#1 A Trip to Truly Malaysian Kampung
During my 2 days 1 night stay at Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa, I was overwhelmed with the excellent hospitality provided by the hotel staff. My friends and I were toured around Desaru for the whole day, with a very detailed tourguide to explain the places one by one to us.
#2 Pondok Atap Rumbia (Palm Attap Hut)
An hour before lunch, we departed from the resort to this Rumah Tok Penghulu (Village man's House) for something different from our usual buffets--- that is the simple yet delicious authentic home-cooked village dishes!
The place is quite airy with shades, and no air-conditioners are needed unlike how we normally do. We were sat on the mat, and began our prayers before proceeding to the lunch. "Make sure you wash your hands properly", said the villageman, because we were going to eat using bare hands!
The 5 main traditional dishes along with some banana fritters as dessert are indeed satisfying with a bowlful of rice. As good food comes with great companions, our lunch is merrier with laughter and chats.
#3 Fresh Juicy Rose Apples
The tour was initially coupled with a trip to the rubber estate to experience how rubber is tapped from scratch, but was then cancelled due to the weather change. It was kinda disappointing because being grown in the city, I have not seen a real rubber tree before, but well I know there is always another chance.
#4 Sungai Lebam River Cruise
After tea break around 5pm, we had a relaxing boat ride cruise along the Sungai Lebam tidal river, exploring the wonders of the mangroves while observing wild monkeys and birds of the forest and sea.
Here's a picture of our cruise, two storeys made of wood, able to accommodate at least 30 people.
During the day, we can clearly enjoy a scenic mangrove swamp, while at night around 9pm, we were brought to this place again for the Fireflies Tour. It was great to see thousands of glowing fireflies on the trees!
#5 Floating Restaurant at Bujang Firefly Desaru
If I were to stay at the resort for another day, I'd consider joining other Desaru tours and excursions such as:
- Fruit Farm Tour
- Nelayan Tanjung Balau Museum
- Ostrich Farm
- Crocodile Farm
- Kota Johor Lama Museum
If you choose to stay within the resort, then there are many water activities that may interest you too!
- Jet Ski (Single / Twin / Family)
- Banana Boat Ride
- Canoe / Kayak
- Fishing Rod with Baits
- Snorkeling Trip by Boat
- Boat Ride along the Coast
- Fishing Boat with Canopy
For more information, kindly contact their Sports and Recreation Desk.
1. Great place for family holiday escapade!
2. Recommended for city dwellers to unwind and live with the nature.
3. Besides eco-tourism, I personally think it's a great idea to hop over to Singapore for more excitements :)
Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa
P.O Box 29,
81900 Kota Tinggi,
Contact: 607-822 2222
Fax: 607-822 2223
Note: This is a sponsored trip by Pulai Group.