Being surrounded by pristine nature is a luxury for many of us, myself included. During my recent weekend getaway to Genting Highlands, I had the opportunity to immerse in the best that nature has to offer.
Courtesy of Resorts World Genting, a group of us explored the Upper Dipterocarp Forest on foot, led by the very capable husband-and-wife team of Eddie Chan and Pat Ang, who jointly manage Treks Nature Enterprise. The Upper Dipterocarp Forest is forest located at an altitude of between 2,500 and 4,000 feet.
In common term, I went jungle trekking. But wait a minute, Fashion Forest (FF) is no ordinary jungle. It is, after all, the only social media-friendly forest in the world. How can this be? What does it mean?
Well, Fashion Forest is WiFi enabled, so that one could search the internet as he discovers something new while he moves deeper into the forest. If your own data plan is out of coverage, worry not! You can always be in touch with the real world and communicate with your loved ones in real time.
Why is this area named Fashion Forest? According to Mr. Edward Holloway, Senior Vice President of Resorts World Genting, their collaboration with Treks aims to bring an integral part of the 130-million-year-old forest to nature lovers in a fashionable way.
As the word “fashion” brings to mind supermodels and runways, trekkers are encouraged to dress up and be passionate about rediscovering the forest and its wildlife. How about taking an #OOTD here and share it online? Now, that’s exactly the idea.
The celebrities, or rather celebri-trees, are the trees named after real-life celebrities. Supermodels, on the other hand, are the wildlife that call the forest home.
The Black Panther, Kancil, Siamang, Crested Serpent Eagle, Helmeted Horbill and Pill Bug are but some of the “supermodels” that you would encounter. It all depends on your luck and the length of time you are willing to camp in the jungle.
Fashion Forest is just one of four groups of an alliance of rainforests. It is located at 3,000 feet above sea level. The other three are Slay Forest at Chin Swee Temple (Montane Oak Forest) at 4,500 feet above sea level; Chocolate Forest (Montane Ericaceous Forest) at 6,000 feet above sea level; and Skyride Forest in Awana.
In Fashion Forest itself, there are five galleries; the 1st Gallery called Steps right up to the 5th Gallery – Fashion Forest Walk Trail, which is the section of a full-grown forest.
By the way, Fashion Forest is a very interactive forest where some trees have been barcoded for you to scan with your smart phone to obtain relevant information. Some of these barcodes are quiz questions that you can answer.
Also, to get you more involved in your exploration of the jungle, take a photo or video of your discovery and upload it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #fashionforestsupermodels to earn Fashion Forest Awards.
This in turn creates awareness of the need to conserve Mother Nature to your network of family, friends and associates. A brilliant idea, I must say.
The activity that my friends and I participated in is only one of the many nature-adventure pursuits handled by Treks Nature Enterprise, here at Fashion Forest or in the larger area of Genting Highlands. Price starts from as low as RM75 per person and it varies according to the customised package requested.
For further information or to make a reservation, contact Treks Nature Enterprise at +6010-401 5262 (Eddie Chan or Pat Ang) during regular office hours. Or log on to treks.events. The company’s official Facebook is Treks.
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