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!
Trip Summary: Weekend hiking getaway to Bukit Broga
- 2359h Night train from Johor Sentral to Kajang Town (31 MYR)
- 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.
- 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