Friday, December 21, 2012

Colmar Tropicale and Japanese Village: European and Asian Living inBerjaya Hills Resort

Here's the highlight of my travel to Malaysia last year. Thanks again to my friend CM who suggested we include this in our itinerary.

From Batu Caves, we proceeded to the Berjaya Hills. The travel took us about an hour with the slow moving traffic which seemed to be following us from Kuala Lumpur all the way to Bukit Tinggi.

Traffic flow was snail-paced.
I wonder if this bridal car was late for the wedding ceremony.

Finally, a sign leading to our destination.

When we reached the verdant mountain, we were greeted by a huge castle which reminded of me of kings and queens and knights and jesters.

Colmar Tropicale takes its inspiration from the town of Colmar in France.

Then it was time for us to eat. There were several restaurants within the area offering European flavors. However, one of our companions wanted to have rice for lunch so we searched the many menus offering rice meals. So we settled for Le Poulet Roti.

The place was buzzing with Filipinos, some of them as waiters while the others were there to entertain.

This Filipino works as a supervisor of all the staff at the resort but during peak hours,
he helps with the rest of the crew by taking the orders of the customers.

By request: they can sing songs you'd want to hear in the middle of the day.
And surprise, the guy on the left is from Consolacion, Cebu with roots in Tuburan.

The Berjaya Hills Resort is also home to an Asian village - the Japanese Village. Good thing that there was a cart that would shuttle the guests from the Colmar Tropicale to the Japanese Village and back.

En route to Japanese Village

But we had to get off at the base since no vehicles were allowed to go up to the village. And that means having to hike all the way to the top.

The view at 3,500 feet above sea level.

The Japanese Village

The Tea House where they hold the Tea Ceremony.

Trying to catch my breath with all that hike!

For a quiet respite, I would recommend that you hie off to Berjaya Hills Resort and have a taste of both Asian and European living at the Japanese Village and Colmar Tropicale.

For more information, you may visit their website here.

Getting to Berjaya Hills: Since there were many of us in the group, we had to rent a van. But you may also take a shuttle from Berjaya Times Square. A round trip ticket (with entrance to the Japanese Village and Botanical Garden) would cost RM 55.00. A single journey ride from BTS to Colmar Tropicale is pegged at RM 35.00 while the trip from Colmar Tropicale back to BTS is at RM 25.00.

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