Grab the sleeping bags and bedding, mat, torches and perhaps even an insect repellent, and get ready for a campsite in the stunning natural area! Here are several great camping sites that we think you will enjoy whilst you are in Malaysia.
Janda Baik in Pahang does often leaps to mind when it comes to camping or glamping. But there are many fantastic places to pitch a tent. Whether you want to escape to a coastal campsite on a private beach or an island for a quieter site, there are always some spectacular spots to discover. But then it is all back to the main question – what type of camper are you?
As we step into the holiday period at the end of the year, let’s venture into something new (if you have not tried once). When we think about camping, it’s about great outdoors, finding sites with unbeatable vistas or spending the night under the stars. Whether you are more excited for a distinctly family-friendly campsite in the perfect setting, you may also need to consider activities in its surroundings.
Located at private beach campsite near Tanjung Sedili, this newly-opened Tiger Base Camp (TBC) will not disappoint. If you are new to camping, TBC has all the facilities including toilets and showers as well as tents or hammocks rental at an affordable price. Campers may also rent sleeping bags, camp bed, flysheet, barbecue smokers and picnic bench. Pitch up on this spacious site under Casuarina trees on the beach, overlooking the South China Sea. TBC is the perfect place for group camping or being with your kids for family days out in Malaysia.
Other activities include swimming, fishing, bird watching and having a leisurely picnic or riding a dirt bike on the beach. The only thing you have to endure is an off-road driving to the campsites (the road is currently in upgrading works). You are also advised to bring bin bags as RM50 will be charged as a refundable deposit for rubbish clearance, and therefore make sure you clean up the campsite before leaving.
Address: Tiger Base Camp @ Citrus Valley, Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia. GPS Coordinate: 02.034586,104.065837 Facebook: Tiger BaseCamp TBC/ Beach Enduro Extreme BEX Phone: +6019-7137627 / +6013 7379868
This small campsite sits on the Rainforest Beach (also known as Sandy Coral Beach), next to Mira Beach at the Perhentian Kecil Island in Terengganu, one of the east coast state in Peninsular Malaysia. Campers need to take a 30-minute ferry ride from Besut Jetty to arrive there. There is also secluded private beach and guests can enjoy meals at the restaurant and drinks at the bar built on the headland at the seafront. The area is fantastic for snorkelling and diving.
The main feature of the campsite is camping in the rainforest beach while at the same time enjoying the quieter side of the island. A five-minute uphill walk is required into the forest. The tents are elevated, and the campsite is provided with basic amenities, including toilets and showers. There are a mattress, pillows and bed-sheet but no fan, blanket, towel or sleeping bag in the tent. Guests may also try hammock camping or take a stroll along the seafront to the other popular places like Coral Bay and Long Beach. Other activities in the surroundings include swimming, watching the sunset and relaxing while spotting shoals of fish darting around besides stingrays and reef sharks!
Address: Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island, RainForest Beach, Perhentian Kecil, 22400 Kuala Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia. Website: https://rainforestcampingperhentian.business.site/ Facebook: RainForest Camping Perhentian Island Malaysia Phone: +6014-796 6399
Located three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Payung Getaway in Cherating, Pahang is a serene campsite and one of the cool place to park your camper van. While its seaside location means it is perfect to view the sunset as facing the South China Sea, campers can also have the choice to pitch up the tent on the riverside.
This spacious campsite wedged between a sandy beach and pristine river along the Cherating Beach. Besides camping, the area is also famous for windsurfing. There is a communal kitchen plus outdoor and indoor showers as well as well-maintained toilets. Campers can dine in at nearby restaurants.
Other activities in the surroundings include fishing, taking a stroll on the beach or kayaking along the mangrove forest. It is the best place to unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city as you enjoy listening to the sound of nature.
Address: Payung Gateway, Pantai Cherating, Kampung Cherating Lama, 26080, Pahang, Malaysia. Facebook: Payung Gateway Phone: +6 011-2380 2900
Many campsites offer magnificent views, but camping in Takah Pengkoi in Bekok, Johor is like no other. People keep coming to this site because of its beautiful waterfall, located a stone’s throw from the campsite.
There is even 35-foot-high tree-houses and chalets for a comfortable stay. Others include toilet, prayer room, barbecue smokers and electricity. Campers who want to spend the night in this dreamy spot should contact the owner because the trail to the waterfall is not well sign-posted. To be exact, Takah Pengkoi Waterfall is located at Kampung Kudung. Expect to pass through the oil palm plantation and Orang Asli villages. Only 50 visitors are allowed at one time to avoid overcrowding. The area is also perfect for family camping, and other activities in the surroundings include swimming and hiking Hunjam Kelai Hill at the height of 475 metres.
Address: Air Terjun Takah Pengkoi, Kampung Kudung, Bekok, Segamat, Johor. GPS: 2.320712, 103.189102 Facebook: Taman Rimba Takah Pengkoi Bekok Segamat Johor / Takah Pengkoi Bekok Phone: +6019-6599316 (Rossijah)
Denai Kabus in Gerik. (Source: Facebook Denai Kabus)
Pitch up a tent at Denai Kabus. (Source: Facebook Denai Kabus)
It may be named after the depiction of its cold, foggy day as the campsite is located at the foothill of Mount Kenderong, Gerik in Perak. The site caters for tents and cottages, perfect for a family vacation with meal packages with delicious kampung foods starting from breakfast until supper.
From on-site lake for kayaking to recreational activities of leisurely riding an ATV, the owners do what they can to make staying at Denai Kabus heavenly. Campers can also build a bonfire with a barbecue for a family picnic. Alternatively, it is a perfect site to fish surrounded by lush greenery and fruit orchard.
Address: Denai Kabus, Kaki Gunung Kenderong, Kampung Pahat, 33300 Gerik, Perak, Malaysia. Facebook: Denai Kabus Phone: +6019-526 1775 Email: email@example.com
Talking about the best spot for a campsite, Danz Eco Resort in Kuala Tahan, Pahang is not only located smack in front of the 530 metre-long Canopy Walk at Taman Negara but also just by the river. It offers classic tents, hammocks, glamping and tentstile including air-conditioned big capsule resorts with bathroom attached.
Tenstile is a tree-tent which looks like a hammock, suspended between trees with added stability and protection compared to the traditional camping tents. Visitors need to take about 15 minutes boat ride from Kuala Tahan Jetty or a four-wheel drive car provided to arrive at the resort.
Activities in its surroundings include bird watching, kayaking, trekking to Bukit Teresek to discover panoramic views of Mount Tahan and experience water activity ‘rapid shooting’ as visitors will ride through seven rapids along Tembeling River in a wooden boat.
Visitors may also visit Orang Asli settlement from the Batek tribe and learn their hunting technique as well as starting a fire without matches. Alternatively, visitors may stop off at Lata Bekoh waterfall for photography or fishing and visit kelah fish sanctuary at Lubuk Tenor. And if there are more times to spend, caves exploration are also available at Gua Daun Menari, Gua Kepayang Besar, Gua Kepayang Kecil.
The entrance permit to Taman Negara is only RM1 while the smartphone/camera license will cost you about RM5. And if you are lucky, a buffet can also be arranged by the resort on a boat for a waterside dining experience with top local dishes including pais patin tempoyak.
Address : Danz Eco Resort, Jalan Sg Deli, Seberang Terisik, Kampung Kuala Tahan, 27000 Kuala Tahan, Pahang, Malaysia. Facebook: Danz Eco Resort Phone: +6013-6554789
We feel that this list is incomplete without including any spots at Janda Baik in Bentong, Pahang. Visitors may be spoilt for choices as there are abundant of great campsites such as ABC Camp, Benus Valley and Cherry Chalet, to name a few. But we think Riverside Janda Baik might be a perfect place to cater for a large number of visitors at one time.
The place not only offers more than 30 comfortable accommodation including chalet with kampung themed, homestays, cabins and cottages. There are also more than 14 gazebos near the river for a family picnic. Each of them is provided with barbecue smokers, ready to be used.
Located about 45 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, Janda Baik is only half an hour drive via Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway. The amenities include open and dining halls as well as toilets. Therefore, this peaceful green enclave is perfect for picnic by the river, camping or staying at chalets while enjoying the fresh air.
Besides, with the opening of Rumah Makan Riverside Janda Baik, it is also easier for visitors to taste delicious local dishes including patin tempoyak Temerloh, pais patin, fried tilapia, and cendol Musang King.
So, have you made up your mind? Whether you like cabin/cottage camping, camper van, glamping or the classic tent as your preferred camping style, be sure that you enjoy the best of outdoor activity in Malaysia as if you like to live life to the fullest!
Address: Riverside Janda Baik, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Facebook: Riverside Janda Baik Website: http://www.riverside.com.my/ Phone : +60 19 948 3100/ +60 19 498 3100