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Trip after trip and this was another trip right after Desaru Fruit Farm. Traveling from KL to Johor and back to KL on the same day is totally tiring. And that’s why our agent offered us an accommodation package @ The Pulai, Desaru Beach.
The Pulai, Desaru Beach
5 July 2009
The Pulai Resort is located in one of the most beautiful untouched beaches in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, right in the heart of Desaru. I drove all along from KL to Johor in 4 hours and check-in to the resort at 1.30pm. The road stretch to the destination is clear and peaceful.
The entrance of The Pulai itself promotes tranquility to the visitors.
It’s unbelievable that I reached their resort finally by following their signboard for first time. That was a long time ago since I’m so wanted to visit Desaru but got no chances at all.
It’s totally different now since I got the freedom to go anywhere I wanted. Hehe.
Upon checking-in, I found that the room is quite spacious and very suitable for long holiday mood. I felt good. Umm..hope to stay longer.
When I went out to balcony, our room is facing garden view with slightly of sea view…which was considerably good.
Our room entrance is facing a small garden landscape. A good place for photography, I wished. Hope I got DSLR to realize my wish.
I chose evening time for beach scenery as it wasn’t too hot. We walked straight to the beach and having a good FAMILY TIME!!
Splash…splash…haha. Stay tune for the rest of pictures below.
Strong waves hitting the beach the moment we walked down. Not to forget about the strong wind.
As the current weather was very suitable for photo-shooting, they requested me to shoot their poses. Since this is my first beach shooting angles, I try to get some ‘feel’, but wasn’t quite satisfied. Arggghh.
The guy wasn’t ready!
But the girls were ready.
Not to forgotten our ‘hippo’ that following us everywhere we go, landed on the sand for the first time for the photo-shooting as well.
Please wash your feet before walk back to the resort…in fact, we do not wish to bring in those sands back to our room. Haha.
Family time! Family pose! We were having a good time at the pool, a definitely a long time since 13 years ago for our family.
Bro and sis pose!
To make a good use of my camera, I tried a few underwater shoots.
Here are 2 good shots, which were considerably looks natural.
When it’s comes for dinner, we drove to the nearest town.
We had it at Restoran Yoou Kee. It was a bad experience having our dinner here. Tell you what, when we asked for food listing, the owner seems lazy to explain more, instead forcing us to decide fast.
From the facts that I read for this eatery, it’s used to serve Singaporean customer and having a good relationship with agency to refer their customer to them. Because of that, they don’t serve well Malaysian customer due to not much business can be brought to them.
Yes, my parent are vegetarian, definitely seafood is not our choice. So what? We were not interested to you seafood packages.
So, as to return their favor, if you come across this restaurant called Yoou Kee @ Sungai Rengit, Johor, please avoid to eat there. The food was not quite tasty. It was disappointing for many meals especially CHICKEN dish! No meat on the skinny chicken they cooked.
As I don’t expecting any good food based on their customer service, my prediction was pretty correct.
The fish was over cooked.
The hot plate oyster egg has a rather strong smell of the sea.
The vegetables was oily and too much chillies. Overall, its taste hot, no point right?
For bill of RM180, it was not enjoyable at all.
After dinner, we went back to resort.
As time still early, we went to side beach for chatting. Probably it was the best time ever for my entire family outing. We formed out 3 pairs for ‘dating’ along the beach at night. Furthermore, it’s good to add oil on the relationship. LOL.
At 11pm, we all went back to our room for nap. Good night.
On the next day, we all have to wake up at 7am for breakfast. I reserved a big table of six for my family.
A very typical breakfast from the resort.
When I walked around the resort, I spotted this arrow sign. It was nice and I was curious about the mini zoo (40m) area. I was wondering.
Ohh…a mini zoo consists of rabbit, chicken and few birds in the cage. How come it’s located in the resort area and not elsewhere? Is it a norm for Johor tourist place where mini zoo is a must?
I tried to cam-whoring and its turn out to be fine. If you see properly, our hippo was joining as well.
And time for hippo…don’t nervous ok. HEHE.
Another good and peaceful morning walk-around the resort and beach…practically, we repeated what we did on previous day but different energy form. I was a bit hyper and climb up to their beach watching tower and shoot entire scenery. I sat down the beach and shoot chicks around (but not posted here..hehe).
I was bringing hippo everywhere from pool-beach-tower-tree for photo-shooting (not posted here due to excessive hippo presence doesn’t look good here).
Anyway, we check-out on time and back to KL straight away. Around 5pm, we reached our home safely. Bye-bye Desaru.
Well, the entire trip was giving me something that I least expected. Desaru is not just about The Pulai, but more than that. It’s yet to explore other places around, just alone the beach.
Do you think its worth for returning this place? Yes, if transportation cost and time is not your concern.
Desaru Fruit Farm is a farm with 100 tropical fruit species. It’s located at Johor. If you follow from PLUS highway, take the Kulai exit and follow the signboard to Kota Tinggi.
On the half way to Kota Tinggi, you’ll see Desaru signboard. Just follow the signboard and you’ll able to reach there in about 40 mins using trunk road.
Desaru Fruit Farm
This is an officially a family trip. I rarely had family trip nowadays as most of the places that I went to are very challenging. Only this kind of trip is suitable for them. By paying only RM145 per person (pre-booked in MATTA Fair 2 years ago), I finally can make this trip comes true.
Desaru Fruit Farm might be look strange to you because I grew up with Desaru associated with beach. Yea, we did our beach visit as well.
My journey started as early as 4.30am from KL. We reached there at 10am. I drove along the trunk road after the Kulai exit. Follow the Kota Tinggi signboard. However, when you have chance to spot Desaru signboard, just follow it.
Upon reaching the entrance, you have to turn right to the opposite side.
The entrance is read as “Selamat Datang DESARU FRUIT FARM“.
At the main office entrance, we saw this series of pineapple tied in a rainbow shape.
Our trip didn’t start with breakfast as we were too late for breakfast, very close to lunch hour. So, we decided to skip it. Instead, we moved to Bee Talk.
Bee Talk, one of the common briefing about how bee makes honey and honey cure our illness.
Pure honey or medical honey were produced at very high quality and sell at around RM80++ per bottle. Some are even shot up to RM300 (with some special ingredient – tongkat ali).
Successful story and famous pictures can be found on these boards.
Durians, king of the fruits are available for sale.
Agro Tourism with guided tour.
This is the walk-in price (slightly higher compare to years ago), I’m sure you can get cheaper with package booking.
The farm has 100 tropical fruit species. They also had an excellent guided tour with explanations about the fruits. At the end of guided walk, you will be able see the mini pet farm.
We were fetched in and out by this van.
Dragon fruit, is one of the most famous fruit in this farm.
According to our guide, this tree is belonging to cactus family and can lived up to 100 years.
The decor of the garden was quite impressive.
Water apple (sui yong in Canto).
What are the bull tracks doing here? Just for decor, perhaps.
Herbal Garden welcome board.
We walked under a very good weather ever. Good for photography…haha.
Landscaping of the garden.
For those city people who never saw Kunyit plant, here it is.
At the end of farm, there was a mini pet farm. Goat, rabbit, monkey and ostrich can be found here.
He/She was shy away from people. Don’t scare, we won’t bite, but we do scare you attack us.
Looking for food…oh..please feed this goat. He was looks so sad.
OMG! Ostrich like to aim at people and kiss you. Better go faster…oh, it’s hurt. Oh lucky.
Owl. One was sleeping and one was awake. YES sir…anything I can help here?
Damn…really look like ghost face…haha (burung hantu).
Lunch treat was served at 12.30pm.
Mostly local delicacies were served.
And our target was FRUIT!!!
I never had any fruit buffet before, however, by seeing this made my saliva drop…I tried each of them, but I love the tempoyak the most. I had 3 times refilled at least.
After a heavy lunch, we departed from Desaru Fruit Farm and proceeded to The Pulai Desaru Beach for a night accommodation.
Overall, this kind of trip is supposed to be ONE DAY trip unless you came from very far, you need to opt for an overnight stay. It’s only few hours’ tour, with majority of Singaporean tourists.
It’s a rare occasion where Malaysian would pay for fruit farm visit. For me, I opted for Desaru Beach more than anything else.
Therefore, my real holiday mood is just started! Stay tune.