Whether you’re a nature lover or not, it’s not hard to fall in love with Phalaenopsis. Also known as “moth orchids” this beautiful species of flowers is vibrant and beautiful and thankfully, there’s a place you can visit in Malaysia that tells you all about them.
The World of Phalaenopsis is a delightful destination that will give you a newfound appreciation for these orchids. If you’re planning a trip here soon, we’ve got you covered!
Join us here, as we tell you all about this underrated destination. From where to stay, eat and what to expect from the attraction itself, here’s everything you need to know!
Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the World of Phalaenopsis is undoubtedly during the weekdays. Not only will the place be less crowded but parking will be much easier too!
Crowdedness is something that you need to prepare yourself for when visiting this farm because there’s no entrance fee. However, the number of visitors is well regulated to prevent dense crowds so it won’t get too hectic.
Weather-wise, you can expect the usual tropical humidity of Selangor at play here, especially from February to August. You can expect a pleasant visit during these months even when it’s dry, as the climate won’t be too hot to the point of irritation.
If you don’t want to experience any kind of rain, we’d advise you to not visit during October and November.
Things to Know
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
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Language: Malay, English
Calling Code: +60
Address: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (located in Wisma Central)
Operating hours: Daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (they’ll update their Facebook page when they’ll close)
Contact details: +60 3-6075 1133
Admission fee: Free
There’s not much of a parking lot on the premises itself, but you are free to park your car by the roadside leading to the farm. Nonetheless, you won’t have trouble parking since the flow of visitors coming and going is relatively fast.
How to Get There
Trains: Unfortunately, the nearest train station is about an hour away from the farm, which is Batang Kali. This means that you have to take a Grab or Taxi once you get off the train to get to the orchid farm.
Taxis: If you don’t want the hassle of switching modes of transportation, you can simply take a taxi to the farm. However, do expect to pay a lot more as opposed to buses and trains.
Grab: Grab is also a great option if you want a predetermined price before you even ride the car. This saves you from having to argue with the driver but do keep in mind that prices can be expensive depending on your pick-up location.
Car rental: As much as possible, we recommend renting a car to get to this attraction to provide yourself and your loved ones with the utmost comfort and privacy. Furthermore, doing this will allow you to choose your own route and avoid congested streets.
Just make sure to put in “World of Phalaenopsis” and you’re golden! You’ll be treated to a scenic drive that passes through the Batu Caves as well as lush greeneries.
Where to Stay
Dusuntara Jungle Resort
Address: 48200 Batang Kali, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 19-318 4189
Dusuntara Jungle Resort is the nearest accommodation you can opt for that will make your stay extra worthwhile. This is because aside from high-quality rooms, this resort also provides cooking, dining and recreational facilities.
Having this kind of convenience means that you don’t have to leave the area when you want to area when you want to eat, as you can bring and prepare your own meals here. Plus, the outdoor pool isn’t too shabby, as it gives off Bali vibes–perfect for honeymooners!
Windmill Upon Hills
Address: Windmill Upon Hills, Jalan Permai, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2782 8388
Windmill Upon Hills is one of the most beautiful accommodation options you can go for when visiting the World of Phalaenopsis. It’s only a short drive away from the farm but you’ll immediately feel like you’ve been transported to a magical land because of its blanket of mist.
Ambience-aside, this place is a solid option for those looking to stay in style, as it features lavish facilities and beautiful spacious rooms. The main highlight, however, is the outdoor pool which overlooks a vast stretch of lush greenery blanketed by thick fog.
GEO Resort & Hotel
Address: Jalan Permai 2, Genting Permai Avenue, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-9213 0838
Thanks to the farm’s proximity to Genting Highlands, you can stay at one of the hilltop hotels like GEO Resort & Hotel. This classy establishment will treat you to premium rooms and suites that feature plush beds, huge TVs and of course, beautiful views!
Foodies will get a kick out of this place, as it features three different restaurants. Among these three is the Glass Haus, which offers an enchanting dining experience by providing tasty Mediterranean dishes while providing stunning views.
Resorts World Awana
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Address: Awana Hotel Resorts World Genting, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2718 1118
If you want to be treated like royalty, we recommend making the drive to Resorts World Awana in Genting. This is the premiere hotel in the elevated resort for reasons like luxurious rooms and world-class facilities.
These facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a massive golf course, a gym and a handful of in-house restaurants. However, staying in your room is just as great, as you’ll be treated to beautifully designed interiors, stunning views and of course, premium amenities.
SCAPES Hotel Genting
Address: Jalan Jaya Permai, Midhills, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-6106 0833
SCAPES Hotel is an affordable option that doesn’t cut corners on quality–perfect for budget travellers who don’t want to settle for less. Here, you’ll be treated to hip rooms that are stylized modernly with design elements such as exposed concrete and wooden slabs.
However, it’s more than just a looker, as the hotel also offers great facilities that will make your stay all the more worthwhile. One of these facilities is the outdoor pool where kids and adults alike can enjoy a beautiful view of Genting while relaxing underneath the sun.
Where to Eat
Address: Lot 28, Jalan Besar, Hulu Yam Bharu, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 10-249 6449
Ambasha Restaurant is the go-to restaurant for those times when you’re craving India’s best offerings. This nearby restaurant serves a wide variety of Indian cuisine staples such as curry, biryani, chicken sambal and more!
The best part is that the prices are cheap so you won’t have to pay much to enjoy a full meal-now that’s a bargain! Plus, their serving size isn’t too bad at all, as we noticed that one order is good for sharing.
Address: 942, 942, Kampung Sungai Chik Tambahan, Kampung Gurney, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-6075 1881
WK Restaurant is a great Chinese/Indian spot that offers amazing meals at a cheap price! One of their best offerings is the curry fish head in clay pot, which is a classic dish made perfect by their delicious sauce.
If you want our advice, order their famous coconut milk prawn. The sweetness of the coconut milk blends perfectly with the tanginess of the prawn sauce, creating a lip-smacking combination that will leave you wanting more.
Sawadee Thai Food Restaurant
Address: Kampung Sungai Kamin, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-369 1763
Looking for the best pork dishes in town? The best place you can go to is El Cerdo, a restaurant that has been dominating KL for over 15 years with its European, Mexican and Caribbean dishes–talk about longevity!
One of its best offerings is the Cochinillo Al Estilo Segoviano, which is essentially a slowly roasted suckling pig. The best part of this dish is the super crispy skin which is usually broken through using a plate.
Warung Bonda Rumah Hutan Terapi Alam
Address: Jalan Lama, 44300 Genting Highlands, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 19-371 4133
Warung Bonda Rumah Hutan Terapi Alam is a wellness resort that doubles as a world-class restaurant. They serve both local and international delicacies, with one of their best offerings being the seafood aglio olio, which features a huge lobster tail – yum!
As for their local Malay dishes, everything is a must-try but we recommend their version of nasi lemak the most. Their version of this dish is second to none, as they use fresh ingredients!
What to Do in the World of Phalaenopsis
Buy an orchid or two for your home
The best thing about this place is that it not only lets you admire these beautiful orchids, but it also allows you to bring some of them home for a price, of course. These orchids come at around RM25 depending on what kind, which isn’t a bad deal at all!
Aside from orchids, you can also purchase different kinds of succulents. This is perfect if you’re not necessarily well-versed in growing plants, as they’re low maintenance.
Learn everything about moth orchids
Visiting the World of Phalaenopsis isn’t just a spectacle but it’s also an educational trip, as you’ll get to learn everything about moth orchids. From how they’re planted to what they need to grow beautifully, you’ll be fascinated with the information that will be bestowed upon you here.
Take countless photos
With the variety of moth orchids inside this farm (390 to be exact), it’s a no-brainer to take countless photos of them! The vibrant hues of these beautiful flowers would make for a perfect background for your Insta-worthy photos.
If you want our advice, we recommend visiting the nursery area for the best photo opportunity! This area is lined with orchids from floor to ceiling and you can stroll right through.
Chill by the cafe
If all the walking left you tired, you can stop by the garden’s cafe! Here, you can order your favourite coffee and non-coffee drinks to pass the time while being surrounded by colourful moth orchids.
Aside from that, you can also grab some quick bites to regain your energy for another hour or so of walking! Out of all of their meals, however, we have to recommend their version of nasi lemak.
Apps to Download
Travel Malaysia: A pocket travel guide to Malaysia
Maps.me: Offline map of the world
XE Currency App: Real-time currency exchange rate app
Grab: Ride-hailing app of Southeast Asia
Google Translate: word translation with offline capabilities
CatchThatBus: Bus ticket booking app