Sometimes a getaway to reconnect with nature can do wonders for your wellbeing. These campsites are located smack dab in the middle of some of Malaysia’s most picturesque nature havens, and provide a camping experience like none other.
The Perah campsite located within The Forest Researh Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) is perfect for those who want an isolated getaway. There are huts situated about 2km away from the park centre and the campsite is surrounded by waterfalls and trails. Unfortunately the canopy walk has been permanently closed, however you can still hike through the various trails. We recommend giving them a call and letting them know you plan on camping out there.
You won’t be completely without modern-day necessities though, as there are restroom facilities nearby and there’s also a nearby restaurant that opens in the daytime. You can also rent tents, sleeping bags or even handy tools such as compasses and binoculars at the park. Be sure to bring your own food and cooking tools and plenty of wet wipes though!
A popular destination for bird watchers, this wetland sanctuary located next to Bukit Malawati is also well known for its flashing fireflies. There’s also a camping site with designated huts but advanced booking must be made ahead of time to secure your spot.
If you’re looking for an island getaway, head to this secluded beach camping spot where you can go to sleep amidst the sound of crashing waves and gaze at the stars at night. It costs about RM60++ for a night and the campsite owners will help pitch a tent for you. Make sure to bring some extra blankets and dry clothes as it can get breezy at night.
For those who don’t want to go all out, Tadom Hills offers “glamping” as an alternative to roughing it out. The site has pre-pitched tents big enough to sleep two people and comes with sleeping bags, pillows and mats, However, there are no power outlets in the huts and very limited mobile coverage. On the upside (and probably what you came for anyway), there’s plenty of greenery nearby and a man-made lake for water sport activities.
If you’re looking to observe wildlife, the Endau Rompin National Park is full of exotic flora and fauna. Elephants have also been spotted here and there are also plenty of ancient rock formations and an orang asli village. There’s a secluded campsite within the national park, but be prepared as there is strictly no electricity or mobile coverage. It’s the ultimate Into The Wild experience.
If you’d like to pretend you work at National Geographic, head for a cave expedition at Niah Caves National Park. The colossal limestone cave is over 250 meters across and 60m in height.
There’s also an archaeology museum nearby and longhouses so you can learn more about the history of this fascinating region. There is a designated campsite where you can pitch tents or you also have the option of booking a chalet or even a room at the hostel.