I like the kids to spend time in nature, and besides the usual zoo and bird park which my parents take them to every so often, I have discovered the Turtle Museum and Farmart.
Kate enjoyed feeding and patting the small animals that I decided to take it a notch up. An overnight kampung experience sounds about right for my urban kids.
I did our booking via Whatsapp (+60 14 2523678) and it was fuss-free.
Once we arrived, the kids couldn’t wait to be let out of the car having been cooped up for so many hours due to the causeway jam. We plonked our bags in the rooms and headed straight out to feed the animals. It costs RM$1 per packet of feed.
|Feeding the chickens|
I was apprehensive about entering the chicken enclosure, but put on a brave front and cheerfully ushered the kids in. We taught the kids to splay the chicken feed as far as they could so that they wouldn’t come too close to peck us.
The horses were up next and I was surprised Kate dared to feed them. The handlers taught her to place the carrots on her flat palm and allow the horse to nibble on it.
We had another round of animal feeding on Sunday. Horses, cats, rabbits, cows, goats, fishes, chickens; the kids fed them to their hearts’ content.
Meals: All the activities cease at 6pm and they start preparing for the BBQ dinner. The premium BBQ is at RM$70 and one portion is big enough to be shared with a kid. #5 really enjoyed the BBQ and I seldom see him eat so much!
Breakfast was a simple but adequate affair. Adults went for the nasi lemak with curry chicken while the kids had cereal, eggs (hard boiled/scrambled) and rice with ikan bilis.
For lunch, you can ask for the menu after breakfast and let them know what time you will be eating so the kids don’t have to wait a long time for food to be served. The kids had chicken chop with fries (RM28) while we had fried rice (RM18) which comes with fried chicken wing.
|gor gor to the rescue|
On Sunday we went horse riding, but as the kids are still young, we simply trotted around the paddock. There are options to ride around the farm or if you are an experienced rider you can take the horse out.
The kids asked to go on the river cruise again as it was a different exprience from going out in the night. #5 enjoyed the night cruise as it was such an adventure going out in pitch darkness! Pity we didn’t see any fireflies. The 30 minute ride costs RM100 per trip for the whole group.
He carried the kids one by one up to the driver’s seat, and though they could only pretend to steer the tractor, that made their day. Kate spotted the cows in the enclosure and asked to feed them. He obliged, and also showed us where the milk collected was stored. That day, Kate finally learnt where her “supermarket” milk came from!
For me, so long as it’s clean, I’m ok. This farm resort was opened last year and the rooms are new and modern, albeit small.
We stayed on the ground floor and it was convenient, without having to climb the stairs every time we needed to grab something.
All in all, I really enjoyed the slow weekend away, and it was definitely an eye-opener for the kids.
Such a lovely family-run farm with the guests’ experience at the heart of it. Every sheltered Disney/Lego-land kid should try coming here once.
Maybe I’ll book a whole week the next round. I’m sure to hear cries of “there’s nothing to do, we want to go home”. And home they will return to, with a grateful heart and rested spirit.
Just a few things to note:
– Insect repellent is a must. We protected ourselves with patches, arm bands and liberally spraying repellent.
– Slap on sun block and bring a cap.
– Wifi is available, but slow if too many people are logged on.
– We were lost getting there and ended up in a dumpsite (a first for the kids), but Devaa said it was just us. We keyed Pekan Nanas on our GPS, but it is a surburb, not a street, and our GPS decided we needed an adventure. I’m sure you’ll have better luck. Thankfully, on our return drive, it took us a mere 30 minutes to reach the checkpoint.
Sinar Eco Resort