7 Hidden Gems In Malaysia For The Ultimate Out-Of-The-City Staycation

It’s time to dust off your suitcase because we have found seven hidden gems in Malaysia that’s sure to satiate your out-of-the-city staycation fix. ((L) szwz18/Instagram / (R) rjarifah/Instagram)

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We’re ready to make up for all that lost (travelling) time of having to stay at home by packing our bags and seeing Malaysia once again. Staycations are one of the best ways to satiate this desire without worrying about the crowd. With so many beautiful destinations in Malaysia (some yet to be discovered), somewhere out there is the perfect place for you to take a breather, admire beautiful surroundings, and still be able to adhere to social distancing measures. From a tranquil waterfall and secluded beach to inviting campsites and luxurious glamping escapades, we’ve compiled some of the most beautiful hidden gems you should consider for your next staycation.

1. Payong Hujan

Did you know that there is a picture-perfect camping cabin right next to Taiping Lake Garden in Perak? Located at Maxwell Hill, Payong Hujan offers guests three types of accommodation, each stylish in its own way. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in an actual bus, opt for their vintage-style Maxwell Bus – classic on the outside with modern amenities on the inside.

If a glamping experience is what you are after, go for Raintree’s fully furnished and comfortable tents, or enjoy a quiet retreat amidst nature in Speedy Hut. After taking time to relax and flooding your Instagram with gorgeous images, you can get an adrenaline rush with an exhilarating ATV ride to the Burmese River. Best enjoyed with fun-loving friends!

Address: Lot 3644 Pejabat Rekreasi, Jalan Air Terjun, Bukit Larut, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Phone: +60197121791
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

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2. Hammocks By The River

This staycation spot in Hulu Langat has precisely the name suggests: hammocks by the river and a campsite in the jungle. Hammocks By The River is suited for both first-time and experienced campers, inviting them on a chilled getaway, and even provides camping packages and essentials.

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with camping; their nature experts can help you make the most of your trip and teach you a thing or two about surviving in the jungle. Of course, the best part about this is simply being able to kick back and relax. Other activities you can do include swimming in Langat River, jungle trekking, and fishing. Take note that they are only open to those aged 16 and above.

Address: Lot 617, Jalan Sungai Makau, Batu 14 Hulu Langat, 47310 Hulu Langat, Selangor
Phone: +60112810 8190
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

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3. Tasik Puteri Bukit Besi

Something is enchanting about this man-made waterfall in Dungun, Terengganu. Perhaps it’s because you will have to trek through Taman Rekreasi Bukit Besi to be rewarded by this secluded natural attraction. Or maybe it’s the sapphire blue waterfall at the heart of it all, framed by serene green landscapes.

While most people come here for picnics and to take a dip, camping enthusiasts will want to bring along their gear, and stay overnight next to Tasik Puteri Bukit Besi. Imagine waking up to gushing waters and rustling leaves! For another nature-inspired thrill, book an ATV ride, which takes you on a bumpy adventure within the recreational park.

Address: 23200 Bukit Besi, Terengganu
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

4. A’Moss Farmstay

Cameron Highlands has always been a favourite local getaway for its cool weather, but how about staying over at one of its hidden gems, and on a farm? The three igloo-shaped domes of A’Moss Farmstay certainly stand out in the middle of the tea plantation and cabbage farm, adding a surreal atmosphere to your visit.

By day, this glamping site forms a unique backdrop that you can’t help but take photos of. Towards the evening, a breathtaking sunset traces the hills, and on a good night, you might catch the stars twinkling in the sky. You can also book a farm tour and pluck vegetables! But if you prefer to explore the highlands, the Mossy Forest and Boh Tea Plantation are merely a stone’s throw away. Make it a whole Cameron Highland experience by purchasing some local vegetables and meat to cook up your own steamboat fare.

Address: Amoss Road, Kampung Gerak Sepadu, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang
Phone: +60195550356
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 5pm

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5. The Acres Resort

Contemporary, chic, and away from the bustle of city life – The Acres Resort is the place to go to refresh your senses in style, and especially when you have a big group of friends. Guests can choose from four types of suites, with a couple of chalets that can fit eight to ten people. Each room is equipped with modern comforts, so you can even spend most of your time indoors if you wish. A dream for the introverts!

That said, there is plenty to do around the eco-friendly resort. Here, you can go trekking, say hello to the animals in the mini zoo, try organic farming, go fishing, or have a dip in the pool. We advise you to make your reservations early as they’re often fully-booked

Address: Lot 28431, Kampung Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Phone: +60122235866
Opening Hours: Daily, 12am to 12pm and 3pm to 12am

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6. LongSha Campsite

Wouldn’t you love to be woken up by the sounds of crashing waves and a panoramic view of the beach? LongSha Campsite gives guests the opportunity to camp on a sandy paradise in Pulau Kapas, Terengganu. The best part is that you can rent a tent here for as low as RM15. Not a bad idea for those on a shoestring budget.

While it’s no glamping experience, the community is friendly, and often gets together to cook meals in the shared kitchen. Seaside activities are a-plenty for the beach bum, from kayaking to snorkelling, boat rides, and lazing in a hammock. Remember to bring your own toiletries, insect repellent, and a pillow or sleeping bag if you’re not used to sleeping outdoors.

Address: Pulau Kapas, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Phone: +60199662968 / +60199832968
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

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7. Wind Paradise

Bet you didn’t know that there is a piece of Mongolia right here in Malaysia! Overlooking the lush greenery of Kundasang, this first-of-its-kind mountainside lodge, Wind Paradise, is close to Sabah’s Kinabalu Park, and lets you experience staying in a Mongolian yurt.

A huge outdoor deck opens to expansive hilly sceneries, a sight to behold for sunset or sunrise chasers. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies as you can enjoy stargazing. The resort also provides barbeque and steamboat facilities, so we recommend preparing some food for a laidback dinner in the chilly highlands of Sabah.

Address: KM3.8 Kampung Cinta Mata, 89308 Kundasang, Sabah
Phone: +6019800 0201
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am to 10pm

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Rachael Lum is a storyteller with a serious case of wanderlust. She tries to cure it with ice cream, puns, cooking, whimsical stationery and occasional bursts of songs in her car, but somehow she still ends up in random places. Currently, she is the Co-Founder and Content & Marketing Lead of LokaLocal.