Nature Staycation Malaysia: Top 8 Places To Visit For An Escape From The City

The Hectic Lifestyle of KL

If you’re living in Kuala Lumpur, you would know that life here is always hustling and bustling. Many studies and researches show that people that live in an urban area such as KL are constantly exposed not only to air pollution and noise pollution, but are also more likely to develop mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety and even depression. On top of that, the hectic and more often than not stressful lifestyle leads to people living in KL succumbing to unhealthy coping mechanisms which are bad for your physical health. The most well known unhealthy coping mechanisms are smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and stress eating. This kind of lifestyle will lead to developing health issues later in life. 

Although it may sound scary living in a big city, there are ways to cope with the hectic lifestyle in a much healthier and safer way. Finding solace by talking to a support group or a confidant can help with mental wellbeing. Next, participating in physical activities such as swimming, running and yoga, is also a natural form of stress relief. Relaxing activities such as meditating and getting close to nature can also certainly help when dealing with stress. If you’re looking for an escape from the city,  just remember that you can always take some time off from work and go for a nature staycation in Malaysia. 

In this article, we are going to look at 8 places to visit for a city escape from KL.

1. Rest. Pause Rainforest Retreat, Janda Baik

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Rest. Pause. Rainforest Retreat is a beautiful & quaint retreat located in Janda Baik Pahang. It is really close to nature and a perfect glamping spot away from KL. From having breakfast on the veranda to playing in the streams of water, you can enjoy the fresh air and just literally rest and pause from the busy city life. Originally built as a family retreat home after retirement, the owners eventually opened up the place to the public. 

2. Sekeping Serendah

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Sekeping Serendah is located less than one hour away from KL. It is a forest retreat and a popular spot for people that live in KL to go for a nature staycation. The activities you can do here are jungle trekking, swimming, having a BBQ session and also there is a cascading waterfall nearby, roughly a 10-min drive or a 30-minute walk from the retreat if you are looking for activities to do other than just relaxing.

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3. The Dusun, Negeri Sembilan

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The Dusun is a small nature resort which literally means The Orchard in English. The houses here are influenced by the features of the orang asli housing. If you want to go glamping away from Kuala Lumpur, The Dusun is located approximately an hour away from the city. It is a serene space for you to escape distraction and connect with nature. Things to do here are such as jungle trekking to a waterfall, forest walks and even visiting the deer park.

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4. The Sticks, Kuala Kubu Bharu

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The Sticks is a recreational off-grid glamping retreat an hour away from KL. This place is designed especially for people who like to be adventurous and go for activities like jungle trekking, paragliding, tubing and water rafting. Or if you just want to relax on a hammock as time passes slowly in nature, that’s fine too. For those who are looking for a nature staycation in Malaysia that has many fun activities, look no further. The Sticks is the perfect option for you.

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5. Gopeng Glamping Park

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Gopeng Glamping Park is a glamorous outdoor camping site located 2 hours away from KL. The setting of the tents really gives you the feel of an actual camping experience. This place is the epitome of a glamping site whereby it is surrounded by hills, river, cave and forest. Not to mention the beautiful lighting and scenery you can truly enjoy at night, away from the noisy city.

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6. Templer Park Rainforest Retreat

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Templer Park Rainforest Retreat is located on a hilltop 30 minutes away from KL. It is a private, gated and guarded community which allows visitors to feel safe while meditating in the tranquil environment. Cool & breezy, Templer Park Rainforest Retreat is truly a relaxing getaway with a great view of mountains that you can enjoy with the friendly monkeys.

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7. Glamz at Genting

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Glamz at Genting is located at Genting Highlands, Pahang. It is a unique open space halfway up to the peak. The cool climate and the beautiful layout of the place makes it a one of a kind glamping experience. If you’re looking for a starry and peaceful nature staycation away from KL, Glamz at Genting is the place to be.

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8. Selepas Hujan, Seremban

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Selepas Hujan is located at the Berembun Rainforest where it used to be the home of the Temuan orang asli. This place is the true definition of getting close to nature. With hills and rivers surrounding the area, the refreshing and quiet sceneries is an ideal spot for a city escape from KL.

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