We’re all itching to get out of the city and indulge our wanderlust after being cooped up for most of the year. There’s arguably no better way to find relief from the harsh reality of life then by striking out into the great outdoors, setting up a campsite and soaking up all that nature has to offer.
Malaysia has some truly stunning sites where you can pitch up a tent with some friends, get a fire going and decompress from life. From coastal campsites along beautiful stretches of beach to lush rainforest locations where in the heart of the country, there’s a wide range of biomes to suit all camper types.
With interstate travel back open in most states, we’ve now got the chance to plan a great year-end holiday that we all more than deserve. So get your list ready – you’ll need sleeping bags, tents, torches, backpacks, water bottles, outdoor kitchen equipment, hiking gear, insect repellent and lots more – and check out these camping sites all around Malaysia.
Tiger Base Camp (TBC)
Citrus Valley, Tg Sedili
Located in the Southern state of Johor, Tiger Base Camp is ideal for camping freshies that want to experience roughing it on easy mode. Complete with basic facilities like toilets and showers, as well as the chance to rent essentials like tents, sleeping bags, hammocks, camp beds and canopies, you won’t have to bring much – just your clothes some food and bin bags – there’s a RM50 deposit for rubbish clearance so leave the site the way you find it!
There are also a host of activities you can partake in including swimming, fishing, bird watching and dirt bike riding on the beach.
Tiger Base Camp
Where Citrus Valley, Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi, Johor
Tel 019 7137627 / 013 7379868
Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island
One of the jewels of the East Coast, Perhentian Island is an idyllic getaway with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Split into Besar (“Big”) and Kecil (“Small”), this campsite is located on the latter on Rainforest Beach a.k.a. Sandy Coral Beach. As far as islands go, Perhentian sits right at the top with its staggering beauty.
The site is on the quieter side of the island so you’re away from the hostels (and often times party-goers), and among a lush forest. There are hammocks available so you can sleep right under the stars if you want, but if you prefer something over your head, the elevated tents are well kept with mattress and pillows. Toilets and showers are also included.
Naturally, the snorkelling and diving here are next to none so make sure you really explore the waters which are packed with marine life. Just a short walk away are Coral Bay and Long Beach where you can grab some food and drinks, and hangout with other campers if you wish.
Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island
Where Rainforest Beach, Perhentian Kecil, 22400 Kuala Besut, Terengganu
Tel 014 796 6399
If you’re a fan of stunning sunsets – and let’s face it, who isn’t – then you’ll love this location which sits on one of Cherating’s beautiful beaches. Here you can pitch up a tent either on the sand or little ways across on the grass beside a flowing river. Either way, your view will be more than memorable.
Windsurfing is big here, and so is wave surfing but that depends on what time of year you come. Bring your boards just in case the swells pick up! There’s a communal kitchen and indoor showers as well, plus plenty of nearby restaurants where you can grab a bit if you don’t feel like throwing something on the grill.
The mangrove forest close by offers some great kayaking and fishing, so bring the rod as well! All in all, Payung Getaway strikes a perfect balance between quiet sanctuary and exciting retreat!
Where Pantai Cherating, Kampung Cherating Lama, 26080, Pahang
Tel 011 2380 2900
Located in Denai Kabus or “Misty Valley”, this campsite is based on the foothills of the majestic Mount Kenderong. Together with Mount Kerunai, these two twin peaks of Perak are known as K2 to climbers and mountaineers who come from far and near to conquer them.
You can either rough it out entirely and bring your own tents, or rent one of the cottages which are perfect accommodation for families. The package includes meals from breakfast to supper, freshly prepared and packed with flavours.
There’s plenty to do here, from fishing and kayaking on the nearby lake to more adrenaline packed activities like ATV tours around the rolling hills. Campers are also welcome to build bonfires and get a BBQ going. There’s also a flourishing fruit orchard nearby where you can take a leisurely stroll.
Where Kaki Gunung Kenderong, Kampung Pahat, 33300 Gerik, Perak
Tel 019 526 1775