One of the most amazing parks in Malaysia is the 359-hectare wide Recreational Forest Ayer Keroh in Malacca. It offers peace and relaxation, which is hard to come by in the very busy streets of Malacca, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the capital city. Opened on April 17, 1984, the park boasts of its Prehistoric Garden, Storyland, Orang Asli Park, Deer Park and children’s playground that are sure to keep its guests entertained throughout the day and wanting to come back. It also has a suspension bridge, camping ground, watch towers, a jogging track, par course, forests, forest trails, camp areas and picnic areas that make up 10 hectares total. Two of the leading attractions are the watch towers and the camping ground.
From the watch towers, visitors get a spectacular view of the forest. Many of the trees are labeled so that visitors, especially young students, could clearly identify them. There are also many birds and insects to look for while on the tree houses.
The camping ground is complete with the necessary facilities such as water and electricity. There are also barbecue pits and special areas for campfires. This is a perfect venue for scout jamborees and major camping events. For a group of ten or more, entrance fee for campers is RM10 per day, while only RM5 for groups with less than 10 people.
For visitors who want to stay for the night and with more comfortable accommodation, there are cabins that cost RM30 per night and huts for only RM5 per night, but guests should not expect fully furnished rooms or 5-star treatment here.
About Ayer Keroh
Malacca is a leading tourist city in Malaysia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site city is the third most important city in Malaysia next to Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The city of Malacca and town of Ayer Keroh are both found in the state of Malacca. Ayer Keroh is the first town into the state, which makes it only 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur and 3 hours from Singapore.
The leading tourist attractions in Ayer Keroh are the Mini-Malaysia and Mini-ASEAN Park, Melaka Zoo, Butterfly Park, Crocodile Park, World Bees Museum, and of course, the Recreational Forest. Ayer Keroh also has a private hospital and movie theater.
Ayer Keroh is also now known for its educational institutions. An example is the Melaka Manipal Medical Colleges that have trained competent doctors who are now serving in different hospitals around the country. Another notable institution is the Multimedia University (MMU) established in 1996. MMU is the first private university in Malaysia and it boasts of its Centre for Foundation Studies and Extension Education, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Business and Law, and Faculty of Information Science and Technology. Two other important learning institutions are the industrial campus of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and a fully-residential school that is run by Kolej Yayasan Saad.
Visiting Ayer Keroh and specifically the Recreational Forest Ayer Keroh is definitely a must when in Malaysia or Singapore.