5 things we like about Sinar Eco Resort review

Our Sinar Eco Resort review hopes to share more about family friendly activities. We have heard a lot about Sinar Eco Resort (GPS 1.440437, 103.521374, check Google Map for more resort photos).

The location is deep within Palm Oil Tree Plantation, and Pekan Nanas is the nearest town. If you hike Gunung Pulai (which we hope to do one day), Pekan Nanas is a popular gathering point before/after.


Before we share the Fun part, let us get logistics out of the way first. For some reason, GPS directed us to a dirt track.

Google Map screenshot

Refer above collage of Google Map screenshots.
Top photo is correct, we should turn left after we spot (in sequence) “Public Bank Pekan Nanas-> Petronas petrol station-> Mosque”.

The bottom collage photo was where we landed based on Google Map.
(hey Google, I drive an MPV not ATV)

Navigation

Fortunately, Sinar Eco Resort has shared a navigation guide for us. Set your Google Map to “Public Bank Pekan Nanas” (The pineapple icon).

Sinar Eco Resort map
Sinar Eco Resort map

From Public Bank Pekan Nanas, drive straight for another 500m (passing Petronas and mosque before turning left). It is a 9km drive through Palm Oil Tree plantation.

The big Pineapple infront of Public Bank

Do watch out for potholes and uneven surfaces. The road will converge from 2 lanes into 1 lane as we go deeper. As Mobile signal might be patchy, look out for the blue Sinar Eco signboard.

No wifi. Reality strikes when we check in. Although it is not 1995, but you can rest assure there are plenty of activities in Sinar Eco Resort for 3D2N.

Read on for more Sinar Eco Resort review on the activities.

1.Freedom, be spontaneous
(The farm is safe for kids to explore)

The menu offers Bike, kayak, swim, Atv, tractor, rabbit and chicken, billiard, karaoke, horse riding etc. Try everything 🙂

The menu does not tell you how to relax and do nothing, just lepak and enjoy the peaceful surroundings 🙂

We would recommend getting the bundles for more savings.

Sinar Eco Resort activities
Sinar Eco Resort activities

Before we continue, let us share one of our favorite activities at Sinar Eco Resort, ATV and buggy ride (mud is complimentary but fun!)

 

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Guests would need to check-in at the main block. Our accommodation was at this block, smaller sized families might enjoy the “containers stay” novelty (up to 4pax).

You can check out the accommodation rates and photos on Sinar Eco Resort website.

Sinar Eco Resort
Sinar Eco Resort Containers stay

We stayed in Nature Breeze room for our family of 6 pax. There is a common hall per floor.

What I like about Sinar Eco Resort compound is the abundant green foliage. From our hall, you can see the cafeteria across the carpark.

First activity for visitors would be a tour around Sinar Eco Resort. The friendly hosts will drive you around.

Families will get a flavour of what resort has to offer.

On subsequent days. Adventurous folks can choose to cycle behind. It is just a short 15min ride to cover the resort.

2.Farm animals, big and small

Animals big and small will be spotted all around.

Cowshed has a lot of dung, but kids enjoy feeding the cows.

Johor Family friendly farms
Johor family friendly farms

The goats and horse sheds would be much cleaner 🙂
You can opt to feed the baby goats with milk too.

Johor Farms
Johor Farms

Feeding carrots to the horses, they look majestic and strong. But kids are always wary of the slimy tongues.

johor farm stay
Johor farm stay

Many hungry goats, and there is one huge alpha Billy.

It stands taller than Boon Yee (no3).

Do look out for cute calf too.

Farm Animals johor
Farm Animals johor

Most dogs are caged, but a few will be roaming the compound. Harmless, and they do not fight with the cats or goats.

Most of us urban folks have few opportunities to get close to live poultry in Singapore. The chickens, ducks and geese welcome us to their enclosure.

Sinar Eco Resort
Sinar Eco Resort

I thought chicken coop look like Melbourne’s colourful Bath Houses, but we did not spot newly hatched eggs. Feeding the chicken was fun, if only we can try to catch some of them.

Kampong Family

Cats are the most popular section . Maybe Sinar Eco Resort should let the rabbits out…

Milk for the goats, it is not for human consumption.

Farm animals feeding Johor
Farm animals feeding Johor

3.FOOD, never go hungry 🙂

After feeding the animals, we need to feed the humans too.

..and there are 5 meals per day! All meals will be served at this glass cafeteria.

Delicious and healthy home cooked food, breakfast porridge was my best dish.

You can top up RM20 (per pax) for a BBQ dinner too.

I teased the kids whether the wings are from the same chicken we saw earlier?

Weather was very unpredictable during our stay. We got frequent showers, but there are plenty of inhouse activities to keep us occupied.

4. Plenty of activities!

Kids play billiards every night!

Movie screening and you can buy fireworks too.

But your family (especially the kids) should enjoy the ATV rides.
Dirt and mud is part of the game, so choose some dirty clothes beforehand.

Driver need to be minimum 16 years old. 大舅’s family enjoyed the spins too. 

ATV johor photos
ATV Johor photos

The buggy ride feels like Guards’ Light Strike vehicles.

 

ATV is RM25 and Buggy is RM40 per three rounds. Although the laps are small, go for the novelty thrills!

buggy rides johor
Buggy rides Johor

Coated in MUD!

Wait, there are more activities for your selection. The children pool and train playground for smaller kids.

Sinar Eco Resort review
Sinar Eco Resort review

Swim, jump, hop, cycle. Anything which pleases the kids and families.

       

River cruise happens every evening around 5pm. It is more relaxing than kayaking. Explore the river downstream.

If you run out of ideas, you can get your models to pose for Instagram too :p

5.Family Friendly resort

Beyond the activities, guest can expect top notch servicing and smiles from Sinar Eco Resort staff. Genuine and friendly, they go out of the way to ensure our kids have a wonderful time.

Our kitchen Auntie was super chatty and help us buy jackfruits on her errand trip. By the way, Pekan Nanas is famous for pineapples.

Thank you Sinar Eco Resort for the wonderful hospitality. It was a relaxing 3D2N stay for us. Kids are asking whether we can smuggle the cute kitten home 🙂

Do pop by Cheekiemonkies’ review for more photos.

Our 3D2N Video (YouTube)

More details about Sinar Eco Resort:

-Contact : +6013 757 2434
-Website: https://www.sinarecoresort.com
-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SinarEcoResort
-GPS: 1.440437, 103.521374

-Room rate (per night per pax) : Adult RM 220, child RM 200

Sinar Eco Resort do offer transport shuttle from Singapore too, do give them a call. More photos uploaded to our Facebook album .

 

ps.. our Trip is sponsored by Sinar Eco Resort. In case you wish to explore more attractions nearby, click on Kukup (village life), Legoland and Gelang Petah (Seafood) for your research

Taking the Train to JB

Train to JB, why not 🙂
In this post, we share why Train might be the alternate (or best) option to travel to Johor.

We can order our train tickets online at http://www.ktmtrain.com . Infact, online order is preferred in case tickets are sold out over the counter (especially on weekends).

Do take note KTM system only allow for booking of one-direction ticket, no return ( ie, need to buy to and fro tickets separately). Yes, we are bewildered too.

KTM train ticket cost only Rm16 and Rm5, to and fro respectively. Train to JB is so cheap 🙂

Free seating. After booking your tickets, print out your tickets receipt. Return trip will need the QR code.

Taking the Train to JB
Taking the Train to JB

Head towards Woodlands Train Checkpoint, many folks would be taking a bus from Woodlands Interchange.

A) At the information counter (level 1), you will need to show your passport and printed ticket receipt to exchange for real tickets.  Sometimes, the counter staff will just stamp (acknowledge) your hardcopy receipts email (no tickets).

Train to JB
Train to JB

B) Queue for your train. Do arrive early (maybe 30minutes, expect bigger crowd over weekends). We need to queue for tickets collection, baggage scan etc

B1) At Singapore side, you will pass through both Singapore and Malaysia customs.  All baggages will be scanned.

Immigration checkin is relatively fast and efficient, minimum hassle.

C) Your Train to JB is only 10 minutes, one stop. (Cars might take up to 1 or 2 hours )

Arrive at JB sentral, and you can walk across bridge to City Square.
(no more custom checks, since we have scanned our details at Singapore side already)

The FUN Starts now! SGD and RM exchange rate is still 1:3 🙂

CIQ Johor is at City Square
CIQ Johor is at City Square

This is where you GRAB to your next stop. We should mention that Grab taxis are everywhere, and fares start from only Rm5 (for 10 minutes ride!)

Both City Square and KSL Mall are very popular with Singaporeans.

In case you need more assistance, Google will share nearest Restaurant, Cafe, Massage spots. Do read these posts :

Johor Good Food (and GPS)
Google Map Hacks
KSL Pasar Malam (if you are new to JB Pasar Malam, only on Mon)

Example, Google highlighted Massage joints (link ) are concentrated near KSL and Taman Sentosa areas.

Please read the reviews for the “real” massage joints. Some are sleazy, while others hard-sell to top up your package.

Attractions near KSL
Attractions near KSL

Massage was our first activity 🙂

We decided on either Sabye Sabye or Let’s Relax Spa (Different from the Bangkok franchise).  Both are side by side, popular and located at Plaza Sentosa. There are more tips from Vanessa’s blog or get SengkangBabies blog recommendations on our blog (2019).

Recommend Johor massage
Recommend Johor massage

We opted for Let’s Relax Spa (GPS 1.492031, 103.769116). Rm55 for 90 minutes, shoulder and leg and head. We recommend massage should be minimum 60 minutes, 30 minutes are only for warm up :p

We heard Thai massage are popular too. Our masseurs are from Thailand.

Soothing. Shoik. Rejuvenated.

.. and HUNGRY. We walk 5 min to some delicious paper wrapped chicken (Teck Sing).

Johor Paper wrapped chicken
Johor Paper wrapped chicken

Rm28 for a delicious tandalising chicken 🙂
Soft and tender, with a tinge of herbal goodness

Do order the bittergourd egg too.

More shopping for the Mrs, I was the porter. We also package some goodies for the hungry  kids.

 

While she shops, I detour to buy famous banana cake.  Hiap Joo is 7 min walk from City Square.

Mission achieved, if Darling happy, I am happy. 满载而归 🙂

On the return trip,  head back to JB Sentral for your return train. Again, do arrive early, as you do not want to miss you train.

In worse case, you may still purchase tickets over the counter. Photo below-right, use the “printed QR Code” to enter the transit area.

Your luggage (and souvenirs) will undergo one more round of security scans.

 

So why do we recommend Train to JB for you?

-Convenient, avoid the jams, and it is a cheap mode of transport.
-Some folks might hesitate to drive into Johor for security reasons.

Additional tips.

*No photo taking in immigration areas
-Toilet facilities are available in immigration sections
-If you are driving around Taman Sentosa (at night), do be careful as this area is notorious hot spot for car smash and theft (read some tips on car protection)

Take the train to avoid the jams 🙂

KTM train schedule
KTM train schedule

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

Johor Massage recommendations -> http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/johor-massage-recommendations

ps.. updated 2019Oct – We can only use Malaysia Banks to book train tickets now. KTM will announce once Singapore Banks can be used