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While most of us love to travel to exotic places and faraway land, those are nice and dandy, but also cost a lot of time and money. But if you look a options closer to home, there are actually a lot of hidden gems all within a couple hours’ drive from Klang Vally that makes for great day trips.

A couple months ago, we went to one of such places for a bit of eco-tourism at Perting Falls (also known as Lata Hammers), near Bentong. It was organized by Suan with Yen (who took us to Chilling Fall back in 2007) as our guide.

we started our journey, walking past rubber estate
we started our journey, walking past rubber estate

Take the Bukit Tinggi exit on Karak Highway and get on Route 68, the old road to Bentong. Follow that scenic route for about 16 km and try not to hit any of the many bicyclists typically found on this beautiful swerving road in the morning.

You will pass a hot spring right before the turning to Perting Valley training resort, take this exit and drive about 2.5-3 km inwards, or as much as your car can take. The road condition isn’t great, a 4×4 would be most awesome.

along the way we had to pass Sungai Perting Pandak
along the way we had to pass Sungai Perting Pandak

Since we drove normal sedans and did not want end up buying new wheels, we parked conservatively at about 2 km or so before the actual trek begins. The trail itself is almost 3 km, and reasonably easy to trek bar some overgrowth that might scratch your legs just a bit.

after 5km of trekking, the final steep descent to the waterfall
after 5km of trekking, the final steep descent to the waterfall

In total we trekked just over 5 km each way, which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours if you do it leisurely. The jungle trail itself should take only an hour if you manage to drive closer. While there are a few steeper areas, the walk isn’t a particularly challenging one, Ahfa’s retired mom had no problem keeping up, in fact, she was better than half of the youngsters. (ok maybe not youngsters anymore if you’re over 30.)

Check out the embedded endomondo trail at the bottom after the map.

Jamie had a zen moment
Jaime had a zen moment

Perting Fall has a beautiful pond with chilling cold water. A few of us took a swim in it, it was fantastic. The closer you swim towards the waterfall, the more it pushes you back, kinda like swimming on treadmill.

Like most waterfalls, there are sometimes whirlpools which present a danger. Always exercise caution and not do anything stupid. It is also advisable to bring along a small box of first aid kit with you.

Yen had a "penunu bunsen" and made tea, we tapao some nasi lemak too
Yen had a small gas stove and made tea, we tapao some nasi lemak too

Due to the distance one has to trek, this waterfall isn’t particularly crowded. Other than our group, there were perhaps maybe around 10 other people, including a few who camped overnight.

Our well prepared guide also brought along a small gas stove and made us some 3 in 1 coffee & milo, together with some nasi lemak we packed earlier in the morning, we refueled.

map to Perting Fall

We started our journey back at around 1:30 pm after spending 2-3 hours at the waterfall. Another 1 hour 40 minutes and plenty of sweat later, we got back to the parking lot and made our way back to KL, but not before having an awesome late lunch at Bukit Tinggi (it’ll be on another post).

Eco-tourism spots is aplenty in Malaysia, and something that we should treasure and enjoy. Check out if you’re interested in trying out something like this, there are easier trails and more accessible waterfalls too.

Travelling can be cheap and fun while being healthy all at the same time!

A couple weekends ago we were invited for a bak kut teh breakfast and a guided tour of the KEN Rimba township at Seksyen 16, Shah Alam.

That was a great way to start the morning, Chow Kiat Bak Kut Teh, introduced by  Sam Tan, the executive director of KEN Holdings Berhad, was one of the bests I’ve had. Coincidentally, it is also just 10-15 minutes away from KEN Rimba, though this is not the only reason you should learn about this one of a kind township.

Ken Rimba development - Sam took us for a guided tour
Ken Rimba development – Sam took us for a guided tour

Some of you might have read about a post I wrote some half a year ago on KEN Bangsar where I touched on KEN Rimba a little bit at the end. The first phase of KEN Rimba township – the LEGIAN Residences, have been handed over to buyers, and some residence have moved into the new houses.

Now back on what makes KEN Rimba such a unique township.

First and foremost, everything in this 60 acre freehold development is throughly thought out with sustainable living in mind. Which is no surprise that KEN Rimba Legian Residences is the first landed home development in the country to be awarded the BCA Green Mark Gold Award.

rain water harvesting tanks, communal bicycles
rain water harvesting tanks, communal bicycles

First and foremost, most houses are arranged north-south orientation to take advantage of crosswind and to reduce direct sunlight, this allows for better ventilation and reduces the need for electrical cooling devices such as air conditioning.

Australian adjustable glass louvred windows are used to facilitate airflow. As explained by Sam, the more popular casement windows does not allow for ventilation especially when it rains, or when the wind isn’t blowing at a particular angle.

Each unit is also fitted with rainwater harvesting tanks to store rainwater for gardening, washing car porch, or anything, really.

water features and Palawan plants between end lots
water features and Palawan plants between end lots

Breathable roof is another features that comes standard in each terrace house built here. By allowing trapped heat to escape through the roof attic, the living area would have a lower temperature than those with standard roof fittings.

Outside the houses, there are plenty of planted trees and landscaping works done to give the neighborhood a very green and pleasant ambiance. I especially like the water features built in between the end lots, they make for good jogging tracks as well.

one of the corner units of LEGIAN Residence, complete with swimming pool
one of the corner units of LEGIAN Residences, complete with swimming pool

KEN Rimba is also conveniently located very close to Federal Highway, NKVE, LKSA, and LATAR. Furthermore, there’s a covered walk way to the Padang Jawa KTM station located just 700 meters away  (about 10 minutes leisure walk pace).

To get around the township, there are also a few dozen bicycles available for free usage to residence of KEN Rimba. I thought that’s a very neat idea.

interior of the show unit, LEGIAN Residence
interior of the show unit, LEGIAN Residences

The 328 units of LEGIAN Residences are ready for move in, with most units already sold off. The next phase at KEN Rimba is the Jimbaran Residences with 168 units that would be launched soon.

The specifications for Jimbaran Residences:

Tenure : Freehold
Type of Development : Double Storey Terrace House with Loft
Total No. of Units : 168 units
Lot Size : Standard 22’ x 65’
Built-Up Area : Approx. 2,100 sq. ft. to 2,500 sq. ft.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms : 4 Bedrooms + 3 Bathrooms + 1 Attice/Loft
Facilities : Guarded Community, Playground

There will also be two phases of condominiums in this township, for those who prefers high rise, be sure to check that out next.

Sales enquiries: 1300-22-9933

Green Awards won by KEN

As a result of their green development initiatives, KEN has won numerous awards.

2009 BCA Green Mark GoldPLUS Award
2010 GBI Gold Award, The Edge-Pam Green Excellence Award
2011 Futurarc Green Leadership Citation Award, PAM Silver Award For Excellence In Architecture, FIABCI-Malaysia Property Award 2011: Sustainable Development

2010 BCA Green Mark Gold Award: Provisional, GBI Certified Award

KEN RIMBA Commercial Centre
2010 BCA Green Mark Certified Award: Provisional

KEN Holdings Berhad
2010 New Straits Times SC Cheah Choice Awards: Best Green Developer
2011 Carbon Neutral Status