Chin’s have been doing this for some time already. It’s very interesting and
people can learn a lot from it. It would be nice to add fruit tasting to the
tour, possibly something made with the recipes Michael will provide.
To do: Think of some recipes to use the fruits in (Michael)
Possible: Make a tour for
children, something like a puzzle walk.
Possible: Make a brochure, or an
A4 paper to give the visitors to take home.
Possible: Make laminated fruit
guide, with names and uses of the fruits to take during the tour.
(On the other hand, this could
take the attention of the farmer and the nature guide)
The Tung Wah Tong temple is a
cave temple 10 min. from the Chin farm 157 Steps up, great view over the
countryside, lots of statues and stalactites and a small cave behind the great
hall. This cave is very small and not really interesting, although there might
be a path leading from this cave to a complex of tunnels that were previously
used by the communists.
On the other side of the cave stairs lead up to a plateau overlooking the
surrounding mountains. It’s not possible to get there without going through the
cave, so it couldn’t be the start or end of a walk, but it is a great place to
have lunch. The temple has kitchen facilities and there a some chairs and a
table on the plateau.
To do:Send a letter to
the committee, so they can decide whether they want to join the project.
If they join: clean up the area
behind the main hall (sweep)
Make sure there are enough
chairs to have lunch with the tourists
Time:45 min (without
Walking route to Amengs farm:
On the road from the polo club to
Amengs farm. Beautiful route, easy to walk.
To do:Write down the
Write down some information on
the plant, rock formations, and animals along the route
Time:1.5 to 2 hours
Trekking from Amengs farm to the other temple:
Very nice trek could be a bit
too difficult for some people, so maybe only include this in an active package.
On the side of the farm you have to pass through another orchard, which belongs
to a friend of Ameng. On the other side, near the temple, it looks like a
private property as well. There are also a lot of dogs around on that side.
To do: Find out whose land we’ll be walking on.
Clear the route, maybe together
with the MNS?
Put some ropes on slippery
slopes, bridges over ditches
How about the high route between
the rock formations?
Time:1 to 1.5 hours
This place is one of the main attractions. Sagreet is
a third generation farmer, and has around 80 cows on his farm, and goats as
well. He produces milk in a traditional manner, milking the cows with his own
hands. He is willing to join the program as an attraction, and also thinking
about using his spare room as part of the homestay project. Sagreet has
received a letter explaining a bit more about the project and Ehomemakers.
BBQ & Night walk at Amengs farm:
The farm is a very beautiful
place to have a barbecue. Since there is no fridge on the farm, the menu will
be fresh fish from the fishpond and vegetables. We will make a standardized
menu so the guide doesn’t have to go through much trouble. After the barbecue,
the tour guide will take the tourists on a short walk, point out some stars,
constellations, fireflies, blooming flowers of the dragon fruit, frogs and
other animals, listen to jungle sounds, etc. It could be interesting to have a
map of the sky handy, so the tourists can look for constellations themselves.
To do:Make a simple fish
and veggies menu
Find a map of the
The guide needs an assistant to
help cooking and do the dishes. The tourists may not help and the job is too
big for one person.
Time:The whole evening
This is one of Neal’s ideas.
Basically the guide would improvise this part of the tour during the evening
when there is not so much to do. For example: after the night walk, while
tourists are sitting around the fire.
At this doctor’s house there are
several activities. First, Davi will explain about the different forms of
alternative medicine he has been practicing for the last 8 years (see business
card). Then, his wife can take the tourists on a tour in the garden, which is
nice and has a lot of different plants and herbs. In the back of the garden are
two caves that are linked. This place could be nice for caving and could be put
into the active package (B). Otherwise, this is a good cave to show tourists
that are not in the active program and explain about the way caves are formed.
There are bats in the caves and monkeys in the jungle garden. The family is
also thinking about using his spare room as part of the homestay project.
Davi’s wife has received a letter explaining a bit more about the project and
To do:Think about having
Davi as a homestay host. He is not a farmer and doesn’t seem to need the money,
so is he suitable as a host?
Time:Talk and garden
tour: 45 min
Caving: 30 min
Nice place to take visitors. The
owner is very helpful and knows a lot about the orchids. Very close to the
dairy farm. Mr. Wong is interested in receiving visitors and we have given him
a letter explaining a bit more about the project and Ehomemakers. The owner of
the land also agrees with the whole plan and could show the tourists him
A good place to take tourists.
There is no actual cave, the drawings a on a big rock wall. Both the well and
the drawings are worth a visit. The only drawback is the ‘getting there and
away’ bit, the land is owned by some rich polo playing guy. We don’t have a
name or a number, but he’s there every morning and evening practicing.
To do:Find out who owns
the land and ask for permission to cross once in a while with some tourists.
Time:10 min to walk
there, 15 to see the paintings
Old mining area:
About 30 min. Drive from Tambun,
but really amazing. Big piece of mature, accessible to everyone. Lily ponds,
many birds nesting there, easy roads to walk.
To do:Find a map of the
area, or a satellite photo
Make sure the guides know the
area and know various walks
Some of the optional picnic
spots are a bit messy; make sure the guides clean them up a bit before taking
Time:30 min drive, hours
to walk around
Michael and Diana will be
working on this
Not checked yet.
Not checked yet.
Batik factory:Not checked yet.
Herbs Farm: XXX
The owner we met, Mr. Wong, didn’t know a lot about herbs. He says
his partner knows more about them, but apparently this partner is not always
around. The place is also really small and not as impressive as Dr. Davi’s herb
Fishing or boating on the pond at Amengs farm: XXX
The pond is too small to put a boat in, unless you’re talking about children.
Fishing isn’t very interesting because you’ll catch a fish within a minute.
Cave behind the Tibetan temple: XXX
Too dangerous to find the
entrance, not possible to take tourists there. Apart from that, it seems like
the temple has other plans for the cave. Inside there are big wooden structures
for the collection of birds’ nests. The temple itself is not interesting enough,
and it’s not very ECO.
Host spring/waterfall: XXX
We haven’t found one so far, but
maybe one of the trips with MNS or the Senior Citizens Club will be fruitful.
Kellie’s Castle: XXXIs already a tourist attraction, and
commercial. So it won’t be included in the program. We can refer to this
attraction on the website.
Wooden shoe factory: XXX
The owner is not interested in
joining the project.
Bean Curd factory: XXX
The owner is not interested in
joining the project.
Very interesting factory, a bit out of the way, but still near Tambun. The
scooping and drying of the bean curd is done all day, but the grinding of the
beans and the separating of the soya milk from the beans is only done in the
morning. We think the tourists should see the whole process, starting with
beans and ending with beans curd, so we should have someone around to turn on
the machines and show them. The place needs a lot of cleaning.
Normal shoe factory: XXX
This is considered cottage
industry. For the packages as they are right now, this factory is too far away
and not interesting enough. Peck Lin will keep it in mind and maybe use it in
another package based on cottage industry around Tambun.
After dark, it is nice to give the tourists a
short tour of the farm ‘by night’. Below are some idea’s, remember that for
someone not used to the jungle, almost everything is interesting. The walk can
take anywhere between 15 minutes and hour.
Flowers of the Dragon fruit:
The flowers of the Dragon fruit only bloom at
night, which makes them very special. The white flowers are large and fragrant
and they have the typical cactus flower shape. Nicknames for the flower are
Moonflower or Queen of the Night.
Although there are far less fireflies here than
there are in some other places in Malaysia, they are still fascinating to many
tourists. Below some facts about fireflies are listed:
Light production in fireflies
is due to a chemical reaction that occurs in specialized light-emitting
organs, usually on the lower abdomen.
The firefly most common to
Malaysia’s peninsula is the Pteroptyx. This kind of tropical firefly
routinely synchronizes its flashes among large groups, a startling example
of spontaneous biological order.
Female Postures fireflies are
known for mimicking the mating flashes of other fireflies for the sole
purpose of predation. Target males are attracted to what appears to be a
suitable mate, and are then eaten. For this reason the Postures female is
sometimes referred to as “femme fatale”.
Adult fireflies live for
a few weeks.
The ancient Chinese sometimes
captured fireflies in transparent or semi-transparent containers and used
them as (short-term) lanterns.
In Mayan mythology,
fireflies were said to contain the light of the stars.
Look for frogs:
You could follow the river for the short way;
see if you can find frogs. Show the tourists how to stun a frog in the light of
your flashlight, maybe show them how to catch one.
Listen to the jungle
The sounds of the jungle are very different from
the sounds most tourists know. So let everyone turn of their flashlights and
listen to the cicadas, frogs and night birds.
Have a look at the stars. So far out of the
city, they are much brighter than usual. And they are different from the stars
we see on the northern side of the globe. The big dipper, for example, is
turned upside down. It could be nice to have a map of the constellations at