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:
- From Subang, take the Federal Highway toward Shah Alam. Go past the Batu Tiga toll.
- 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.
- You will come to a large roundabout with traffic lights. Go straight (12 o’clock).
- 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.
- Keep on going on the long road and look out for signboards.
- 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.
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.