Bukit Cerakah, Shah Alam
Everybody had heard about Bukit Cerakah, Shah Alam. It is also known as Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam. It is a preserved agricultural forest area for public recreation & also for science research purposes. It is located in Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia)
The 1,295 hectare of tropical rain forest & agriculture park is one of the largest in Asia. Apart from the field trips for kids, visitors are able to learn the different kinds of plants grown in Malaysia, there is a “forest zoo” along the walks & many recreational activities here such as swimming, kayak, fishing, paint ball & cycling. Amongst the plants seen here; paddy field, cocoa trees, oil palm, rubber trees, coffee, coconut and other tropical fruit trees.
There are many gardens in this park as well; Spice Garden, Ornamental Garden, Orchid Garden, Cactus Garden, Bamboo Garden and Mushroom Garden.
Bicycles are available for rent at the park while free bus service is provided to ferry visitors to various spots within the park (without having to exhaust yourselves… the place is HUGE !!!). I cycled for almost 3 hours there but i only covered a quarter of the map !
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Another special attraction, which is my personal favourite here is the Four Season House.
The entrance fee is MYR3 per adult (12 years and above) and MYR1 per child (4 to 11 years old). So, naturally, you can either walk there (which is suicidal), cycle or take the tour bus (it’s free).
Paint Ball valley at Bukit Cerakah
I used to play this game every once a month. There are many hard-core paintballers out there … it is a weekly routine for them & they had their own customized gears, suit & some other fancy stuff. The only thing you pay for here are for the pallets (or paint-bullets, which ever you prefer to call it). The Fees paid are inclusive of lunch as well. For mediocres, you are required to rent the gears; mask, pallets, vest & marker (the gun is called a marker). Normally i would pay for the MYR100 package. It includes all the gears above, 500 pallets, bottomless ice-cold drink & lunch. (If you are a trigger-happy person, you’d probably need to purchase 1000 or 2000 pallets :P )
This game is awesome. The adrenaline rush, sweats, tactical game … heck .. you will want to cry for more people !!! “war is a drug”. It is as if you are at a jungle warfare … you are required to hide, crawl, jump, climb … whatever it takes to attempt to kill the opponents/enemies with your markers (of course the pallets goes into the marker). The thrill of this game, is mainly on how you strategises your entire game. There are several types of games; capture the flag, protect the general (behind a wrecked bus … yes … it is an ACTUAL bus … but all beaten up … and there is beaten up old car too). Each “war” is given a limited time to complete (15 mins or 30 mins), depending on the marshalls who referees the games.
Oh, FYI … the reason why there are vests & masks for protection is because; although those pallets/bullets are made of oil-paint … but the shell of the pallets are really hard. So the speed velocity from the marker shoots the pallets & breaks upon impact ON YOUR BODY. So it hurts as hell I’m telling ya’ . Some even goes home with blue-black marks on their body. Word of advice, wear long sleeve & jungle pants / sweat pants (cover any exposed part of your body to protect from these bruises).
If you wish to have your own gears (not having to rent and share the sweat, dirt & stench of the ones you rent from the place), you may purchase them at any paintball outlets. The famous one is in Damansara Perdana, PJ. Am sure there are many outlets in which ever city that you are in.
So there you have it …. the jolly good time you may experience in Bukit Cerakah, Shah Alam,Malaysia. Would you visit such a green-fresh place? Leave your comments below.