Fancy a staycation away from the city, where the sounds of nature serenade you to sleep and soothe your soul? While there are many ways to enjoy a retreat out there, here are several staycation ideas that will bring your travel squad closer to nature. And since you would not have seen these in the usual guidebook – your Instagram hidden gem game would be strong!
Glamping is the best way to have wilderness meet comfort, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This adventure whizzes you away in a van to one of several campsites in Semenyih for a glamping experience that is truly yours, depending on whether you want to enjoy outdoor activities or just relax, distraction-free.
Hai Oh, who hosts the Off Grid Glamping Adventure Experience on LokaLocal, is your driver, guide, cook and entertainer along the trip. By day, go hike, fish, cycle, swim in a waterfall, food hunting or soak in a hot spring. As the day ends, indulge in a barbeque dinner and enjoy stargazing next to a campfire.
Your tent will be set up next to a rushing river so you can fully immerse in a modern camping experience. There will be memory foam queen sized beds and 650 thread cotton sheets to keep you comfortable under the starry night.
It costs RM360 per person, which includes transportation, friendly host, camping equipment & outdoor gear, and 3 meals (breakfast, barbeque dinner, tea time). And the best part is that, it’s 100% out-of-the-guidebook!
Off-grid Glamping Adventure
Semenyih, Hulu Langat
From RM360 per pax | Minimum 2 pax, maximum 5 pax |Book here
2. Payong Hujan
Located at Maxwell Hills, Payung Hujan offers accommodations surrounded by nature, wild plants and birds. All accommodation are equipped with basic facilities, such as fans, lights, kitchen, sharing bathrooms and communal area. There is also a BBQ pit for those who plan to have BBQ at night.
The main activity here is ATV ride, where you can challenge yourself with an offroad adventure to Burmese River. Hiking enthusiasts can also venture to Maxwell Hill. The picturesque Taiping Lake Garden is only 5 minutes away on foot.
There are 3 accommodation types you can choose from:
▶ Maxwell Bus – First bus stay in Taiping! An atypical style of stay inside an actual bus, similar to a camping car. Perfect for late-night chats and cosy nights with friends. Up to 3 pax. RM215 per pax.
▶ Speedy Hut – A tiny frame hut with an entrance facing the vast flora and fauna. Perfect for relaxing while sipping on your drink out in the open. Up to 3 pax. RM215 per pax.
▶ Raintree – First glamping experience in Taiping! Ideal for families of up to 4 pax. RM289.50 per pax (room for 2) or RM239.75 per pax (room for 4).
Lot 3644 Pejabat Rekreasi, Jalan Air Terjun, Bukit Larut, Taiping, Perak
From RM215 per pax | Book here
Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a tree house? Located in Kulai, this nature retreat is close to Mount Pulai and surrounded by lush greenery. There is a hall where meals are served, a playground, reading room, 4 small tree houses and 2 big tree houses along a hill slope. They have the basic facilities, and the shower has water that comes directly from the mountain spring!
Activities you can enjoy here include a jungle trek in the morning, sharing session about eco-living with the founder of the tree house and jump into the waterfall. Laze in the hammocks, and bring your own book or guitar to have a wonderfully chilled moment in nature. If you are interested in gardening, you can learn how to plant fruits and vegetables the eco-friendly way.
There are 6 tree houses to choose from. Plus your meals are vegetarian and cooked over a fire! Having a staycation here is all about detaching from the city life and embracing the great outdoors. Great for nature lovers!
Rainforest Tree House
Gunung Pulai, Taman Gunung Pulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor
From RM144 per pax | Book here
Sungai Lima is a fishing village next to Pulau Ketam, just a boat ride away from Port Klang. While most people only come here for a day visit, staying here for a night grants you the most spectacular views of a traditional fishing village, against the backdrop of the ocean.
During your stay, you can visit the temples, street art and local food stalls. Take a boat ride out to the mangroves where eagles flock around you, or see how the villagers feed fish at a fish farm. If you love seafood, you can be sure that the meals here would satisfy your cravings (of course, there are vegetarian options if you request early).
Since Sungai Lima is located away from the city, the stars will shine above you at night as you listen to the ocean waves. In the morning, you will be greeted by a stunning sunrise.
There are a few homestays here, but they tend to be booked out quickly. To book, you have to place your request via the LokaLocal website, and the homestay will be arranged for you by the locals. It includes meals, admission fee, air-conditioned accommodation, transportation within Sungai Lima and Pulau Ketam, bike rental and entertainment facilities like karaoke and mahjong.
Beautiful Sungai Lima Getaway
From RM202 per pax | Book here
Imagine sleeping in a luxurious bell tent, waking up to a fabulous beach at your doorstep – glamping taken to another level in Johor. This seaside glamping spot looks out at the Causeway, Tuas and the Singapore Skyline. Next door there are hotel facilities, playgrounds and pools, shopping malls and eateries. It’s really convenient for exploring other parts of the city!
During the day, you can go on coastal walks and have fun with seaside activities. By night, the stars will shimmer down on you. Be sure to watch the mesmerising sunset from the fresco beach patio! It’ll give you the thrill of being a deserted island, but with comfortable spaces.
All the bell tents are equipped with thick mattresses, lamps, fan, carpets, floor sitting sofa and electrical sockets, plus a service tent with refreshments and hot beverages. You can choose to rent the BBQ pit if you are thinking of having a party on the beach. If you are in for a staycation with a twist of luxury (plus a beach getaway), this is one you and your friends can seriously indulge in.
Luxury Glamping on the Beach
Forest City 1, Pulau Satu, Gelang Patah, 81550 Johor Bahru, Johor
From RM99 per pax | Book here