Not ten minutes drive from downtown Shah Alam is the Shah Alam Botanical Garden. An enormous green space gazetted on Bukit Cerakah, the gardens range from open lawns to jungle trails, from ornamental plant collections to a mini zoo. For Malaysians looking for something truly exotic, there is even a four-seasons exhibit. I had to pass on that one.
Instead we made our way through the lovely entry buildings that look out onto paddy fields.
We hiked up the hill towards the ornamental landscape installations. The slope is pretty gentle really but if you get tired I’d recommend bringing a sister along to ride when you’re flagging.
We made it to the whimsical landscapery, with topiary and hedge mazes and a massive folly of a tree-house. Built around some impressive specimens, the ferro-cement castle rises several stories till you’re given a commanding view of the gardens. A perfect tower for all my princesses.
My father, wife and I waxed nostalgic when we realized we had been here nearly 20 years ago. After my marriage in the US, we honeymooned in Malaysia and brought my father along (how’s that for filial piety!).
Although it had changed some, I’m pretty sure this section of garden is exactly where we had come.
Our day at Bukit Cerakah was cut short by some rapidly approaching rain clouds, but luckily the park has it’s own bus/trolley thingamajig that picked us up and ferried us back for free. There is a whole lot there left to see but it will have to wait till next time which is hopefully not another 20 years hence.
Shah Alam Botanical Park is open 7.30AM to 5PM every day except Mondays. RM3 for adults, slightly more for non-Malaysians.
Thinking about a visit? Come stay at our place.