Malaysian school holidays are just around the corner. And if you live in KL and want to take your children somewhere that doesn’t require hours of driving, may I suggest the Taman Rimba Komanwel? Located some 13km from Rawang Town, the forest park is only some 30 minutes by car from KL city centre.
I find the wooden chalets very charming. At only RM100 (USD30) per room per night — RM120 (USD35) on weekends and public holidays — a weekend stay there won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
The chalets are located right at the forest’s doorstep, so expect crickets to lull you to sleep every night.
And if you’re wondering why the upper portion of the photo looks blurred, it’s not; that’s the early morning fog over the trees.
The chalets are furnished simply but comfortably. All rooms feature air-conditioning and hot showers (in the attached bathrooms), as well as a small TV set and a mini-fridge (under the TV). Most importantly, the rooms are clean and well-maintained.
A few steps away from the chalets is a river, where the children can spend hours splashing in the water or digging up the sand. These stone steps will lead you to that river.
The water is clean and so clear, you can see the bottom. It’s not deep either, hence very child-friendly. Twin1 can attest to that ;)
You can catch some fish from the river and grill them that very night to entertain the children, more for fun rather than for sustenance.
The canteen is more than ready to oblige requests for a barbecue for your group at a nominal charge.
Taman Rimba Komanwel also offers horseriding lessons within its premises. Or you can have guided horse rides at RM7 (~USD2) per person within the paddock or RM25 (~USD7) on the resort’s trail.
Those colourful things you see behind the paddock are meant for paintball, which Taman Rimba also offers as a package for your office or school activity.
Paintball not your cup of tea? How about a raft race instead? This could come in pretty handy for team-building sessions.
Other activities that can be enjoyed in the 26-hectare park include mountain biking, jungle trekking, campout, and a visit to a nearby small waterfall.
Just a word of caution though — the place, having relatively very few visitors, harbours some very nasty inhabitants that I absolutely abhor, one of whom got captured and imprisoned by the boys in this makeshift cell…
…the dreaded blood-sucking pacat [pa-chat]!
I’m not really sure how different the pacat is to the leech (some people say it’s the leech’s smaller cousin). All I know is they both suck blood and are both found in damp, dense places like forests and riverbanks. Even if you don’t feel a thing while it does its dirty work (at least, that’s what MyEldest told me from his pacat experience in Taman Rimba Komanwel), I was so happy that I was spared of an intimate encounter with such creatures during our stay there!
Taman Rimba Komanwel
KM23, Jalan Kuala Lumpur-Rawang
48000 Rawang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
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