Have you ever been to Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands?

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic occurs, countries all over the world closed their borders. International travels which were thriving pre-Covid came to a halt. However, there is a silver lining in every cloud. People have started to explore their own country more. We are of no exception. Since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced in Malaysia, we have been exploring our own backyards more. That was when we found the best kept secret near our township – the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands.

Welcome to Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands
Welcome to Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands

Where is Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands?

If you are familiar with the Paya Indah Wetlands, they are both located next to each other. Paya Indah Wetlands is managed by the Department of Wildlife & National Parks but Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands is privately managed by the Gamuda Cove township developer.

Ready to start our journey at Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands
Ready to start our journey

If you are driving on the ELITE Highway, just exit at Bandar Gamuda Cove. You will then find a nice big building with the signboard of Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands. You can then purchase your ticket and start your wetlands exploration journey there.

Calming view at the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands
Calming view at the Wetlands

What can be done at the Wetlands?

There are a lot of activities that you can do! We were very surprised to see the activities that is available at the Wetlands. Apart from the usual bird watching activity, here are some of the activities that can be done:

  • Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Boat cruise
  • Animal feeding
  • Adventure cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • And many more!

You can check the activities that they have from their website here.

Our experience at Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands

When we visited the Wetlands after the MCO rules were relaxed, there are only a few activities available. So, we tried the Safari Insta Tour Ride. It is a 45-minute ride on a jeep traversing along the lush wetlands area. The experience was amazing, we felt like we were riding on a jeep through Jurassic Park!

Pretty lake at Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands
Pretty lake at the Wetlands

There are a few stops throughout the 45-minute journey. We stopped at the bamboo forest area, which looks so calming and pretty. We also stopped at a huge lake, planned to be the spot for fishing activity in the future. There is also a Malay kampong house, which was moved in its original form from Terengganu. Overall, it is nice to have this kind of activity especially after being on lockdown for quite some time.

Happy faces at Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands
Happy faces at the Wetlands

At the time of our visit (July 2020), the Safari Insta Tour Ride costs RM 35 per pax.

Tips when visiting the Wetlands

Since visiting the Wetlands means that you are actually visiting a protected forest area, here are some tips before your visit:

  • Wear suitable clothing. Light shirts and sports attire is recommended
  • Bring mosquito repellant. It is a forest area after all. The mozzies are always hungry there
  • Do not forget your camera. If not, you will have to keep everything in your mind
  • Bring a bottled water, you might get thirsty under the humid environment
  • After visiting the Wetlands, drop by the Gamuda Cove Discovery Centre. There are a lot of other activities that can be done
  • Bring some money if you plan to visit the Discovery Centre

You can ride this at Discovery Centre
You can ride this at Discovery Centre

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We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.

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