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10 Malaysian Forest Retreats So Hidden Even Locals Don't Know They Exist


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And so the hazy days have passed, unveiling our dear blue skies once again. Yet, the suffocating living space doesn’t seem to be any less tiresome. To those who are in search of a refreshing getaway, long or short, a step into the evergreen land will do wonders. Here's a list of the top 10 hidden forest retreats located across Malaysia where the beauty of Mother Nature unfolds. Check it out now!

 

1. Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya

 

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An eco-trip to the heart of West Malaysia’s tropical rainforest will leave you wondering why Tarzan would ever leave his home for the modern world. This resort is only an hours’ drive from metropolitan Kuala Lumpur. Not only will it capture your heart by the breath-taking beauty of an endless green landscape but also unleash the adventurous person in you to wallow in the activities offered here.

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Visitors to Tanah Aina resort will have a chance to indulge in adventurous activities like jungle trekking and flying fox. Besides, you can also take the time to observe the gentle flow of the pristine river on the ”glamping” site while taking part in organic farming or cooking class.

Price: From RM280++ (weekdays) and RM300++ (weekends) per night
Location: 8, Jalan Tras, 27600 Raub, Pahang, Malaysia
Website: http://www.tanah-aina.com/

 

2. Malihom

 

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This spectacular forest view is the closest thing to how paradise should be like. If you are going to spend your Holiday in Penang, don’t miss out on a chance to explore the wonders of nature in this private resort house. There is nothing that can be compared to waking up to a sight of nature and experience life in the most tranquil phase.

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All the activities offered here are specially designed to bring to you the most relaxing time with your loved ones, including massage and countryside tour. Located in the furthest part of Southern Penang, Malihom is where one can apprehend the essence of life most truthfully.

Price: From RM850++ (for 2 people) per night
Location: Jalan Balik Pulau, Air Itam, Penang, 11500, Malaysia
Website: http://malihom.com/

 

3. The Shorea

 

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Living a modern life doesn’t mean you can’t get the taste of nature. You can now enjoy the best of both worlds right in Malaysia at The Shorea, a resort hotel built in the heart of the Berembun Forest Reserve. 

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All the activities offered here are specially designed to bring to you the most relaxing time with your loved ones, including massage and countryside tour. Located in the furthest part of Southern Penang, Malihom is where one can apprehend the essence of life most truthfully.

Price: From RM636++ (2 adults + 1 child) per night
Location: Village Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, 71770, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Website: http://www.theshorea.com/

 

4. Awanmulan

 

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Here’s another tropical forest retreat in Negeri Sembilan for the nature lovers. Awanmulan is translated as Mulan’s Clouds. In case you’re wondering, the name Mulan is inspired by a canine friend who is now living an eternal life in an embrace of the misty fog that’s layering the terrain. 

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The magnificent view of the boundless jungle will surely leave you in awe, especially during the fruiting season when you can get to observe falling durians! Visitors to Awanmulan can expect a feeling of home, away from home, as its villas are all equipped with complete household utensils.

Price: From RM650++ (2 adults) per night
Location: Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Website: http://www.awanmulan.com/

 

5. Dusuntara

 

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On the way to the mainstream attraction Genting Highlands, lies the hidden forest retreat Dusuntara where life emerges in the most serene way one can ever imagine. You will find yourself getting lost in the lush of the green valley surrounding the resort and ultimately getting recharged before braving the push of daily life. 

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With a picturesque scenery, you can entirely let your thoughts wander while enjoying pond fishing. This secluded resort has the best of what Mother Nature has to offer and is only a few hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur, definitely a worthwhile getaway!  

Price: From RM180++ per night
Location: No1, Dusun Drive, Batang Kali Estatem, Batang Kali 48300, Malaysia
Website: http://dusuntarajungleretreat.com/

 

6. Permai Rainforest Resort

 

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When it comes to exotic rainforests, we simply cannot miss out the region of Sarawak, East Malaysia. The most visited location for a jungle gateway is none other than Permai Rainforest Resort, which is famous for its unique tree houses in the pristine nature.  

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Not only does it offer the most candid view of “a bug’s life” but also brings to you the melodic sound of the ocean. This resort is perfect for the adventurous type with many activities to indulge in such as jungle trekking, flying fox and other water sports.

Price: From RM150++ (for Cabin room) and RM170++ (for Tree house) per night
Location: Pantai Damai Santubong, 1101, 93860 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Website: http://permairainforest.com/

 

7. Time Capsule Retreat

 

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Tucked in the heart of Pahang’s rainforest, Time Capsule Retreat is a family owned private accommodation following the tube-hotels concept of Japan. This extraordinary space is a must-visit site especially for those who are seeking a temporary escape from the bustling city life. 

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It will keep your mind calm and bring out only the creative vibes as you free your thoughts into the gorgeous ambience. Just like its name, the resort will stop the flow of time so that you can enjoy life to the fullest, even if it is for a short while.

Price: From RM99++ per night
Location: Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang
Website: http://timecapsuleretreat.wix.com/home

 

8. The Dusun

 

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Surrounded by the majestic Berembun Forest Reserve and covered by the cool breeze from the Titiwangsa Main Range, The Dusun is agreeably Malaysia’s best kept secret. You will find yourself being mesmerized by the imposing hills stretch miles away from the resort and what's even more thrilling about The Dusun is its eco-friendly activities, which are jungle trekking and a trip to the orchid farm. 

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What a great hideaway spot in such a mystical oasis that we thought only existed in fairy tales!

Price: From RM600++ (for 2 adults) per night
Location: Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, 3437, 71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Website: http://thedusun.com.my

 

9. Sepilok Forest Edge Resort

 

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If you are a tight-ass traveller who is looking for an affordable forest retreat, this traditionally designed resort houses will give you the most genuine Borneo lifestyle feel. 

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Furthermore, you can discover the rich Malaysian rainforest and its ecosystem through different tour packages including: Mangrove firefly cruise, Malay village tour, Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River cruise as well as Libaran Turtle island exploration. 

Price: From RM40++ for dorm room and RM230++ for standard room per night
Location: Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok, Mile 14, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Website: http://www.sepilokforestedgeresort.com/

 

10. Sekeping Serendah

 

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Falling asleep to the songs of the crickets and waking up to the morning beam and chirping sounds of the little birds sound so surreal in our busy life, but there is a way for you to take a journey back to nature: a stay at Sekeping Serendah. 

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These minimalistic designed sheds are set right within the tropical rainforest in the town of Serendah. Everything here is built to give you the closest touch of nature with a minimal wall between you and the enormous forest world outside. 

Price: From RM280++ (2 adults) per night
Location: Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Website: http://www.sepilokforestedgeresort.com/

 

Malaysia's Top Forest Retreats

 

Ever since the Earth was formed, nature has always been a part of human life. There is nothing more enchanting than exploring yourself by understanding the wonders of our flora and fauna. So let’s take a break from work and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to these alluring forests for a more refreshing perspective of life.

 

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