Shah Alam is where you’ll find a family-friendly park called the Shah Alam Botanical Park, also known as ‘Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya’. It’s usually crowded with locals who mainly go there for cycling, walking, or jogging, typically during the weekend.
I think the park’s lovely. There are various types of plants you can see there, including some animals. It’s common to see school students flocking to the park for their school trips during the weekend. Since there’s also a university nearby, many university students frequently go there. You won’t see many tourists at the park as it’s not a highly commercialised attraction.
The park is open to the public from Monday through Sunday, from 9.00a.m. – 4.00p.m. Depending on your location, there are several ways to get there. If you’re traveling from Shah Alam, you can do what the locals do – cycle! Do that if you have your own bicycle.
If you’re traveling from outside of Shah Alam, you can either take a taxi or a KTM, or drive your own car. If you take the train, you’ll still need to either stop at the Shah Alam or Padang Jawa train station. Then take a taxi to the park from either one of these stations.
I recommend you to use UBER or Grab Car to book yourself a private driver. Their fares are relatively cheaper than local taxis. If you’re driving, use Waze to help you get to your destination. It may take about 30 minutes for you to get there from Kuala Lumpur.
Exploring the park
The park’s entrance fee is only RM3. Isn’t it cheap? That’s because it’s not a super-touristy place. Most of the visitors are local people, and as I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s not common to see tourists there.
The weekend is not always the best time to visit the park as it can get very crowded, but don’t worry; there’s more than enough space for everyone.
The park provides all kinds of facilities, such as public toilets, carparks, rest stops, a mosque, and many others for the convenience of all visitors. The park also offers a FREE shuttle bus service so people can get around the park easily. Bicycle rentals are also available.
If you prefer walking, the entire park is totally paved. Walking around the park is wonderful as there are trees everywhere. There’s no need to get directly exposed to the sun throughout the trip. P.S. There are big tree houses at the park, too!
The park offers all kinds of age-friendly activities, including an educational tour that introduces visitors to a variety of flora and fauna. The programme runs about two hours, depending on the age groups. Other activities available at the park are Skytrex Adventure Park, Flyfishing, cycling, and swimming.
The Skytrex Adventure Park offers activities like the Big Thrill, Little Adventure, and Extreme Challenge.
- RM45/pax for age above 12 years old
- RM25/pax for age 12 years and below
- RM35/pax for all age groups
- RM50/pax for all age groups
There is a 4-season house where visitors can also visit. Bear in mind that each season changes once in every 3 months.
I also stumbled upon ‘Kampung Idaman’, which translates to Dream Village in English. There, my friends and I saw traditional houses of all the states in Malaysia, except for the ones from Sabah and Sarawak. These houses act like chalets and their rates can go up to RM100 per night.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, there’s an animal park there, too. We saw a Kakapo, a goose, an iguana, deers, and a hedgehog. The animals seemed like they were not treated very well, but that’s my personal opinion about the matter. Look at this porcupine.
The deers were caged in a spacious area, but I thought they could surely use a much much bigger space. Check out this cute deer!
Overall, I think the park is wonderful. It’s one of the best places (close to KL) to go whenever you feel the need to get in touch with nature. For a more relaxing experience, I recommend you to visit the park on weekdays as most people will be at work during the day.
Although the park gets crowded during weekends, you can still find plenty of quiet places, where you can just sit, relax, and enjoy some moments of silence.