Take a breather from the city at Colmar Tropicale where you can learn to ride a horse, have a taste of Japanese culture at the Japanese Village, take a relaxing stroll through the Botanical Garden, and destress by petting soft animals at the Mini Animal Park.
Learn from an experienced trainer the basics of horse riding. Horse riding is not just about the part where you sit and have the horse walk around, it consists of the steps from beginning to end when it comes to handling a horse. Learn how to saddle up and properly fit the bridle on your horse, how to safely mount and get down from your horse, as well as how to walk the horse and halt it. Your trainer will be with you to guide you when you need extra help, as well as to help keep the horse calm while you familiarize yourself with the feel of riding a horse.
The Japanese Village at Colmar Tropicale is the first of its kind outside of Japan. Built by 22 craftsmen from Japan and based on a design by a renowned Japanese architect, this beautiful creation sits 3,500 feet above sea level on Bukit Tinggi. With its peaceful hills and lush gardens, it is definitely a place you can relax in. There are other attractions there such as the Japanese Tea House, Tatami Spa, Botanical Garden, Ryo Zan Tei Japanese Restaurant and Ume Tatami Suite. At the Japanese Tea House, there are tea ceremonies held 4 times a day. Visitors are encouraged to experience this aspect of Japanese traditional culture.
The Botanical Garden is located in a rainforest that is kept intact with the simple additions of specific plant species and a concrete path that creates a safe trail for visitors to stroll along. Take a walk through the cool forest and observe and learn about the different plants, flowers and herbs that are grown in the forest. The thick canopy of the trees should provide enough shade for you to enjoy your walk while learning about the uses these plants have in daily life. Here you will find the Tiger Orchid, a rare orchid which is also the largest in Malaysia.
The Mini Animal Park was designed with children in mind, but adults can still enjoy spending some time with the animals there. While the park does not have a dozen different species of animals for visitors to fawn over, what it offers is an opportunity to feed and pet the rabbits and deer there. Release your stress as you stroke their soft fur and let them nibble on the food you offer to them. There are also donkeys there to pet and ride.