Malaysia: Orchid farm offers an oasis of beauty in Ulu Yam

Tucked away in Ulu Yam, Selangor, is a tranquil orchid farm that offers a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Spanning some 2.6 hectares, World of Phalaenopsis is the largest orchid grower of the genus in Malaysia.

This picturesque place is perfect for rest and respite. Visitors can admire and buy these beautiful blooms – alongside other plants such as anthuriums, caladiums, and ferns – and enjoy a delicious meal at the quaint Florescence café. A nearby pond has water lilies bobbing gently on the surface, while ducks can be seen lazing in the cool air, oblivious to the delighted stares of patrons, who come by even on weekday afternoons.

Recalling their early days, executive director Darren Yeo says Phalaenopsis orchids were not very well known in 2006. “It was a very challenging period as we had to educate the public about these flowers, and we did a lot of roadshows,” the 38-year-old recalls.

They also faced a fair amount of scepticism. “People thought this type of orchid could not be grown here. We couldn’t blame them because back then, the most popular variants in Malaysia were ‘dendrobium’, ‘mokara’ and ‘vanda’,” he tells.

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