Weekend hike in the hill of lalangs

Backpack full of hiking gear.
Crossing the Singapore-Malaysia causeway.
Catching the overnight bus (or in this case, the train).
Hiking in the tropical rainforest.

That was what I was used to, many years ago when I was young and active in my university. I like to think that I am still young and active. In any case, it has been years since I went for a weekend hike in Malaysia, and I’m glad to do it again. From the planning to the packing to the hiking.. There is that sense of accomplishment after you’ve researched on a hiking trail, made it there on your own, and hiked to the top.

While looking for new hiking spots, I chanced upon Bukit Broga in Semenyih, Selangor. It is also known as Bukit Lalang, for the tall lalang grass that grows on the small hill. Apparently it is an easy and popular hike (400m, and about 1hr to get up), with the option to hike further to the next peak at Gunung Tok Wan (an additional 2hr one way to get up). Around the area is also Sungei Tekala waterfall, which seemed to be a fun place to cool off from the heat. Lastly, both hill and waterfall are accessible from Kajang, “Satay Town”. All these make up a really tempting weekend trip and so off we go! (Unfortunately, when we got there, we found out that Sungei Tekala has been closed off for 4 months due to rats infestation. YIKES. Well, that means more Satay time for us.)

True enough, Bukit Broga was an easy hike. The only thing that put me off was the crowd. Indeed, it is true that it is like the shopping mall of hikes! So many people!!! And for a while, we were stuck behind a group of students hiking. Once you get to viewpoint 1, the spectacular scenery more than makes up for the crowd. It was really beautiful! I can only imagine how stunning (and crowded) it must be during sunrise. From the summit, there is a trail branching off to Gunung Tok Wan. Unfortunately, we got lost and ended up making a huge detour. hitting the road 1km away from the Bukit Broga carpark. Chatting with a group of hikers later, we found out that we had missed the “overgrown path that you have to bash through” and anyway, the summit was unspectacular and without a view. Well, that’s some consolation!

This dingy old train really didn't impress much! Maybe the night bus is better!
Our ride for the night! This dingy old train really didn’t impress much! Maybe the night bus would be a better idea…
Some kind of sourdough crepe we had at the Mamak stall opposite Kajang Station. The dip was sweet and goes well with the crispy bits. I didn't really like the sour part though.
Breakfast: Some kind of sourdough crepe we had at the Mamak stall opposite Kajang Station. The dip was sweet and goes well with the crispy bits. I didn’t really like the sour part though.
Road sign for Bukit Broga.
Road sign for Bukit Broga. You can’t miss it because you will suddenly see so many cars in the carpark.

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After 30 minutes of scrambling uphill behind the crowd, we finally arrive at Viewpoint 1!
After 30 minutes of scrambling uphill behind the crowd (and yes it was terribly crowded!), we finally arrive at Viewpoint 1!
Indeed, the view is spectacular for such an easy hike!
Indeed, the view is spectacular for such an easy hike!
In front of us, the
In front of us, the “hike” (walk?) to the 2nd and 3rd viewpoint are a lot easier.
We reach the summit in about 1hr 10mins. A very short hike indeed!
We reach the summit in about 1hr 10mins. A very short hike indeed!
View from the summit
View from the summit
Got lost on our way to Gunung Tok Wan and chanced upon an abandoned rubber plantation...
Got lost on our way to Gunung Tok Wan and chanced upon an abandoned rubber plantation… and some militant mozzies.
And a cucumber plantation... (Probably to support the large consumption of satay?)
And a cucumber plantation… (Probably to support the large consumption of satay?)
Rabbit Fun Land! ^_^
Rabbit Fun Land, opposite the entrance to Bukit Broga. Honestly, it was more like a small farm with animals. I wouldn’t say the animals are kept in bad conditions, but I think the situation can be improved…
Cute rabbits everywhere!
Cute rabbits everywhere!
The sheep must be really hungry because they kept bleating at us when they saw our bag of carrots.
Okay.. Donkey was really cute and obedient.
Okay.. Donkey was really cute and obedient.
There were also a few cows in the
There were also a few cows in the “farm”… As well as chicken, deers, and buffaloes!
Nasi Padang back in Kajang Town
Once we get into Kajang town, we wasted no time looking for food and settled for this Nasi Padang shop!
Famous Satay in Kajang @ Haji Samuri. Those were probably the FATTEST satays I've ever seen! And there's fish satay too! Yummy :)
Famous Satay in Kajang @ Haji Samuri. Those were probably the FATTEST satays I’ve ever seen! And there’s fish satay too! Yummy 🙂 (They also had rabbit, venison and chicken liver satay but we weren’t so adventurous..)
Another Satay stall down the street from our hotel. We agreed that the beef from this one is better than Haji Samuri's mutton satay.
Another Satay stall down the street from our hotel (Prescott Hotel). We agreed that the beef from this one is better than Haji Samuri’s mutton satay.
Satay is everywhere. Yes, they even eat it for breakfast! O_O
Satay is everywhere. Even at breakfast time!

Trip Summary: Weekend hiking getaway to Bukit Broga

  • Fri 
    • 2359h Night train from Johor Sentral to Kajang Town (31 MYR)
  • Sat
    • 0715h Arrive at Kajang (We were supposed to arrive at 0617h but…)
    • Breakfast in Mamak shop opposite Kajang Station
    • Taxi to Bukit Broga (20mins, 30 MYR)*
    • Hiking Bukit Broga (and supposedly Gunung Tok Wan)** (Plan 6hr round trip)
    • Taxi to Kajang
    • Overnight in Kajang
      *I have the taxi uncle’s contact. PM me if you need it.
      **Both Bukit Broga and Gunung Tok Wan are in Google Maps.
  • Sun
    • Taxi to Sungei Tekala (50 MYR) – Sungei Tekala may be closed but there seem to be a few other waterfalls in the area.
    • Taxi to Bus Terminal (12 MYR)
    • 1500h Bus from Kajang – JB Larkin
    • 1930h Arrive in JB Larkin
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