• Tasik Hot Spring, 2, Jalan TTS 3/3, Taman Tasik Semenyih.
Tel: 012-2962 162
• Ladybird Organic Farm, 1731,
Jalan Broga, Batu 25, Semenyih.
• Sak Dato Temple, 4, Jalan Besar, Broga.
THE popularity of Broga Hill among hikers has spawned many new businesses in the area to the delight of many, including someone as sedentary me.
Broga is not just a place that offers adrenaline-pumping experiences; it also has other activities suitable for a chill-out weekend or a leisurely excursion.
I was tempted to pay a visit there upon finding out that there was a private hot spring facility at Taman Tasik Semenyih, a major stop on the way to Broga.
Proprietor Yen Chui Lai has turned her bungalow into a homestay, complete with spa cubicles attached to each room, so that her guests can soak in a hot spring in privacy.
Visitors who are not guests can still use the hot spring facility in the morning and evening.
The premises comes with a common area for family and friends to while the night away over barbecue. This would be a perfect prelude to an early morning ascent up Broga Hill.
The drive from Taman Tasik Semenyih to Broga is a breeze. It takes you past the University of Nottingham’s campus, and there are plenty of attractions on both sides of the road.
The Ladybird Organic Farm caught my attention, and as I turned in, I was met with a refreshing swathe of greenery. The place appeared to be well-managed with vegetable plots and poultry running free, giving urbanites a feel of the old kampung days.
Not only can visitors buy organic produce from the farm, they can also try their hand at harvesting the vegetables themselves. Children especially are thrilled by this.
Moving on towards Broga Hill, I was surprised to see so many eateries straddling the road – many intricately landscaped to jazz up the dining experience. Grilled fish is a speciality of the area.
There are a host of stay options, too, and many offer farm visits and outdoor adventures. Reservations are required in many of these places. Still, those who visit Broga on a whim have plenty to see and do, including the 140-year-old Sak Dato Temple and the sprawling park next to it.
Not only is the temple embellished with numerous sculptures and carvings, it also offers the perfect lookout point to the undulating hills surrounding Broga.
A walk in the park adjacent to it ought to be a memorable one, what with a giant Monkey King sculpture perched at the peak and a suspension bridge that challenges one’s fear of heights. A stroll through the neatly manicured greenery here also gives one a good dose of endorphins to make the trip worthwhile.
I was also pleased to find a cultural centre next to the temple that narrates Broga’s history with old photos, vintage paraphernalia and succinct information.
It helps to shed new light on the Broga New Village, a quaint and well-kept area with plenty of culinary wonders.
There’s more. Families can also check out Rabbit Fun Land or Ostrich Wonder located further up in Lenggeng.
All in all, these attractions show that Broga’s appeal goes beyond just its famous hill.
THINGS TO PREPARE
Do call to pre-book the services of some facilities.
Broga is an easy drive from Semenyih town, turn left into Jalan Broga from Jalan Semenyih. Drive past the Nottingham University campus, various attractions are just a turn away from Jalan Broga.