“Virtual Malaysia 1st Blogger Gathering 2014“, read the email that I received from Virtual Malaysia, #1 Malaysia Social Travel Channel, the portal that I am collaborating with in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2014. The location? Farm in the City at Seri Kembangan. The first thing I said in my mind when I saw the location was, “Yes, I am going to go for the gathering!“.
Before the gathering, I have read about Farm in the City and saw a video of the farm on Virtual Malaysia. Honestly, before reading about it, I have no idea that such place exists and was surprised to know that it has been operational since 2012! Though I did not really know where the farm is, the uniqueness of the place had made me all hyped when I knew that the gathering would be held there.
On the morning of the gathering itself, I woke up early in the morning (although it was a Sunday and I NEVER woke up early on Sundays) and started to drive there. I used Waze to help me find my way since I had no idea at all where this Farm in the City really is. As I reached Taman Equine, I arrived at empty shophouses when suddenly Waze told me, “You have reached your destination“. I was like, what?! I only saw empty shophouses, so where is the farm?
As expected, Waze is not 100% accurate. The place is actually around 1km further from where Waze told me. I parked my car, went straight into the entrance and registered my name there. I looked around and was surprised with the sights that I saw. Farm in the City really suits its name.
This farm is in the city, next to a highway. But surprisingly, it does not feel as such at all. The farm manages to incorporate the rustic village feeling inside the seven acres park. With names such as Kampung Mahmood, Longkang Fishing and a playground that has a swing attached to a tree, the park combines the elements of nature and wildlife set in a place that resembles a typical Malaysian kampong setting.
Instead of being a full-fledge zoo where large animals like elephants, giraffes and tigers are available, Farm in the City is more like a petting-zoo, where the largest animal available is maybe the bull confined in a gated zone and the dessert goat. Apart from those two animals, Farm in the City features animals like deer, small kangaroo, tortoises, and goats, among others.
The most interesting part of the farm is the fact that most of the animals are allowed to roam free and visitors can touch, feed and play with the animals. When I was there, I even fed the birds by putting the food on my palm. A few moments later, swarm of small birds flocked my palm and ate the food. It was fun not only for kids but also for adults alike.
So, if you think that your children are too attached to the iPad playing games, I guess this is the time to teach them to be one with nature at Farm in the City!
Any place like this that you have been to at other parts of the world?
To go to Farm in the City, drive along the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP Expressway) heading towards Putrajaya. After the second toll, exit at Seri Kembangan/Serdang exit. Turn left and at the first junction, turn right. Proceed to drive straight ahead until you meet a small roundabout. Exit at 3 o’clock. Farm in the City will be at the end of the road.
Opening Hours :
|Weekdays||10.00am – 6.00pm|
|Weekend, School &Public Holidays||9.30am – 6.00pm|
**Closed On Tuesdays Except During Public or School Holidays. [As of April 2014]
Kids (below 12)
Seniors (above 60)
**Family packages are available. [As of April 2014]
I would like to personally thank Virtual Malaysia and Farm in the City for making the visit possible. Kindly note that all the contents are of my personal views. Please vote for this blog for DiGi WWWOW 2014 by clicking here!