Bukit Sapu Tangan

It has been a while since I climbed any hills in Malaysia.

Bukit Sapu Tangan is a baby hill, only 200m or so high, but it provides a good work-out in the sweaty tropical conditions. It is located in Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam (formerly known as Malaysia Agriculture Park).

Taman Botani's new logo

Map showing location of Bukit Sapu Tangan

The red arrow marks the location of Bukit Sapu Tangan, about 6km round trip from the entrance gate of Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam.

I went there yesterday, a public holiday in Malaysia, to take advantage of the light traffic conditions. Taman Botani is a huge park on the outskirts of KL which once formed part of a vast unspoilt forest but is now hemmed in on all sides by the capital’s fast expanding urban sprawl. See this Google Map (link below) to get an idea of how encroaching development is nibbling away at the edges of the park.


Once inside the park you soon forget about the bustle of the city as the sounds, sights and smells of the jungle take over.  Being a public holiday, the main trails within the park were busy, particularly with cyclists as bikes can be hired inside the park. The terrain is quite hilly and unless you are super fit and have a bike with good gears, you end up pushing your bike uphill for much of the way. (Mums and Dads should avoid renting their own bikes as they will spend most of the time pushing their children along).

Taman Botani is good for cycling if you are fit.Bukit Sapu Tangan

The path to Bukit Sapu Tangan is marked with a sign showing a distance of 1.8km. This distance, and the fact that the path becomes narrower and steeper, is enough to put off most visitors and I saw nobody else hiking on this section. But it is still a tarmac path so easy to walk on and no need to worry about snakes and other creepy crawlies. Apart from a few skink lizards, small birds and the sound of monkeys crashing around in the treetops, I did not come across much wildlife.

Peaceful trek through the woods towards Bukit Sapu TanganThe path is made of tarmac so it is suitable for cyclists too (but not allowed on the steep downhill section).

Tall trees line the route.The view tower on top of Bukit Sapu Tangan

At the top of the hill is a concrete and wood view tower from which there was a somewhat hazy view of Shah Alam city centre and beyond.

View of Shah Alam from the top of Bukit Sapu Tangan.

The view from this side gives an idea of the scale of the park but to the rear more new housing developments are underway, threatening the fragile eco-system of this once pristine forest.

New developments encroaching on Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

Bukit Sapu Tangan translates as Handkerchief Hill. Perhaps its odd name means that you have to take some sort of cloth with you to mop your brow. Or perhaps it refers to the future size of the park once all the planned development projects are finished!

You can find more details about Taman Botani (Malaysia Agriculture Park) on my Malaysia-Traveller website.

New on Malaysia Traveller

In case you have missed them, here are some new pages added to my website Malaysia Traveller over the past few months.

Bukit Tinggi – Berjaya Hill Resort

Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi

Bukit Tinggi is a little corner of Alsace which has been created in the Malaysian hills. Find out here what the Berjaya Hills Resort has to offer.

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Taman Saujana Hijau, Presint 11, Putrajaya


Taman Saujana Hijau is a lovely park in Putrajaya, designed with a European feel. Read details and location here.

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Teluk Intan Attractions

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan See the top Teluk Intan Attractions and sights on foot with this self-guided walking tour. Map included.

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Malaysia Quiz – How Well Do You Know Malaysia?

MalaysiaMosques2 Test your knowledge of Malaysia with this picture recognition Malaysia Quiz. Can you recognise where these 44 mosques are located?

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Bukit Jalil Park – Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil

BukitJalilParkPths Bukit Jalil Park is a pleasant place to picnic, relax and exercise on the southern edge of Kuala Lumpur. Location map, opening hours and details here.

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Teluk Batik Beach, Lumut, Perak

Teluk Batik Beach, Lumut

At Teluk Batik Beach the family can enjoy a day frolicking in the sea and trying water sports. Lifeguards, shops and facilities are on site.

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Top Singapore Attractions – Best Things To Do In Singapore


Singapore is a beautiful city crammed full of interesting places to visit and things to do. Here are some of my favourite top Singapore attractions.

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Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery

BankNegaraMuseumBanknote Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery is spacious and modern and well worth a visit. Read here for my review with photos, opening hours and location details.

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Wind Cave & Fairy Cave, Sarawak

Since it’s Halloween, I thought I would let you know about two bat-infested caves that I visited in Sarawak last week:

Wind Cave



Fairy Cave


Click on the links above to read the respective pages on my Malaysia Traveller website.

Garmin Travel Itinerary

Garmin, the leading satellite navigation products company, has requested Malaysia Traveller (my Malaysian travel website) to collaborate with them in creating travel itineraries for Malaysia for use on Garmin portable street navigation devices.

Our first joint effort, Chronicles of Historical Kedah, has recently been released by Garmin.

Click on the image below for details.

Garmin Malaysia Traveller Itinerary

More unpaid work for the Malaysian tourism industry!

Malaysia Traveller Updates


As I mentioned in my last post, I was in Langkawi recently where a small herd of friendly and hungry cows surrounded my car looking for food. All I had was a bunch of bananas which they seemed to enjoy.

On my Malaysia Traveller website I have added half a dozen pages on Langkawi’s many attractions. You can find the links here. As you can see there are also pages on the recently reopened Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and on i-City’s latest additions.

In February I also spent some time exploring Pahang state and I have written up a couple of pages on walking tours around the historic towns of Raub and Kuala Lipis.

The Grand Tour of Peninsular Malaysia

During March I am planning to go on what I am calling my Grand Tour of Peninsular Malaysia.

My small but esteemed group of regular subscribers might know that, in addition to this blog, I am also writing a website, Malaysia Traveller.com.

The website is a year old now and I am reasonably pleased with its progress. I have written 123 pages so far and during the past 3 months alone the website received nearly 53,000 unique visitors from 96 countries.  Since I started putting Google adverts on the website last July, there have been 2578 clicks on those adverts (I find that quite amazing as I don’t think I’ve ever clicked on any adverts on websites). In case you are curious or are thinking of quitting your day job in order to write websites, I can reveal that this translates into an income of USD410 since July.  Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick but really quite pathetic considering the amount of work that has gone into it. Fortunately I don’t regard it as work but in order to make a living from websites you would either have to find other ways of monetizing your site or write about something which is more popular than travelling in Malaysia.

Anyway to attract more hits to my website I need to broaden my horizons. Most of the 123 pages I have written so far have been on places which are within a day’s journey from Kuala Lumpur. To research places further afield requires an extended trip, hence the Grand Tour (and I only write about places I have personally visited, unlike many travel websites which just copy stuff from Wikipedia).

Map picture

Starting tomorrow I am embarking on the southern loop of my Tour, concentrating mainly on the top attractions in Johor and southern Pahang. Then I will return home for a while before starting the northern loop covering Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu and northern Pahang.  I hope to post regular updates of my progress on this blog, though the cheap hotels I’ll be staying in may not have Wi-Fi.

This is the sort of trip where I should really take my family along but unfortunately it is school term time and, to be honest, my daughter would far sooner stay at home making videos and being creative on her laptop. Her Littlest Pet Shop YouTube channel by the way http://www.youtube.com/user/LOUISEtvLPS gets way more traffic than my website so I should probably spend my time monetizing her work instead!

Wish me luck!