Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya
Awesome! That will be the only word that i could say right now. At this point of time, i miss Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya so badly. How i wish i can stay there for few days. We discovered about Tanah Aina from hubby’s friend, Hana Mahmud. She was there way back last year with her friend. She claimed that it will be such an experience for both of us since we love nature and adventure. Since then, i’ve read their official website, facebook and even twitter update to get more information on the eco resort. Opsss, an EXCLUSIVE eco resort. After reading all those information and testimonials, we finally booked our trip during the CNY eve recently! Again, it was the best weekend getaway we ever had! For real, the best ever!
We started our journey from KL early in the morning. The check in time will be around 12pm. They have given us a long list of itinerary for the trip. Not to forget the drivers contact number since we have to leave our car at the open car park. Don’t be afraid. Its all safe. Do expect that you need to get into a 4WD for another 2km ride just to reach Tanah Aina. The open carpark is just the starting point. Once we unload all our stuffs, we meet up with Sarah, one of the staff there and the owner, Puan Sri Sharifah Sabrina Syed Agil. Our 1st impression, she is way tooo friendly, humble and down to earth kind of person.
Start your engine! With our driver, Rajes. He’s a Nepalese and he has been working with the owner for the past 12 years. He speak fluent english and malay as well. He keep reminds us that we will be on a rollercoaster ride. Cute betul Rajes ni!
After the bumpy ride, we finally reached the main gate of Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya. We can feel the excitement now.
We are then been greeted with a bunch of staff chasing for our luggage. Panic sekejap. There are almost 7-8 of them. Seriously, we felt that we been treated with a 1st class treatment. Not to forget the welcome drinks. Its a rose syrup with mint! Its like their signature drink here. You can find the same drinks been served throughout the meal. Refreshing!
Once reached, we then settled all the payment and issuing of official receipt by the administration. Not to forget, we (all of us) needs to fill up the registration and indemnity release form for the afternoon jungle trekking to the waterfall. It’s very important in case of emergencies. At the same time, all of our stuff has been transferred directly to our tent. Ya, tent. We camp! They offered various kind of accommodation but we finally opt for tents. Nak adventure la konon.
This is how our tent look like! What do you guys think?
Not to worry about the facilities offered here. From clean toilet, shower, surau, common hall and others. Oh ya, i almost forgot to highlight about the interesting fact. They even provided organic shampoo, moisturiser and shower gel since all the wastewater will then be diverted directly to the river. So, to avoid river being polluted, only organic product will be used here.
While unpacking all of our stuff and appreciating the beautiful view, we then been called for our lunch. Oh my! All the food here are delicious and tasteful combined with relaxing atmosphere and view. I bet everybody who has been here will definitely agreed with this! And for the next 2 days in a row after i got back from Tanah Aina, i woke up at midnight just to find my stomach grumbling for food. 2 hari dapat makan sedap-sedap and on time.
After the mouthful lunch, we had our afternoon prayer and getting prepared for the jungle trekking and the waterfall. We commenced somewhere around 3pm while waiting for others who might just reached right after us. I would said this is the best of all. Eventhough you can’t swim, they will provide you with a life jacket each and there will be 8 tour guides with us. They will even bring all your personal belongings (handphone, camera) using a waterbags. We brought along our personal waterbags but we finally handed it to them. Not to forget, do wear water shoes through out the trip. Briefing was made personally by the owner.
This is how the trek look like.
We finally reached the waterfall area. Do try the “LEAP OF FAITH” jump as mentioned by the staff. I called it as “COMMIT SUICIDE” jump. Commit suicide pun i tried it twice! If you go further up, you can feel the natural rainshower spa. Do use the rope provided by them.
Our new friends, Iffah Safiyah from Shah Alam with her lil brother.
After 2 1/2 hours there, we moved back for tea time. See! I definitely gain weight here. Non stop meals! A short rest in the tent while waiting for dinner. Since we’re staying in a tent, we have been caught up with the barbecue smell!
At night, we have been given a short briefing by the owner on Tanah Aina followed by free and easy activities. They actually provide night walk but we put it off. With full stomach on, we just sat and play carrom for a few rounds. There are also karaoke session, table tennis, pool and others. Oh ya, we even experienced the fireworks deep in the forest since we were there during CNY eve.
The next morning was just a free and easy activities again. For those who are willing to try flying fox, feel free to do so. You will experience the whole view of Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya. I took the times by getting myself wet again in the river and photograph the environment around.
The big ulat gonggok and flying fox at Tanah Aina.
When the clock strikes 11.30am, we knew that its time for us to pack our bag since we’ve to check out at 12pm. Its time for us to say goodbye to all of our new friends and staff there. We had the “WOW” moment through out the trip. I’ll definitely be in Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya again! You couldnt expect it until you experience it.
If you love nature and adventure, this is definitely the place!
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