Kluang 2014: UK Argo Farm Review (3)

Continuing from my previous post, we have the 2nd part of the guided tour.

Ostrich Park
From the milk processing factory, we took a ride on the bus to the Ostrich Park. Along the way, we bypass their fruit plantation and Uncle James kindly explained what fruits they are growing in the plantation. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the peak season, so we can’t really see much. Plus, fruit picking (to the boy disappointment) is never part of the itinerary.

The Ostrich Park was also kind of disappointing. There were only 3 Ostriches around. Except for 1, the rest are not interested in the corn that was provided to us for feeding. Uncle James was kind enough to bring us a type of grass which the Ostrich love. The boy manage to get a small bunch and fed the Ostriches, though he was very scared that the Ostrich will peck him.

2 of the 3 Ostriches in the Ostrich Park
2 of the 3 Ostriches in the Ostrich Park

Tip: A few visitors in our group tried putting the corns at the top of the fence as they saw corns left behind by the previous group. That is a wrong move, as the corns were too high up for the Ostrich. Uncle James, kindly told us to put our hands just below the first bar of the fence, which is the good height for them to eat. And don’t worry if the Ostrich pecks you. I got peck twice and it wasn’t really painful.

Asli Village
Next we took a short walk to the village near the Ostrich Park. They got an Asli there to demo to us how they use their weapons to hunt for monkeys on the tree. And also showed us the trap that they setup to catch tiger. I thought it was kind of boring, but the boy seems to like it and retold me about the scenes when we were back in Singapore.

There is also a treehouse in the village that allows visitor to climb up. The boy had fun climbing up and waving to us from “on top the tree”. However, he had issues getting down as the steps were a little too wide for his legs.

The tree-top house in the Asli Village which the boy tried to climb up to. There is a limit to the number of pax up in the house at one time. (Photo Credit: My SIL)
The tree-top house in the Asli Village which the boy tried to climb up to. There is a limit to the number of pax up in the house at one time. (Photo Credit: My SIL)

Fruit Mart
This is another disappointing stop. It’s basically a rest area that allow you to purchase some coconuts, rambutans and guava for consumption. We tried the fresh “thai” coconut, but it taste weird since it’s not chilled. And the guava taste similar to what we have in Singapore and those in Taiwan beats it hands down anytime. The kids had passion fruit jelly that return with mix reviews.

Mushroom Farm
Lastly we were brought to the Mushroom Farm. Again, I thought it would be boring for the boy, since he is more an animal lover than a plant lover. But he did had some fun “feeling” the mushroom in the farm.

The boy feeling the mushroom in the little farm.
The boy feeling the mushroom in the little farm.

At the end of the mushroom farm, is a small area for you to sample the mushroom salad and Lingzhi drink that they made. You will have to use your coupons to exchange for the sample. And one coupon for each sample, i.e. either the salad or drink. Both taste quite nice to me.

The yummy mushroom salad!
The yummy mushroom salad!

Further up, there is a small plantation area which you can stroll in. There are lavenders, pineapples, corns and pumpkins planted inside. Unfortunately, most were not bearing fruits and again no picking of fruits allowed.

One of the few pineapple we spotted in the little plantation.
One of the few pineapple we spotted in the little plantation.

What attracted the kids there, is the treehouse, swing and hammock just in front of the “sample” area. The kids spend some time playing there while we enjoyed our samples.

From there, it is a short walk back to the main lobby. As the reception staff suggested, we brought the kids back to the chalet for a quick shower before we go for the dinner. In the next post, I will cover the chalet room, the dinner, as well as some after dinner activities. So stay tuned!

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