Koref farm Johor

Over the Labour Day weekend, I brought Boon Kang over to Johor’s Koref Farm. Koref (Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm) is a family friendly organic farm in Kluang, Johor.

Boon Kang cannot wait to feed the fish or go rafting everyday!

Koref Farm is located in Kahang, Kluang (居銮), and it is about 2 hour drive from Tuas Customs.
Kluang photo

Head East after Ayer Hitam and drive towards Mersing direction. Take note road contains a lot of bends. (From Mersing, coastal road 3.5 hours to Kuantan, or 5 hours to Terengganu).
Koref farm map
(Koref Farm map captured from Google Map)

Great nature, endless rows of palm trees, with mountain ranges in the background.
Koref Kacang Eco Farm1

Yes, we have reached our destination (GPS 2.249098,103.59515).

This lake greeted us as we drove into Koref Farm compound. Your accommodation might be one of the chalets built over the water.

40% of your activities will be related to water. If kids love swimming, make it 60% 🙂

Chalet D house 45 guests and Chalet C (house 35 guests). Chalet C offers only basic configuration.
Urban folks in farm

Fan, toilet, bed and mattress Checked. We need nothing else for the night. Each chalet D room can house 6 to 8 guests. (“Hotel” rates at this link)
Kahang chalet

Dormitory and A-Frame accommodations.
Farm stay no hot water

If you need something more challenging, try camping. This is normally preferred by students 🙂
camping Koref farm
(Image credit Koref)

When it rains, everyone is cooped indoors but we chose to go paddling and running rounds around the obstacle course.

Water depth at the lake is only 60cm, so almost everyone can enjoy water activities. Life jackets are available.

Day break.

I tried jogging on the first morning. At 6am, it was totally dark (cannot-see-fingers-dark). End up I could only pace up and down a 200m dirt track, as I was afraid of falling into drains or bumping into wild dogs or worse spooky banana-trees encounters :p

This is the view from one of the rooms in Chalet D.
Johor Farms

It can be warm during the days but you will need a blanket at night. Be prepared to handle houseflies in the day and “flying-ants” insects (in the thousands!) will swarm light sources in the evenings. Both are harmless.
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Cute idioms at every corner, telling guests to relax and enjoy nature.
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There were so many activities to keep us entertained.
Who needs TV and IPAD when our daily itinerary shouts FUN!

Obstacle course (Free) and flying fox (RM 10). Rafting is free!
Koref Kacang Eco Farm18

How does feeding the fish (RM 1 per pack) and cycling sounds (RM 7 and above)? You can pedal and get up close to the fish and prawn ponds, or paddy fields. (All the farm activities are listed here)
Family actiivities Koref

Vast paddy fields, clear blue skies and white fluffy clouds.

Swings which allow you to “slip” and leap into the lake! (Free)
Farmstay Johor

Common toilets.
Koref farm review

If you cannot live without aircon or must have 5 star buffet breakfast spreads, or you can only swim in turquoise clear water, Koref farm is not for you. But if you and family love the great outdoors and getting back to basics, Koref farm offers you an idyllic kampung lifestyle and loads of opportunities to bond with family.

No TV, no Facebook, no Instagram. Only the farm, animals and fun activities! Smiley faces.
Koref Kacang Eco Farm13

We believe Ah Ben agrees with us 🙂
We had work with him before (Ch8 人气满屋2) and was looking forward to catchup with this friendly host again.
Koref Kacang Eco Farm12

A pond filled with fish and arowanas. Be careful of the territorial male goose, he can be very loud.
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In Singapore, AVA is strict and does not allow feeding of poultry, and you cannot even touch the goats in Kranji farms. We must have caught at least half a dozen chicken and chicks in Johor! The arowanas are so used to human-feeding that they sometimes allow you to stroke them (just like a pet!)

Ducks, Goose, Chickens and we even spotted a brood of chicks! What a delight for urban folks to see live chickens running, instead of chilled poultry.
Koref E

Rabbits are fat, no thanks to constant feeding from children. Rabbits stewed or barbequed is not on the menu at Koref :p
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Photos of kids, and perhaps colleagues enjoying farming activities.
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Simple three meals, seafood prawns and fish are not available for our package. But we felt contented as it was a golden opportunity to teach Boon Kang to treasure every grain of rice. We had earlier witness how farmers toil under the hot sun.
Koref Eco farm meal
Koref Kacang Eco Farm4

Organic produce, we heard Koref is Malaysia’s first organic farm.
Organic farms Malaysia

In our opinion, Koref might score 2 or 3 Stars for meals, but it garners 5 Stars for farming lifestyle!
Truly an unforgettable experience.
boon Kang farmer

Additional tips :
– we cannot share more activities yet, as we want you to wait for Ch 8’s 小农夫 (Fresh farmers) in July. Consisting of 13 episodes, each week a parent-child pair will bring you to one farm (Think 爸爸去哪儿 亲子 variety). 小农夫 (Fresh farmers) hopes children will appreciate the hard work behind farming.

– We first heard of Koref Farm from Cheekiemonkies (their review link), and we were eagerly waiting to enjoy our own Kampung lifestyle.

– These chalets are not for honeymoons, unless you like neighbours to hear your sweet nothings and smooching! Accoustic isolation is non-existent keke 🙂

– GPS for Koref Farm is 2.249098,103.59515

– Visitors can pay RM10 to enter the farm to enjoy the activities without staying overnight

– There is no safe inside the chalets, just lock the door. We felt very safe during our 3D2N stay.

– The other kids are jealous that only Book Kang gets to enjoy the rustic Kampung lifestyle. You can gather more fun facts about Koref Farm on their Website and Fanpage.

Check out some other bonding activities with my kids.
– Boon Kang 3D2N (Farm at Koref), our hiking explorations
Taman Negara with Boon Wee, 2D2N Broga Hill and Sky Mirror with Boon Yee

Kahang Farm photos
* disclaimer Our 3D2N stay is sponsored by the Producer
** Updated 2017Jun – Toggle Ch8 video link, we are Season 1 Episode 10

ps.. Follow our Instagram tag #SengkangBabiesJohor for more JB adventures

Desaru family itinerary

Last week, we pop over to Johor Desaru (迪沙鲁) for a short stint. In Desaru, there are two famous resorts, Lotus and Pulai. We stayed 3D2N at the former.

Above photo, Wei and his ostrich brood. Nobody is hiding their heads under the sand :p
With the new bridge (E22 expressway), we can drive to Desaru from Woodlands Causeway in around 45min.

Some will choose to take the ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal to Pengerang. Click for more travel options.

Fast forward, we checked in smoothly, Christmas is in the air.

There are three swimming pools and the seaside for every waterFun junkie. We heard so much about Lotus Desaru’s lazy river.

Seafood galore ! Lobsters, Prawns, Lala. Sedup ! No one is counting the calories.

Try Rhu Bar for their Penang fare and friendly staff. This F&B outlet faces the sea and serves decent Penang Char Kway Teow and desserts. Yes, Cendol and Ice Kachang too. We miss Penang !

Kids got use to their taxi. As Lotus is HUGH, we need to take the shuttle service from our block to breakfast venue. We all know the kids enjoy their joyride :p

We visited some farms around Desaru. The popular spots would be Fruit Farm, Crocodile, Ostrich and Fireflies. Too bad no Durian buffet 🙁

Kids love the mini Zoo behind Fruit farm. Kids will enjoy feeding the goats and playing “catching” with the rabbits !

Lotus with it’s Resort style architecture. Team building games are sometimes conducted on the open field. Fiesta.

Desaru is also known as the “The Village of Casuarinas”.

There you have it, our 3D2N summary. Please be patient as we divulge more Fun adventures 🙂

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Do pop by our Fanpage for more photos. Click for a summary of our 3D2N Desaru itinerary.

Day 1 – Lotus Desaru checkin, Seafood dinner Sungei Renggit
Day 2 – Fruit Farm, Ostrich Farm, Firefly (Day 2pm and Day 3 not blog yet, only photos)
Day 3 – The Sand, The Sea, The Sky