In Pengarang, Malaysia, you don't have to go far to experience nature. Just at the boat jetty, we saw three monkeys jumping from tree to tree. They also started to ravage the trash for left-overs.
Cute little things, but don't ever try to feed them as they may bite or even attack people.
Tropical Malaysian fruits are abundant all year round in Malaysia. Some fruits are seasonal like durian, rambutan and mangosteen whilst others like papaya, banana, pineapple, rose apple, star fruits, lime, oranges and coconut are available all year round.
The 100-hectare Desaru Fruit Farm is planted with many different types of tropical fruits. Experienced guides will give talks on the different plants and show you around the farm in a leisurely bullock-cart ride or in your own vehicle.
The Mini Zoo houses indigenous animals such as goats, different types of birds, including ostriches, peacocks, turkeys and wild fowl. The farm also boasts of an apiary, where Italian species of bees tap the flowering fruit trees for nectar to make wild honey.
It is said that 2.5 hours will get you from Singapore to Pengerang. But truth be told, it really all depends on the traffic situation. Few years ago, we were already in Kota Tinggi. But still, it took us at least 2 hours to get to our resort in Pengerang. Why? It was a public holiday and many merrymakers were celebrating along the roads. Many people had also visited to waterfalls thus choking the roads.
My trip in Aug 2010 was no better. I started off from Singapore at 1.15pm and only made it to the resort at 5pm, close to 4 hours. We had made a wong turn and had to turn back. Prior to that, we were also caught in a perennial causeway jam. We took at least 1.5 hours to clear the checkpoint.
Driving there was fine, but driving back was a pain. So though it may be more cost effective to drive to Pengerang, it might still prove more time effective if you take a ferry.
The bumboat operators have a unique way of operating their bumboats. They will not move their butts if they do not see a full capacity of 14 passengers. Meaning that if you want to return to Singapore fast, you'll need to either rope in another 13 passengers, or you pay for the rental of S$120.
Luggage and bags:
place being surrounded by secondary forest, you don't really want to spoil your gucci nor LV bags, do you?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The lesser the better. Do remember to bring along your swim wear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellent is not only encouraged, but it should be mandatory! I'm still suffering the effects of these bites after five days.
Looking for an exciting outdoor activity outside of Singapore for just a day?
Well, my group of friends thought it would be great to cycle in Pengarang - No bicycles needed.
Huh? Cycling without bringing along your bicycle? Well, if you're not looking for a state-of-the-art Shimano bicycle, there's a bicycle rental shop in Pengarang itself.
To get to Pengarang, We took the bumboat from Singapore's Changi jetty. S$10.
Once we arrived, we got onto a taxi and asked the driver to drive us to the bicycle rental shop located in one of the Kampong. The drivers seemed to know where this shop is (I understand that there's only one bicycle shop there).
We paid for the bicycle and also for a safety vehicle to accompany us on our trip.
10km and 1 hour later (Really leisurely ride), we arrived in the quaint town of Sungei Rengit. What's reknowned in this town is their Seafood. Lobster, prawns, crab, and crayfish all at prices that will hardly burn your pockets.
Sungei Rengit is a sleepy fishing village located on the south-eastern tip of Johor state. It boasts of several seafood restaurants serving chilli crabs, lobsters, prawns, and fish. From Desaru, it is about a 50 km drive southwards. The price of seafood at Sungei Rengit is cheap and about half of what you would normally pay for a similar menu in Singapore.