Daily Archives: September 19, 2015

Explore Selangor: Bagasta Bougainvillea Homestay

There are a lot of homestays in Malaysia but here is one in particular that we would like to highlight. If you are into art and culture and would like to experience it first hand during your short retreat, here is one place that Team E.T.A thinks worth checking out.

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Bagasta Bougainvillea Homestay,Kg Sungai Kertas. The homestay ks located strategically between the forests of Ulu Yam and the well famed Batu Caves limestone temple. They are not only offering rooms and meals, but cultural experience of a lifetime. We went to check this place out a couple of weeks ago with our friends from Tourism Malaysia Selangor and have to say that we are impressed.

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Upon arrival at the homestay, we were welcomed with Sambutan Ulos upon our arrivals. Sambutan Ulos is a welcoming cultural ceremony by Mandailing group to people with higher status in a community. In case you are wondering, the Mandailing is a traditional cultural group in Southeast Asia. They are found mainly in the northern section of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. They came under the influence of Kaum Padri who ruled the Minangkabau of Tanah Datar. As a result, the Mandailing were influenced by Muslim culture and converted to Islam.There are also a group of Mandailing in Malaysia, especially in the states of Selangor and Perak. They converted to Islam and intermarried with Minangkabau and the Malay people.

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Apart from the welcoming ceremony, there were also an upbeat drum performance throughout the whole process.

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Part of the activities that you can expect to be doing during your stay in the homestay is hands on experience in making sambal tempe. Sambal tempe is a traditional Javanese dish found in almost every Malay food stalls in Malaysia.

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During our visit, we were also introduced to Nasi Upah, a popular Mandailing menu similar to nasi ambeng.

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The eggs in nasi upah symbolises unity among the community. Fish brings the meaning of plunge into the hearts of the society while the prawn means pride and arrogance.

The Mendailing is rich with traditions and culture and this is one of the place where you can stay and practically be Mendailing throughout the duration of your stay.

Check out out experience summarized in video, by AlienGoTravel. Package price for the homestay per person: RM120++, worth a stay if you want to experience something richly different.

Address:

Bagasta Bougainvillae Homestay
No 78, Jln KSK 4,
Kg Sungai Kertas,
68100 Batu Caves.

Contact:

Tn Hj Ruslan bin Ahmad 016-3920439/ 03-61885515
[email protected]

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Explore Selangor: Gua Damai Extreme Park

Looking for a challenging thing to do with your family during the weekend or school holidays?

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Try rock climbing in Gua Damai in Batu Caves.

Check out the video by AlienGoTravel where Team E.T.A went to check this place out a couple of weeks ago with our friends from Tourism Malaysia Selangor and we think that it’s a pretty cool place to spend time with your family.

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Gua Damai extreme Park boasts of over 70 over climbing routes which is a place that still less known among the local although it is internationally known among extreme sports enthusiasts. The spacious climbing area has spotlight for night climbing, ample parking area, toilet and children playground.

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Gua Damai Extreme Park is also the first and only place  in Malaysia where base jumpers can jump at the height of 316 feet from the peak of Gua Damai.

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To accomodate base jumping, a special platform is built for the professional base jumpers.

Getting there can be quite tricky if you are not local. Below is a guide on how you can get there:

Getting there:

KTMB commuter: stops at Batu Caves station and take a taxi to Kg Melayu Wira Damai.

Rapidkl: stops at Pinggiran Batu Caves and walks briskly for 20 minutes to the destination.

Car: accessible via Jln Kuching or MRR2 from Kepong or from Hulu Kelang. Duke Highway heading for Gombak would take you to Sri Gombak. Once on the flyover of Sri Gombak, drive straight on Lebuh Utama Sri Gombak until you reach Taman Gombak Permai. Turn left into Jalan Gombak Permai 2 and via Jalan Gombak Permai 3 where there will be an open field that welcomes you into the view of gua Damai.

Package offered for basic rock climbing:

Basic Rock Climbing

Price: RM160 (1 day course)

Module:

-Knowing the equipment
-Tying the knots
-Rules of belaying
-Safety of fundamentals
-Communication
-Basic climbing (top rope)

*Package caters to groups of more than 12 persons with packed lunch, full usage of climbing equipment and experienced guides

Fun climbing

Price: RM70 

Duration: 1/2 a day trip
(morning or afternoon session)
Time: 9.30am- 1pm/ 2pm-5pm
*Accept walk in

Fun abseiling

Price: RM60
Duration: 1/2 a day trip
(morning or afternoon session)
Time: 9.30am- 1pm/ 2pm-5pm
*min 6 persons 

Fun climbing & abseiling

Price: RM100
Duration: 1 day trip
(morning or afternoon session)
Time: 9.30am- 1pm/ 2pm-5pm

Caters to groups of more than 12 persons , includes packed meals, full usage of climbing equipment and experienced guides.

Gua Damai Exploration package:

Price: RM130 
Duration: 1 day trip

-Spot traditional herbs while trekking
-Educational caving
-Glide 250m zip line
-Abseiling
-Spelunking 

*Cater to a groups of 12 persons, includes packed meals, full usage of climbing equipment, experienced guides.

Address:
Sri Subramaniam Temple,
Jalan Zamrud,
Kampung Melayu Wira Damai,
68100 Selangor. 

Contact:
Wira Adventure Consultant
No 3-2, Jalan PGN 1A/1,
Pinggiran Batu Caves,
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
[email protected]
Mustapha: 012-4812005

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