It will be such a waste if I don’t use my good one-week Chinese New Year holidays exploring new place, isn’t it? Of course, having ample time is just a to-die-for opportunities for other people especially those who work in privatized sectors (I used to work in a bank; privatized sector; so I know how it must have felt like; I am being transparent; no bias or political hanky-panky whatsoever – in case anyone wants to stir this into controversy!); so why not make the most of it?
Our own little French village at the tropical backyard!
Anyway, went up to Bukit Tinggi to see one unique tourist attraction in Malaysia which is the french-themed village named Colmar Tropicale. It is amazing to see such westernized buildings erected in a tropical-climate country; although of course considering the altitude is a bit higher than the ground-floor buildings which contributes to the cool weather! It is said that Colmar Tropicale is inspired by a real original town in Alsace, France called Colmar and the architectures are somewhat smithereens of inspirations from classic little French towns such as Riquewihr, Turckheim and Kaysersberg.
The fountain in front of Colmar Tropicale.
The inside alley!
The displayed armours. So chivalry-emanating.
My Cinderella moment! Hahhaha! Do you know that the fable Cinderella is actually originated from the German fable of “Ashputtel” and French’s “Cendrillon”??
According to Wikipedia, it is located at 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level on 80 acres (320,000 m2). Anyway, the entrance fee is RM12 per adult and you have to pay that at a little French-hut/guard house before you goes up to the village located on a highland. When we arrived, it was pretty misty and drizzling; initially it was cool but as we walked along, I felt gradually normal; perhaps because my body already acclimatize with the surrounding or simply because I wore a black t-shirt.
The black swans! Yes, there are also white swans but since I associated myself with black swans, I share with you this picture, aite? The rests are in my FB page. Hahaa!
Subhanallah! Morning glory, I guess. Can you see the little bee trying to suck the nectar? After-rain effect makes everything so beautiful. What a wonderful world created by God SWT!
The entrance into Colmar Tropicale is a bit like European Medieval castle ala Disneyland! Surrounded by a lake and couple of swans (go Black Swans! Hahha!), a gigantic gate with a bridge led into the castle simple ethereal. Inside, the buildings were decorated as per French buildings just like Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast” town! You can’t help but feeling a little bit of Belle once you entered the Colmar Tropicale. In the middle of the cool weather, once a while the smell of nearby bakeries simple make the aroma delicious and French lettering etched on every here and there add to the French flavour! You guys can check the website at : http://www.colmartropicale.com.my/index.php
Treating myself with French cafe au-lait caramel. Not a coffee lover and I don’t even know the names but La Boulangerie looks find to chill and relax. So… (,”)
As for the food, YES; they can be a little bit expensive in comparison to what you get down there. For example, I saw the price of Laksa (my favourite!) at L’Orient to be tantamount to RM19! Ridiculous right? But hey, that’s the price you get up in the sky; just like the jacked-up Genting’s! Although we knew the food were expensive, but just to have a lay-back session; we entered La Boulangerie – I just savoured the “cafe au-lait caramel.” It was OK but nothing beats Starbucks and Coffee Beans! Sorry. Haha!
The Japanese Tea Village. How can you not fall in love? Subhanallah!
Next destination was the Japanese Tea Village which situated further up from Colmar Tropicale, French-themed village. You can either boarded the shuttle van or drive; we opted to drive as the shuttle van was full and some of the “kiasu” annoying people RESERVED empty seats for their non-existence friends/relatives! F***!! Gosh!
Subhanallah. God SWT is great. Seeing the flowers make me think, “Subhanallah!”. Apparently the violet one is called “Rose grape”. You guys can Google that.
Anyway, the Japanese Tea Village was so cute! Situated in a very lushes little forest up on the hill; I can’t help but feeling a little bit of Lord-of-The-Rings/New Zealand mode seeing all the serenity surrounded by the greenery and tranquil pastures of the grass! There are of course a little wooden-plank entrance ala traditional Japanese housings and small waterfall and few “Koi” fishes in the pond – closely affiliated with Japanese culture for good luck charms! The main hut is where you can take photograph by wearing kimono or traditional Japanese costumes for RM20. Honestly, I wanted to do it but there were a lot of people there especially ardent Japanese-fan teenagers queuing up; so I aborted the plan! Roamed around the Japanese tea Village complex; saw an expensive Tatami Spa (RM400! Gulp!) and the after-rain effect make everything so tranquil.
The Botanical Garden.
On the way to the Botanical Garden, we saw a few ardent photographers who waited patiently along the road just to get some excellent snapshots of birds. Talk about passion! The Botanical Garden was OK with a restaurant erected ala ‘tree-hut’, elevated on a high position so viewers could savour the serene panorama.
Misty ala Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” innit? I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!
Initially, planned to go to Rabbits Farm but we misunderstood the direction given by the Nepalese guard and that led us to Organic Farm. Nothing much and by the time we went down, it was really raining heavily; so we make our way back to Kuala Lumpur. So, to those who want to savour the atmosphere of being in France or Japan; you don’t have to fly far just to crystallize the dream! Go to Bukit Tinggi, Pahang! You know, Malaysia has everything. Malaysia indeed Truly Asia! I love my country, Malaysia!
This is the signboard of the clock tower. So, what the heck – L’Horloge Clock Tower!
Beautiful morning glory is yet to bloom. Subhanallah, what a wonderful creation. God SWT is great. ALLAH HU AKBAR!