Ahhh, it’s time for all of us to get back to reality once again! With the festive season over, now it’s back to our 9 to 5 jobs, traffic congestions, bills and other shenanigans. Everything from here on now, seems to become so routined, such is the circle of life.
However we folks at CatchThatBus would like to break that cycle for you with these five nature getaway destinations in Malaysia, just to change up the scenery from a concrete jungle to the real jungle itself and you will definitely relieve some stress in the process. These destinations are easily reachable and suitable for your weekend trip! So, let’s go back to nature, shall we?
Adeline Villa and Rest House, Gopeng
Located 30-minute drive away from the famous city of Ipoh, The Adeline Villa and Rest House is one to take the cake for an escape in Perak. It was founded in 2004 by Madame Adeline with the aim of creating an escape from the city to nature. The resort cater for customers ranging from two pax to as big as large group, with the option of booking the Villa or the Rest House. Unlike the many location on this list, these houses are not open concept but pull of the traditional “kampung” theme quite well with the use of bamboo strips, catering to those who would crave to experience the “kampung” lifestyle.
Aside from just the ambience, visitors are spoilt for choice with the activities in store for them at the Adeline Villa and Rest House. They offer activities such as water rafting, kayaking, wet abseiling, ATV trailing and other, appealing to adrenaline junkies. They also cater towards the more conservative nature lovers as well, with activities such as jungle trekking, rafflesia trekking and cave trekking.
Generally, their accommodation are quite reasonable, especially their 2D1N Rest House package. This package includes a buffet breakfast, lunch and BBQ dinner as well as a rest house which is able to accommodate a minimum of 4 pax. The rest house comes with only a fan and external shared bathroom and individual bedding. It cost RM150 (S$48) per adult and RM75 (S$24) for children below 12 year-old.
The destination provides parking lots for those who prefer to drive their way there. They can do so by driving along North-South Expressway and exit at exit 135 (after Tapah). Alternatively, you can take a bus to Ipoh and grab a taxi to their office in Gopeng town. They would arrange for transportation for their guest to their villa, which is approximately 15 to 20 minutes drive. The bus ticket price from Kuala Lumpur starts at RM20 and the journey takes around 2 hours. If you are coming from Singapore, the journey will take around 6 to 7 hours, depending on the weather and traffic and price starts from S$28.80. Pretty reasonable, we would say!
(Adeline Villa & Rest House)
Lot 13302, Mukim Teja,
31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia.
(Reservation & Payment Office)
Rumah Rehat Adeline Sdn Bhd,
No. 5 & 5A, Jalan Taman Bertuah,
31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia.
+605-359 2833 /
+6010-3667113 (9am – 5pm daily)
Sekeping Serendah, Selangor
Sekeping Serendah is what you would imagine waking up to, after retirement in a place outside of an ever busy city. With birds chirping and the cool morning draft tickling your feet, making it one destination to be considered for your weekend getaway.
There are number of activities that you can participate such as fishing by the lake, jungle trekking and even bathing under cascading waterfalls. Genting Highlands and Fraser’s Hill are among the few familiar destinations which are not too far away as well.
Sekeping Serendah is a secluded getaway location which provides glasses and open concept chalets or shed. Among the cheaper options include the Glass Box and Mud Shed, both costing between RM300 to RM320 (S$96 – S$103) per night for weekdays. Do take note the prices are different for the weekends.
Located deep within the district of Selangor, this paradise is about an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur or around five hours from Singapore. You will have to take an exit in Rawang and head toward Serendah, where you will pass two Orang Asli villages. This location is quite secluded almost as though it was never supposed to be found. They do provide taxi pick-up service from Kuala Lumpur, which estimated around RM80 (S$26) per car.
On the bright side, you can also take KTM Komuter to Rawang or the Serendah station. If you take a bus from Singapore or any destinations in Malaysia, the drop-off point will be at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) or KL Sentral, where you can take KTM Komuter easily.
48200 Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia
( N3.368050 E101.631150 )
The Dusun, Seremban
The Dusun is the very epitome of tranquility, making it one of the most ‘must visit’ getaway destinations in Malaysia. This small resort was originally a family retreat destination, serving as a sweet getaway from the city. With breathtaking views of the landscape along with the relaxing ambience, the Dusun is a great spot for a great escape.
The Dusun offers a variety of nature related activities. Among the many include jungle trekking to a waterfall, guided by a local who is very familiar with the jungle routes as well as the various species of flora and fauna that inhabit the jungle. There is also some photography workshop by a seasoned photographer, who is willing to show you the ropes. Visitors also have the opportunity to witness the various species of birds that inhabit the jungle through their Bird Discovery walk as well.
The Dusun provides many houses, mostly for a big group of visitors. However, their Perling and Tembusu house differs from the rest. The Perling house caters for two adults and connected with an outdoor deck. comes with two units with each unit catering for 2 adults. All these houses with traditional Malay design is overlooking Berembun Forest Reserve. The prices are between RM400 – RM900 ( S$128 – S$288) per night on weekdays, or RM600 to RM1,100 (S$192 – S$352) per night on weekends and public holidays. They do have a special rate for couple as well.
Located 800 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Titiwangsa Main Range, The Dusun is about 1.5 hours from south Kuala Lumpur and 30 minutes away from Seremban. If you are from Singapore, the journey will take around 4 hours.
If you decided to take a bus, the drop-off point will be at Seremban Bus Terminal and hire a taxi to shuttle you to The Dusun, which is around 30 minutes away.
3437, Kampung Kolam Air,
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Terra Tree House, Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands is one of popular tourist destinations in Malaysia, so much so that today, it has become so commercialised and visited by many far and wide. Fortunately, much of the natural surroundings of Cameron Highlands still remains, still possessing the same cool and relaxing ambience that we know and love from long ago. On the down side most of the quietness that we seek has become something of a rare occasion in Cameron Highlands. So instead of looking for a conventional resort, how about trying one atop a tree house?
Terra Tree House offers just that – an escape from a commercialised getaway holiday destination and the city, atop a tree. This unique getaway destination is located in a forest of Brinchang, near the mountain regions of Cameron Highlands, far away from Brinchang town.
Their open air concept only adds to the relaxing ambience and the views from tree houses, making it all the more relaxing and soothing to the soul, serving as a temporarily relieve from your worries and strife.
The minimum rate for each tree house is RM360 (S$115) per night for two pax. For three pax and above, it would cost RM150 (S$48) for those 13 year-old and above and RM120 (S$39) for those between 4-12 year-old. The price is inclusive of a 4×4 pickup in and out from the tree house, breakfast and dinner. Those with a 2D1N stay would have lunch included in their package. The prices are different during weekends and public holidays.
Getting to Cameron Highlands can be a challenge with the uphill turnings and the bumpy and unmaintained roads, especially for amatuer drivers. The journey to this site get a little bit tougher as one has to pass through a number of orchards and farms through a narrow and bumpy trail. You will then come across the entrance arc where you would be required to hike 400 metres through a log piled trail. This would not be a problem if you have been keeping fit all this time.
Jalan Sungai Mansion,
Brinchang, Pahang, Brinchang,
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
The Happy 8 Retreat, Ipoh
If you are the type that want to escape the hectic city life without actually escaping from it, the Happy 8 Retreat is the place for you. Unlike the other four getaway destinations on this list, the Happy 8 Retreat provides an artistic spin on an escape to nature by encompassing the concept of nature in its wall murals without the actual greenery themselves. Despite the lack of natural authenticity, it still manages to portray the similar calm setting without having to drift away from a WiFi signal, making it suitable for the modern day generation and internet lovers.
Aside from access to the World Wide Web, the rooms are furnished with bottles of water, LCD television, ironing facilities and wood flooring. They provide free yoga classes for their customers as well!
Located in the city, this unique getaway venue is surrounded by mouth watering delicacies and tourist destinations like the Ipoh Town Hall and the Birch Memorial Clock Tower. They provide rooms ranging as small as a Superior King Room to as big as a King Deluxe (The Lotus) with price between RM200 – RM500 (S$64 – S$160), subject to the time of booking.
If you want to skip driving, you can take a bus to Aman Jaya Bus Terminal, which is around 2.5 hours away from Kuala Lumpur or 6.5 hours from Singapore. Upon arrival at the bus terminal, you can get a taxi, Uber or Grab to the destination, which would take about 20 minutes.
8, Jalan Shah Bandar,
31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
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*Note: The Singapore Dollars (S$) stated in the article are an estimated amount based on the currency at the point this article is done.