Living or working in a busy and hectic city like Kuala Lumpur can be pretty stressful. Over time, its extreme traffic jams and abundance of concrete structures can leave one feeling lethargic and in great need of a holiday getaway.
But how exactly do you recharge? The Japanese have a concept called “shinrin-yoku” which means “forest bathing”.
You do this by spending time in a forest or any place where there’s an abundance of trees. In return, you will reap its therapeutic benefits of better health, happiness, and a sense of calmness.
Shinrin-yoku is closely associated with another Japanese proverb — “kachou fuugetsu” which translates to “learning about yourself by experiencing the beauty of nature”.
Of course, the perfect way to do this is by going on a camping trip.
Endau-Rompin National Park
Situated between the states of Pahang and Johor, the Endau-Rompin National Park is the second largest tropical rainforest in the country. The campsite is accessible by 4WD and is a popular spot for bird-watching and fishing.
Entry to the park is RM10 per person while the fee for camping is RM20. It is recommended that you hire a guide at the park headquarters as the area is home to some endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino, Asian elephant, Malayan tiger and other animals such as the white-handed gibbon, wild boar, tapir, slow loris, deer, long-tail macaques, and leopards.
2. Sungai Chiling Waterfall
Located in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, the Sungai Chiling Waterfall is one of the most popular camping spots in Malaysia. Due to ongoing research by the Selangor Fisheries Department (the owners), the site is opened to the public only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
You’ll have to register at the entrance counter and pay a fee of RM1 for entry. Camping fee is RM4 per person and a deposit of RM50 to RM150 is required depending on the size of your group.
This deposit is refundable if you leave the campsite in a clean state.
3. Walai Penyu Resort
For those who prefer a more luxurious camping trip, you can head over to Walai Penyu Resort. Located in Libaran Island in Sabah, it offers clean and comfortable accommodation overlooking breathtaking views of the sea.
As this island is home to a Turtle Conservation Programme, there are various activities for you to participate in such as turtle watching, and the releasing of turtle hatchlings to the sea.
You can also snorkel, play beach volleyball, sunbath and much more. However, accommodation is not cheap as prices can go from RM400++ to over RM1,000.
4. Kenong Rimba Park
Located on the fringes of Taman Negara, Pahang is the Kenong Rimba Park. It is home to pockets of limestone caves, which have become the destination of spelunking enthusiasts.
The crystal clear waters that flow through the park and high cascading waterfalls are exotic backdrops to a large array of flora and fauna.
Elephants, tapirs, leopards, and deer are among the wildlife that roam the area. Other creatures that you can spot along the jungle trails include porcupines, mouse deer, flying foxes, and river otters.
All visitors are required to have a qualified and registered guide accompanying them while entering the park.
5. LongSha Campsite, Pulau Kapas
Located at the quieter end of Pulau Kapas in Marang, is the Longsha Campsite, a peaceful yet exciting campground.
This is the perfect place to unwind by lying on the hammocks available, sunbathing on the smooth white sand, watching the crystal blue sea, or indulging in activities such as snorkelling, boat trips, kayaking, fire shows and jungle trekking.
Camping fees here go for rates as low as RM10 and facilities such as basic squatting toilets, showers, and kitchens are provided.
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