There were and will be many school holidays in Term 4, but mostly we spent the days at home or just went out to nearby places. The haze situation was quite terrible recently. During the term 3 school holiday, the weather was so bad that my eyes hurt every time I stepped out from the house, there was smoke everywhere, and we had to closed all windows, turned air con and the air purifier. Thanks to the heavy rain these past few days, the weather is started getting better and fresh now.
We went to UK Farm few months ago (luckily before the haze came) before the new regulations about Singapore cars must be registered before entering Malaysian territory (plus an increase of entry fee) were applied. So far we haven’t registered the car (yet) so we can’t make another trip across the border…………sigh……….
At that time, the ringgit was at an all-time low (and even lower now)………….so we really thought there was no better time to drive up to Malaysia, especially for me who always convert all our expenses into SGD, I found that everything was very affordable, hahaha………..
Although the name is UK Agro Farm, but it is not located in UK (but hopefully someday we will go to UK). It is located in Kluang (about 3 hours from Johor Bahru). It is Malaysia’s largest goats and sheep farm with 100 acres of grazing land for 4000 sheep (or so they say………………).
It was very easy to find (just follow the GPS lah……….), but the most challenging but quite fun part would happen after the smooth toll roads when we had to travel on a gravel road for around 30 minutes from the front gate to the farm itself. Yes………….it was that huge! We were really surprised to see such a huge property land inside the tiny gate with only one security officer on duty. Before we entered the ticketing office, we could only see big tress, grass field, and some cows grazing……………..it must be quite creepy at night……………
For a trip around the farm, we could choose between a Guided Mini Bus Tour (shared with other tourists) or Horse Cart Tour. Of course we chose the horse cart tour for a more private tour for the four of us. We paid around RM 255 for all of us and already included entrance fee, 1 set of animal feeding, goat milk tasting, and mushroom snack.
In Indonesia, we call the horse cart as delman, and it was one of my favorite ride when I was a kid. So no wonder the boy chose to go on a tour with delman rather than sharing the bus with other people. While waiting for our delman to take us around the farm, we played in the farm “front yard.” Going inside the farm was like escaping from the city life and entered to a secluded village area long long time ago.
Finally, the delman arrived and we were ready to start the farm tour……………
First, we stopped to feed the goats and gave milk to the baby goats. Although the boy had done this several times, he was still happy and excited. There were other things to do in our first stop, and we even tried goat milk (not me because I don’t like milk). From what I read, goat milk is healthier than cow milk, but everybody said the taste was not as good as cow milk. Then of course, under the very hot day like that day, it was best to buy something cold like passion fruit juice (too sweet for our liking) and ice cream from goat milk (but the boy said it didn’t taste very good although he said it after he finished all of it……………).
After we felt refreshed (and by the way, toilets were also available in this area. Basically it was easy to look for toilets in this place), our delman had already waited for us outside the goat feeding station.
After a bumpy long narrow road, we finally arrived at the next stop:
Just one minute walking distance from Ostrich Park, we arrived at the Asli Village (Kampung Asli). It was definitely like a huge playground for kids…………and not just an ordinary playground, this was a very traditional playground with hammock and wooden swings attached to trees, seesaw and balancing beam made of real log, and even a real tree house, old style kampong house and some other traditional things. We spent quite along time playing in Asli Village as it was so much fun for us…………..but then again…………..the heat beat us and we gave up and decided to continue the trip with our delman.
And look what we found next:
While waiting for the delman, we went back to the ostrich park to rest and take another picture with the ostrich. Unlike the first time when we arrived here, there was no one here so we could take a good look at the ostrich and the turkeys.
So where was the best place to go after a long trip and in a super hot day like that? The delman brought us to this place to enjoy:
For the last stop, the delman took us to the mushroom and vegetable farm. From there, we could walk back to the lobby or just look around the surrounding area.
We exited the shop through the back door and saw that there was a back yard with another tree huts, swing, hammock, picnic area, and a vegetable farm. It was a nice playground for the kids.
Before going back to the lobby area, we decided to take a walk around including to the archery field and sheep chasing challenge (but we didn’t participate because no one wanted to chase a bunch of sheep under the hot sun……………).
Before we went home, we stopped by Zenxin Organic Farm to have lunch. It was around 5 minutes from the front gate of UK Agro Farm. We ordered 2 sets of meals and 2 sets of hot pot (and the portions were all so huge) plus 3 glasses of lemon tea and 2 glasses of fruit and vegetable juice………….and it only cost RM50.
It was so difficult to find seats in the restaurant although it was already past lunch time. The soup base for the hot pot was a mushroom stock so it might be not as tasty as soup base made from chicken stock (but it was definitely healthier). The vegetables were all fresh and nice. One negative thing was the cleanliness of this place (try to avoid the toilet before eating).
On the way home, we stopped at a rest area for toilet break and we just loved to see how spacious and clean and quiet this place was.
There are some other farms in Malaysia, so maybe next time we can visit other place.