It was a short school holiday break last month and we're already late to book for a holiday trip. Last-minute trip planning is a bad idea during school holidays in Malaysia as most accommodations are full and traffics are very bad heading to some popular destinations. So we have to settle with a day trip options and go to a place that is familiar to us. That left us with less options for Kuala Lumpur folks like us. We're thinking about Genting Highlands Theme Parks but it will surely be crowded like hell. Moreover, we've been there for hundreds of times already. And then the idea came to go to a quiter place in Genting Highlands - Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm.
Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm is located at Gohtong Jaya - a small 'cowboy' town that is the main township of Genting Highlands itself. It is almost half way up the peak of the hill where the theme parks are located. So there we were, driving up to Genting Highlands for a family day-trip without Genting Theme Parks in your agenda. A visit to Genting Highlands is not complete if you didn't reach the peak of the highlands and having fun in the outdoor and indoor theme parks, so they say. For the record, Genting is not as popular as Cameron Highlands as strawberry farms destination in Malaysia. I couldn't make a comparison here because I've never visited Cameron Highlands (wish I could be there some day).
We arrived at the farm late in the morning and the visitors had started to gather. It was a sunny day and the kids have to remove their sweaters because the temperature is not as cold as we have predicted. At the entrance, we were greeted by a "Free Entrance" sign. So the entrance is free - a good first impression!
As soon as we entered the farm, we immediately see two sections of the covered strawberry farms to our left and right. There are probably hundreds of long lines of wooden-stacked platforms with probably thousands of strawberry trees. The two sections were separated by a walkway that lead us farther inside. This is where you can self pick the fresh strawberries from it's tiny trees. There are many farm assistants wandering inside the farm distributing baskets for you to keep the fruits. The strawberries, of course, are not free. The price is RM6 per 100 grams, and it is the minimum weight for you to have. If you choose to self pick the strawberries, please exercise some 'farm ethics'. It's easy to be blinded and greedy by the abundance of the fruits. Don't grab every single stawberry that your eyes can see. Some of them are still green and there were also rotten one that can't be eaten at all. So pick wisely. Once done, proceed to the payment counter to weigh and pay for your strawberries. If self-picking strawberries is not your thing, you can choose to buy a packed one at RM15 per box.
After paying for our strawberries, we walked further inside the farm. The next stop is Strawberry Farmhouse Cafe where you can refresh yourself with drinks, ice creams, wafers, and other food products that were based on strawberries. I tried the famous strawberry stick coated with chocolates, but nothing special about it. Not recommended. But the ice cream was good.
After moving from the cafe and walk further, we realized that this Strawberry Farm is not all about strawberry farms. There are other farms as well i.e Flower Farm, Organic Bean Sprout Farm and Mushroom Farm. Each farms has its own appeals and attractions. Each farms were alternated with small shops ala bazaar selling souvenirs and farm-based products.
At the end of the walkway near the exit, there is a Strawberry Showroom, which is actually a souvenir shop selling all-strawberry themed items - strawberry sandals, strawberry tote bags, strawberry pillow, strawberry soft toys, stawberry chocolates, the list goes on...
A visit to Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm is a fun family activity and self-picking strawberries is the highlight of the day. Walking through mushroom, flowers, and organic bean sprout farms makes us 'ooohh' and 'aahhh', amazed by the freshness of the green plants. And we ended up buying a handful of vegetables, potted flowers, and of course, the strawberries. This is the place where you can have lazy walk, leisure and enjoy with your family.
How To Get There:
Genting Express Bus Service depart every half and hour starting from 7.30 AM to 7.00 PM, from various stations in Kuala Lumpur to Genting Skyway Station (near the farm). The trip is between 30-40 minutes drive - source: www.roadhop.com