KOREF Eco Farm 2D1N Stay

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KOREF Eco Farm has been quite popular lately for its picturesque village scenery and beautiful floating chalets. KOREF is actually the acronym of Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to experience a 2D1N stay at the farm with my fellow colleagues. Not only was the view amazingly beautiful, there were also lots of fun activities to do at the farm too!

We booked our 2D1N trip through KOREF Eco Farm's website here. Accommodation price for 2D1N package is around RM200~RM350 depending on which type of chalet you opt for. The floating chalets are more expensive than those located on ground. As for transport, we engaged Enrich Transport Service and had two Hyundai Starex picking us up from Johor Bahru Custom to KOREF Eco Farm (two-way). These two beasts were able to accommodate 19 of us (16 adults and 3 children) comfortably as we did not bring heavy luggage.

Day 1

Arrived at KOREF Eco Farm
Arrived at KOREF Eco Farm
The driver looks like our company's boss!
The driver looks like our company's boss!

We checked in to our respective rooms at 2pm. I was assigned to one of the floating chalets together with Kenneth, Wen Xia and Karyn. If your budget allows, you may want to book their Deluxe Chalet which has a hotel-like interior and also has water heater. 

Our room is on the second floor. Has an attached bathroom but no water heater.
We checked in to this floating chalet. Our room was on the second floor
Simple room enough to fit 4 pax. No water heater and aircond though
Simple room enough to fit 4 pax. No water heater and aircond though

Beautiful floating chalets at KOREF Eco Farm
Beautiful floating chalets at KOREF Eco Farm

The farm has a peaceful village atmosphere and a bustling wild life. Fish ponds, paddy fields, fruits, chickens, rabbits, baby goat, you name it. It is really a different world compared to the hustle and bustle of Singapore.

Such a cute kiddy!
Such a cute kiddy!

They have floating roosters too!
They have floating roosters too!

After exploring our chalet vicinity, we went on a brief farm tour in which the owner shared with us what they do for a living and also that the source of the lake water is actually from Kluang's Gunung Berlumut. Hence, the water is clean and never stagnant.

Farm tour
Farm tour and some nature education
These grapes are actually toxic in nature

Although lunch is not included on the first day, they do serve tea break at 3pm with some fried kueh, doughnuts and barley. 

Simple tea break
Simple tea break
Love the barley here
Love the barley corn soup
Where we had our meals and tea break, just by the lake
Where we had our lunch and tea break, just by the lake

After our tea break, we proceeded to a series of activities lined up for us. First up was paddy planting. Experiencing paddy planting hands on was a first for many of us and we realized that walking on the clayey mud is actually a skill.

Paddy planting in progress
Paddy planting in progress

The next activity awaiting us was fish netting. As we gathered and formed a line with the fishing net, the owner kept reminding us one and only one thing: 

Don't ever open your mouth while fish netting

At first we couldn't quite understand why he kept saying that but it didn't take us long to realize why. As we walked and submerged ourselves deeper into the lake, the owner started scattering fish pellets and fishes started jumping out of the water, some as high as our mouth!

Farm owner giving us instructions for fish netting
Farm owner giving us instructions for fish netting

The "I told you so!" moment
The "I told you so!" moment

Mr. Pao got himself a small fish
Mr. Pow got himself a small fish

After releasing the fish back into the lake, we went on to play FLYING FOX! We started off from a three-storey high chalet and flew all the way across the lake to the other end of the farm.

After flying fox, it was already approaching sunset and boy it was one of the most beautiful sunsets that I have ever seen. Well, picture speaks a thousand words. Here you go!

But first, let me take a selfie!
But first, let me take a selfie!
Panorama shot of the farm
Panorama shot of the farm
The sunset begins

Beautiful sunset and clouds
Beautiful sunset and clouds
Will book this Deluxe Chalet on my next visit
Will book this Deluxe Chalet on my next visit

As I was busy capturing the sunset, I heard my friends yelling my name. They were enjoying some lake rafting and their photographer went MIA! 

We had steamboat for dinner after a tiring day having fun around the farm. They also cooked rice to go with the steamboat. 

They had tomyam and chicken soup base
Tomyam and chicken soup base for our steamboat dinner

Our day did not end after the dinner as we still had a short night jungle trekking awaiting us. The trekking took us about 30 minutes and we trekked to a part of the forest reserve where we got to see dead branches and leaves that glow in the dark. Although it was not as spectacular as the sparkling blue sand that I saw at Pulau Sembilan, it was still a good experience trekking in the dark and seeing the glowing branches. After the trekking, we capped off the night by playing some card games at the Deluxe Chalet.

Day 2

Our mission to catch the sunrise on day 2 did not turn out well as it was cloudy. Nevertheless, the morning breeze was really refreshing. 

What's better to start your day than swinging by  the lakeside
What's better to start the day than swinging by the lakeside
Another kind of swing. Equally refreshing
Another kind of swing. Equally refreshing

The second day was free and easy and we decided to give the WATERBALL a shot. Basically, they put you in this floating giant inflatable ball. The challenge is to finish a lap by keeping the ball rolling from within like a hamster wheel. 

Inflating the water ball with Joey inside
Inflating the water ball with Joey inside
Done!
Done!
Now let's rolling in the deep~
Now let's rolling in the deep~

Joey's boyfirend's turn
Joey's boyfirend's turn. We were laughing non stop watching this
Definitely an exhausting game
Definitely an exhausting game

Some of us went on to try more lake rafting and water obstacle games. 

Rafting master Ryan
Rafting master Ryan

According to the farm owner, these water obstacle courses were designed by a Singaporean guide. While Ryan was pretty smooth with the obstacles, the rest of us slipped and fell into the water at least once before concurring all the obstacles. I think this place is a good choice for team building events.

After all the fun and exciting activities it's finally time to bid goodbye to KOREF Eco Farm. We settled our bills, packed up and had our final meal at the farm before leaving for Singapore. As we had our lunch, we couldn't stop admiring the lake view while enjoying the last bit of village breeze here. Just so relaxing and close to nature. Alright, one last look at the floating chalets and beautiful sunset before we go!


Getting there:

Location: KOREF Eco Farm, KM43, Jalan Kluang - Mersing, 86700 Kluang, Johor. 

From Singapore: Engage private transportation with Enrich Transport Service or Anda Transport Agency for arrangements.

Travel Expenses: RM339 (Floating Chalet) including meals and activities. Please check with KOREF Eco Farm's website for updated rates.

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