7 campsites around Malaysia to discover during the long weekend

Camping, once considered an outdoor activity that only families and teenagers on school holidays could enjoy, has become very popular again. And we have social media — and the pandemic — to thank for that.

Over the past couple of years when lockdowns and travel restrictions were put in place, many people started skipping outdoor activities like hiking and running. Once there was more freedom to roam, hiking trails, recreation parks and even forest reserves were filled with people looking for ways to live healthier lives and “be free” , especially after being cooped up at home for so long.

There were also those who were eager to start doing more outdoor things simply because they were inspired after seeing great posts of people doing the same on social media.

As the country is surrounded by such stunning nature, it’s not hard to see why camping has always been one of Malaysians’ favorite pastimes. Here are some of our favorite campsites across the country.

There are two campsites on this private property, and each has limited places for tents. Because it’s in the highlands, you can expect temperatures to drop quite low at night, so pack accordingly. You should bring your own tent here, along with other essential camping gear. There are toilets and bathrooms with hot showers available, as well as fire pits for the barbecue or basic cooking.

There are no power outlets available, so it’s a great excuse to put away your devices and just enjoy a bit of stargazing at Hola. For more information, contact Meng Fun at 012-384 4299.

At Hola campsite, you must pitch your own tents.  — Campsite Hola FacebookAt Hola campsite, you must pitch your own tents. — Campsite Hola Facebook

Located at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang, or MAEPS, this campsite offers campers a chance to learn some basic jungle survival skills from experienced guides. Your camping fees come with a guide if you want to make your stay here educational.

There is a nearby lake where you can fish (and learn about sustainable fishing), while some farm animals also live on the property. Other activities you can do include kayaking, hiking, and swimming.

Le Nid has a large campsite, as well as a dormitory, with toilets, bathrooms and a kitchen area shared between the guests. If you don’t have your own tent, you can rent one from the company.

This space was opened in 1993 to commemorate the 14th Commonwealth Forestry Conference held in Kuala Lumpur. The park is surrounded by lush dipterocarp forest and has lakes, beautiful gardens, fountains, hiking trails and jogging tracks. It covers 620 ha, much of which is recreational forest managed by the Selangor Forestry Department.

If you choose to camp, you can stay at Resort Taman Eko Rimba Komanwel, which is privately owned within the park. There are four designated camping areas located near two rivers. Facilities include a café, public toilets and barbecues.

You can bring your own tent and camping gear, but you can also rent from the company. Other accommodation options include cabins, cabins and huts.

One of the oldest tropical jungles in the world, Endau-Rompin National Park is actually located in Johor and Pahang, but the one we feature here is located in the former. The park is named after the Endau River in Johor and the Rompin River in Pahang.

It is a great place to visit, especially for nature lovers. There are so many things you can do here such as bird watching, hiking, jungle trekking, kayaking and swimming in waterfalls. There is also an Orang Asli village in the park, and you can learn some basic survival skills there, like making your own fire and foraging for your own food.

There are three entry points: Peta, Selai and Kuala Rompin. The two most popular entry points are Peta and Selai. Both entry points are accessible via KL and Johor Baru.

There are a variety of accommodation options available here, but if you choose to camp, you must bring your own camping gear and trek through the jungle to get to the campsite (there are porters for hire).

At the tourist village of Tegudon, you can wake up to the view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu.  — TTVFacebookAt the tourist village of Tegudon, you can wake up to the view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu. — TTVFacebook

The Tegudon Tourism Village (TTV) is just one of many campsites in Kota Belud, a town located about 90 minutes from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Most campers prefer to set up their own tents, but there are also basic cabins available. If you don’t feel like cooking your own meals, TTV can prepare food for you (just ask about service when booking).

Campers can relax at the campsite or sign up for hiking activities with local guides. There are a few trails you can follow, such as Bukit Bendera, where hikers can get a good view of Mount Kinabalu.

At night, just look up at the sky and watch the twinkling stars. TTV is usually full when stargazing season is near, where campers await the chance to catch meteor showers.

Kubah National Park is an easy and enjoyable day trip from Kuching, but you can also choose to camp overnight. The place has crystal clear streams and some waterfalls and a swimming pool too.

The park has six jungle trails. The Summit Trail leads to Gunung Serapi, which hikers can climb in a day (depending on your fitness level). Huts and shelters are located along the trails so you can rest and breathe from time to time.

Other trails are Selang Trail, Rayu Trail (which leads to Matang Wildlife Center), Waterfall Trail (currently closed), Palmetum Garden, Belian Trail and Beccari Rattan Valley Trail.

Each would take at least two hours round trip, with the park’s main entrance as the entry point. The campsite can only accommodate 10 people at a time, so you can book early if you plan to go during the holidays. There are no cooking facilities, but there is a barbecue area which you can use.

Glamping @ Wetland or GL @ W is a relatively new glamping site in Putrajaya.  — GL@W FacebookGlamping @ Wetland or GL @ W is a relatively new glamping site in Putrajaya. — GL@W Facebook

Newly opened in December 2021, Glamping@Wetland or GL@W is located at Wetland Putrajaya, Presint 13. There are 10 permanent glamping tents here which could accommodate a maximum of 40 people at a time. There is also ample space for campers who prefer to pitch their own tents; up to 20 tents could fit in this place.

There are plenty of activities to do at GL@W, such as archery, fishing, Flying Fox and biking. There are also mountain bikes that you can rent and use near the place. At night, sit back and relax by the campfire to watch an exciting fire show, join in the karaoke sessions, or stay in your tents and play board games that you can borrow from the host.

For nature lovers, check out the exciting night trail – don’t forget to bring your torches!

One of The Hooton Retreat's glamping tents in Negri Sembilan.  — The Hooton RetreatOne of The Hooton Retreat’s glamping tents in Negri Sembilan. — The Hooton Retreat

Glamping party for all

It’s time for some glamping fun, folks! Malaysia’s First International Glamping Festival (MIGFEST) 2022 will be held from September 16-18 at Negri Sembilan.

Organized by The Hooton Retreat, MIGFEST is a two-day, three-night glamping festival specially designed for lovers of the outdoors and adventure. Lots of fun activities are planned at the festival, including survival workshops, games, music performances, archery sessions and contests.

The event will take place at The Hooton Retreat, a glamping resort located about an hour’s drive from Seremban or just under two hours from Kuala Lumpur. The place offers high-end villas, “honeymoon suites”, bubble dome glamping tents, outdoor jacuzzi and much more for guests.

Special packages are offered to MIGFEST participants. Festival fees (non-overnight) are RM88 per person per day, while glamping fees range from RM399 per person to RM699 per person, depending on the room you choose.

Along with the activities, there are also contests and challenges you can take part in – up to RM5,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs!

The festival is supported by Tourism Malaysia, with Mitsubishi Motors and The North Face as event partners. For more information, visit the website.

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