Bukit Cahaya Shah Alam

Last week my CG had an outing to Bukit Cahaya Shah Alam. Now, this place is known by many names. It’s also called Bukit Cerakah, and Taman Pertanian Shah Alam. So many names for one place.

Anyway, to get in we had to pay an entry fee of RM3 for adults and RM1 for kids. Car park costs RM1 per entry. If you want to know how to get to Bukit Cahaya stay tuned for the next paragraph. I will give detailed driving directions to Bukit Cerakah. (No I’m not long winded nor am I forgetful that I am repeating myself. Just some SEO)

If you want to get there, just follow these simple directions:

  1. From Subang, take the Federal Highway toward Shah Alam. Go past the Batu Tiga toll.
  2. At the Bulatan Melawati (where Tesco is), turn right into Shah Alam. This is the third turning after the toll. You should see a signboard for Taman Pertanian Shah Alam.
  3. You will come to a large roundabout with traffic lights. Go straight (12 o’clock).
  4. Keep on going straight until you come to traffic lights, then keep on going straight. At the traffic lights you will see Concorde hotel and Plaza Masalam (IC department / Giant) on your right.
  5. Keep on going on the long road and look out for signboards.
  6. The entrance will be on your right. When you see a block of flats start keeping right and turn right at the traffic light.

Update June 2010: Check out my updated, comprehensive post on Bukit Cahaya information, details and activities!

When we got in, we waited for the bus that would take us to the end of the road, which is a dam.

I call it the Teh Tarik Dam (Pulled Tea Dam) because of the colour of the water. At the dam we stopped to have a mini picnic / sharing session / games session in the little verandah they provided that overhangs a lake.


Teh Tarik Dam. Me and my two babies. Toward the right is the dam. You can walk above it.

After eating half of the food we brought and spending an hour there, we took another bus back out and stopped at the mushroom garden. I didn’t see any mushrooms there, but we climbed the observation tower.

Next, we walked towards the Rumah Iklim (seasons house) which was the highlight of our trip. If you’ve never heard of this, they simulate the four seasons in this controlled chamber. It costs RM3 for adults to enter, I’m not sure about children prices.

It was winter and we enjoyed ourselves feeling all cold and taking photographs.


Penguins!

Ice! Snow! Wow! The only other time I’ve seen snow was at Mt Buller…

After that we started to walk back out towards the entrance of the park. We stopped at the Animal Park which had monkeys, birds and buffaloes.

Finally we took the bus back to the entrance.

Before leaving we had some wonderful refreshing drinks prepared by one of our CG members. We sang a song in the car park (softly) and left for home.

Bukit Cahaya is a fun place to bring your family if you love outdoor activities. You can rent a bicycle to cycle around, you can stay in some chalets, you can go swimming, and you can even rent camp grounds to go camping.

Bring lots and lots of mosquito repellent. Wear long pants and long sleeves if possible.

13 thoughts on “Bukit Cahaya Shah Alam”

  1. Aiming for #1 spot on Google for BC, eh? Heh! Heh!

    Anyway, I am surprised (shame on me!) that this place is still up and about. Being a skeptic as I am, I always thought all these grand parks will lose its allure after 2 or 3 years due to the lack of proper upkeep in Bolehland. I am proven wrong this time and I admit it.

    Adino: Yeah, aiming for #1 for Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, a lovely family outing destination (for all the good that will do). 😉

    Anyway, this place is well maintained. There are even new toilets built and everything. We’ll see what happens in two or three years time hehe.

  2. The bicycling was certainly fun, but tiring! Remember to bring the park map if you’re cycling though…

    Adino: Good idea, you won’t want to get lost in there. It’s huge. If you do lose your way, just follow the buses out 🙂

  3. It’s looks like a fun place to visit (if I were anywhere nearby, that is).

    Adino: If you ever pay a visit to Malaysia, I could take you there 🙂

  4. Thanks
    Next time if we decide to go there, can we just call you to confirm the detailed driving directions to Bukit Cerakah?
    (SEO? )

    Adino: Hehe, yeah SEO. I think you should be able to find your way there from the detailed instructions. It’s really quite simple. But if you need help, sure I can give directions or even be a tour guide 🙂

  5. Hmm, maybe I should suggest my dept to have an outing there. Hehe.

    Btw, Poey Chin’s looking great! 😀

    Adino: It’s a great place for a visit 🙂

  6. i’ve been there last week.. it is a trip with my lecturer and my classmates for our assignment in featured writting..
    we observed the place it seems abandon in some part of it..
    it was a nice and potencial place for an escapism but the pr it self doesn’t published the place well.
    the place it self been called in so many named that make people confused about the place status or real name..

    but to me it is a kind of place that i will go for an escapism if they up graded the place to be abetter place….

    Adino: Yeah, I wish they kept it in better condition. Some of the attractions were closed when we were there. But it’s good enough.

  7. Dear Blogger, I’d like to thank you for the directions to Bukit Cahaya. I actually managed to get there with 65% of your help.

    please allow me to correct your directions as there are a few things that u have missed out.

    1. After the Batu tiga toll, look out for the 2nd left exit. As you turn in the 2nd left exit, you should see carlsberg on your left.

    2.There are actually 3 roundabouts altogether. The first roundabout is not called Bulatan Kayangan. Its called Bulatan Sejahtera. At that Bulatan Sejahtera, you should take 3 O’clock

    3. You will shortly come to a big roundabout with traffic lights. It’s called Bulatan Malawati. You should take 12 O’clock. After Bulatan Malawati, you should be able to see Tesco on your Right.

    4. The last roundabout is called the Bulatan Kayangan.At that roundabout you should take 12 O’clock. After bulatan Kayangan, follow the road and you should see Concorde hotel on your right.

    Your directions are accurate from No.5 onwards

    Adino: Glad I was able to help, and thanks for clarifying the roundabout names.

    Actually, you turned out too early. You should not turn at Carlsberg (that leads to the industrial area). You should turn at the third turning. If you have the correct roundabout, you will see Tesco immediately at the 3 o’clock turning.

    You are right about the roundabout names, though. I will edit my directions.

    Hope you enjoyed your outing at Bukit Cahaya!

  8. ohh….actually noneed enter the carlsberg exit persiaran selangor , mean jst turn left the 3rd exit persiaran Tengku ampuan…..then u can meet bulatan melawati…..

    Adino: Thanks for the tip!

    Actually in my directions I mentioned using 3rd exit, and not to use Carlsberg exit. Carlsberg will take u to industrial area.

  9. To be honest, I stay in Seksyen 7, Shah Alam but guess what. I only made there once. Since the place was not in proper management I didn’t interested to go there. I wonder what happen now.

    Oh, the name had been change to Taman Botani

    Adino: I guess sometimes when we live nearby, we don’t really notice the special places. Like last time I lived near Sunway Lagoon, but only went there once in so many years!

    Thanks for the tip about the name change. I’m planning to make another trip there soon to get some updated photos and information about the place.

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