Situated about 45 km from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Janda Baik is the place where urbanites can escape from the stress and exhaustion that city life often brings.
The peaceful traditional village with an estimated population of 1,000 is located in the thick and lush rainforest of Pahang.
Although small, Janda Baik receives visitors, both local and international, all year round and has many comfortable accommodations to relax in, places to see, and things to do.
Explore nature and rev-up your fitness levels with a jungle trekking adventure. Janda Baik offers guided trekking to interested visitors and is managed by local trekkers who are active in nature preservation works and rescue missions. Breathe in the clear fresh air and treat your eyes to the greenery that surrounds you. There are also mountain biking and 4-Wheel Drive trails aplenty.
For those of you thrilled by a challenge, you can hike up Mount Nuang, the highest mountain in Selangor. Trekkers will also be greeted with a breathtaking array of exotic flora and fauna in all its glory.
Let your troubles flow away with the cool waters of the Ulu Tampit Waterfall. Interestingly enough, the waterfall has seven tiers and takes about 45 minutes of light trekking and hiking through the jungle to reach the top. The walk will be worth the effort as picturesque scenes await you while the clear waters invite you in for a dip.
With temperatures that hover around 23°-28°C during the day and that dip to under 22°C by evening, Janda Baik is perfect for growing vegetables and fruits which you can buy fresh straight from the farms. You can also get these at the local market in Bukit Tinggi New Village.
If you are interested in local history, tradition and culture, there is an Orang Asli Museum about 24 km away from Janda Baik.
Don’t fritter away the morning by sleeping in – wake up early and listen to the songs of birds, take a walk in the woods before breakfast, or simply enjoy the tranquillity and serenity that nature has to offer.
Either way, you should plan your weekend escape to Janda Baik right now.
This article first appeared in uppre.com.