Driving solo to the northern part of the Malay Peninsula for 3.5 hours was made easy thanks to Waze.
However, after getting off the North-South Highway at exit 156 and into the winding trunk road got me thinking twice whether Waze played a joke on me. The route brought me through various villages and many schools, vocational schools, colleges… wow, this place is brimming with young blood! … Did that sound rather vampire-like?
Where in the world is Akar Lima?
Trimming off the drama that was unfolding within my car, I finally arrived at the unassuming lane of Lorong Laksamana (Thank God for the little signage too!) and slowly made my way to the wonderland within:
This area is So Green! Not only referring to the emerald canopies that envelope this area, but Akar Lima is built on the principle of Sustainability. They call themselves an Eco Lodge. Most of the handmade interior fittings were upcycled from salvaged wood from an old wooden house on their property. I laud their efforts in re-birthing functional items (creative and definitely not wallet-busting) as well as installing McGyver-esque water catchment points (note to Selangor property developers…) at the main house.
Before I bedazzle you with the “wealth” of Akar Lima’s compound, let’s get some bearings of specific zones:
Giggling Ducks Cafe
Just so you know, I have friends who would make that 350+ kms drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kulim just to enjoy the gastronomic offerings at Giggling Ducks a.k.a GD … (inside joke :D). Folks who are within 30km radius or less from Akar Lima just gotta scoot over to GD and allow your taste buds to celebrate.
There are 5 rooms on levels 1 and 2 of the house (level 2 = attic! And boasts the best view of the area!) for guests who plan to stay over. Details of such rooms/ rates are on their FB page under “About”.
If your family entourage equals the size of two football teams, you can check out room availability at their sister establishment, Stay Sarlis in Kulim.
Every room has wall hooks/ rails to help you sort out your sartorial storage. Prayer mats for muslims, are also provided in every room for their convenience, as well as a set of telekung (ie prayer wear) for the female guest. A tote bag filled with torchlight, tasbih (ie prayer beads) and travel-sized Quran are also made available in each room.
So, what mischief did I manage in Akar Lima?
After much thought, the wrap-up for this trip would be:
“Akar Lima mischievously managed to charm All who came”