By Lara Dunston
WHILE Kuala Lumpur is one of the biggest urban jungles in the world, many visitors to this buzzing capital don’t realize just how close the real jungle is to the city.
We recently stayed at Ulu Hati – meaning ‘wellspring of the heart’ – a farm stay located in the hills of Ulu Langat in Selangor, just one hour from the city.
This small working farm has a Borneo-style longhouse for guests with six rooms constructed with local materials from the nearby jungle.
We arrived at night after a long day of sightseeing in Selangor and awoke to a classic farm scene. Horses grazed and trotted in a paddock while chickens, turkeys, goats, and deer wandered the lush grounds. Amidst the fruit trees on the property, I spotted a woodpecker and several other species of local birds.
While there are plenty of activities on offer at the farm, such as fishing trips and river rafting (where you learn to make your own bamboo raft!), my husband and I decided to tackle a jungle trek with a local guide.
Unlike other treks we have done in Malaysia, we had this walk all to ourselves and were only accompanied by the sounds of silvery lutung, also known as silvered leaf monkeys, calling each other from high in the jungle canopy.
The owner of the property, Shaipudin, a former banker, noted that we loved the monkeys and offered to show us more. After a delicious Malay lunch prepared by the owners wife, Riznida, we headed out to see if some of the cheeky macaque monkeys would be passing through a stretch of jungle that Shaipudin knew well.
This time, however, the monkeys weren’t hiding high in the trees, but were foraging right next to the road. After a show of their athleticism that lasted about an hour, the troop of monkeys took off further into the jungle.
It was hard to believe that these wild monkeys ruled the jungle just one hour from the chaos of Kuala Lumpur.
Lot 2668, Kampong Kuala Perdik, Jalan Ulu Lui, Batu 18, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor, tel. +6012 271 6262
About the author…
Australian-born, Dubai-based travel writer Lara Dunston and her photographer husband Terence Carter have been living out of their suitcases since 2006, bouncing around the planet on assignment for publications from National Geographic Traveller in the USA to The Independent in the UK. The couple also have a popular travel blog Grantourismo, where they blog about slow and sustainable travel, local travel, and experiential travel.