similar to the one we had lit in Taiwan.
UK Farm reminds me a lot about Taiwan, except it is way nearer and much more accessible to us!

We ended the night with setting off wish lanterns, followed by a night tour to spot fire-flies.
As you can see, there are tons of activities for the children on UK Farm!
But that's not all. Click HERE for Part 2 of our Kluang road trip.

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